What is it?

A high-definition web camera with advanced features.

High on the list of pet peeves regarding video calls is someone sitting with their back to the light source. This has the upshot of hiding half their face like a Bond villain lurking in the shadows. A good quality camera is a sage investment as no one takes a floating forehead seriously.

Good points?

Plug and play technology connects the camera to a free port on your computer without having to faff about with software installations.

A full HD 1080P wide-angle lens provides a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels which gives an extremely sharp image and wider field of view. This is great when there is more than one person to capture.

The microphone filters out external background noise to prevent unwanted interruptions from sirens or barking dogs. This allows you to be heard clearly from up to five metres (16ft) away, ideal for those who don't fancy getting too close to the HD lens first thing in the morning.

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Unlike some other cameras that provide autofocus on movement, this one seems to find the users face quicker without continual blurring and refocusing.

Finding a suitable location for the gadget is easy thanks to the rubber flip stand that grips to most bevelled or flat surfaces. There is also a tripod-mounting screw-hole at the bottom of the stand for more stability options.

Bad points?

Connection via USB 2.0 limits the capability and speed of the communication, but this isn't a deal breaker.

Best for ...

Those who want to convey a bit of professionalism when working from home.

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Avoid if ...

A lack of lockdown grooming means high definition isn't your friend.

Score: 8/10.

Ausdom AF640 Webcam, £105.99 (amazon.co.uk)