Andrew Cunningham has spent more than six years writing about PCs and other gadgets for Anand Tech and Ars Technica, and before that he spent five years in IT helping people buy the best tech for their needs.Kimber Streams has written about tech for six years and been a PC expert for The Wirecutter for more than three years.
It takes better pictures and video than any of the other models we tested, beating even newer and more-expensive models.
The C920 has been around since 2012, and it doesn’t include fancy, high-end features like 4K video, 60 fps recording, or Windows Hello face authentication.
But there’s still no better webcam for the basics, and price drops have only improved the C920’s value—you can usually find it for or less today, a significant drop from the 0 it cost when it was released.
But if your laptop’s integrated webcam is really bad (or broken, or in a dumb place), or if your desktop or display doesn’t have a camera, a USB webcam that sits on top of your screen is the best option.
A stand-alone webcam can also provide better quality for video calls, recording videos, and streaming games, events, porn—you name it!