Made with recycled plastics, the Logitech Brio 300 is a decent under-S$100 webcam for video calls. Its unique design, and clever privacy shutter help this webcam stand out. Video quality is decent, but not the best. It also doesn't quite handle external lighting well, but that's not too big a deal.
- 74.6g, 1.5m USB-C cable plug-and-play
- Full-HD 2MP resolution, 70-degree FOV
- Mono microphone
- Mac and Windows support
I like the look and feel of the cone-shaped Brio 300. It comes in three colours: Graphite, off-white, and rose. There are some light speckles from the recycling process. Below the webcam is the stand — you can either balance it on your laptop or monitor, or on a flat surface. It's quite a simple design, but it works well. The stand also gives you some angles to play with, though I mostly tested the Brio 300 with the webcam pointed directly at me.
During either video or audio recording, the webcam's LED light will turn on. This makes it pretty obvious that you're recording, and you can't miss it. The privacy shutter uses a swivel design and magnets to keep it in place. Just use your finger to nudge it up or down to ensure that it blocks the camera. I do note that this physical switch does not automatically cut off the camera, it's still recording both audio and video.
The Brio 300's capture quality is decent, with plenty of detail if you have enough light. You can also download the LogiTune app to adjust the settings, or use filters. The default setting is good enough, though. On a Mac, the webcam also lets you do Portrait mode for background blur. But it does struggle with external lights if they are too bright — hotspots will look overexposed compared with the MacBook Pro 14‘s FaceTime camera, which compensated quite easily. Audio quality is decent, with very clear pickup. I could still hear some fan noise, but it's very slight. My voice did sound a little compressed, though.
At S$99, the Logitech Brio 300 is a decent webcam for video calls. The low price means you can easily get it to replace the middling webcam on your laptop. Get it from Lazada or Shopee. If you have a larger budget, consider the excellent Dell Pro Webcam WB5023 instead.
Note: Review unit provided by Logitech.
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