My brother and I have video chatted over the past few months, but his frame rates were very low and the video pixelated. He has a cable modem, so speed isn't an issue. So it was quite a shock when we video chatted yesterday evening...his video was not only clear, but streaming nicely with full motion and the built-in mic picked up his voice clearly. The performance was annoyingly close to my expensive camcorder doing double-duty as a webcam! He isn't using bleeding-edge equipment either: A Pentium III E-Machines, with USB 1.0 ports. If this camera can put some life back into that old goat, then this webcam is pretty darn good.