Showdown: Best Laptops for Video Chat
Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch) ($1,799)
It’s no secret Apple takes great pains to improve laptop design each year, and this pursuit of perfection extends to webcams, too. The 15-inch MacBook Pro features an HD camera with a sharp 720p resolution. Using the FaceTime video chat app, MacBook owners can place HD video calls with other MacBook Pro users, as well as MacBook Air, iPad 2, and iPhone 4 owners at standard definition.
During our MacBook Pro-to-MacBook Air FaceTime sessions, Skype calls, and when reviewing locally recorded movies, we enjoyed exceptionally crisp image quality and clear details. Motion was also very smooth. The MacBook Pro doesn’t let you dampen keystrokes or select the number of voices (such as the Lenovo ThinkPad T420), but audio came through loud and clear.
The MacBook Pro’s camera can also be used with other installed software such as Photo Booth and iMovie to create personal videos and picture album projects. Apple provided users with as much control over the camera settings as the other laptops we tested.