This webcam is great and though isn't the cheapest, gives a great value for the price. It features a 1.3 MP still image camera and feeds a high quality video through video chat. The blue light under the top tinted cap lets you know when the camera is active, so you don't have to worry about leaving it on or wondering if it's on at all. It comes with two bases, one flat-bottomed base to mount on the table, and one flex footed base to hang off the top and down the back of your laptop screen [that's the base shown in the picture]. Standalone webcams are still better than 90% of the built-in 1.3MP webcams on laptops, so you'll have to decide whether you like the convenience of a built-in one or the image quality of a standalone. If you're doing webcasts or video blogs, you [or at least your viewers] might appreciate the quality of a standalone, but if you're just chatting with friends or family, a built-in one will do just fine.