The Starcarm Genie
The Starcam Genie is much like the standard Starcam that we reviewed back in February. It has the same white front (the original Starcam we looked at was black, but you can get it in white) with MSI logo but this one doesn’t come with the infrared lights like the standard version, though it does come with two buttons; one for quick snapshots, the other for picture effects/frames.
This cam doesn’t connect like the one before it – with a clip – no, the Genie uses magnetism. The camera has a small metal disk mounted in the round extrusion which is held in place my a magnet situated in the back of the stand. Although this does give a cool look and simple operation to the Genie, I can’t help but think that magnets anywhere near a PC is a bad plan.
Speaking of the stand, it also is coated in a glossy white colouring and had an adjustable mount and a felt base.
When mounted, the Genie can be manipulated to shoot at various angles and with the camera itself in different positions.
If you take apart the cam (I think this would affect your warranty slightly…) then you can see the metal cap inside the cam, the small circuitry and the two buttons.
Installing the Genie is quite easy. All you need do is plug it in and run the install wizard from the CD. It is at this point you can also choose to install the bundled software, AMCap and MyGuard.