Dell rolled out its new Dell Pro Webcam over the weekend, offering a less-expensive alternative to the UltraSharp 4K webcam it brought to market last year.
The new one shares some high-end features but also lets go of some others to get the price down.
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Dell Pro 2K Webcam WB5023
Dell’s new Pro 2K Webcam WB5023 is more of a midrange offering than the Dell UltraSharp HDR 4K Webcam released last year. Like the 4K model, the new cam is cylinder-shaped and designed to sit atop a monitor.
The new Pro Webcam sells for $135 rather than the 4K’s price of $200. The new one gets to its price point with a few modifications.
The biggest difference: The new Pro Webcam with Sony Starvis sensor offers QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution instead of 4K resolution. Dell refers to the new cam’s resolution as 2K, though it’s a bit higher than basic 2K.
However, with that lower resolution, you get a welcome addition. The new webcam sports a built-in, noise-cancelling microphone. So you don’t have to buy one like you would with the 4K webcam.
Both cams use image processing to reduce noise and improve lighting and both feature automatic cropping software. And both work with Dell Peripheral Manager to help you adjust settings in Windows. But you can use Dell Display and Peripheral Manager for macOS.
Both cams are certified for Microsoft Teams and Zoom and work with FaceTime, Skype, Webex and other platforms.
Another slight limitation with the new cam is it comes with a fixed USB-A cable rather than the 4K’s detachable version. For those who don’t need 4K and want to save $65, the new webcam could be a worthwhile purchase.
Where to buy: Dell