Raise your Zoom game.
Look, whatever your last year or so was like, one thing is clear: in the future, we’re going to be on webcams more. Whether it’s your office finally admitting that some of those meetings can take place just fine online or your next job interview being way more likely to be virtual, this is going to be a thing. Maybe it won’t be a thing all the time, but it’ll be a thing sometimes.
Oh, and you might decide to make a career out of being sexy on camera and/or having people watch you play video games. That all exists, too.
But either way, the point is that it’s no longer okay to just settle for whatever two-millimeter-wide lens happens to be sticking out of the top of your laptop (and probably spying on you, at least sometimes).
You need a proper webcam. You need good video quality, you need a built-in microphone, and (maybe most of all) you need something that you can position nice and high so that you aren’t chatting away while people look up your nostrils. You know when you take a selfie and you lift your phone waaaaay up high? Yes, that’s because you look better from up there. This is why you want your webcam coming at you from a similar angle.
A good camera also helps make those great background effects work properly, too, meaning no more having your tastefully chosen backdrop glitching out when you move too fast, revealing the underwhelming circumstances that are your, um…life.
Make your video chat setup the best it can be. And if you need something pretty and tasteful for that shelf in the background? Well, we’ve got a bonus deal for you. Nothing says sophisticated background decor like some faux dancing flames that also happen to play music.