Review: Huckleberry Mirror for iSight

Let your friends see more than your charming face (October 23rd, 2006)

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Product Manufacturer: Mungai Mirror

Price: 14.95, approx. $28.00 US

The Good

  • Innovative product. No noticeable deterioration of image quality.

The Bad

  • Limited market to MacBook and MacBook Pro users. Bundled software is download only.

If you are fed up with looking at yourself or want to show your surroundings to someone on the other end of your iSight camera, than you need a way to change the orientation of your camera. Owners of a new Intel-based MacBook or MacBook Pro are blessed with a built-in iSight camera, but one problem prevails, it is fixed and points towards you all the time. The only way of getting around this is to move your whole computer, which is hardly ideal.

Watch Your Back

Step up to the mark, the Huckleberry, from Mungai Mirrors in the UK. It is such a simple device, yet very effective. The Huckleberry is made of two custom cut Perspex hangers with polished edges. These suspend a small mirror over the camera and edge of your MacBook. When hooked onto the lid of your MacBook it shows what is behind the computer, instead of your not so ugly mug (i.e. face).

To get things oriented the right way, you need to install a little utility called iGlasses, which reverses the mirror image. A download key for iGlasses, by Ecamm Networks, is bundled with the Huckleberry. iGlasses lets you change your iSight video settings from within many programs, including iChat AV, iMovie, Photo Booth, and Skype.

See What See Well

Once installed the Huckleberry with iGlasses makes everything look very nice and crisp. I took a photo using Photo Booth with and without the Huckleberry installed and both images showed good detail. In fact, the Huckleberry image was slightly better, due to the flash screen effect of the Mac, not brightening the image too much.

The Huckleberry is a very neat, well-executed accessory. It is just about the right price, but only available by web purchase. It makes a great stocking stuffer for any gadget freak in the family, or better yet, anyone you want to see more than you. A different model fits the MacBook and MacBook Pro, so make sure you order the correct one.

Edited by Ilene Hoffman, Reviews Editor

by Dave Cryer



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