Testing VSaaS / Dropcam HD

Author: John Honovich, Published on May 14, 2013

Dropcam is pretty clearly the strongest upstart in the VSaaS market. While Axis has pushed their hosted service offering for years, it is beset by poor ROI and weak performance. There are dozens of other VSaaS Startups but no one matches Dropcam's relatively huge VC funding and dominance on Amazon. However, is Dropcam just a sales and marketing play?

To find out, we bought a Dropcam HD and tested it. If you are interested in consumer use, there's 600+ Amazon reviews as well as a teenage blogger's video review that we found impressive.

Our test focuses on the competitive positioning of the product and what makes Dropcam different from other VSaaS offerings, both good and bad.

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