Before trying this, I bought a Blue Snowball Omnidirectional/Cardioid USB Microphone - White , but found the driver support (even on a plug-and-play Mac) to be hit-and-miss. Using SnagIt for screen capture, for example, would sometimes freeze the software after hitting 'stop' -- a particularly annoying trait after recording a 45 minute video, and realising the sound driver had crashed it into oblivion. It was definitely the mic, too... using the internal mic or recording without sound never reproduced the same issue, so I gave up and bought the Razer Seiren.
Quality-wise, this is very much in the same league as the Blueball. It's not 'studio' quality, but it produces a fairly even recording that tends to knock out background sound pretty well. The reason I've rated it 4* and not 5, is because it didn't fair so well when used in my relatively echoey home-office. To be perfectly honest, it didn't even sound as good as the internal Macbook mic... my voice sounded quite hollow and distant. This is a shame because I was expecting a pretty decent quality bump vs. the built-in mic... and felt the difference didn't quite warrant the £90+ investment for my own use.
I've included a clip of sound, as well as a few pics to show an unboxing. It's a very neat package, and the mic stands nicely on my desk.
Overall, I'd recommend this mic for home gaming/office used, especially in well-padded rooms with reduced echo. It's definitely not studio-quality, but should be sufficient for streaming and non-commercial broadcast use.
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