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When I was introduced in Skype I was on a mission to find a webcam and a microphone for my laptop, as it would enable me to communicate more clearly when contacting my relatives and friends that live abroad. One of my friends who also used Skype recommended the Logitech Desktop Microphone and so off I was to buy one.
== SPECIFICATIONS ==
*On/off switch, noise cancelling circuit
*Connectivity Technology Wired
*Sensitivity -47 dBV/Pascal
*Response Bandwidth 100 - 16000 Hz
*Connector Type 1 x USB ( 4 PIN USB Type A )
*Cables Included 1 x USB cable - integrated - 2.4 m
*Included Accessories Microphone stand
== PRICE ==
I purchased my Logitech Desktop Microphone from eBay a few years ago for around £5.00 which was a great price as at the time it was RRP at £15 plus. I just tried searching around online for some current prices, however it was hard to find any available as I think has now been discontinued, I did manage to find some for sale on eBay for around £6 which is still a great bargain in my opinion. I have a few other Logitech items and have always been happy with their standard of quality, so it didn't take me long to get persuaded to buy a Logitech Microphone.
== DESIGN ==
It is nice and compact which mean it can easily fit onto a computer desk without taking much room. It has an attractive black glossy finish with the Logitech logo printed on the front and is made from hard glossy plastic, which does not make it look cheap at all. The design is very stylish for a microphone, with the base and the microphone having a nice curvy design. It is around 12cm in height and uses a USB cable connection.
== MY EXPERIENCE ==
It is very straightforward to set-up, and just requires the USB connection to be inserted into the USB port in the laptop/PC. Once plug in, the computer automatically installs any driver software needed and then within a few minutes it was ready to use. I was more than happy to find there was no faffing about inserting CD software and following instructions as it can be time consuming and prone to find some sort of issues occurring.
I have used this microphone many times during Skype conversations and my friends and relatives on the other side have always managed hear my voice easily and clearly, I have never had issues with it making crackling sounds or having any interferences, and even when my partner used it when he went away with work I was able to hear him nice and loudly during our Skype conversations.
The microphone quality is excellent, as a family we all like to do Skype together in one room with family abroad and on many occasions our relatives were able to hear the kids talking even though they were positioned a bit of distance from the microphone. This is great as it means all the family can chip in during the conversation without anyone feeling left out or unheard. Even our elderly relatives could hear us clearly from the other side of the world, which really shows the high quality of the microphone.
== VERDICT ==
I would recommend this Logitech microphone as it so simple to set-up, and is very good quality for the price. I would therefore give this a brilliant rating of 5/5.
If you are one of those who would like to keep in contact with long-distance friends and family, Logitech desktop microphone is a necessity. I have a desktop at home that I store most of the contact information and to keep in contact with friends. Since I found out about skype, it has been made so easy to talk to friends and family. However, my desktop doesn't have a bulit-in microphone and thus I had to buy one so that the other party can hear my voice.
Logitech is a reliable brand when it comes to electrical goods. This product, Logitech desktop microphone is designed for easy usage and good performance. The design is very simple and quite chic in my opinion. The colour scheme is mono-black with the logitech logo at the top of the base. The base itself is quite sturdy so it stays still and doesn't topple over easily, which is a plus if your desk is shaky like mine is. The height of the microphone can also be adjusted so that you can speak to your friends and family comfortably.
As for the performance and sound quality, it is very good. According my friends and family, they can clearly hear my voice when I'm using my normal speaking voice; therefore I don't have to shout and hurt my throat. The microphone is very easy to use as well. It doesn't have a power cord and it just simple fit into the speaker 3.5 mm standard jack that most desktops and laptops have. The microphone also have a mute function so it might come in handy if you find it a bit of a hassle to muse via the monitor. It also has a noise-cancelling ability so that the speaker's voice is more focused and clearer for the other party.
One of the best thing about this Logitech desktop microphone is its affordable price. The microphone is retailed for around £12.00 on average and can be easily bound from electrical stores like Currys or online.
Overall, for the price of this product, the quality and performance it provides is certainly satisfactory. I have so many uses regarding this microphone, which makes me get my money's worth. I've had this for about six months now and so far I have yet to encounter any problems with this product. Therefore, if you're looking for a good quality microphone with an affordable price tag, look no further because this product is the one.
Thank you for reading. :) x
=== The product ===
This is a desktop stick style microphone with a 3.5mm jack by Logitech. The microphone can be stood along on a desktop, or anywhere else you like, or can be changed on to a smaller stand which can then be stuck on the side of a larger style monitor, however, as I am using a laptop I have nowhere really to stick this and just end up plugging it in when needed and standing it up on the bottom of my laptop.
=== The packaging ===
When I purchased mine it came in that dreadful thick plastic packaging that needs a pair of scissors to open. I really am not a fan of this style of packaging as I have to cut through with scissors, which isn't the most comfortable thing ever, and then I end up worrying about cutting through wires or damaging the product within. The packaging has a tab cut out at the top for it to be displayed well in store and I purchased mine from PC World, or maybe it was Comet, in a sale about six months ago.
=== How to use ===
As this does not need a power cable you simply plug it in to your computer or laptop directly and then adjust the microphone volume through the control panel or audio section, then you are ready to go! The height can be adjusted on this too to suit your needs and you can rotate the microphone also to ensure that you get the optimum position for your height and the distance you will be sitting away from the microphone.
=== The price ===
You can find this online from around £12.00 upwards and I paid just £9.00 for mine several months ago from PC World or Comet, can't remember for sure, but I was pleased with the price anyway and haven't been disappointed.
=== Overall opinion ===
Logitech is a name that I know and trust and this was the main reason for purchasing this microphone. In the past I have used a few different ones including multi purpose ones such as headphones and a microphone together and I have always been left disappointed by the poor sound quality and distortion that occurred when trying to talk to my family who are elsewhere in the country.
My main reason for wanting to have a good quality microphone is so that I can talk to my nieces and nephew while we are on webcam to one another. I have not been let down by this microphone at all and have been very pleased with its quality. The sound quality is good, I am heard clearly and no longer have to keep repeating myself or moving the microphone closer to my mouth. I am able to sit a good half a metre from my laptop with no problems at all and the noise cancelling feature of this microphone works very well.
The look of this microphone is good, it looks stylish enough, and it would look fine on the side of a monitor, if monitors were not flat screen now of course. You could probably place this on the back of a laptop and still use it easily enough thanks to the rotating microphone and adjustable length.
Overall I am really pleased with the quality of this. I am able to talk to my family throughout the country again with ringing up my phone bill or using my contract minutes and this is always a great thing! I can talk to my nieces & nephews whenever we are on webcam together and I know that they are able to hear me properly which is just fantastic.
If you are looking for a good quality microphone then this offers a lot for a small price, however, it is probably not the most technically minded microphone ever but it does the job if you want to use it for Skype, or similar, or just want to record some little videos or something.
For people who often make use of either audio recording tools or something like Skype on their computers, they might find that they need to invest in a microphone to get the most out of what they are doing. For example, when I have used Skype without using a microphone, I have found it can be very difficult for the other person to hear what you are saying, and you sound very tinny and distant. This would be even more important if you were recording something for work.
-ooo- The Product -ooo-
This is a simple, easy to use product that makes it very easy to improve the quality of recordings and calls on Skype. You just plug it into the port for the microphone and it works immediately, with no need to install drivers or software.
It has a good, simple design, with a curved head and a solid base. It feels quite light, but is still well built, as I've had mine for about two or three years now and there's no sign of any damage or wear and tear, and it still works just as well as ever.
The base is adjustable, so you can change the angle of the microphone. This means you can set it up in a comfortable position, which is very useful if you're talking for a while. You can also hold it in your hand, which I find useful if I'm having a relaxed chat on Skype, as you can sit back on the sofa rather than having to lean over the computer for a long time.
-ooo- Would I recommend? -ooo-
Because this microphone is only £10, I think it is an excellent value buy and is an essential for anyone who uses their computer a lot in this way. It's well designed, very easy to use and is of a good quality, so I think it's an all round excellent product that is well worth buying.
The Logitech Desktop Microphone is a great little bit of kit. I purchased mine for the bargain price of £10 from PC World, though you can get it for £13 or so online. To be honest I'd have easily paid anything up to £20 for it.
The Logitech name is one which is pretty well known for input devices - certainly I had heard of it, and it's not generally a cheap make either. This desktop microphone is not only branded with the Logitech logo, it also looks so stylish - almost like a quill in an ink pot - and has a lovely curve to it which gives it fabulous desk appeal. It's something you can leave out on your desktop rather than hide it away. It's about 10cm high and styled in nice black plastic (not cheap looking) with a black USB cable. It does not require external power.
Using a mic such as this rather than a headset based one is great for us, as we Skype family together, and therefore we can use our regular PC speakers and webcam, and this mic and all hear / be heard (rather than a headset which obviously is for one person only). Our webcam does have a mic but it's not very good, the Logitech is so sensitive that we can be heard, and most importantly our older family can hear our baby daughter clearly when she says what few words she can! The noise cancellation on this mic is excellent - no fuzzing, no background hum - just good clear audio, whether that be over a Skype / other video or audio chat, or whether using the mic to record and play back on your home computer (for example - amateur musicians could do a lot worse for the money).
It's so very easy to set up - the very definition of the word plug and play - you just plug the USB cable into your PC or laptop (or Mac - it works well with my OSX Tiger MacBook) and away you go.
For the money I cannot argue - and for the price I paid it was an absolute bargain. The mic would be a great gift for anyone into computers or who wants to use video calling but make it a more family affair.
I can't recommend it enough - I am sure there are better mics out there technically, but for the money, the looks, the brand, and the absolute joy it brings to our family I can't be more pleased that I picked it up. Five stars out of five for a very stylish and practical microphone that delivers high quality results for a low price.
Logitech Desktop Microphone
I bought this microphone a while back for use on our other computer when talking on Skype to friends. If I remember rightly, I picked it up for about £7.00 online. This amount is a great amount to pay for a microphone like this, though does it match up to standards or is the age old phrase 'you get what you pay for' applied here?
Logitech as far as I know has a good reputation. I have owned a couple of Logitech items and never had any problems with them as such so I had my hopes high for this microphone even at the low price.
It is a very eye-pleasing microphone in black and sits nicely on the top of my PC desk without taking up much room at all.
As with many items like this, it is a simple plug in and play. As soon as I plugged it in, the computer recognised the new hardware and did the rest without me needing to lift a finger. I have installed this on Vista though I would imagine you would have the same result on other systems.
Now what about the quality?
I tested this microphone when on my PC and my partner on the laptop to check quality and we both felt that the sound quality was really up to scratch. My voice came through loud and clear.
I have since seen this microphone online between £3.00 used quality on Ebay right up to £25.00 on more specialist sites so do look around. I have been using this microphone for quite a number of months now and it has clocked up a lot of miles and still, the microphone works perfectly.
Well I recently moved over to the UK and needless to say calling the states is expensive. So I decided to go with the ever popular Skype! I needed to get a good microphone, and webcam to use. I picked up this webcam online for pretty cheap it was about 25 pounds or so. Kind of expensive I thought for a microphone, especially when I saw the headset and microphone combos. But I like Logitech and know its a good brand. Well I got this home and set it up.
Easy as pie, I had no issues setting this up or connecting it/ and working with Skype. All I had to do was plug it into my USB port, and it was good to go. I did not even need to download any drivers or anything, straight plug and play! So needless to say the setup is a breeze anyone can do.
It has a very long cord for moving around which is useful if you have a desktop computer and have to plug the USB cord into the bottom/back of the computer tower, which could be positioned on the floor. You won't need to stretch or put this in an awkward position due to lack of cord length, which is nice!
It says that it has noise-canceling effects on it. I have never had to use it where there was a lot of background noise, its usually very quiet in my room. So as to the effects of how good the "noise-canceling" is, I am afraid I can not comment.
The base of the microphone has a little light that stays lit when you are using the microphone or the microphone is active and ready to use. So you don't have guess or test to check, just a quick glance down, which is a nice little feature that is not needed but a plus.
If you have ever had a guest knock on your door, or a phone go off, or had to sneeze, or well anything else while you were talking with a microphone you know sometimes you need it to not work quickly or for a few seconds. This microphone features a mute button at its base, very handy dandy. You can also do this when you are not using the microphone. However, honestly I like to unplug it when I am not using it, just to be 100% sure.
I would recommend this to people who wanted a sleek looking, effective microphone. I would not recommend it to gamers however, and would suggest for them a headset/microphone combo. As the sound coming from the game could possibly overpower the noise-cancellation and cause bad feedback. It was a little pricey, but like I said, I like and trust Logitech. Overall, I give it 4 stars for its appearance, ease of use, and features. Knock off 1 star for the price.
If you are a person who like me uses things such as Skype then you will know how improtant a good quality microphone actually is. When looking for a microphone I wanted one which was from a reputable brand but also one which I believed was good value for money. After looking at this one from Logitech I decided to purchase it because I was pleased with the information that I was given regarding it.
The price for this Logitech microphone was just over £12 when I purchased it. I thought that this was a very good price seen as though it was also from a good brand. I think the maximum I would of paid was £20 so I was happy when I found this one which was a considerable amount less. You could find yourself paying around £10 - £15 more for a microphone which really doesn't offer much more in terms of quality.
The microphone once taken out of the packaging is very easy to use. With it being very slim and stylish the microphone really won't take up much space on your desktop. You just simply plug it in and stand it up next to you and just press and the microphone plays. Even though when I first got it out of the packaging I didn't think that it looked that stable. After placing it next to me I found that the stand which held the microphone up was very strong and looked durable.
This was the thing I was most looking forward to finding out whether or not it was of a high enough standard. After I had set it up I tried it out on Skype and I was very pleased with how well the sound quality actually was. Obviously you can tinker around with the settings so your happy with everything but this will take a maximum of 2minutes. When talking to people who were on the other end of it they said that the noise was very clear and easy to understand.
With this now available for around £10 I think the price is one which is really tempting for people. With microphones being used far more often now I do not see why this specific one will not be taken into consideration. With it being so easy to use and also being so clear I don't see another microphone out on the market today which will offer you better value for money.
I use a desktop whenever I am alone as I find they are more comfortable than using headsets, naturally. I have used many in the past, all with varying results and I have to say that this is the best purchase I have made so far in the category.
The sound is absolutely perfect, there isn't a single occasion that I can mention in which this microphone has suffered from interference or overly loud background noise (in fact it has background noise drowning technology built in). Many of my contacts have mentioned that my voice is always audible compared with their other friends when I use this microphone and when you combine this with the easy installation you can see that there are many reasons to make the purchase.
Now this is a cheap microphone, other professional quality desktop mics will cost a lot more - don't let that put you off as it is easy to think 'cheap=rubbish' but that isn't always the case, especially not with this product.
I advise that if you are looking for a desktop microphone then this is the way to go, I prefer it over it's competitors and I even prefer it over headsets (however at times headsets are necessary). If you get the chance to buy this product then go for it!
As an avid online gamer using my PC, as well as being one of the many users of MSN, for which I use both audio and video calling in addition to Skype Im always looking for decent microphones. It is essential to the enjoyment of such services that you have a good quality mic and if you invest in a good quality set it will last and avoid the frustrations that come with a cheaper set.
This particular product ticks all the boxes and comes strongly recommended!
From the moment you remove it out of the packaging it's a breeze to use, install and the quality is there.
Installation is a straight forward as it comes and within seconds you will be up and running. It uses the plug and play method so your computer will do all the work. Its stylishly designed and is a sturdy well standing product that will survive many cases of being knocked of the desk Im sure. It looks good but the most important issue is the sound?
It only takes a few seconds using the easy and simple tools to get the settings right. Within moments you will have a clear, vivid sound. The feedback from friends was top notch and a few even bought the mic based on the quality of sound from mine. A lot of this has to do with the noise reduction features in the microphone which are intended to eliminate surrounding noise and pick up only your voice to give a clearer sound. And for once a product advertised as "noise reducing" actually does so.
In my time using the Logitech mic I have had no issues. At just under a tenner it was a snip and after a year using it Im still more than happy with it. An easy to use, simple, good quality mic that delivers where it counts.
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As a computer user I love to use MSN and Skype to speak to my friends since I can't just always visit them whenever I want. Some of my friend's life in other country and I can't just always pop on the plane to see them. Having a webcam is then almost a must but for making cheap calls you simply need a good and decent microphone. I have found a good microphone with the Logitech Desktop Microphone.
When I was looking for a new microphone I wanted one of a brand that I trust but at the same time I wanted a microphone that came for a decent price. I'm a strong believer of not everything has to be expensive in order for it to be good and hoped it was also the case with getting a new microphone. When I saw the Logitech microphone I knew that this would be a good one since I trust the brand. I had a keyboard and mouse of this brand before and they both worked great. Also the microphone came for a price of around 10 pounds which I thought was very cheap.
The installation of the microphone is very easy and it's a plug and play which means my windows system recognized the microphone and I didn't need to install any driver in order to use it. In the beginning you might have some problems with the settings and getting the sound perfect but this is playing a little bit with the volume trough the windows control panel. It didn't take me that long to make the sound right.
I was quiet amazed about the sound quality since it's simply crystal clear. My friends on the other side could hear my voice perfectly and luckily there was no need for screaming the whole time. The microphone comes with a Noise-canceling design what should reduce the background noise. As I'm not 100% sure about this system really works since I can't really compare it to a microphone without it, the microphone surely doesn't give me any trouble with the sound.
Overall I would say a really good and easy to use microphone that comes for a reasonable price. I really like the brand Logitech and also this time the brand doesn't disappoint me what so ever. Great sound and easy to set up! Really a microphone I love to use.
I bought this microphone for £6.99 at amazon.co.uk, and this is pretty decent microphone for that price, but the reason I bought it was to replace my previous microphone, which only cost £3, therefore I expected slightly better quality.
That said it wasn't much of an improvement. Whilst it is pretty clear, there is still a lot of background noise, although one of the features was "Noise-canceling microphone filters out unwanted background noise", which is not true.
That said it was very easy to install, as you just have to slot it into a USB port, although I've learned that you need to put it in same USB port every time, otherwise the PC assumes you're using it for the 1st time, and tries to install the drivers again, which is time-consuming.
Moreover, it is very good for live chat, whether on Skype or Windows Messenger, and my friends say that the microphone quality is much improved.
However, if you want to use it to record talk shows, or even over music, then this microphone is unfortunately not for you.
Overall, a good cheap microphone that is worth the £6.99, but only to be used for basic activities such as live chatting or recording for home use.
Upon purchase, I found that this Logitech microphone was one of the most popular products of its type. It had a solid reputation compared to other products, and seemed very good value for money. I was only looking for a decent microphone in order to speak online over Skype or MSN Messenger, but was pleasantly surprised of how good it turned out to work for me.
I like the appearance - it's very sleek, and will be well suited alongside any desktop PC or on a desk next to a laptop. Logitech's microphones are of neat builds and this is no exception. There's a nice on/off switch if you need a bit of a break or want to save power.
I found it very easy to install on a Windows Vista PC - as soon as it's put in, the system automatically detects its presence and installs it for you. It doesn't require any prompting and you can use it straight away, so if you need to take it to a different PC to communicate from there, then it's always a quick and simple process.
Many conversations over the internet (Skype in particular) can be victim to rather agressive distortion of voices if the quality of the microphone is poor. One of my friends used a popstar-style microphone that he got out of a "create your own pop hit" set, and needless to say it was very difficult to listen to. The contrast between that and a Logitech microphone is as clear as day - it doesn't quite match up to talking face-to-face, (but what can?) but I'd say it's definitely the best option if you don't have that choice. If you want to record your conversations, then your voice can be heard clearly as if you're speaking over a phone leaving a message. It even picks up your voice if you're standing some distance away from your desk, which is really saying something. The best way to measure the quality of a microphone in my experience is to test how well it records your voice, as this is to some the trickiest part - it works well, and by that judgement I can happily say I'm satisfied.
It's useful for those who aren't a fan of typing and like to take advantage of their computer's voice recognition features, and it's good for people who want a microphone that is flexible and won't take up too much room. It would be a superb choice for people who want to use it for over-the-net business conferences or anything of a similar standing.
Are there any bad points? Not really. If you're a creator of podcasts, I'm not sure that the quality would be amazing and you may want to invest in something a bit more expensive to give you the required quality you need. If you're not going to explore this sort of thing, then it'll suit you just fine - but think twice about buying this if you are.
If you see a microphone for about £5 and think "that's a fantastic deal!" think twice before taking a look. Some microphones just don't match up to what you expect, even for that price. A little extra cash spent on one of these will set you for a long time. It's well worth it, and you definitely get value for money - some retail stores charge upwards of £20 but I'm sure you can find it for less on the internet, so take a look before buying to find the best deal.
After much research into microphones and which one would be the easiest and best quality to purchase, I concluded that this Logitech model would be the best to go for to fulfil my needs so I purchased it and I was extremely surprised and pleased with the quality of this product.
With a sturdy base, allowing the microphone to be easily stood on a desk - this desktop microphone is perfect for having live chats on Skype or msn and because this microphone contains noise cancelling technology - this microphone is perfect for online broadcasting of any purpose too!
This microphone also has a handy "mute, un mute" switch on the microphone itself, allowing for easy muting and un muting of the microphone without having to edit settings on the computer itself. Along with these points, the microphone also has a sturdy lead, sometimes with other microphones I have found that these leads have broken over time, meaning I've had to purchase new microphones. So far, I have not had a single problem with the lead of this microphone and I am so far extremely impressed with the quality of this product.
As well as not being too pricey for what it is and good value for money, I have found that this microphone is extremely reliable and i have had it for a long time now and I have had no issues with it.
The only problem that i had when i first bought the microphone was installing it to work on the computer, for reference to anyone who may encounter this issue - you MAY need to install the "SigmaTel audio driver" for your computer, in order to make the microphone work - some people may not encounter this problem but just in case you do, I thought I should include it in my review.
In conclusion: This is by far the best microphone that I have purchased, I have been through many microphones and they have all broken quickly and not been as good quality as this microphone so I would definitely recommend it.