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I bought this microphone recently,after starting an online course,where a microphone(for communication purposes) was necessary.
Although I already had a webcam (also by logitech) with an integrated mic, I really didn't know how to use the mic without the camera.
I managed to get this at a very reasonable price thanks to an online auction site,so if you're looking for a good deal I would suggest browsing online,as its much cheaper.
Now for the description.The microphone stands at approximately 22 centimeters (when head of microphone is tilted straight up)The base is a square shaped silver colour, and is quite heavy to provide a stable hold.On the base is a button-;when the microphone is plugged in,this button ,once pressed changes to a bright green,and turns the microphone on.The head of the microphone is black and tilts up to about a 90 degree angle,which I believe is ideal if you move around,or positions quite a lot.
To set the microphone up couldn't be easier.Just plug the USB (the lead is reasonably long too) into a computer or a laptop ...and thats it! It doesn't require any additional drivers as it uses "plug and play"
Now comes the important part!The sound quality!I am a huge fan of logitech products as they actually DO what they SAY,and this microphone is no exception.I've had other mics in the past and they don't even compare.The voice is clear,crisp and smooth with NO ECHO whatsoever.
I do use this product to communicate with family abroad via skype and they're amazed by the clarity.Just to test how my voice sounded I used "sound recorder" on my computer and was very impressed.
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a good quality microphone and with this brand, you really can't go wrong.
Want a microphone which is reliable, easy to use and has a decent length lead? then this is the one for you!
The quality of sound is good, however the noise-cancellation technology isn't as good as it potentially should be! I use this for various different things from Skype and gaming VOIP's such as Ventrilo, so the standard 'voice recorder' on windows allowing me to record important lecture notes and essay ideas. In all these situations the quality of sound is excellent, bar the dim hum of my computer fans in the back ground. If you computer is noisy, such as my old one, the background noise can be very off putting "you sound like you're in a washing machine".
For the price of the microphone however it is excellent. If mine broke I would buy a replacement model without a second thought, its ability to be placed anywhere on my desk is an excellent feature, however the closer to you the better the sound and the less background noise there appears to be.
A definite 4 out of 5 stars from me, A compliment considering I have NEVER been a fan of Logitech products!!
About a year ago, I bought this microphone with a view to using it in conjunction with Voice Recognition Software and wanted something both functional and stylish that would pick up my voice without having to lean right over it and which could sit tidily out of the way on top of my external speakers when not in use.
At the time, I wasn't even aware of dooyoo and didn't read any reviews of the product. I had been issued with Logitech equipment at my then place of work and had been happy with the standard of the product. A colleague recommended this model to me and I happened to see it on offer in Comet or Currys the week after so it seemed to be shouting out to me to buy it. As far as I can recall it was about £15.
As with any new toy, it was immediately plugged in when I got home and I set up a remote conversation with one of my sons by means of a test. It was very easy to set up and required no technical savvy. Unwrap it and plug it into a spare USB port. After no more than a minute, it had found whatever it was looking for on the world wide thingamajig. Bob was indeed my uncle; Fanny indubitably my aunt and I was in business!
It's quite a stylish slimline model, sitting on a weighted silver base that has both a power light and a mute switch. The microphone wand itself can be tilted to allow the used to find the best and most convenient location. There is about 8 feet of cable with a standard USB plug and play connector. In my case about 4 feet of cable would have done. I don't like lots of superfluous wires all over the desk.
Of course when testing microphones, it is the person at the other end who is best able to judge whether or not it transmits your voice with any degree of clarity at a decent volume and after much experimentation, it seemed that at a comfortable 15 inches or so from the microphone, it was picking up and transmitting my voice loud and clear.
You do need to have a fairly quiet background because it does pick up sound at some distance from the microphone as well. My wife has used it on our home laptop to talk to me whilst I have been away and once I told her that she needn't shout - she should just speak normally - we got on fine with it and even if I wasn't really listening, like any stereotypical husband, I was aware of her chuntering on in a clear if mildly irritating fashion.
With the voice recognition software for which I originally bought it, I confess to this idea never really getting off the ground. Of course, it take some time for the software to pick up and get used to your voice and you do have to invest a fair bit of time to minimise the errors. My usual patience was sorely tried - being a Virgoan, attention to detail is an issue with me and I soon got frustrated with failure to correctly identify what I was saying. That said, I am confident that what turned out to be a failed experiment had nothing to do with the microphone and much more to do with the software and my inability/unwillingness to invest the time necessary. As a consequence, the software and the microphone are now seldom used.
I would say that on performance and looks this scores highly. There are other cheaper options around, but I would have no hesitation in recommending this one.
This microphone gives you full digital audio with reduced background noise from something simple like a USB connection. You can use this microphone straight out the box as there are no drivers needed for it to work. This microphone provides you with: Pure digital USB, noise cancelling microphone, a power switch, a bas which you can pivot (it is also weighted so it stays in place), a mute switch on the base and an 8 foot shielded cord for more freedom.
""This product with me""
I bought this microphone to use on Skype while playing World of Warcraft, it was recommended to me by a friend who also has it. It was fairly cheap and arrived within a few days. As soon as it arrived I plugged it in and it worked straight away, I was surprised that it was so simple and took minimal effort and confusion to get a high quality microphone set up. Previously I used turtle beach X11's as my headset however the mic did not work very well on PC, however I know get high quality sound, without having a mic in my face, brilliant!
""Microphone pick up""
The microphone picks up even the subtlest of movements however, like most microphones these days; it eliminates most background noises completely so you get a clear sound however loud your computer is! I mainly use this for strategy based gaming, and communicating with friends, and I cannot tell you how good it is for your friends to be able to hear you as well as you hear them, it makes everything so much easier without the needs to repeat things and continuously moving the mic about. 10/10
This can be linked with the above, however I have had this product for a few years and have never experienced a problem with sound quality, all my friends use this microphone and I can hear them crystal clear without any distortion at all, even when they speak loudly (often microphones reach a 'peak' when the sound is too loud, this makes the sound becomes distorted). For the price I was extremely impressed with this, and will use it for as long as physically possible, even then I will probably purchase another one! 10/10
Although it looks stylish and sleek, it is quite flimsy, however very durable (if that makes sense). It looks like the mic will detach from the stand easily, however it doesn't and is incredibly easy to use and takes up very little space. The only thing that stops this product from being 10/10 overall is how it look. It does look a little odd, but modern, and provides you with great sound quality and microphone pick up, which is what it is made to do! 6/10
""Would I recommend it?""
I would highly recommend this, whether you are an avid gamer like myself, thinking about commentating or making videos for YouTube, or even if you just want to talk to relatives who are far away. The sound quality is brilliant, so is the mic pick up, it doesn't look that bad and you get use to it easily!
A little while ago, I was asked by a friend to help him throw together a few music shows for an internet radio station. With my eclectic taste in music and an overwhelming desire to share my musical meanderings with anyone willing to listen, I jumped at the chance and within a couple of days I'd compiled enough music for at least 5 two hour shows.
My friend was very impressed and praised my enthusiasm , my warm glow of satisfaction was short lived however when he asked if I'd record the links between the tracks.
"Unfortunately, I do not possess a microphone" I said with a convincing air of disappointment in my voice.
"That's ok," he replied, "I've got one for you" and with that he passed me a Logitech USB Desktop Microphone.
Oh great, how thoughtful.
So, with a certain amount of reluctance. I took the microphone home and set it up.
This proved to be a very simple operation as it turned out. It really was plug in and play.
My PC did all the work for me which was a relief. I run Vista by the way, but please don't judge me!
Now, the mic isn't by any means substantial, in fact it looks a bit weedy, standing there on the desk but it recorded my voice well and it certainly wasn't as tinny as I was expecting although I'm not sure it picked up the bass tones in my voice very well but hey, hearing your own voice is always a bit weird.
It's definitely a plus that it's free standing so that you can position it anywhere on a flat surface and just speak at it. It also pivots to whatever angle that you prefer, so it's quite flexible really and you get a long enough cable at 2.4m to position this away from your pc.
Now, on the down side, it does look like some sort of pen in a holder that you might see on the counter at a high street bank, although a tad bigger measuring 23cm . It also seems to pick up some background noise although it does say on the blurb that it is a noise-cancelling microphone and filters out unwanted background noise, well perhaps it does but I still managed to record a dog barking outside and my next door neighbour shouting at their kids. Oh well, I guess I'm keeping it real as they say....
So, this mic will set you back around £20, which I think is a fair price. There are cheaper ones on the market, so it's worth shopping around. I paid nowt for mine but if it broke, I'd fork out the cash for another one as it suits me fine.
Here's a bit of techie stuff for those that like this sort of thing:
Audio Input Details: Mono - 100 - 16000 Hz
Connectivity Technology: Wired
Microphone Operation Mode: Mono
Response Bandwidth: 100 - 16000 Hz
Sensitivity: -47 dBV/Pascal
Not that much of that means anything to me and I'm guessing that if you were after something a little more professional, then you'd have to part with a few more pennies.
I've recorded all my links now and have perfected my radio voice so if you ask me if I'd recommend this microphone, I'd have to say "not arf, mate".
I'm giving it four stars, losing one for the background noise.
Thanks for reading.
More than anything, this is a brilliant, easy to set up gadget, this microphone ideal for chatting purposes, but also sounding out documents and etc... I will say that the audio quality isn`t extremely impressive, it`s in fact a bit high pitched, but for this very inexpensive cost, and with an easy set up and still rather good sound quality, I must recommend this product as a good desktop microphone, the most inexpensive one I`ve seen so far on the market..., give or take 15.00 at most stores, both online and shops.
What`s so great about this product, is to me the easy set up! You very easily and logically plug it into the port, and you`re ready to go, following some guidelines that will be done in no time! As for the design of it, it looks very stylish and modern, and it doesn`t really say "look at me", as the look of it is descret and slim, not taking up much room at your desk and working space...
There are several adjustments to the sound, so you can adjust to your own liking, and I`ve found that adjusting it to somewhere in the middle of its sound range, makes the sound more balanced and comfortable to listen to... There`s really not all that much more to mention about this PC Microphone, it delivers what you`d expect from such a product, and in spite of a very low cost, the quality of it is good! A reasonable buy.
This is one of the microphones that we have in our house and it id designed to be used with a home computer. The idea of this microphone is that you hook it up via the USB port and then you are on your way. We use them mainly for chatting purposes and also for speaking out scripts, so you can hear them back before sending off letters and documents. The microphone can be bought online and we paid around the fifteen pound mark if I recall for this one, which is a pretty good price for the piece.
There is no messing around with setting up drivers, which is great because I hate all the 'you need to install a driver, please reboot your PC' nonsense. This just slots straight into the port. You might want to follow the set up procedure to make sure the levels are to your liking though and this will take but a few minutes, if you are quite audio savvy.
In terms of shape and size, it is slimline, pivots nicely and does not take up much room due the small base. We slide ours behind the monitor when it is not in use, so you can barely see it.
The audio quality is not impeccable but it is good enough for everyday use. The sound dynamics are fairly crisp and radiant for conversing purposes but I think you would need a higher quality one if you were wanting to record professional output at home. It suffices for chat purposes fine though and the clarity of sound is good and the level adjustments will allow you to temper it to how you want it.
Not much to fault here, it is sleek, delivers on what it offers and you can also turn on and off mid use which is handy, so it does everything you would need for a PC microphone.
Before my boyfriend moved in, we spent a lot of time at night talking on Skype via the computer, as he lived in Eastbourne, whilst I live in Nottingham. We both had webcams with built in microphones, and everything was hunky dory .
Until, that is, I dropped my webcam , and the microphone element of it stopped working . I knew I would eventually get a new webcam, again with a built in microphone, but I wanted to take my time and save up for a good one . In the meantime, I decided to get a cheap microphone to use so that we could still have voice chats . At a little over £18, this fitted the bill perfectly.
This microphone is a stylish looking little think - a sleek rectangular base, with a long narrow stem, all in a lovely silver colour . Despite being made of plastic, it actually feels pretty sturdy. The base has small rubber feet that allow it so be stable on a desk.
This really couldn't be simpler to use - it's a plug and play device - no disks or drivers to install, simply plug it into a USB port, press the button on the base to turn it on, and it's ready to go .
The long stemmed design of the microphone means it easily picks up my voice without me having to bow my head to speak, something I find very handy as I have had cheap microphones in the past that do not live up to expectations. You can alter the position of the stem too - ideal for when my daughter would like to have a chat online .
The sound picked up is very good - it picked up my voice loud and clear, without a load of crackling or interference from my speakers, despite it being positioned close to them .
I also like that it has a nice long cable - I'm unsure of the exact length, but certainly generous enough to allow me to position this anywhere I like on my desk .
Overall, this was a good budget buy . My boyfriend has moved in now, so I don't need to use this often anymore, but it still gets used occasionally, and a year on from purchase is still in excellent working order .
I bought this to supplement the microphone on a webcam that I had because the mic wasn't that good. I purchased it off of Amazon because it initially had the best price, but more importantly it had over a 100 good reviews with a 5* rating. So all those people can't be wrong. And I wasn't disappointed.
The mic itself is well designed, having a small stand that sits on your desk. The stand is silver in colour, being about 90 mm square and seems to have a nice weight to it - probably because it has a metal plate underneath. In addition, it also has 4 rubber type feet underneath. So with the weight and the feet, it does seem to be a classy piece of kit for your desktop. In addition on the base, there is a large on/off power button which shines green when on giving a good clear indication of power on. A long usb lead also leads off the base. As for the mic stalk itself, it is black in colour, standing about 24 cm high and can be pivoted through about 170 degrees straight back and forth, but no sideways movement. With no drivers or software to load, you just plug the usb into your computer and Windows recognises it straight away, given you instant usability of the microphone.
Sound quality if very good because it has some inbuilt electronic wizardry that cancels out surrounding noise, which means it clearly picks up your voice as you speak (not sure how it actually distinguishes between background noise and your voice). Indeed, it seems to still clearly pick up you voice from some distance away, where I find that I can switch it on on my desk and then just sit back and talk and it will pick up everything I say with minimal (if any) background noise. Works great with Skype.
In summary, it looks classy, is nicely weighted and the sound quality far exceeds my expectations. So, a great mic at a great price.
I was looking for a microphone to use with my laptop that I could simply plug in and begin to use immediately. The Logitech USB Desktop microphone certainly met my needs in this respect. With no drivers or software to install, you can plug this product in and get to work.
This microphone is fashioned from high quality plastic. The body of the microphone is black, and the base is silver. One nice thing about the base is that it is equipped with a small patch of textured rubber at each corner - a stunted leg, if you will. This prevents the base causing damage to your desktop by scratching or causing friction. There is a single button for operation. You merely flick it to switch it on.
The body of the microphone is a different matter. Unsettlingly phallic in appearance, I found it impractical with its thinning 'stem' that even a small knock to the desk would send toppling, or almost toppling. I found it to be too tall, too. Although this is helpful in that it will pick up your voice from a shorter distance, I occasionally forgot the microphone was present and when gesticulating would inadvertently make contact with it with my hand.
The packaging claims the microphone is equipped with noise-cancelling technology for delivering better voice recognition, and it is true that the sound quality delivered by the microphone is superior to some models I have used. For a microphone that costs around £25 the microphone is low on distortion and background noise, and surprisingly sensitive to voice direction. I discovered that noise volumes must reach a very loud level before any distortion kicks in, so in the course of a regular, sometimes excited, conversation, you will experience no problems on this front.
The microphone is endowed with an adjustable boom, but its position cannot be altered dramatically without altering the position of the base. In this respect it is not quite as versatile as I would like, as the position of the boom can only be altered backwards and forward and not in any direction, so your movement is somewhat restricted when you have positioned the device.
This is a nice microphone that surpassed my expectations in terms of sound delivery. Its unwieldy design however, coupled with its restricted movement, would make me hesitate to recommend it to those who call upon microphones extensively.