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We do quite like playing Rock band on the Xbox and bought the microphone to go with the game. It is a cheap alternative to buying the whole band in the box and is really good quality. It works perfectly with our version of Beatles Rock band along with a couple of other titles we own. It does not work with the Lips game however; I was hoping that it would do as my Lips wireless microphone eats batteries like nobody's business.
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I bought the microphone from Game and it cost me around £12.99. I think this is a good price to pay for a 'licensed Xbox accessory.'
The microphone is white and feels good quality. It comes with a 15 foot lead with a USB connector that slots straight into the port at the front of the Xbox. The lead is really long and bare in mind you need to be quite close to see the words, the extra length is a bit of a waste. This microphone will also work with the Nintendo Wii. The microphone is small and easy to hold with a black head. It is nice and light and fits in well with the colour scheme of the Xbox and the Wii and overall offers a good quality product at a reasonable price.
This is obviously no professional piece of singing equipment but for playing Karaoke games it is great. The sound quality is good, sometimes it sounds a bit echoy and dull but this is more down to an inexperienced user. On the whole sound quality is not too bad, fairly crisp and clear; however sometimes it does sound just a little dull.
This is a fun addition to have and we love to get it out when we have friends round, it offers no end of entertainment. We love playing Beatles Rock Band and having this little microphone as another addition makes the game much more fun. I have not had a problem with it and it is really reliable.
If you love Karaoke games then you will not go wrong with buying this microphone. It is cheap, reliable and good quality.
Now I just need to learn how to sing!
Whist I was going through a Guitar Hero phase a few years back, I decided to invest in a USB microphone that could connect to my Wii console. The most reasonably priced mic that I could find was Logitech's 'Vantage' variety, which retails at £19.99 from amazon.co.uk - I actually shopped around, and paid just £12.99 on eBay. The Vantage mics come in different varieties - there's one for the Wii, one for the Xbox360, and one for the Playstation. Although it's recommended that you buy the one designed for your console, I've read that all the models should work regardless of which system they're used on.
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White in colour and constructed from a tough plastic, the Logitech Vantage is comfortable to hold with a nice and chunky body. The microphone connects to the back of the Wii, and the USB connection is well made and secure. When buying a microphone for a console, you'll need to make sure the cable is long enough; however, this isn't something you'll need to worry about with this particular model - the cord measures 4.6 metres in length, which is actually a bit too long for my liking, as it had the potential to get tangled up on the floor.
Performance & Final Word
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Microphones designed for use with games consoles can't compete with the designated band mics made by premium brands such as Shure - however, the Logitech is certainly good enough for videogame use, picking up vocals without any problems and returning a sound which is clear and nicely balanced.
In my experience of using the microphone, I found it to be hardwearing and reliable - however, if it should break during normal use, it will be covered by its two year limited warranty. At the end of the day, if you want a decent gaming microphone, you won't go too far wrong with the Logitech Vantage.
My oldest daughter loves to sing. So for her birthday last year, we found a game for the X Box full of her favourite Disney songs and decided to buy it.
Trouble is, her younger sister also loves to sing, and they do everything together. Said game only came with 1 microphone, so I set about trying to find another compatible microphone for the game. Turned out to be rather difficult, asmost places only seemed to sell the microphones with the games.
Eventually I stumbled across this Logitech Vantage microphone on Amazon. It was a tad pricey compared to what I had wanted to pay at around £15, but compared to future arguments over 1 mic, I decided it was worth it.
For the X Box, we had been used to using the Lips microphones, which are big, full sized mic. This USB mic was tiny in comparison, the size of these being no more than roughly 15cm's.
The two main differences in the USB mics and the wireless Lips mics are fairly obvious. The USB mics are not wireless. I did worry that having cables would mean the girls stood right in front of the tv, but was quite surprised that the length of the cable gave them ample room to be at the the other end of our room, plus gave them leway to jump around without unplugging them. There is 15foot of cable on the mic, so plenty of room for moving around.
The other difference is the weight. As the USB cables plug in to the console, theres no need to fill them with batteries like the wireless Lips mics, so when you hold one of each of the mics, you realise just how heavy the wireless ones can be.
The lack of batteries is also another bonus as you dont need to take various parts of the USB mics apart to change batteries.
The sound quality on the USB microphones is pretty good. Its not amazing, you wouldnt use these mics in a pub at karaoke for example, as the sound quality is not good enough, but for athome they are just right. They dont pick up any feedback from the tv, so no squeeking noises if they get too close to each other. Theres no crackle, or any other annoying noises, they are just right for a group of people having a laugh at home. If they were for use elewhere the sound quality would need to be better, just more clearer than what it is.
We originally bought this for the X Box, and later when we bought a Wii console, we were really pleased when we realised the USB microphones worked perfectly in the Wii too, even though the one we bought specifically said for X Box. It meant having to spend less money splashing out on compatible microphones for seperate consoles.
A drawback on these mics, is that you can only hook up 2 mics at a time. Theres only 2 USB slots on both the X BOx and the Wii, so when you have 2 mics plugged in, thats it, theres no room for any more, so if you want to have more than 2 people playing at once, its best to try find a game with a party play mode.
On another plus side, hooking these mics up to consoles couldnt be easier, literally just plug them into the USB slots and you are done! Unlike the faffing about with the wireless mics to try and hook them up, the USB ones are simple.
Another quick note - I have compared these mics to the wireless Lips mics, but these USB mics do not work with the Lips games unfortunately. We have used them on all the Sing It games and a few others, Lips is the only game we cannot get them to work on.