When my sister moved to University in September it was a bit of a shock to the system for me more than her I think! Despite there being thirteen years between us we are close and I knew that I was going to miss her and want to be able to chat whilst she was away. She told me that she was going to be getting skype and recommended that I got it too but I needed to purchase a microphone for my PC to be able to use it. I seem to be able to find everything that I could want on amazon and so I headed there straight away where I bought the Trust high sensitive microphone for just £4.99 which included free super saver delivery.
The microphone arrived quite quickly and was simply packed but in one of those impossible to open plastic packs! I tackled the packaging with some sharp scissors and was soon able to open it up and get the microphone out.
The microphone is simple looking and simply attaches to a round base and has a lead which plugs in the back of the computer. This one did come with a small instruction leaflet which was quite compacted but to be fair most people would probably not struggle with setting this up. I say most people....yes that is right I am not "most" people and I am so rubbish with settings on the computer and things! I was able to plug the microphone in to the back of the PC with no trouble at all but then when it came to testing it on skype it just would not pick up my voice at all! After a lot of faffing with settings on the computer I realised I had the wrong selection highlighted and was able to use the microphone!
This microphone is not going to win any style awards and it is basic looking. As I mentioned it does sit on a base which has the trust name on there and then it comes out on a long plastic rod in the end of which is the microphone. It would be nice if the microphone was flexible but then again for the price of £4.99 what can I really expect from it? There are flexible models available but they will obviously cost more. I like that I can slot this microphone towards the back of my computer desk and so just have the head and a little of the plastic sticking out from under the monitor so it is not an obtrusive piece of kit at all. I would say that it is very lightweight and so will shift around on your desk if you just have it sticking out and it would have been an idea to perhaps have a suction cup on the bottom for people who would like to keep it in the same position.
Really all of how the piece of kit looks is irrelevant if it is useless as a microphone which of course is the purpose of it. Well I have to say that for skyping this is perfectly adequate. I don't need to have the microphone pushed right up to my face when I am talking to my sister at University because my computer table is quite small and so I will simply pull it out slightly from under the monitor and this works well. She assures me that she can hear me well and we don't seem to have any issues with that at all....in fact the main issue for us is skype giving up the ghost and so we will generally chat through facebook chats video calling system which seems to work better and again this microphone is fine for that.
I think if you are looking for a basic, cheap microphone which will be fine for speaking over the internet then this is a great buy. If you are looking to make videos or anything like that to post online then you probably need something a bit more expensive but for me this one has been perfect.
Thank you for reading my review!
I recently downloaded Skype and so needed a microphone so I could talk to people. I did not want to spend a lot of money and this one was only about £3 including postage from a seller on Amazon.
I thought that given the price, the voice quality would not be very good but I was wrong, the voice quality is excellent and it is very easy for other people to understand exactly what I am saying.
The microphone does feel cheap and plasticy but the angle of the microphone can be adjusted and it does not require charging or any batteries, it just runs off your computer. It has a 3.5mm connector so will fit all computers, laptops and most other devices which can use a microphone. The connector is on a 1.8m cable which is plenty big enough for you to place it where you want to.
An instruction manual is included which tells you how to set it up, but for a computer all you have to do is plug it in.
I suppose the only downside to it is the plasticy feel and the sense that if you applied a little force you could snap it.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a cheap, good quality microphone for Skype or a similar voice chat program or for online gaming.
I have not seen them available in high street shops, so I suggest that you buy it off either Amazon or ebay.
If you have read any of my previews reviews on Trust High products then you will be aware that I am a huge fan of this brand. Always they deliver in terms of price and quality and I could not fault them in my experiences using their products. Thus whenever I seek a new bit of techno equipment its them I look to first.
And sure enough when in need of a new microphone to use on Pc, mainly on online gaming and for use with my webcam, I came across the Trust High Mic for £1.99 and invested straight away and again I am more than satisfied with my purchase.
The first thing other than the brand name that appealed was the trendy look, grey base with a sleek grey mic that looks stylish on any desktop.
As always with Trust High goods the set up is simple and within seconds its installed. The plug and play utility does the work for you so no need to go through any complex installation. Even computer novices will have it working within the minute.
The cord is long and flexible so the item can be placed anywhere and the microphone is weighty so it doesn't tend to fall over like some do. It folds nicely into a easily storable shape and feels well built giving the impression it will last.
In terms of quality I cannot fault it and for the price its spot on!
If you want a cheap and easy mic then go for this!
Cant fault if for the price!
I am trying to learn a new language (Spanish) and one of the tools on the software package I'm using allows for the recording of phrases, with playback to see how good one's pronunciation is.
I therefore needed a microphone, but did not want to spend too much. A quick search on the internet showed that my usual computer retailer, Dabs.com, had the Trust High Sensitive Microphone for only £6.47. Reasoning that I'd lost very little money if it was found to be unsuitable, I bought one.
First impressions were not very positive, however. The microphone came securely packaged in one of those moulded plastic cases which are difficult to open without opening a vein or artery on the razor sharp edges. Being very careful, I prised the microphone out of the hole I'd cut in the plastic; and it promptly fell into three pieces!
Fortunately, the pieces fitted back together easily and I'd not caused any damage, but the episode showed just how flimsy in construction the microphone is. Made of thin plastic (both base and stem) the whole thing, including the six foot cable, weighs only 56 grams - in my mind I was already consigning this to the bin.
Despite my misgivings, I proceeded to install the microphone - which simply involved plugging the 3.5mm jack into the mic-in socket on my computer's sound card.
The 'user manual' supplied with the microphone is described as 'multilingual'. This simply meant that the instructions consist of pictures, showing how to plug in the microphone then launch Sound Recorder so that it can be tested.
I followed the instructions, recorded my voice, and played it back: no sound. A quick check of the manual guided me to Vista's Control Panel Sound application: the recording level was set to minimum, hence the lack of recorded volume (reminder to self - always read the manual!).
A few minutes playing with the recording level gave an acceptable setting and I was able to use the microphone with my language tutor.
Even though it is light and flimsy, the microphone has a large, sturdy base that supports the microphone as long as it is not knocked. The stand has angle adjustment from 0-180 degrees allowing the user to site the microphone on a desk, perfectly aligned to his or her face. The adjustment is quite firm and once set, will not slip or sag.
Trust state that this is a 'high sensitivity' microphone, and one that's designed for video conferencing. The high sensitivity means that the microphone can be placed quite a way from the user. I found that it was perfectly capable of picking up my voice from over two feet away. Further than this, however, and background noise can be a problem.
For its price, I found the sound quality to be more than acceptable. Recorded voices are clear and distortion free. There is a detectable increase in bass frequencies, but this was not intrusive at all. I found that for my use, this microphone fitted my needs perfectly. I could listen to my Spanish pronunciation and try to correct it, exactly what I was looking for.
I've had this for several months now and my initial misgivings about the flimsy construction have proven unfounded. The microphone is still in one piece and continues to work, although its location on my desk means that I do not need to touch it, even when using it. If the unit was being handled every day, then its lifetime might be somewhat shortened by rough use.
I'm certain that, for its other intended uses of online gaming, video conferencing and chatting, this cheap microphone will provide more than adequate performance and seriously good value for money and I highly recommend it. If you're looking for a cheap microphone for the uses above, try this one first.
I've since found that Amazon has this for sale even cheaper than Dabs.com: £2.75. This is a real bargain for a reasonable quality microphone.