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Ten Best computer Microphones

Overall Rank: 8

Best For Home Recording


Overall Rank: 4

Best Sound Quality


Overall Rank: 1

Best Portable USB Mic

Whether you need a mic for podcasting, recording vocals, recording instruments, interviews, Skype – whatever – USB mics are a fast, easy and usually cheaper alternative to high-end studio hardware. We will go over quality, both sound and design, ideal usage, portability, and lots of other goodness in this top 10 list.

The Audio-Technica cardioid dynamic microphone offers both USB and XLR outputs, making this mic ideal for at home users, and musicians. It has a headphone jack so users can directly monitor the mics output and we found that it works really well with one drawback - there's no pop filter. T's, P's and B's really distorted our audio, but you can purchase a filter if you are worried, but we found that positioning the mic on the included tripod stand, just a little further away from our mouth minimized this popping effect greatly.

AudioTechnica Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone (ATR2100)

Despite having no pop filter, playback is loud and clear and we like that there are external volume controls on the mic, so no time is wasted calibrating through the computer. This mic offers quite a bit - it is plug and play, comes with a tripod stand giving you the option to go hands free, it doubles as USB and XLR, it's lightweight, and it is PC and Mac compatible. Technical aspects aside, the mics design seems very durable as it is a metal construction - so we see this mic lasting a long time. Best of all it is cost friendly, so we don't have any quarrels about recommending this mic to our friends.

  • can also be used as traditional XLR mic
  • PC and Mac compatible
  • high-quality audio playback
  • comes with tripod stand
  • USB and XLR cables included
  • built-in headphone jack
  • lightweight
  • lifetime warranty

If you're looking for a great quality portable USB microphone, then we suggest you highly consider the Samson Meteor Studio Microphone. It has three sturdy fold-able legs and sits at just 6-inches tall, and there's also a screw mount on the bottom to attach to mic stand. Don't expect studio quality audio, especially for its relativity low price, but performance wise, this is a great mic. Voices are very clear, and anyone using a non-expensive mic say for podcasts, is gong to notice a huge difference with the Samson.

Samson Meteor Microphone Unboxing and Review

Yes this mic is great for recording audio, but if you're looking for a mic to perform music vocals, you will probably be disappointed here. It's USB connectivity, which is convenient, but you're not getting the direct analog connection like a high-end studio mic. If you're looking for a new podcast or Skype mic then you will not be disappointed, but keep in mind that this is a unidirectional mic, so in interview scenarios you will need an additional mic. Its a very solid mic, but if it was able to perform for both the interview/podcast, and musical scenes then we'd rank it much higher.

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