Many of us have now become experts at remote conferencing, using our computers to talk with those we work with, wherever they may be working at the time.
During the initial scramble for gear, most of us started out using simple earphones with in-line microphones, while others used gaming headsets and enjoyed a quality audio experience both for themselves, and those listening. But in the conversations that followed, a few popped up that were using a dedicated desktop USB microphone for their audio setup - and the superior audio quality, along with the improved comfort that comes with freedom from a headset - made these people the envy of everyone else in the team chat.
If you’re wanting to improve your home setup, a desktop microphone from Samson, Blue or Rode is likely the fastest and easiest way to sort out your sound - both brands have a range of desktop microphone options that high-quality audio, ideal for live conferencing, chatting with friends and family, gaming and live streaming.
Starting off with the BOYA USB Microphone, we find an affordable option which has the latest Type-C USB cable included, along with the usual Type-A USB. This allows the BOYA BY-PM500 to be used easily with more devices, like the Type-C on a smartphone for example.
Built into the microphone is a volume knob for quick adjustments, along with mute, it’s all very easy to control. The included standard USB connection plugs directly into the computer, with no special software download being required to use this BOYA desktop microphone. A stand is included, plus there is a Boom mount on the microphone should you want to attach it to another holder for more musical interests.
A convenient headphone output jack can be found just beside the USB too, just plug your headphones in and you'll have latency-free monitoring. The design is durable and practical, with smooth frequency response providing professional audio quality.
Another great USB desktop microphone that delivers professional audio quality is from the brand named Blue Microphones, and looking specifically the Blue range we see lots of great options to choose from. Blue is a very popular brand, their microphones are perfect for streaming gameplay on Twitch, recording that new song with Pro Tools or just chatting on Skype or Teams - whatever you’re doing you can position it perfectly then just sit back and enjoy your crystal-clear audio goodness.
The Blue Snowball ICE range has some of most versatile USB microphones around too, and much like the BOYA above, you don't even need to install custom drivers - just plug in and begin!
Another very popular PC desktop microphone brand is RODE, and their NT-USB Mini USB Desktop Microphone brings the pristine sound quality of their world-class studio mics to a compact, easy-to-use desktop USB microphone.
Designed to deliver crystal-clear, professional-sounding audio direct to a computer or tablet, it's the perfect microphone for gamers, podcasters, musicians, streamers, business professionals and content creators who want to be heard in full definition.
The NT-USB Mini features a studio-grade headphone amplifier and a high-quality 3.5mm headphone output, complete with precision volume control, allowing you to easily monitor your audio. It is incredibly easy to set up and use, with simple controls, an in-built pop filter and a class-compliant USB output that works seamlessly with computers or tablets, no drivers or software needed. Just plug into your Mac, PC or tablet with the included USB cable.
The NT-USB Mini features a unique detachable magnetic desk stand - not only does this provide a sturdy base on any desktop, it also makes it easy to remove and attach to a mic stand or studio arm. This and the unique 360-degree swing mount means you can position the mic wherever it needs to be to get the best recording possible.
The NT-USB Mini is the perfect addition to any desktop or home studio setup. At just 89mm wide and 141mm tall, it's very compact, taking up only a fraction of precious desktop real estate. It also looks fantastic - sleek and stylish, with clean lines and a modern aesthetic. Hard-wearing steel and reinforced nylon resin construction ensure the NT-USB Mini is ready to take on the rigours of recording anywhere and everywhere.
All of the options we’ve looked at above are excellent, but there are many more options available in a range of colour and sizes to suit you, check out the full range of USB microphones today!