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Review: Samson Go Mic Compact USB Microphone
The huge increase in voice recording dependent tools like podcasts and Skype has resulted in a dramatic increase in the demand for compact microphones, and created a whole new market of consumers. In the past, the only people who needed to buy compact microphones were musicians and tech savvy computer users, but they are quickly becoming the must have accessory for consumers worldwide. The Samson Go Mic Compact USB Microphone has been created and marketed for exactly that purpose. Available for less than $50, the Samson Go Mic is an affordable and convenient microphone with excellent functionality that has proven to be very popular is recent months. Many people are fearful of compact digital devices at very low costs; there is an inherent fear of the product quality because of the low price. For this reason, the onus is very clearly on the Samson Go Mic to prove its worth. Key Specs Samson Go Mic Compact USB Microphone RRP: $89.99 Year of Release: 2009 Type of Microphone: Condenser Application: recording music, podcasting and field recording Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 5 inches Weight: 0.5 lbs Samson Go Mic Compact USB Microphone: The Pros Price: Without question, the Samson Go Mic is marketed to sell. Available for a fraction of what other home-use compact microphones cost, the risk involved in purchasing the Go Mic is significantly lessened. For that price, you also receive a design that allows you to conveniently clip the microphone to your laptop or stand it on your desk. This makes it much easier to use, both on the go and at home. As well as this, buyers will receive a protective case for their microphone – perfect for keeping it safe. However, the most extraordinary aspect of the Samson Go Mic is the value for money you receive through its ease of use and simple functionality. Plug n’ Play: Designed to perform on both Mac and Windows computers, the Samson Go Mic requires no drivers to work. You simply do exactly what it says – plug it in and start using it. The simplicity and ease with which you can start using the Go Mic microphone make it perfect for use on the go. This quick start functionality, combined with its diminutive size and included protective casing make the Samson Go Mic ideal for travel and spontaneous usage. This is particularly useful when users avail of the full functionality of the Go Mic, including voice recognition, iChat and even Voice over Internet Protocol. Once you become familiar with all that the Samson Go Mic can do, you’ll find yourself using it far more often than you might other microphones. Clarity: The Audio quality of the Samson Go Mic Compact USB Microphone is perhaps the most surprising aspect of the lot. Although it only boasts a 10mm transducer, the Go Mic picks up audio with unexpected ease. The audio quality is clear, rich and warm, and it has an impressive range from higher pitches to low bass tones. This is not a professional microphone – far from it – but it certainly punches above its weight and outperforms other more expensive microphones. The three-way directional settings take a little getting used to for the best results, but it is well worth your time to do so as the reward is a fantastic audio clarity. Samson Go Mic Compact USB Microphone: The Cons Microphone Clip: Although the Samson Go Mic comes with a convenient clip for easy attachment to your screen, the clip size is clearly intended for use with slim laptops and netbooks. With larger screens, the clip is simply not big enough to attach to the machine. The Samson Go Mic is designed for use on the go, and for most people this will mean for use with netbooks, but a slightly more flexible clip would add great usability for those looking to use the Go Mic with their home computers. Build Quality: The quality of construction in the Samson Go Mic leaves something to be desired. Granted, for this price you would not expect flawless heavy duty construction, but it should not be too much to expect a reasonably durable build quality that will sustain minor bumps and shunts without incurring any damage. The base of the microphone feels quite flimsy, and although the Go Mic comes with a protective case, extra care should be taken to ensure the microphone doesn’t suffer any unnecessary damage. Is the Samson Go Mic Compact USB Microphone Worth Buying? For those looking for an affordable, reliable, all-purpose compact microphone, the Samson Go Mic Compact USB Microphone may just be just the ticket. This is not a professional grade mic, nor does it claim to be. Users looking to record dense tracks with layers of sound should consider investing in a more expensive option. However, for those looking for a microphone that allows them to interact with their computer and record vocal audio, the Samson Go Mic stands out as an absolute bargain. Look after the Go Mic and it will work for years. Although many will automatically disregard the Samson Go Mic as a viable alternative to more expensive microphones, they do so at their peril. This is a surprisingly good quality little microphone that, despite its minor flaws, is well worth the price.