Blue Microphones Snowball iCEPlug ‘n Play USB Microphone Review with Cardioid Condenser

Blue Microphones Snowball iCEPlug ‘n Play USB Microphone Review with Cardioid Condenser

High-quality computer-based sound recording has never been easier to achieve until Blue Microphones’ Snowball iCEPlug ‘n Play USB Microphone can along. Whether for audio recording or video calling, Snowball iCE will never cease to amaze you by giving excellent sound quality way beyond what built-in PC mics can provide.

This microphone is customized with a cardioid condenser capsule which gives off lucid audio for voice recording and communication. Snowball iCE guarantees excellent results during video calls because it is Face Time, Twitch, and Skype certified.

It comes with a portable, adjustable mic stand and a USB cable that can automatically be recognized by your Windows PC or your Mac. You do not need to install drivers to use this.

Features of the Blue Microphones Snowball iCEPlug ‘n Play USB Microphone

  • Easy Plug and Play. Quick and stress-free recording is a reality with Snowball iCE. Just mount the device on its adjustable stand, connect the USB cable to the port on your Windows or Mac, and your system will automatically recognize it. No need to install drivers, unlike other devices you plug into your computer. You’re now ready to start recording any audio projects you want with Snowball iCE.
  • Awesome Sound Quality for Video Calls.Whether you’re meeting online with your clients, strengthening your relationship with your friends and family around the world, or just live streaming your gaming session, expect to be heard clearly with Snowball iCE.It works marvelously with a broad range of online video calling apps like Skype, Messenger, Facetime or Twitch.
  • High-quality audio recording for Home-based Audio Projects. Whether you’re creating podcasts, narration for home movies, episodes for your YouTube channel, or recording your songs and instruments, Snowball iCE can give you high-quality audio comparable to professional recordings. Gets your audio and video projectto a higher level with Snowball iCE.
  • One-direction Pick-up and Noise Reduction. The iCE model is designed with a cardioid pickup, meaning it can only catch sound from one direction, canceling ambiance sound and noise. That’s why for single users, this is great.

Product information

  • Audio Quality: Professional (16bit, 4.1kHz)
  • Mic Capsules: Single
  • Condenser: CardioidPickup Pattern
  • Color: Balck and White, Brushed Aluminum
  • Plug and Play: Yes
  • Drivers: No
  • Weight:7 pounds
  • Dimensions: 10.6 x 5.5 x 9.1 inches
  • USB Cable Length: 6-foot
  • Desktop Stand: Yes
·         System Requirements:
–          For Windows PC: Windows 8 and lower, with USB 1.0/2.0 and 64MB RAM.
–          For Macintosh: Mac OS 10.4.6 or higher, with USB 1.0/2.0and 64MB RAM

Pros

Snowball iCE Plug ‘n Play USB Microphone is very easy to use so that most users, with no background in being “sound guys,” really like the audio quality it provides without exerting much effort. Users of different professions who record audio-visual materials for their presentations find it really useful in providing good sound quality despite its low price compared to other USB mics.

  • For Sales. Those who are recording product demos and sales presentations can greatly benefit from this mic. The sound quality is more improved than the built-in mic from headsets and earphones.
  • For School. It’s ideal forteachers and college professors trying to make their class less boring.
  • For Online Teaching. Online language educators can greatly benefit from the Snowball iCE mic because of the lucidity of audio recording it provides, making online teaching easier and clear.

In addition to its internal features, the Blue Microphones customer service also adds to its pros. Users who had problems with their item experienced quality customer service and vouch that they were patient, pleasant, and helpful in solving dilemmas related to the product.

Cons

  • Not Multiple-User Friendly. As much as it provides quality sound pick-up for single users, for multiple users, it may not. Because this is designed with cardioid features, it picks up sound in one direction only; that’s why you won’t find it useful if you’re making a podcast with many people speaking.
  • Low You have to stoop your head down or place it on a higher platform so may be uncomfortable speaking using it.
  • Windows 10 incompatible. Its volume works great with lower Windows versions but in Windows 10, even though you set the volume on maximum, the audio reception is still low, unless you place it directly near your mouth, in which case is very uncomfortable for anyone. And because there’s no driver to make Windows 10 recognize it, you probably should stay away if you’re using windows 10.

Verdict

Blue Microphones Snowball iCEPlug ‘n Play USB Microphone with Cardioid Condenser is an affordable,high-quality mic suitable for voice recording and video calling of single users with computer operating systems that are below Windows 10. It can provide you with a higher quality sound quality than built-in mics, it doesn’t produce an echo, and it isolates your voice and rejects noise. So, if the above mentioned criteria, suit your needs, Snowball iCE is probably the mic you are looking for.