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Top 3 Gaming Microphones on the Market in 2017

What is the best mic for gaming?

With 2016 already wrapped and 2017 up ahead, gamers are definitely excited for the upcoming titles release, which, as seen from sneak peeks and teaser trailers, are quite visually enticing. Some title installments are also said to come with revamped and much better gameplay mechanics. It goes without saying that these games will be all the better when you have top-of-the-line computer gadgets, especially a high quality mic, which allows for smoother and clearer conversations between you and party members.

There are several headsets that feature a built-in mic, but gamers know that these mics are not necessarily the best. Some headset brands focus more on the quality of the audio output rather than the input. For those who don’t want scratchy sounds and below average microphones get in the way of their fun, a high-quality mic, preferably a standalone one, are the way to go. There are tons of choices available in the market right now, but if you’re looking for the best ones, these three are your best options.

Samson Go Compact USB Microphone

If you’re a serious PC gamer who is always on the go, this compact and portable mic is the best one for you. It has a plug and play feature, which means that it won’t require driver installations or adaptors to work after getting plugged into a PC – be it Mac or Windows. For stability, you can clip it on your laptop or let it stand on a desk.

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In terms of picking up and recording audio, the Samson Go Compact USB Microphone is quite impressive. It affords you the freedom to switch between cardioid and omnidirectional pickup patterns, depending on the situation you are in. Moreover, it has an audio recording resolution of 16-bit or 44.1 kHz and comes with an affordable $40 price tag. Without a doubt, this cool, high-quality mic is a good value for money.

Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser

The sleek form of this mic is enough to lure gamers into purchasing it. Its aesthetics is akin to that of the premium microphones used during studio recording sessions and live performances.

Most gamers will also appreciate the ease of use of this high-quality mic. It also has an easy plug and play feature. It comes with a mic stand, but it is one with very poor quality. It’s best if you buy a separate mic stand – one that is sturdy and won’t immediately topple when you accidentally knock it over. And at 9.6 x 9.6 x 2.6 inches, it’ll easily fit on any desk.

In terms of audio quality, the ATR2500 does not disappoint. It has a cardioid pickup pattern and an audio recording resolution of 30 Hz – 15 kHz, allowing you to easily pick up sounds that are directly in front of it with fine quality – a great feature for gaming. There is a jack for your headphones in front of the mic, so you can easily monitor your sound quality. At $60-$75, this one is worth every penny.

Blue Microphones Yeti USB

Similar to the others mentioned in this list, this one also connects to your gaming rig via USB. It looks like what you would expect a mic to be, which isn’t a bad thing. While there is nothing unique about its form, it definitely outshines others in terms of its features.

It has different pickup patterns – stereo, cardioid, omni and bidirectional. You can switch from one pick-up pattern to another, with just a flick of a switch. Aside from this, there are several other built-in controls on the mic, including mute, gain, zero-latency, making it very easy for gamers to control the mic.

The sound quality it produces is not something that should be doubted. It has a THX-certification that could vouch for its stellar audio pick-up performance. The only downside to this one is the size. It’s quite large and thus, not something you’d want to carry with you. However, for $120 – $130, this is definitely a good deal.

Budget, microphone type, and connectivity are just some of the considerations that gamers need to bear in mind when choosing a high-quality mic to buy. Just know your requirements and how much you can afford, and then you can set out and search for the best one available.

 

Where to Get the Best Gaming Equipment

Where to Get the Best Gaming Equipment

Pro games are only as good as their next kill, but your fate in your gameplay destiny is only as good as your weapons of mass destruction. If tournament championship has started to become elusive and harder to attain, maybe it is time to upgrade your machine to make faster and more responsive.

Gaming Computers

As the largest chain of retail stores for computers, PCWorld covers everything from servers, hardware, software and even offers advice from experts who have tested the products from a variety of manufacturers in their publication. When looking into upgrading your rig, one of the best places you can visit is their retail stores and talk about the many components that you can tweak and configure to greatly improve your gameplay. Here are some things that you can focus on to get maximum improvement at a very short period. When you are working on a relatively aged computer, you might consider changing the CPU, the motherboard, the video card, and possibly adding a few RAM or HDD. The rule of thumb is, if your CPU and mother boards are more than two years old, yeah, no more thinking about it, go ahead and do that upgrade.
Updating the RAM doesn’t really speed up the computer, but the process of swapping the game footprint from the RAM to the HDD does slow down your PC every not and then. There are a lot of RAM hungry games out there and if your favorite games are one of those, I suggest that you look for a better RAM that can cater to these games. Last on the list of easiest gaming upgrades for the graphics card, all though hardcore gamers will always tell you to put this first on your list. Changing from the integrated graphics card in your computer to a dedicated one will show you why it should have been done in the first place.

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Gaming Keyboard

Same rule of thumb, if your keyboard is a little over two years, you might want to consider changing upgrading your gaming keyboard. A lot of manufacturers have announced their 2017 keyboard releases and its features and functions. If it is about that time, the best place to visit is this website, Amazon and Bestbuy where you will find the best keyboards in the market. First on everyone’s wish list, as can be expected is Razer. Blackwidow Chroma is a specially engineered piece of technology that will bring you’re a-game to another level. It has fully programmable keys plus five additional ones. Another one on the top list of keyboards is Corsair’s Strafe RGB Silent-Ultra Quiet Keyboard. A first impression would always be that there seems to be nothing special, aesthetically speaking, this keyboard looks like any other keyboard, but Corsair has done it again. They have lived up to expectation and have delivered a hardware that meets the standards of the market by coming up with its fully integrated noise reduction mechanized keyboard that is durable enough to withstand long playing hours.

Gaming Mouse

Similarly with the gaming keyboard, the best place is still Amazon or Best buy, but the market is now saturated with no other name but RAZOR, particularly its DeathAdder Chroma. This mice has topped the charts and killed the competition with its 99.4% resolution accuracy which is unheard of anywhere. With this number, you are expected to see pointer where you expect it to be. A lot of testers rave about its ergonomic curves and comfortable button placement. No matter how small or how big your hands are, you won’t need to strain your hands. It is also made with customizable buttons for those preference that will ensure you get to cast your spells whenever you need them and the ability to change the DPI on the fly which was developed in tandem with Omron. Customization has become a standard with all the mice maker that plan to make a mark in the gaming world, but the DeathAdder comes with the Razor’s Synapse which is still be best one tested and trusted by a lot of gamers. For those who are not a big Razor’s fan, there is Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum . It also has programmable buttons- 11 to be exact as well as DPI in-game shift like the Adder. It is also a great gaming mouse as the Adder with the same comfort and ergonomic design for all hand sizes. The Logitec software has prebuilt profiles for your installed games and it even suggests game-specific commands automatically as it has detected in your computer making customization easier, just make sure to save these settings that you have created onto your computer’s memory instead of the mouse memory.