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Best USB Microphones on a Budget – Gaming, Music + Conference Calls

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USB condenser mics are great, especially affordable ones that still sound decent! 

They are effortless to work with. You don’t need an audio interface or any other hardware, all you need is your computer. 

Plug them in and away you go.

USB mics can be really affordable, it’s possible to get quality sound while keeping the cost low. This is great for beginners or even pros looking for a cheap and efficient way to get audio tracks into their laptops easily.

We spent a decent amount of time researching different USB mics and organized our data into an article to help you guys make the best choice.

In this article, I will walk you through our top 6 mics and see which one best fits you!

We’ve owned the Tonor for a couple of years now and really like it. Used it last night for another YouTube video doing a voice-over which you can hear in the middle of this video.

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Tonor USB Microphone

The value you get for its price deserved the “budget pick” tag

4.5/5
Price Range: $
Brand: Tonor
Tonor USB Microphone on a desk with laptop
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The Download

The Tonor USB mic is the cheapest on this list. The point of a USB mic is to have a cheap way of getting your audio onto your computer, the Tonor USB mic fulfils that requirement.

While the tone is a little warm sometimes it can easily be corrected in post audio tweaks. A little lifting of the treble in the EQ and it’s great. You can hear that in the audio recording in the video mentioned above.

The warm tone is even better for conference calls where you want more depth and bottom end to make you feel more in person for the other person gaming or in the conference room.

The Specs

  • Color:  Blue
  • Impedance:  680 ohms
  • Weight:  0.76 lbs
  • Item Dimensions:  5.91 x 1.97 x 1.57 inches

Stuff I like

  • Adjustable stand
  • Comes with a pop filter
  • Cheap
  • A lot of compatibilities

Stuff I like less

  • Not compatible with Xbox
  • The cable is a bit short
Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars

What’s in the box?

  • Microphone
  • Power Chord
  • Foldable Mic Tripod
  • Mini Shock Mount
  • Manual
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Fifine USB Microphone

Not the best sound but it gets the job done at its low price

4/5
Price Range: $
Brand: Fifine
Fifine USB Microphone
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The Download

The Fifine is also a budget option. Its performance is okay in most areas. For singing you might wanna look into something better, you probably don’t want any unwanted audio in your mix.

What I really like about this mic is it has a volume knob on the mic itself which makes it simple to configure the sound without going into the computer’s settings. This mic is really just a better version of your computer’s mic. It’s great if you need multiple mics so you don’t need to spend a ton.

The Specs

  • Color:  Black
  • Polar Pattern:  Unidirectional
  • Impedance:  600
  • Weight:  0.88 lbs
  • Item Dimensions:  4.88 x 2.6 x 7.28 inches

Stuff I like

  • On-mic volume knob
  • Cheap
  • Long cable
  • Some adjustability

Stuff I like less

  • Ok quality
  • No background noise reduction
Overall Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

What’s in the box?

  • Microphone
  • Foldable Mic Tripod Stand
  • Power Cable
  • Manual
editorspick

Blue Snowball ICE USB Microphone

Best sound quality on this list with a long impressive pedigree in USB microphones

4.5/5
Price Range: $$
Brand: Blue
Blue Snowball ICE USB Microphone
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The Download

The Blue Snowball comes from a company that is known throughout the audio industry. Its great sound quality gave it the upper hand against other competitors.

This mic’s simplicity and great audio make it perfect for broadcasting. It’s got audio settings on the mic so you can get that sound you’re looking for. It’s small and detachable which makes it super easy to move around.

The mic stand it comes with is also simple. It’s a tripod that screws off the mic easily. It is the most expensive on this list but deservingly so.

The Specs

  • Color:  Black
  • Polar Pattern:  Unidirectional
  • Impedance:  16 ohms
  • Weight:  1 lb
  • Item Dimensions:  10.6 x 5.5 x 9.1 inches

Stuff I like

  • Great audio quality
  • Different audio settings
  • Easy to carry around

Stuff I like less

  • Doesn’t allow for perfect positioning
  • No mute button
  • Output levels are low (you may need to speak up)
Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars

What’s in the box?

  • Microphone
  • Stand
  • Power Cable
  • Manual
contender

Razer Seiren Mini USB Microphone

Stylish and great for gaming

4/5
Price Range: $$
Brand: Razer
Razer Seiren Mini USB Microphone
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The Download

This microphone is also extremely simple and easy to carry around. But this mic is more for gaming, most of its features are meant to accompany gamers.

For example, its simplicity helps declutter a gamer’s desk, and its style has the word “gamer” written all over it. This mic is okay when it comes to sound quality but as a gamer that shouldn’t be so important to you.

You are probably just looking for anything to get audio into your computer. Adjustability is also lacking here, you can get a perfect position.

But again, if you are a gamer you just need something to sit on your desk and capture some audio, doesn’t need to be a perfect position stand. The Razer Seiren does just that.

The Specs

  • Color:  Black
  • Polar Pattern:  Unidirectional
  • Impedance:  N/A
  • Weight:  0.95 lbs
  • Item Dimensions:  3.55 x 3.55 x 6.35 inches

Stuff I like

  • Extremely Simple
  • Stylish
  • Great sound quality

Stuff I like less

  • A bit expensive
  • Not so adjustable (unless you get a different stand)
Overall Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

What’s in the box?

  • Microphone
  • Stand
  • Power Cable
  • Manual
  • Support Rod
bestvalue

Maono USB Microphone

Its accessories add great value

4/5
Price Range: $$
Brand: Maono
Maono USB Microphone
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The Download

The Maono USB Mic comes with a lot of accessories while still keeping the cost low. Best value on this list. The accessories it comes with mostly accompany singers.

The pop filter and shock mount it comes with is to get your audio extra clean so other noises don’t interrupt your mix.

Some broadcasters use these types of accessories to get clean vocals but if you are someone starting out you don’t need all of this. Gamers definitely don’t need all of this, I don’t think they care so much about how clean their vocals are unless they’re streaming. Also, all these accessories may make it harder to carry around and can clutter your workspace.

If you are dying to get clear vocals then you should consider this mic, but if that’s not the most important to you then you can go for much simpler and cheaper options.

The Specs

  • Color:  Black
  • Polar Pattern:  Unidirectional
  • Impedance:  1000 ohms or less
  • Weight:  2.97 lbs
  • Item Dimensions:  17.13 x 8.15 x 3.5 inches

Stuff I like

  • Great value
  • Perfect positioning stand
  • Comes with a shock mount

Stuff I like less

  • Hard to carry everything around
  • The stand is a bit hard to control
Overall Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

What’s in the box?

  • Microphone
  • Stand
  • Power Cable
  • Manual
  • Pop Filter
  • Shock Mount
  • Desk Clip
  • Foam Windscreen
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HyperX SoloCast USB Microphone

Simple but efficient for a decent price

4/5
Price Range: $$
Brand: HyperX
HyperX SoloCast USB Microphone
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The Download

The Hyper X USB mic is very similar to the Razer mic mentioned earlier. Its style and simplicity make it great for gaming.

The difference is, is that the quality on this mic isn’t as good as the quality on the Razer. However, the price is lower on the Hyper X. The thing I really like about the Hyper X is its tap-to-mute button. Instead of muting the audio from the computer, you can do it with one simple press on the mic.

The Specs

  • Color:  Black
  • Polar Pattern:  Cardioid
  • Impedance:  N/A
  • Weight:  0.57 lbs
  • Item Dimensions:  6.85 x 3.82 x 3.07 inches
Overall Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

What’s in the box?

  • Microphone
  • Stand
  • Power cable

Final Thoughts

All in all, USB mics keep the cost so much lower. It makes it so much easier for people to get some audio onto their computer with some quality.

One of these 6 will definitely please you.

Go through the list one more time and see which qualities you need most.

If you have the budget there are higher end USB microphones like the Shure MV7 which are impressive, but not cheap.

With that, you will be able to make a great decision on your mic. I hope you enjoyed!

Endless hours of experimentation, professional work, and personal investment in Home Theatre, Hi-Fi, Smart Home Automation and Headphones have come to this.

Former owner of Headphones Canada, a high-end headphone specialty retailer.

This post was last updated on 2022-12-08 / Some images from Amazon Product API & some links may be affiliate links which may earn us a commission from purchases.


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1 thought on “Best USB Microphones on a Budget – Gaming, Music + Conference Calls”

  1. Avatar of Jimmy

    I am searching for USB mic for my video and came cross your post. Its really helpful article. Keep sharing such knowledge.

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