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Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone by Review Summary ,  Sep 14, 2015

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Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 1201 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 2.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Simple4.7   average
Price4.6   average
Gaming4.5   average
Voice4.4   above average
Fit4.3   average
Loud4.3   average
Value4.2   below average
Volume4.2   above average
Skype4.1   average
Sound4.1   average
Headphone4.0   average
Quality4.0   below average
Microphone3.9   average
Cord3.8   average
Noise3.8   below average
Audio3.7   below average
Cable3.5   average
Headset3.5   below average
Size3.5   below average
Sensitivity3.4   below average
Plastic3.3   above average
Setting3.1   below average
Clip3.0   below average
Design2.9   mediocre


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Amazon

Amazon:
"I find that this item is listed in the top selling, high reviews for mics here on amazon baffling..I must be missing something important, or some sort of gear i don't have or not aware of allowing this product to work so well , as the other many, many reviews would indicate."
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"This is my first Amazon purchase and I'm pretty disappointed."
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"Very frustrating, last time I trust Amazon to suggest a combination of items."
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"I had a few of those and they just kept breaking, so I thought time to buy some audio headphones but my problem was I needed a mic so I found this one on Amazon the reviews were decent so I bought it."
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"I purchased the Zalman Zm-mic headphone for him from Amazon because of prime shipping and the price was great."
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"This is my first Amazon purchase and I'm pretty disappointed."
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"I purchased both on Amazon and my friends can hear me loud and clear."
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"Great Amazon 2day free Shipping."
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"Pro: -Sound Quality -Volume -Durability for it's sizeCon: -Is not shipped from Amazon, and cannot be ordered without shipping costs (Which goes above the cost of the item itself) -Had to be shipped separate."
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Audio

Audio:
"Also, the audio is not great."
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"I only had one issue that related to using it with an ASUS Xonar Phoebus sound card, no issues at all with Creative cards or onboard audio."
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"Mic works amazingly if you hold it up to your face... doesn't work all the great if just hooked onto your shirt, or below your neck via a headphone cableI got this to use with my Sennheiser HD 650... so clipped it onto the headphone cable.. didn't work well...got the AntLion Audio ModMic 4.0 Attachable Boom Microphone - Omni-Directional with Mute Switch"
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"Anyone complaining would have to be an audio engineer or something like that."
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"The audio quality is perhaps not perfect, but it is definitely good enough especially for their low price."
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"It works and has decent audio quality, but it has some real drawbacks."
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"Audio quiality is really good."
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"Cheap microphone with pretty good audio quality."
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"Using this in conjunction with some nicer audio headphones instead of a all-in-one gaming headset."
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"I used it for a conference call on my computer and everyone told me my audio quality was excellent."
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"Very high quality audio and sensitive, no problems with me, really awesome choice"
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Cable

Cable:
"My only complaint is that the clip that 'holds' it onto the headphone cord is not the best in the world."
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"The sensitivity on this mic is awful you have to have it so close to your mouth it is ridiculous especially when your wearing headphones and it attaches to the cord."
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"They turn into little barbs that grab the cable and bunch it up in weird places."
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"Mic works amazingly if you hold it up to your face... doesn't work all the great if just hooked onto your shirt, or below your neck via a headphone cableI got this to use with my Sennheiser HD 650... so clipped it onto the headphone cable.. didn't work well...got the AntLion Audio ModMic 4.0 Attachable Boom Microphone - Omni-Directional with Mute Switch"
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"The only problem I've had with it is that the cable is really long, like annoyingly long."
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"My only problem I've had with this mic is that the cord is LONG (not necessarily a bad thing) and the volume fluctuates at times."
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"Cord is SUPER long, so there will be no issue where it won't reach."
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"It doesn't fit my cord, as it's thicker, and falls off pretty often on my friends cord as well."
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"The extra slack is a pain for me, since my tower is fairly close, but I can't complain, since I'd rather have too much cord than not enough."
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"This clips to most 3.5mm cables - well it actually kind of grips the cable, it doesn't click on."
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Clip

Clip:
"The clip is very flimsy, it will break if you're constantly adding or removing it to a wire and will need to be permanently attached afterwards."
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"My only complaint is that the clip that 'holds' it onto the headphone cord is not the best in the world."
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"Used the first one about 1 to 1.5 years until the clip broke."
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"But the clip doesn't work as well."
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"Decent quality however it didnt hold onto my ath-m50s all that well and after a month the clip broke."
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"Disclaimer: The mic doesn't clip well to thin shirts."
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"so you can buy a nice pair of headphones clip this bad boy on there and there you go save money and still maintain or possibly even improve your quality"
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"I will be hot gluing a alligator clip to this to allow easy use on a shirt."
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"Mic works great, but the part of the mic that looks like a clip is not spring loaded."
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"This clips to most 3.5mm cables - well it actually kind of grips the cable, it doesn't click on."
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"Clips onto my headphone cable securely and has pretty good quality sound."
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Cord

Cord:
"Hard to use if your headphones have small cords."
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"The entire mic cord comes with up to 4 clips on it meant to tidy up cables, but they're made of rubber and not plastic, and are only able to clip on the thicker cords."
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"Granted it is somewhat my own fault but my cats managed to completely chew through this or something...which is odd because they haven't been able to do that to any of my other cords."
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"Tip for those complaining about their headphones having cords too small: I find if I wear a collared shirt, pop the collar, and attach the clip to the very uppermost tip then it fits in securely and is close enough to my mouth that people can hear me about as well as if I use my headphone cord."
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"Also they're a bit too spaced out, there's around 2 feet between each one so it doesn't quite manage to keep the mic and headset cords together (I recommend Burton Technology LLC ACOUSTIGRIP's to tighten the cabling up)"
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"So finally, obligatory pros cons;Pros:*Small, very light*Clips onto larger headphone cords and holds well*Sound comes through adequately loud and clear with microphone boost and noise filtering on, and will consistently pick up clean voice from a couple feet away plus if needed*Long cord, something like 8-10ft*Cheap!"
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"Pros:Sounds clear to people on the other endCons:Doesn't work with all cords(the cord on my MDR-v6 is too thick and cracked the plastic when I installed it)Cheap plasticUseless if you aren't wearing headphonesIt's impossible to orient the microphone to point towards your face because of the natural way headphone cords hang and the limited way in which this attaches to the headphone cordIf you want a cheap lavalier mic for gaming or anything else, these would probably be a better buy."
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"The cord's a bit too long, but the sound is pretty high quality."
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"It works very well on round cords, but my headphone cord is flat."
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Design

Design:
"My level of frustration confusion at its design , had me take some pictures of the mic , using penny scale to show size , also showing the large open, non flexible clip ( a penny will actually fit inside the clip without touching anything too btw ) before sending it back , which i have attached to my review."
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"The clip design has no issues as well."
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"I realize this is a design decision, but it's inconvenient for both recording and VOIP, and I don't think people use microphones for much else besides those things."
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"I currently have this propped up on an adjustable stand and the sound quality is very good, quality is great but it doesn't do all that well (for me at least) in the scenario it was designed to be used in attached to headphone cords on the side."
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"Out of the box I was immediately disappointed in the design."
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"So to recap everything this is an overall great product that could use a design change while keeping that affordable price of 9$ - 10$ ."
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"The color design of the mic I good, I just thought that it would be more contrast between the Zalman branding and the mic's gray silver circle design."
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"Great sound and it's design allows me to turn a nice pair of headphones into a great gaming headset with better sound, better audio input, for half the price."
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"I am using a Plantronics headset now because the mic is good and designed for conference call work (Skype, etc)."
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"It seems like it is almost designed for Sennheiser headphones as the clip is perfectly sized to fit the somewhat thick cable on the Sennheiser headphones."
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Fit

Fit:
"Another point to note is that the built in clip may not fit well with most headphone cables if that is how you are planning to wear it!"
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"I don't really know what headphones would be compatible with this microphone's clip, but it doesn't fit well on my Koss KSC75's very well."
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"I ended up making a clip for myself out of some Aluminum wire after I found that it did not fit well onto my headphone wire; this made all the difference; no plosives, or annoying whooshing noises as I talked, and just the right level of noise control."
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"I read in another review that you can twist the cable for a tighter fit and that has worked, but still it's a little annoying."
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"It doesn't fit my cord, as it's thicker, and falls off pretty often on my friends cord as well."
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"Works great and fits nicely on the cord of my Audio-Technica ATH-AD900 headphones."
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"good quality, fits well onto headphone cables, doesnt even need a windscreen! "
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"Awesome, fits on my headphones great and sounds clear."
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"Great price and it's fit for purpose."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"Hard to pay for an expensive gaming headset when you can just buy this and a set of headphones that will give better quality."
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"10 10 - I bought this to go along with my Sennheiser HD558s for gaming and I couldn't love it more!"
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"Thinner cords, like those found on lighter MMO gaming headphones and earbuds probably won't be able to use it."
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"Not for gaming, good for videoconference if you don't mind the other person listen to your dogs barking."
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"I've always been disappointed with the mics on gaming headsets and especially cheap skype headsets."
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"I am an Avid gamer but i never Liked any Gaming Headphones."
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"I use this in conjunction with a Sennheiser 598SE and it is satisfactory for gaming."
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"Instead of buying an overpriced and muddy-sounding set of gaming headsets, I got some nice, high quality headphones and the Zalman Mic1 microphone."
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"Mic works great for PC Gaming, in-game chat."
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"If I am gaming my friends can hear anything in my room as easily as my speaking (fans, other people talking).I think The Neewer Lapel Mics are a much better bang for your buck."
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"Using this in conjunction with some nicer audio headphones instead of a all-in-one gaming headset."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"My only complaint is that the clip that 'holds' it onto the headphone cord is not the best in the world."
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"The sensitivity on this mic is awful you have to have it so close to your mouth it is ridiculous especially when your wearing headphones and it attaches to the cord."
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"This easy to clip on mic allowed me to separate the headphones and mic so if one part fails I don't have to replace everything."
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"Mic works amazingly if you hold it up to your face... doesn't work all the great if just hooked onto your shirt, or below your neck via a headphone cableI got this to use with my Sennheiser HD 650... so clipped it onto the headphone cable.. didn't work well...got the AntLion Audio ModMic 4.0 Attachable Boom Microphone - Omni-Directional with Mute Switch"
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"The clip doesn't hold well on a t-shirt so I clip it to my headphone cord instead."
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"It seems to knock out a lot of background noise, has fairly clear sound quality on voices, it has a long cable (which could be a downside if you don't need it) and it clips perfectly on my headphone cord for easy use."
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"Already have nice headphones, didn't want to get an entire 'headset' so i could use a mic, and grabbed this."
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"so you can buy a nice pair of headphones clip this bad boy on there and there you go save money and still maintain or possibly even improve your quality"
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"Instead of buying an overpriced and muddy-sounding set of gaming headsets, I got some nice, high quality headphones and the Zalman Mic1 microphone."
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"clamps well to headphone wire"
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"Works well to convert your favorite headphones into a headset."
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Headset

Headset:
"This is all well and good, but works terribly on a coiled headset."
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"Hard to pay for an expensive gaming headset when you can just buy this and a set of headphones that will give better quality."
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"Every single headset with mic has broken."
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"Pictured is the broken mic wire in comparison to the headset wire."
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"I bought this when the mic on my SteelSeries Siberia V2 headset broke."
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"Its only annoying when you want to take your headset away from the PC to use the somewhere else because then you have to undo the clips."
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"Instead of buying an overpriced and muddy-sounding set of gaming headsets, I got some nice, high quality headphones and the Zalman Mic1 microphone."
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"Works well to convert your favorite headphones into a headset."
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"Works great to make my headphones into a headset, I've had it for awhile."
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"If you are going to buy a mic to put on to your headset this mic is great, dont waste the time with a 3 dollar one like I did."
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"I used it as part 2 of a replacement for a PC headset & paired it with a nice set of headphones."
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Light

Light:
"The problem I had was that the cord fell out of the earbuds, after a week a of light use."
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"Works great and is very light and portable."
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"It did not disappoint - the item arrived right away and worked perfectly, my nephew loved it, said it was so light, he can clip it on his shirt while playing his game, and the sound quality was really good."
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"Overall the thing does what it says but don't expect this thing to be durable its quite light and the housing just feels cheap with hard plastic."
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"Fantastic quality, very small, and very light."
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"DURABILITY (5 5)This mic a very light piece of plastic-- too light to break or crack should you drop it on the floor."
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Loud

Loud:
"Great microphone, but be ready to turn down the sensitivity in Windows settings just in case the people you're talking to complain about you being too loud."
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"People in my skype calls complain about my TV being to loud even thought its all the way downstairs."
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"I clipped it to the top of my shirt as I hate using headphones and everyone said they could hear my loud and clear and the best part is it doesn't pick up farts as I found out."
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"If it makes a background noise at all, it will come through the mic loud and clear (assuming you have mic boost on).My problems came when it just randomly stopped working completely."
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"The mic picks up sounds all right and stays securely clipped to my headphones' wire, but there's loud and horrible static in the background of any voice recordings I make with it."
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"The primary reason I bought this was to hook it up to my Astro A40 Mix-Amp for when I'm playing Xbox 360, but as I found out, I needed to talk abnormally loud for other players to hear me clearly."
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"Audio quality: 5 5- The tiny condenser mic picks things up LOUD and CLEAR."
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"The mic is loud and extremly clear."
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"I have it clipped to my keyboard instead of my headphones, and have had no problems being loud or clear to my friends online."
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"I use it for online group meetings and for school group projects, where I always hear that I sound perfectly clear and loud."
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"tl;dr - This mic just sits on my desk 2'' away from my face and my friends can hear me perfectly loud and clear!"
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Unfortunately by the time I got around to using this particular mic (due to the failure of another mic), it was past the time which I could return it."
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"It was my fault for not looking closely at the mic."
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"only problem is that the microphone attachment piece is meant for thicker cords so if you have a small headphone cord then It might be a small difficulty."
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"Dead mic, does not work at all"
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"The sensitivity on this mic is awful you have to have it so close to your mouth it is ridiculous especially when your wearing headphones and it attaches to the cord."
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"Great microphone, but be ready to turn down the sensitivity in Windows settings just in case the people you're talking to complain about you being too loud."
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"This is a great microphone for the price."
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"Mic works great, but the part of the mic that looks like a clip is not spring loaded."
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"The quality of this mic is fantastic."
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Noise

Noise:
"Don't expect amazing sound quality or noise cancellation, but paired with a nice pair of headphones it works great."
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"Not the best quality and it does pick up a lot of noise around you"
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"I took this mic after reading so many positive reviews which I can't understandI mean yes its cheep but its bad at the same time it does not have noise cancellation which is so important feature to any micmore than one friend complained about the room noise it picking so I had to get a new decent mic ."
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"I was worried about it picking up too much background noise, but the only time I really have that issue is when I have a fan blowing."
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"My friends on Skype say its very clear and there is no noise, i like it because its not just clear but i can stick it to my headphone's cable as well."
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"It doesn't pick up background noise excessively, and when positioned at collar level, will easily pick up your voice without recording your breath."
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"After I enabled that, the noise nearly disappeared and it sounds great now."
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"Overall, highly recommended if you can enable noise suppression somehow."
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"Used audacity to put a bit of noise cancellation and it sounds even more amazing."
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"Good clear mic, it does pick up a good amount of background noise but people should be able to hear you no problem"
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"too much background noise but good for price"
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Pairing

Pairing:
"Don't expect amazing sound quality or noise cancellation, but paired with a nice pair of headphones it works great."
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"Paired these with Sennheiser HD 598's and it's a perfect solution for me for a mic in my games like CSGO, plus the under $10 price tag means this is a great deal."
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"I used it as part 2 of a replacement for a PC headset & paired it with a nice set of headphones."
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"I paired with my Sennheiser and they pick up really well."
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"If you're pairing this with a nice set of studio headphones or something to make your own headset like I did do, you should be fairly satisfied."
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"Great clip on mic I paired it with a pair of audio technicas ath-m30s and these clip on the ear piece perfectly."
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Performance

Performance:
"I do like this mic and I'd recommend it to a friend just on the cost performance."
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"Pairing this microphone with a decent pair of headphones will beat out the performance of most gaming headphones that are twice the overall price."
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"Good performance price ratio.5 5 Stars."
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"This mic performed very well."
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"I have used this microphone for gaming, skype calls and some audio recording and it has really performed well."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"Then the day came when one of the plastic prongs which attach to your cable broke."
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"The clip is not spring-loaded; it is a rigid piece of plastic, and thus may not be compatible with all garments."
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"Cons:Clip is weak plastic broke easily."
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"The entire mic cord comes with up to 4 clips on it meant to tidy up cables, but they're made of rubber and not plastic, and are only able to clip on the thicker cords."
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"I treat my equipment well, but the hard plastic wire casing still completely cracked through leaving the internal wire exposed."
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"The voice quality is very good for a cheap microphone and the plastic clips do a good job of holding the microphone cord close to the headphone cord, minimizing clutter."
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"This mic is a good option for those done with gaming headsets I currently use this attached to the thick wire of a Sennheiser HD598 and it works great, good quality plastic and a very long wired."
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"Cons:Clip is weak plastic broke easily."
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"The clip is also hard plastic, and doesn't actually clip very well unless the cable is the perfect size."
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Plug

Plug:
"I was very upset when I tried to plug the mic and my headphones into the Y splitter and it wasn't working."
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"The issue was that in some programs it wouldn't always come through in stereo sound but I think that's cause i damaged the part where it plugs in, not so much the mic's fault."
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"The moment im writing this it could pick up the audio of my family in the kitchen eating dinner (two rooms away,).Easy plug and play."
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"Sound quality was good and was an easy plug and play mic."
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"It is very easy to set up and working you just have to plug it in."
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"easy to plug in and setup though."
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"Good quality sound, plug and play, minimal feedback at a decent volume."
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Price

Price:
"Of course the build is going to be cheap, and the sound quality won't be the best."
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"it has worked longer than the kinobo usb mic which is twice the price also the kinbo broke easily and sound wasn't to good if u wana see its my first video on my channel listed(ive had more video but delted).but the rest of my video use this mic whitch is good for price and sound is also prity goodbasicly good mic and lasted a lot longerbut kinobo use mic sucked"
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"Might not be the best MIC ever, but value for the money is amazing! "
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"Given the price I can't ask for more, but if I had one complaint it would be that I wish it had a clip so it could hook onto something."
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"Since it is a cheap Mic I was not expecting the best quality but was expecting it to be useful."
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"The packaging was a little flimsy, but it is otherwise a really good product for your money."
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"Works great, captures voice from a good distance away, was surprised at quality for the price."
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"Cheap and does its job well."
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"This is a great microphone for the price."
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"Paired these with Sennheiser HD 598's and it's a perfect solution for me for a mic in my games like CSGO, plus the under $10 price tag means this is a great deal."
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"it actually replaced my Blue Snowball i've been usingthe mini clips along the cord won't fit onto thicker cords (my m50x's cord is too fat) but some tape should do the trickthe mic itself clips onto your headphones cord and it hasnt fallen off yetfor such a cheap price, im amazed"
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Quality

Quality:
"Absolute quality isn't as good as some other stand-alone microphones that I own, but those also cost more."
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"Of course the build is going to be cheap, and the sound quality won't be the best."
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"I've had a lot less complaints about the quality of my speech in online games, which is my primary use for it"
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"The quality isn't the best, but that's to be expected with a budget microphone like this one."
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"This mic has decent quality, I bought a cheaper one that was horrible before I purchased this."
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"Don't expect amazing sound quality or noise cancellation, but paired with a nice pair of headphones it works great."
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"Works great, captures voice from a good distance away, was surprised at quality for the price."
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"The quality of this mic is fantastic."
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"The sound quality of this mic is good but it lacks two features that would make it a 5 star mic."
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"Super good quality, never had a problem with it! "
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"Instead of buying an overpriced and muddy-sounding set of gaming headsets, I got some nice, high quality headphones and the Zalman Mic1 microphone."
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Sensitive

Sensitive:
"The main problem is that it isn't sensitive enough unless you hold it right in front of your mouth."
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"There are reviews that say it's not sensitive enough, others that complain about the fidgety clip, but I decided to give it a go."
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"The input to the computer is very sensitive broken."
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"It is about taking care of your stuff, and I failed to do that, so just be gentle with it, perhaps has sensitive components inside the mic piece."
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"This mic is such an amazing little piece of equipment and totally worth every cent I spent on it.1) The cord is long, so you're not required to sit really close to your computer.2) The cord has some little clippy things for attaching to your choice of headphones, so you're not stuck using some crappy ones.3) The mic itself is perfectly sensitive."
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"Almost too sensitive, but it was a nice purchase, looking back."
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"very sensitive and records sound smoothly."
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"Either way, it is a sensitive mic that can easily pick up your voice."
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"Very high quality audio and sensitive, no problems with me, really awesome choice"
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"Works well so far, very sensitive to the right things."
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Sensitivity

Sensitivity:
"The sensitivity on this mic is awful you have to have it so close to your mouth it is ridiculous especially when your wearing headphones and it attaches to the cord."
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"The sensitivity is a bit weak, as noted during Skype or Mumble chats, but it works if you clip it relatively close to your mouth."
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"The microphone's sensitivity is not very good, despite my endless fiddling with my computer's settings."
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"The mic sensitivity and quality are both terrible."
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"I was worried that the fact that its high sensitivity it would pick up on ambient noises in my living room."
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"My only problems with this mic is the fact that it has to have it's sensitivity boosted and the clips don't quite fit around my large headphone wire (Audio-Technica ATH-M50S)."
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"Great microphone, but be ready to turn down the sensitivity in Windows settings just in case the people you're talking to complain about you being too loud."
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"Sensitivity is nice and doesn't give any unnecessary feedback."
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"It has very high sensitivity and the quality is unbelievable for the low price."
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"Sensitivity, quality, and price is all good."
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"The sound is crisp and the sensitivity is pretty good so you can keep it at a reasonable distance."
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Setting

Setting:
"Great microphone, but be ready to turn down the sensitivity in Windows settings just in case the people you're talking to complain about you being too loud."
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"The microphone's sensitivity is not very good, despite my endless fiddling with my computer's settings."
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"I have adjusted all the record-volume and mic gain settings I can, and always sound quiet...am disappointed with this product."
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"Just have to weak my audio setting a little bit and it should be perfect."
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"I was really excited to get this item but unfortunately it didn't work :( At first I thought it was just my computer settings - so I adjusted my audio devices and looked up other problems on google but still - no sound was being recognized with this mic."
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"I was worried that I would have to go to push-to-talk having it clipped to my top but no, I could easily adjust my settings and can be understood clearly by my team mates when I talk in game (and not while i'm eating, not that i would eat during a game of course...)"
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"With the right audio settings this can sound almost as good as a 100 dollar stand mic."
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"I have not used it much due to the pickup quality and amount of tweaking to sound settings required to make it work well."
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"Just have to weak my audio setting a little bit and it should be perfect."
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"With some setting adjustments, no one complains about my voice being too far or too deep to too loud or whatever."
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"Otherwise, if you connect it to a usb keyboard then it will make use of the AGC setting for usb microphones and the volume will be perfect."
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Simple

Simple:
"This mic is perfect for what I do, record YouTube videos using my Astro A40's (the mic on them is terrible, noisegate problems and such).If you want to get the most out of it, there is one simple thing you can do to boost the mic a ton."
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"Simple and functions great"
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"it maybe work on the clip a bit, but otherwise it's a great simple microphone."
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"Otherwise, the audio quality is quite good for simple tasks like voice chat!"
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"Simple, easy to use."
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"highly recommend for a simple mic solution."
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Size

Size:
"However the large clip size is a bit inconvenient."
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"The clips that you use to attach the mic to the headphones are a bit small for my headphones and don't attach easily."
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"Also it doesn't attach to your standard size headphone chord which was very annoying to me."
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"It literally has only one problem, the clips that run along the cord are very small and don't fit thick wire."
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"If the wire isn't the perfect size to match the slot on the mic, it won't stay."
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"Not a bad product if you need a small cheap microphone, but it's definitely not compatible with most headsets and not a permanent solution."
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"The sound quality is fantastic for the size and price."
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"Good and quite small! "
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"There are two cables of what I consider to be standard size (roughly 2 mm in diameter each) coming off of my Creative Aurvana headphones."
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"That's pretty amazing for this small thing."
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"The several small clips are pretty useless as you go down the wire."
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Sound

Sound:
"Because when you're using it *you need to hold it right in front of your face for it to sound clear*, if not you'll have to turn up the db on it, which is not good because it also raises the static considerably."
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"It's really hard to make this mic sound somewhat decent enough for even voice comms."
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"Of course the build is going to be cheap, and the sound quality won't be the best."
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"it has worked longer than the kinobo usb mic which is twice the price also the kinbo broke easily and sound wasn't to good if u wana see its my first video on my channel listed(ive had more video but delted).but the rest of my video use this mic whitch is good for price and sound is also prity goodbasicly good mic and lasted a lot longerbut kinobo use mic sucked"
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"Don't expect amazing sound quality or noise cancellation, but paired with a nice pair of headphones it works great."
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"I only had one issue that related to using it with an ASUS Xonar Phoebus sound card, no issues at all with Creative cards or onboard audio."
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"After I enabled that, the noise nearly disappeared and it sounds great now."
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"very sensitive and records sound smoothly."
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"The sound quality of this mic is good but it lacks two features that would make it a 5 star mic."
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"Used audacity to put a bit of noise cancellation and it sounds even more amazing."
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"Sounds clear."
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Static

Static:
"Because when you're using it *you need to hold it right in front of your face for it to sound clear*, if not you'll have to turn up the db on it, which is not good because it also raises the static considerably."
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"The sound levels are stupidly low and the amount of static is unacceptable."
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"The mic is decent for short commands but filled with complaints of static feedback when using it for casual online chats."
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"The mic picks up sounds all right and stays securely clipped to my headphones' wire, but there's loud and horrible static in the background of any voice recordings I make with it."
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"It does record.2) If you like listening to poorly tuned radio static, this mic will work great for you."
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"I had no static over the line, it easily picked up my voice, and surprisingly it didn't pick up too much background noise for being an open mic decently far from my mouth."
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"It does what it should, the quality is good enough, and mostly static free."
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"The mic is decent for short commands but filled with complaints of static feedback when using it for casual online chats."
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"Due to the structure of my headphones, the microphone sits several inches from my face on the side of my head, yet the sound is still clear and their is no static."
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Value

Value:
"Might not be the best MIC ever, but value for the money is amazing! "
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"Even though the mic itself is a great value, the clip has me VERY disappointed."
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"For the money and value, I CAN NOT recommend this product ENOUGH! "
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"Great, for the value!"
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"Absolute best value for your money."
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"Great value mic perfect for gaming"
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"A 5 5 because of the following:Great value for the price."
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"Best value it in its league."
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Voice

Voice:
"I don't know if I got a faulty mic or what, but it will hardly pick my voice up."
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"Voice was mechanical, distorted, and hard to listen to for others."
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"It seems to knock out a lot of background noise, has fairly clear sound quality on voices, it has a long cable (which could be a downside if you don't need it) and it clips perfectly on my headphone cord for easy use."
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"Placement is important because too high and the angle doesn't catch you voice just right while too low and the same problem."
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"It gets the job done but its not the best voice quality."
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"When voice chatting with friends, I have yet to receive one complaint about the quality of my voice."
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"Works great, captures voice from a good distance away, was surprised at quality for the price."
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"Works well, decently clear voice is transmitted."
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"I was really impressed at how clear and sharp my voice sounded with it and truthfully I would say it even rivals mics in the $40-$50 range."
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"Either way, it is a sensitive mic that can easily pick up your voice."
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"Great mic for voice chatting!"
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Volume

Volume:
"Bought this because it was supposed to be cheap with a decent sound quality and immediately got complaints from everyone listening after switching to this from $3 desktop mic about horrible sound quality and low volume even with it maxed out and boosted in Windows, which seemed to just make the static louder and not actually affect my voice."
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"People complain that the volume should be higher, but I've had no problems."
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"Others complained the volume was too low or muffled in that it was too far away from my mouth."
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"Mine hangs from the back of my left speaker (separate 2.1 set up) and I can use it while playing games on speakers and no one ever complains about feedback, as long as the volume is kept below ear bleeding levels, yet it picks my voice up perfectly."
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"If it had a 'boom' type flexible head unit, it would be far better; when i held it up under my chin people said I had good volume and it was very clear."
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"I personally find this to be a good thing, cause I can set the mic volume to low and use Push To Talk, but some folks might find this annoying."
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"I have to hold it within a foot of my face for decent volume, otherwise too much background noise feedback."
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"Tried again, and audio was appropriate volume, clear, and constant."
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"Mic quality and volume is easily good enough for talking on Skype, etc."
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Windows

Windows:
"Great microphone, but be ready to turn down the sensitivity in Windows settings just in case the people you're talking to complain about you being too loud."
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"The clip was too loose to stay on my headphone cord, the mic didn't pic up sound unless the volume was turned up all the way in Windows, and despite all my fiddling the sound quality was terrible."
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"I've own this for about 4 months and at first it was great, my only complaint was that the clip wasn't able to clip on my Sennheiser HD438.But as time went on, my friends on skype couldn't hear me as well to the point where mic boost and other options on Windows and Skype were to no avail."
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"Great microphone, but be ready to turn down the sensitivity in Windows settings just in case the people you're talking to complain about you being too loud."
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"It works fairly well if I crank up the dB boost in Windows, but then it's also picking up a ton of background noise and feedback."
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"the sound is crystal clear when I listen to it through monitor mode in windows."
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"Just do a 10dB boost in Windows(really easy 10 seconds) and It sounds better than any headset I have ever used."
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"It's served me decently on Windows XP and Windows 7.For $7-10, you get a decent, compatible omni-directional mic that allows you to reliably communicate with other people in games and skype."
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