Blue’s $50 Icepop mic brings delicate enhancements to some Logitech headsets

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Not content material with cornering the market with its USB microphones, the newest product from Logitech-owned Blue is a removable mic known as the Icepop. It’s a $49.99 improve that may substitute the default mics included with Logitech’s G Professional X Wi-fi gaming headset, the G Professional X, the G Professional, in addition to Astro’s A40 headsets.

Logitech is promising that the Icepop will ship enhanced “broadcast-quality” efficiency with its 10mm electret condenser mic. It has a built-in pop filter that goals to get rid of these arduous “b” or “p” sounds that may be a giveaway that you just’re utilizing a lesser mic, and its unidirectional cardioid pickup is alleged to get rid of background noise and focus extra in your voice.

Putting in the Icepop is so simple as plugging it into one of many suitable headsets’ 3.5mm mic jack. Logitech despatched over a G Professional X Wi-fi for testing, and there have been no firmware or software program updates required to get it working.

Logitech Icepop

The Icepop plugs into one of many suitable mics through 3.5mm jack.
Picture: Logitech

Now, yours really isn’t a podcast host, so I don’t have most popular voice settings locked in for the instances once I want to leap right into a voice chat. However for instance how the recording high quality differs between the Icepop and the default mic that ships with the G Professional X Wi-fi, I recorded a number of samples to point out what they sound like with and with out the particular Blue Voice options constructed into Logitech’s G Hub software program. In case you’re utilizing the Astro A40, you gained’t be capable to entry the Blue Voice options.

The primary is a clear feed from the G Professional X Wi-fi default mic with no particular voice presets through Blue Voice. (My voice sounds somewhat boring with this mic, and it’s comparatively simple to listen to my air conditioner operating within the background as soon as my voice stops close to the top.)

Right here’s the default mic once more however with Blue Voice turned on with the “Broadcaster 1” preset activated. (Background noise has been hushed, and my voice has rather more depth, although it’s nonetheless not notably warm-sounding.)

Now, right here’s how the Icepop sounds with none tweaks made:

Lastly, right here’s how the Icepop sounds with the identical “Broadcaster 1” preset turned on in Blue Voice:

After listening to the samples time and again, the distinction in high quality between Logitech’s default mic and the Icepop, whereas noticeable, isn’t as obvious as I used to be anticipating contemplating its $49.99 value. After all, it’s not cheap to count on this add-on to rival standalone microphones that value extra, and there are some issues that I like about it.

The Icepop does a greater job of precisely capturing what my voice feels like in actual life, changing a few of that shrill impact from the default mic with heat. And people “b” and “p” sounds do sound nice, as marketed, although I used to be stunned to listen to it fumble somewhat once I made “x” and “s” sounds. That may very well be my slight lisp or it may very well be a flaw with the tuning or a limitation of the mic. Turning on the Blue Voice characteristic fastened most of my complaints, however I used to be anticipating somewhat extra out of the uncooked feed captured via the Icepop.

Provided that voices have a lot vary and that listening to is, after all, subjective, I like to recommend giving this a strive when you’re curious and already personal one of many suitable headsets. Relying on the way you prefer to gussy up your voice for chats, streams, or podcast appearances, you may be capable to get some stable efficiency out of the Icepop.