Blue’s $50 Icepop mic brings refined 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 exchange 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 eradicate these onerous “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 eradicate background noise and focus extra in your voice.

Putting in the Icepop is so simple as plugging it into one of many appropriate 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 appropriate mics through 3.5mm jack.
Picture: Logitech

Now, yours actually isn’t a podcast host, so I don’t have most well-liked voice settings locked in for the occasions after I want to leap right into a voice chat. However as an 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 indicate 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 have the ability 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 a bit of boring with this mic, and it’s comparatively simple to listen to my air conditioner working within the background as soon as my voice stops close to the tip.)

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 far 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 price. After all, it’s not cheap to anticipate this add-on to rival standalone microphones that price extra, and there are some issues that I like about it.

The Icepop does a greater job of precisely capturing what my voice seems 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 a bit of after 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 function mounted most of my complaints, however I used to be anticipating a bit of extra out of the uncooked feed captured by the Icepop.

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