Kinobo - USB 2.0 Microphone AKIRO Adjustable Stand Business Microphone for PCs - Skype/VOIP/Voice Recognition Software
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|Power Source||Corded Electric|
|Item Weight||0.18 Pounds|
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- Plug and Play USB microphone with no drivers required
- Excellent sound quality - clear and precise with minimal background noise
- 120cm USB cord length
- Adjustable to several positions
- Finished in professional black matt coating
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The AKIRO microphone is the ultimate desktop companion for voice chat programs, voice dictate software and for when you need a microphone but do not wish to use your sound card. Plug it in, and straight away Windows will detect and install the device without any additional software. You can use the microphone within any webcam/chat or voice software package imaginable.
You'll get clear results every time with the Akiro - advanced technology minimises background noise and records your voice with precision. With its pivot head, you can adjust the microphone to suit you. Finished in a matt, rubberised black coating.
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I bought this microphone as a substitute for the expensive wireless mike. I just leave it on the desk next to my monitor. It was afraid I would be too far away, but it picks up my voice almost as well as the wireless mike. Students actually prefer the desktop mike because they think the sound is more even and mellow.
EDIT: I just had a fellow faculty member come to my office and ask where I got the microphone (it is cheap enough I don't mind leaving it in the classroom). She liked it much better than the one the school supplied, and wanted to have one in the other classroom she uses. I just logged in and ordered my second one of these USB Microphones for her to use her other classroom.
I bought it to use with the Jasper voice control system on the Raspberry Pi, and it works great for that purpose. The system is able to recognize the commands that I speak (unlike two other USB microphones that I bought).
The only problem is that it was poorly assembled and packaged. When I got it, it looked like it might have been used and then repackaged. The round grille on top was crooked and had a very dusty look, as if it had been exposed to off-gassing of cyanoacrylate glue. The curved, rectangular grille on the back was misshapen, and held in place by too much rubber cement applied sloppily. I made it look presentable by pulling off the back grille, removing the excess cement, bending it into proper shape, and wedging it back in place. The top grille had just been wedged into the plastic tube, so I was able to straighten it up without damaging the microphone element. I covered the white residue with a black Sharpie pen, and now it looks pretty decent.
I'm giving it 1/5 stars because I purchased it for voice recording and I have yet to use it successfully for that.
I wouldn't recommend this tho if you need noise filtering. I hear EVERYTHING that goes on in his house when he uses this mic. If you need to be able to hear the whole room, this is a great mic. If you're using this for gaming or even skype if can get pretty loud with background noise.
The cord isnt real long so you might need a USB extender to get it to reach to your computer tower if you have one. But its stores away nicely. The packaging for it was just a box with some bubble wrap so if you're needing instructions, you arent going to get any.
Like someone else wrote, this microphone is of very poor quality. After a month of use it stopped working and my software couldn't even detect it. This happened even with very cautious handling on my part. The wire is extremely thin, so I took every precaution to avoid any problems.
I would recommend avoiding this company (Kinobo) and this product. There are many similar products around the same price. I'm surprised at its number of good (misleading) reviews. DO NOT buy this product unless you enjoy lighting money on fire. I would particularly avoid it if you plan on using it more than once or twice.
I bought two, one daughter uses it for Skype for about a month now and has been told she sounds crystal clear.
The other one is used by my other daughter on our library website for the free Mango language learning website. It records her saying the word or phrase and she can line it up and compare it with the original audio to see if they match. This way she knows if she is saying it properly.
Both work great. I would definitely recommend to a friend, or to anyone looking for a mic that works good and that is not going to break the bank.
Way to go Kinobo
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-Sound quality is very clear and crisp
-Adjustable neck is useful
- Cable is sufficient length for me, but might be too short if you need to move it around a lot.
- While it drains out most of the background noise, it had a tendency to pick up my fan very well, not sure if this is a USB thing or if my fan is extremely loud.
Overall I am very happy for what I payed and the difference in sound quality between this microphone and my built in one is ridiculous, would be 5 stars if it didn't pick up the fan noise so well.