Blueair - Snowball iCE USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Ensure studio-like clarity in voice chats and recordings with this Blue Snowball iCE USB microphone. Its custom condenser capsule with cardoid polar pattern picks up crystal-clear voice details for high-quality podcasting and music recording. This Skype-approved Blue Snowball iCE USB microphone comes with an adjustable tripod stand for hands-free use.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Blue Snowball iCE USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • Tripod desktop stand
  • USB cable

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (101 out of 107)

Features


PC and Mac compatible

For use with your existing computer.

USB microphone

Designed to work with any software on any computer - just plug in and begin.

Cardioid condenser capsule

Features 16-bit 44.1 kHz resolution to ensure crisp, clear recording.

Tripod desktop stand

Includes a tripod for optimal positioning.

40Hz - 18kHz frequency response

For faithful sound reproduction.

PC system requirements

Windows Vista, 7, 8 or newer, 64MB RAM (or better), USB 1.1/2.0 (or newer).

Mac system requirements

Mac OSX (10.4.11 or higher), USB 1.1/2.0, 64MB RAM (minimum).


Customer rating

4.6
95%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don’t waste your time

    Posted
    TheSlushFund

    I bought this thinking it would be a nice little investment to increase the sound quality on my YouTube videos but boy was I wrong. This mic picks up a ridiculous amount of noise. Yes you can hear your voice loud and clear, but the recordings sound like you set up your mic in an ascending airplane. I paired this mic with an elgato for recording Xbox videos and for somebody reason the audio is extremely sped up when merged with the video making the audio totally unusable. I bought a mic off of amazon for half the price, and it came with a professional mic stand, so you can’t beat that value. If those reasons aren’t enough to convince you to save your time and money, the design should because this mic is not pretty at all.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Weird Microphone

    Posted
    YouTubeGlitch

    I used this microphone for a class last year and it worked decently. Later on, I returned it because I didn't need it anymore until now. I have decided to get another one to use it to record YouTube videos. When I purchased another microphone, I immediately tried to use it. As soon as I plugged it in, the microphone made a weird noise and smoke started coming out of it. I brought the mic outside, so the smoke won't spread throughout the house. I tried to connect it again and this time no smoke came out, but when I tried to use my new mic, it won't appear in my settings. This outcome was quite obvious and maybe the store itself is not good at taking care of their products, but the employees are really nice, so I raised the rating by one star.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I needed a USB microphone, and this works.

    Posted
    Krazyredboy
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    It's as simple as this: I needed an easy to setup, simple to use, and effective microphone. As this won't be used for much beyond podcast recordings and online streaming, the quality factor is not a necessity for me. As is, the quality is decent, but I would not begin to rank them with my good recording microphones. It does tend to pick up a bit more room noise than I would prefer, but I don't think that will really hinder its use. So far, it works, and that is what counts. It was easy to setup and did not require any special software, which was a good surprise. Windows 10 was able to accept it and use it, right away.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Mic for Podcasting Beginners

    Posted
    withoutbren
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Picked up three of these powerful little mics and they work amazing! The voice quality isn’t as good as the Yeti, but that’s a given, you get what you pay for but Blue didn’t shortcut on the quality of these mics. If you’re looking for an affordable mic to start podcasting or transcribing, get a Snowball. You won’t regret it!! Unless you’re trying to use multiple Snowballs on a Mac, apparently the mics have to be configured by Blue to be recognized as unique devices (and yes that means you have to send them into to Blue in order for them to fix the issue) that’s the only con.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love it!!!!

    Posted
    CDawg
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased a snowball microphone for my computer with the intent of getting extra support in typing research papers since I started as a Doctoral student. To my surprise, the purchase turns out to be the most exciting purchase from Best Buy. The seamless operation and integration with my laptop is impeccable. I recommend to anyone looking for a similar experience to pick one up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Posted
    Babykitty02
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Great product. Is very simple to set up and sounds great. seems to be durable for being plastic threading. The one downside i can see is I have a older desk and when i tap any part of it it makes a small creak, but when the mic is on the desk it is load as can be, so the legs do not do much for insulation. But other than that, it is a great product and i would recommend people to buy it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good mic For Podcasting

    Posted
    Ozzie
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The mic is great if you are up close to it and even better with its accessories BUT If you are arms length away from it... you sound really far away, you HAVE to be close to it. Overall Its a nice product. I won't recommend, I'm sure spending a bit more can give you a better mic and you won't regret it

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great introductory mic

    Posted
    Daniel
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I came across the Snowball in my search for a good introductory condenser mic, and I'm pleased. Via USB it works with my software as a native audio recording. Because it's omnidirectional, for a little clearer sound, I would suggest putting foam or fabric directly behind the mic if you need only directional input.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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