Computer microphone: things to look for when buying one.

This guide will help you choose the best computer microphone for you. I shall talk about the pros and cons of different types of microphones that you can use with your laptop or desktop. This should help you make a decision as to what is right for you.

Are you looking for a computer microphone for gaming purposes? If so, you can buy a stereo headset. These come with stereo headphones and usually have a unidirectional microphone attached. They are normally connected via USB. The great thing about such a microphone is the convenience of being able to use it hands free. This allows you to type freely. They typically have very good audio quality for speech. Since they have such good quality they can be used with voice recognition software and Voice over IP (VoIP), such as Skype and MSN messenger. On the other hand, if you're looking to pick up the voices of several persons at your end of the conversation, this type of microphone won't do. What you need is an omnidirectional microphone. An omnidirectional microphone picks up sound in all directions while a unidirectional microphone only picks up sound that is right in front of it.

A headset can come in either mono or stereo. It looks similar to what is used by telephone operators. For voice recognition software use and good audio quality for speech, a headset is probably the best choice. But if you want to pick up the voices of many persons, it's not a good pick.

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Another computer microphone option is the speakerphone. Thanks to the cell phone, you may be familiar with this type of microphone. This one has a speaker and sits on your desk. Since it's an omnidirectional microphone, it picks up sounds all around it. A microphone like this one will pick up sounds in other rooms and may even pick up the sound of barking dogs and sirens outside your house. You need to decide whether you want this or not. It's not the best for voice clarity. But it's great as a hands free alternative or for picking up the voices of many people at once. If you're having a meeting/conference and want to pick up the voices of everyone in attendance, this is one option to consider.

Maybe you prefer the wireless option. This type of microphone can come with either a mono or stereo headset and a unidirectional or omnidirectional microphone. For better headphone quality, particularly if you're going to be listening to music, get a stereo headset. This separates the sound into left and right channels as opposed to mono sound where the same thing is heard in both left and right speakers. Some wireless microphones come with Bluetooth similar to that of cell phones. The good thing about a wireless computer microphone is that it has no wires to get in your way and you can use it hands free. Most of them have good audio quality for speech as well as noise canceling features. If you're going to be using your computer mic for speech recognition, make sure you get a microphone with noise canceling capabilities. Otherwise your software may not be able to decipher what is being said.

One option is the desktop microphone. This type of microphone usually comes with new computers. It is usually omnidirectional. It can be used for a conference. Like other omnidirectional microphones it will pick up sounds and people in the entire room as well as background noises. This kind of microphone can cause feedback very easily, picking up the sounds from the other end of your conversation.

Laptops usually come with built in microphones. Typically, these are omnidirectional.

There's the option of buying a handheld microphone for your computer but it means that you cannot type properly while holding it. You may have to get a microphone stand. There are both unidirectional and omnidirectional ones available.

Or how about a lapel microphone? This kind of microphone is omnidirectional and clips to your clothes or the side of your computer monitor. Since they are omnidirectional, they can be used for multiple speakers or a conference but the drawback is the fact that they can pick up background noises and computer speakers.

If you want the familiar telephone feel, you can buy a handset. It includes a unidirectional microphone and a speaker. It looks just like a regular telephone handset. This one can't be used hands free, so you can't type or work on your computer as you would like to. If all you will be doing is making calls, you can look into this kind of microphone. But you'd probably be restricting yourself since you may find that you have other uses for your computer microphone. They are not good for conferences. But they usually have good quality for speech.

There are many options available when it comes to buying a computer microphone. The microphone you choose will all depend on your intended use. Be sure to read customer reviews before making a final decision on the right one for you.

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