I recently bought a new gaming microphone. It had fantastic reviews and a respectable set of features — all at an affordable price. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? I clicked the little order now button on Amazon, and two days later, it was on my doorstep.
That’s when the trouble began.
At first, I had a problem installing the drivers. Then there was an issue with the quality of the pre-packaged cord. Then there was a problem with software compatibility. After jumping through a half-dozen hoops, I finally got the darn thing working. The sound quality? Adequate, at best.
Did I scare you off? I sure hope not. Because that wasn’t the TONOR Microphone. No, sir. The TONOR USB Gaming Microphone is an entirely different story — one that rings of an intuitive and affordable experience.
Zoom In: Specs
- Website: tonormic.com
- Dimensions: 15cm x 4.5cm
- Maximum Height: 23cm
- Cable: 1.5m Standard
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Sample Rate: 44.1KHZ.16BIT
- Frequency Response: 100Hz-16KHZ
- Sensitivity: -38dB±3dB(OdB=1V/Pa.at 1Khz)
- Output Impedence: 680Ω
- Max. SPL: 110dB(at 1KHz<1% THD)
- S/N Ratio: 56dB
- TONOR TC-777 Microphone
- Microphone Stand
- Mini Shock Mount w/ rubber bands
- Pop Filter
- After-Sale Card
As soon as my eye caught sight of the minimal black box with muted embossed accents, I was hooked.
A quick look inside the box revealed all the contents listed above, including (of course), the TONOR microphone itself. The mic is all matte blue, with a sleek chrome strip just above the TONOR logo.
Setting things up is a breeze, as it all fits in the little tripod that comes with the mic. The microphone itself is pretty heavy, and I was initially worried it might tip over, given the cheap plastic that comprised the shock mount attachment. Thankfully, it gets the job done.
Now, you could flip through the instruction manual for an easy step-by-step guide on setting up the microphone. Or you could just plug it into your PC and see what happens. I’m a fan of the latter route. When it works, anyways.
And this thing works.
If you’re on a Windows 10 machine, it’s ready to go in seconds. Literally seconds. There’s no hassle, no fuss. The drivers download automagically, after which you’re free to load up the software of your choice. It appears that it’ll work with just about whatever software you choose. In my two full weeks with this mic, there were no problems with any of my favorite programs. Use it for games, Audacity, games, Zoom, even games! Did I mention games?
Use it for any game you like — from Fortnite to GTA. It’s as simple as selecting the TONOR mic as the input (if it’s not pre-selected) and shouting insults at your friends as they’re gunned down by the enemy team.
And the audio quality is crisp. During my experience, the TONOR Microphone captured everything, loud and clear.
But… that’s not always a good thing. On one of my Zoom calls, the neighbor’s dog decided it was a great time to howl like a maniac. The TONOR captured it like it was a few feet away.
Now, there are ways to help with interference, including the attachments. There’s not much you can do about a dog gone rogue, but the pop filter reduces snaps, crackles, and pops as you’re speaking.
Speaking of attachments, though, I wish the tripod was height adjustable. The microphone was just a smidge too low, and there wasn’t much I could do about that.
Overall, the TONOR Microphone was a Godsend for me. It restored my faith in what a small, affordable ($40) accessory could be capable of. And it’s my new weapon of choice for gaming, work, and singing praise for TONOR.
Zoom Out: Verdict
Performance - 8/10
Craftsmanship - 7.5/10
Value - 10/10
The TONOR USB Gaming Microphone is a great value. It will meet all your voice input needs: gaming, video calls, streaming, and more. The quality of the microphone is top notch considering the price, and the accessories (most of them) are an excellent addition.
- Crystal clear audio
- Incredibly affordable
- Excellent array of attachments included
- Can be too sensitive
- Not height adjustable
- Shock mount feels cheap