This is not my first Studio Grade Microphone and it will most likely not be my last either, but it is my first from Razer. The Razer Seiren Mini is the little family member of the Seiren Series with Seiren X being the best, the biggest and the most expensive at £99.99. The Razer Seiren Mini is the budget-friendly grade microphone coming in at only £49.99 and can be purchased on the Razer Store here or from any good retail outlet.
So first off let us unbox
Using Dark-photography Razer showcase there logo in the top right, and a full look at what the microphone looks like dead centre. Top left Razer certified this Microphone streamer read, being a Razer Broadcast Microphone. Razer makes note of Xsplit and Open Broadcast Software as there prefered methods to stream with the Razer Seiren Mini. Towards the bottom, Razer note some key features which include the following
- Ultra-Precise Supercardioid Pickup Pattern
- Professional Recording Quality
- Ultra-Compact Build
Then finally the name of the microphone is clearly positioned for all to view, however, any gamer would automatically know this brand due to the logo.
CLARITY MADE COMPACT
Moving to the back some more key features
- Plug-n-Play with USB
- Shock Resistant
- Heavy-Duty Tilting Stand
When you first open the box you get greeted by Min-Liang Tan Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Razer, you also get the instruction manual and a set of Razer Stickers.
Under that special bundle is where you will find the microphone, USB Cable, and Stand.
Setting up was easy, you just add the extension to the base and then add the microphone to the extension, plugin in the micro USB, plug the other end into your PC, Laptop and away you go, no need for software or any sort of bloatware. So gamers that simply do not like startup programs like Razer Synapse, you will be happy to know that you do not need to download it. Huzzah!
So I have it set up what do I think of it for £49.99, one of the cheapest Broadcast Microphone I have ever owned and used? Well, its plastic, with a metal base with a little light on the front, its cute, small and packs a good punch.
Just listen to these microphone tests, all tests were done with no software of any kind.
So the first test was having the microphone at 50% volume and around 8 inches away from me
The Second Test was 50% to 100% volume at approx 1.5ft away from me
And finally the final test, again 100$ volume, 1.5ft away, with my moving to microphone around, 180degrees, with noise suppression tests as well. I did not do a 360-degree test, Monday brain, when recording this.
So noise suppression is not great as it does pick up the speakers which are around 3ft away and pick up the keyboard which is the Razer Huntsman Mechanical Keyboard behind it. However, every single broadcast microphone that I have used also pick up everything, as they are not a gaming-grade headset microphone that can be designed to suppress all other noises and only focus on your voice.
I must admit after a day or two of using the microphone to communicate with friends and family, in-game, skype and zoom they all commented on the quality of the microphone and how my voice sounded. They did also make a note that the closer I got the microphone the heavier my voice sounded and they much prefered me at my relaxed positon 1.5ft ish as my voice sounded clear and more realistic.
After listening back to the microphone recording, I would have to agree that my relaxed positon when talking, my voice did sound better, clear, a good representation of how I sound.
I think the only issue I have is the materials used, plastic, I do not think it is going to last. With a quick check online there are microphones (Studio Grade) that are metal, and come in at around the same price, how they perform and sound I do not know, but it does beg the question, could Razer have done more. Ignoring that, this microphone is amazing, cheap, looks fantastic, goes well with all other Razer Products.
SUPER CUTE, SUPER SEXY, SUPER AWESOME, SUPER DUPER BROADCAST MICROPHONE…BUT
Razer has done a fine job with this cute little microphone, being plug-n-play and provide an exceptional broadcast-quality, which I believe is great for streamers and podcasters. However, as I said above, due to the materials used to build this microphone, I must question, will it last the long haul?
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