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Want to sound great on video calls? This 'crisp' microphone is down to $40

If you're looking for something that can spice up your work-from-home setup, the Blue Yeti iCE microphone is a great pick. Not only will it make you sound better on video calls, but the retro-futuristic design adds a bit of flair to any desk. It's also a fantastic option for Twitch streamers who are just starting out and don't want to sink a lot of money into a more expensive microphone. And right now it's on sale for $40 (from $50).

This microphone is Skype and Discord certified, which means both programs will easily recognize it and allow it to be used without a lot of setup. It uses a cardioid pickup pattern, which means sound coming from the front is clearest.
$47 at Amazon

The microphone's three-pronged tripod gives it a lot of support, with just enough springiness to reduce interference from a shaky desk. This is particularly useful for streamers who might hit the keyboard a little more aggressively than most (but we still recommend using a microphone boom for game streaming!)

One user called this a "game changer": "The sound is so great - crisp with volume options that create the perfect sound in my audio recordings. Such a huge difference, and so easy to use!" Another user agreed, citing its effectiveness while gaming: "I set this up at a whim to play with someone I barely know online. Played with my headphones on a bit and had no issues. Tested the volume settings on Windows with my friend. Set it to 100%. Placed the mic right behind my keyboard. Played with my speakers blaring gunshots. He heard me the whole time."

This Blue Yeti mic in black and in white
This Blue Yeti mic is not only stylish but captures crystal-clear sound. (Photo: Amazon)

"This product lives up to the name and reputation. I’ve heard about this brand and microphone specifically for years. Nearly every YouTuber/Streamer I’ve watched in the past 8 years has used this or recommended it at some point in their career," said one customer, who called it the best entry-level microphone. "I have to do the same. Everything is great about it, sound quality, the ability to pick up just your voice, and the customization options of wide to fit your perfect setup."

This microphone is Skype and Discord certified, which means both programs will easily recognize it and allow it to be used without a lot of setup. It uses a cardioid pickup pattern, which means sound coming from the front is clearest.
$47 at Amazon

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