After recently taking my passion for gaming to the next level and buying my first PC in over a decade (a dedicated gaming PC I might add). I decided to go to the next level and invest in my live streaming equipment.
Up until now I’d been using my iPhone headphones as a microphone when doing voice overs and live streams. However, with both Helen and I looking to stream our gaming that wasn’t going to be practical in the long term.
- Design - 80%80%
- Features - 70%70%
- Performance - 87%87%
With only an iPhone headphones microphone to compare it against I'm overly impressed with the quality of this SIX YEAR OLD piece of tech. It kind of reminds me of an Apple product in the sense of it's simple and elegant design and ability to hold it's value in a market that only seems to devalue everything in it everyday.
It's for that reason I'd suggest to anyone looking to buy a Blue Snowball iCE to invest in one. Worst case scenario you can sell it on eBay in a couple of months for £10 less than what you paid for it.
I knew when purchasing a microphone there was just one brand I wanted to buy from. Blue. They are known as the best in the business (which is probably why their equipment seems to hold such fantastic value). However, with products from the brand ranging from £30 right up to £1,900. I knew I needed to do some serious research.
In the end I decided to go with the mid-range (can you call it that?) Blue Snowball iCE microphone. This microphone was first released in 2011! and at the pace in which technology moves the only question I seemed to keep asking myself is – ‘How is a piece of tech six years old still worth buying?’
I mentioned before about my love of Apple computers and the thing that seemed to drive a naive 14 year old to her first Macbook has to be it’s elegant design. I went on to learn just how important that was to the CEO of the company at the time and one of my idols, Steve Jobs. Many of the Blue microphone products seem to emulate this and the Blue Snowball iCE is no different.
Available in just black or white it’s simple design with zero buttons makes it the perfect addition to any desk in any office. However, one thing we’ve not had to do (which you’ll often find in tech products) is sacrifice practicality for this design. In fact, the Blue Snowball iCE hits the perfect point on both.
Again let me refer back to Apple products for a second. Apple seemed to revolutionise the tablet and smartphone market due to it’s simplistic design and operating system. Now I mentioned in design how simple the design was and now let me mention about the simple and yet complex features. Sure there’s no buttons but there’s also no installation disc. No disc drivers to install. NO FUSS!
I bought my 60-year-old mum her first iPad because I knew it was so simple she’d be able to use it. Without calling me every 5 minutes because she didn’t know how to get back to the homepage… or something along those lines anyway. Just like I know that the installation and functionality of this microphone is so simple she could use this too.
For the most part the performance of the Blue Snowball iCE is everything I (and many other streamers and pod caster’s) need and more. However, let’s be clear. The Blue Snowball iCE is only a monophonic microphone. An while it’s been suitable for myself and Helen streaming in a small bedroom. It probably shouldn’t be your first choice if your primary use for this microphone is capturing the likes of multi-person interviews.
In conclusion, you’re simply not going to be able to find a better looking, better quality microphone for your money. A piece of tech that is six years old and is still ranked as a best seller on Amazon, and still selling for it’s original RRP is unheard of. So if that doesn’t prove that this is a piece of technology worth investing in – then I’m not sure what will.