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Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone

You Pay: $40.99
Product Highlights
  • Professional-Quality Sound
  • Compact and Portable
  • Good for Desktops or Laptops
  • Mac and PC Compatible

The Snowflake from Blue is a compact and portable USB microphone ideal for travel. Whether you're a roving podcaster, or if you just want to add narration to your home videos, the Snowflake offers professional-quality results at an incredibly affordable price.

The mic capsule folds into the compact case, which also stores the included USB cable. This makes it easy to store the mic in a laptop bag, or even your pocket. When unfolded, the case acts as a desktop stand or laptop clip. The Snowflake has plug and play compatibility with Macs and PCs, so you don't have to install any drivers. Just plug it in and you're up and running.

Compact
Ideal for life on the road, the Snowflake has a compact design that fits easily into a laptop bag. The USB cable even tucks away into the case so you have an all-in-one travel solution.
Professional-Quality Audio
The perfect tool for podcasters, musicians, or movie editors, the Snowflake brings you studio-quality recording without breaking the bank.
USB
The Snowflake connects to your Mac or PC with the included USB cable, and no drivers are required. Just plug the mic in and you're ready to record.
Versatile
When unfolded, the Snowflake can either sit on your desk, or clip to your laptop. No matter what kind of computer you use, you can record with the Snowflake.
Stylish
In addition to being functional, the Snowflake has a stylish design that you'll be proud to display next to your computer.
Transducer Pressure Gradient with USB Digital Output
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 35Hz - 20kHz
Power Requirements USB Port
System Requirements Macintosh:
Mac OSX, USB 1.0 or 2.0, 64MB RAM (Minimum)
Windows:
XP Home or Professional, USB 1.0 or 2.0, 64MB RAM (Minimum)
Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone
  • USB Cable
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
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    BlueSnowflake Compact USB Microphone
     
    4.3

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (31)
    • Lightweight (30)
    • Good audio (29)
    • Compact (27)
    • Versatile (16)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (22)
    • Home studio (15)
    • Professional recording (9)
    • Performances (5)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (21), Novice (10), Tech savvy (5)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (7), Business (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Easy to use, great price

    This is probably the easiest product in the world to use. You just plug it in and record, it's as easy as that! I bought the Snowflake to record the music my brother...Read complete review

    This is probably the easiest product in the world to use. You just plug it in and record, it's as easy as that! I bought the Snowflake to record the music my brother and I play together. I ended up using it to record voice as well. The Snowflake works great for both applications.

    I was looking for a cheap, easy to use microphone, and I found both in the Blue Snowflake.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Interesting but flawed design

    It is a good design, but I find myself not liking it as much as others seem. It looks cute, for sure, but is also quite obviously flawed.
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    It is a good design, but I find myself not liking it as much as others seem. It looks cute, for sure, but is also quite obviously flawed.


    Pros:

    (1) Convenience and mobility. No need to wear a headset or handhold a mic.
    (2) Sound quality much better than built-in microphones.
    (3) Built-in soundcard (A/D converter) with quite good quality. No need to worry about the humming noises of laptop internal sound cards, and no need to mess with external sound cards.
    (4) USB compatibility. Truly plug-and-play.
    (5) Pretty good build quality, better than most consumer products.
    (6) Good-looking.


    Cons:

    (1) Picks up too much ambient sound. Even a slight wind generates unacceptably high level of background noise. Completely unusable outdoors. Consider to use it only in a quiet room. This microphone is supposed to be unidirectional, but its ability to reject ambient sound is not even remotely close to that of handhold microphones I've used, not to even mention microphones that have noise cancellation mechanisms.

    I believe this microphone was designed with conflicting goals which forced compromises. When it comes to microphones, there are two very different types of uses. The first type is the recording of a single source from a single direction (such as an individual speaker's voice), the second type is the recording of multiple sources from multiple directions (such as a conference room). These two types need very different types of microphones, namely unidirectional for the former and omnidirectional for the latter. I feel the maker of the Snowflake would like to have both type of buyers with a single design. Not a good idea. I think they should give an option of two different types to the Snowflake, either using a modular system or using a switch. In addition, because the Snowflake is intended for mobile use, they should also consider adding noise cancellation feature to deal with ambient noises. With the present design, this limitation alone makes the Snowflake nearly useless to me because I intended to use it on my laptop mostly in the backyard.

    (2) In addition to the unacceptable ambient noise level, inherent noise (self-noise) level is also higher than a good handheld microphone or good headset. (The inherent noise is the noise generated from the microphone and the circuit even when there is no ambient noise.) When used at the supposed placement in relation to the user, this microphone is clearly not as clean as the high-quality microphones I've used. This may not be a problem for noncritical recordings, but it is something to be remembered if you are recording demands high-quality. Personally, I want to use it for voice recognition, which I believe is a much more challenging environment than casual recording. Based on my short experience, I am somewhat satisfied, but not without reservation because of the noise. I just hope the noise does not significantly impact the recognition accuracy. So far, it does not appear to be a serious problem, but the higher noise level is obvious and I am concerned. Of course, this is talking about dictating in a quiet room. If there is any appreciable amount of ambient noise, the Snowflake is completely unusable as I discussed above.

    (3) Aside the noise issues, the sound quality is not as good as professional microphones used with a good sound card. The recorded sound is simply not as round, tight and solid. The sound quality is in the middle between microphones built in laptop computers and a decent headset, a handheld or studio microphone. I say this based on testing with actual recordings, not speculation. While the Snowflake is noticeably better than a built-in microphone, it is noticeably inferior to a good handheld microphone or a quality headset (such as those used in wireless microphone sets).

    (4) There is an annoying bug when used with voice recognition program NaturallySpeaking. Whenever you put the computer in sleep and later wake it up, the USB Snowflake will not come out of the sleep. You will have to unplug the microphone and replug it to make it work. This happens only when voice recognition program is running. I'm not sure what causes the problem (the microphone, the voicerecognition program, or the computer operating system?), but this shouldn't happen. I use Vista. Other external USB devices all work fine in this respect. Regardless what the cause is, this is quite annoying because I put my laptop in sleep frequently. Because the problem may not be caused by the microphone, I don't mean to downgrade the microphone by this problem. But those who consider to use this microphone for voice recognition should take notice of this issue.

    (5) The joint of the microphone head is very loose, hardly able to hold a position firm. This makes you nervous all the time, and in fact do cause frequent adjustments. This is clearly an overlook and must be improved in the next iteration of this product (if there will be one). Nothing affects the user experience like unreliability.

    (6) There is no tightening nor adjustment mechanism for this thing to be clamped over the edge of the computer lid. It just loosely and barely hangs there. Not very stable, and easily falls off with any laptop movement. I eventually decided to place the microphone aside the computer. This works well (but does require a support surface), because thankfully the metal case can be flipped over to become a standing frame. Very convenient.

    (7) I wish they made the microphone head (the ball part) completely detachable from the box so that one can comfortably hold it in hand if needs to (for example, if you really need a low noise level for recording). With the current design, if you want to handhold this microphone, you can only hold it with the entire metal frame, which is not only heavy but too edgy and uncomfortable to hold for very long.

    (8) I feel the whole thing is a bit too heavy for its intended type of use. Is it possible to make it lighter without sacrificing the integrity? I don't know. I kind of like the feel of its metal make, but still think lighter would be better.

    To be fair, however, the lower sound quality and worse noise characteristics compared to handheld or headset microphones isn't totally surprising, because such characteristics are inherent to the detached type of use in which the microphone is placed at a distance from speaker. The sound quality depends greatly on the distance between the user and the microphone. I tested the Snowflake handholding it close to my mouth (about 3-4 inches away), and found the quality of the recording was quite close to that of a good handheld microphone. But of course this is not how the microphone is designed to be used. Placed over the top edge of my laptop lid (the intended way to use it), the Snowflake sounded decidedly worse. The noise floor is much higher, because at that distance, the recording level has to be raised to the maximum in order to have a decent pickup. Still much better than a built-in microphone, but if you are hoping for very high-quality recording comparable to a handheld or studio microphone, you shouldn't buy this microphone. Especially, if you intend to use it outdoor, I strongly recommend not to buy this microphone. On the other hand, if you would like to have the convenience of not having to handhold a microphone or wear a microphone over your head, I'm not aware of a better USB-based computer microphone out there at this time.

    Overall, interesting and promising design that may satisfy lots of users who are not very discriminative in terms of the sound quality, but for those who don't want to compromise too much, don't hope too much. It's very good for indoor use, but are unsuitable for outdoor use, and also not to replace a high quality microphone for high-quality recordings (even in a quiet room). And yes, the sleeping bug and several other flaws do bother me.

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    3.0

    Overall good for the price

    By Umi

    from New York

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

    I mainly use the product for interviewing guests over Skype. I do the interviews in a very large room, which causes the mic to pick up a lot of static and echo. However, for the price it's one of the best deals you can get.

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    5.0

    Clear quality mic

    By keener

    from Toronto, ON

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

      I am much impressed with the usb microphone. I use it with a mac and it's plug and play right from the box. Voice is clear and good quality.
      It is versatile and can be mounted on your monitor or just sit on your desk. It also folds up to a compact size for easy storage.
      Good buy.

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      4.0

      Good for the casual user

      By PhysicsTeacher

      from Rosemead

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

        I am a science teacher, and I occasionally make video recordings for my class. I am not an audiophile. I have tried a variety of analog microphones purchased from local electronic stores and none of them are better than the microphones built into my MacBook. I wanted better voiceovers, but I did not want to pay more than $100 for it.

        Setup was a breeze, with clear instructions for a variety of operating systems.

        This microphone is much clearer than the analog mics I have tried. I did a comparison of my built-in mic, a cheap analog mic, and the Snowflake by recording myself reading the same paragraph and playing it back. By comparison to the Snowflake, everything else sounded muffled and muddy.

        One complaint is that the Snowflake picked up the background hum of my neighbor's air conditioning unit. A quieter environment would help but I cannot always get that. It would be nice if the mic was smart enough (or short-range enough) to filter that out.

        The microphone is well designed. It can turn on 2 axes, allowing a variety of positions. The metal base which keeps it stable when it is on a desk. A plastic add-on turns the base into a small box just big enough for the USB cable, making the whole thing easy to carry. Some of the product literature shows the microphone hooked to the top of a laptop for use in videoconferencing, but on my laptop, the mic does not balance well, so it teeters back and forth on the top of the screen.

        Overall, it is a good solution for my applications, but I am not a very demanding customer.

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        4.0

        It Does What it Says it Does.

        By Firefly

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

          I needed a simple plug-and-play mic with good quality recording sound. This one fit the bill. The price was right and I definitely was not disappointed. I would recommend it for pod casts, video training, voice overs on basic videos. I like that the stand doubles as storage for the cord so you don't have to keep track of it.

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          4.0

          Excellent portable microphone

          By MLynn

          from Hattiesburg, MS

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily
          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

          Things I was looking for in a microphone when I bought the Snowflake were: portability + decent sound quality. I don't really have a permanent desk yet and I travel so I was really wanted a compromise that was light and designed to be moved, but still had great sound. I record for podbooks, so this only needs to record me, fyi.

          Things that are great: the sound is indeed excellent, all things considered. For the size and price, one really couldn't ask for better. Very impressed. This is my first Blue microphone and I honestly enjoy this mic enough that I'm looking forward to being able to upgrade once I settle down and get a real setup.

          Things that aren't so great about it: how they've decided to make it portable is... kinda cheap. The plastic bottom half of the case is not as good a quality as the rest of the mic and is small enough that it's a struggle to get the cable twirled into it. Also, none of my laptop or desktop monitors are thick enough for the hook to really work properly, so I end up taping it to the back of the laptop to stabilize it.

          All in all, a great mic, less great physical execution.

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          3.0

          Works good for the price

          By Yuda

          from NY

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

          The product is good for beginners only catches a lot of silence noise which causes static sound on the recording without using any gatekeeper. But its good for the price.

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          5.0

          One for the money

          By nsmith

          from ny ny

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

            great price, size, usability. Highly recommended.

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            3.0

            Not What I Expected

            By BarryZBay

            from Lakewood, CA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Limited Functions
            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Mobile DJ

            Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

            No physical controls Ergonomically displeasingCord s too short

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            5.0

            awesome mic for pc

            By bob

            from Milwaukee, WI

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

              i personally use this mic for commentarys for warcraft and it works awesome...its practically as big as a 2 by 2 inc square, and connects via usb. Looking for high quality mic for sound for pc without breaking the bank...then this is it...i brought it on sale so that was also a plus...

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              5.0

              Great audio quality

              By Dan The Man

              from Montréal, Canada

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

                  Plug it and you're ready to go! Great audio!

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                  5.0

                  Cool design, great functionality

                  By Dustin

                  from Marion, IA

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

                    Overall great product. I don't really find the laptop mount useful but just as a stand alone mic it's excellent - especially when compared to any other USB mics I've tried out. So much more clarity. Thanks!

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                    4.0

                    Great affordable choice!

                    By RBennet

                    from Wrentham, MA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Voiceover

                      Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

                      Much better connector than the Snowball. Micro USB is more sturdy than the giant USB-A connector and the quality is great.

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                      5.0

                      Really like it!!

                      By Lulu

                      from Dallas, TX

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

                          Though the shipping was super super slow, the product is absolutely fantastic. I just love it! It records really well, it is light and portable, really good to carry around.

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                          5.0

                          AWESOME!

                          By JeffJ

                          from St Petersburg, FL

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Skype

                            Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

                            Best microphone I've every used. Works awesome with Skype.

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                            5.0

                            Good Price For A Good Mic!

                            By Mason

                            from Brooklyn, NY

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

                              I Loved It The Minute I Got It This Mic Is Worth It No CD App For It Just Plug And Fun With It
                              Very Good Clear Sound!

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                              5.0

                              Exactly what I needed...

                              By JR

                              from Charleston, SC

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Events

                                Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

                                I use the Snowflake to conduct group Web-Ex conferences. It has crystal clear sound and is a breeze to set up and use.

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                                4.0

                                Good bang for the buck

                                By The Baraccuda Man

                                from Ottawa, ON

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording

                                  Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

                                  Use it on my PC for skype and voice recording. It does exactly what the B&H sales assistant told me, good quality of voice for a non-stereo mic.

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                                  5.0

                                  BLUE MIC's ULTRA Compact USB microphone

                                  By Michael from the East Coast

                                  from Louisville, Ky

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Best compact mic
                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Distingished design
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Genius qualities
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Mobile DJ
                                    • Movie narration
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording
                                    • Recording music
                                    • Voice notes

                                    Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

                                    gorgeously designed pro audio in a compact usb microphone made by an outstanding company for a little over thirty dollars. perfect for making music, video narrating, and chatting while out on the road or at home. i wouldn't change a thing

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                                    3.0

                                    One of my less satisfying purchases

                                    By Sam

                                    from Kenosha, WI

                                    About Me Professional Musician

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                    • Bulky/Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

                                    I've purchased 5 Blue mics altogether, and this is the least satisfying. Sound quality is competitive, but mounting is awkward and clumsy on both laptops and desk machines. Go for the Blue Mic or the Yetl instead. If you need a clip-on laptop mic, it's hard to beat the Samson Go mic--sounds find, clips on and stays in place, is half the weight and size of the Blue Snowflack.,

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                                    5.0

                                    Small but mighty

                                    By Reekhavok

                                    from St.Paul MN

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • Needs Direct Monitoring

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about Blue Snowflake Compact USB Microphone:

                                    I wanted a small mic to record my guitar with but didn't want the whole interface and cables etc etc.
                                    I'm limited for space when it comes to a home recordings setup. The Snowflake is perfect!

                                    Its sounds good and is sensitive as it should be.

                                    Do wish it had a direct monitoring headphone jack, But I can work around that to avoid latency.

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