This is the mic to start with if you’re on a budget. It’s even great to get an extra for mobile use!
Like the Audio-Technica ATR2100x-USB and AT2005USB, the Samson Q2U is a dynamic, cardioid microphone that can connect directly to your computer via USB. It can also (and simultaneously) connect to professional audio equipment via XLR.
But here's what makes the Q2U a better choice (but the other two are still good):
- About 3 dB louder output, so you don't have to push the gain so much
- A 4 inch (10 cm) mic-stand riser, so you can get the mic closer to your voice
- Lower price, usually around $60 (USD) and frequent sales drop it as low as $40