The Elgato Wave:1 is a sleek, compact condenser microphone that boasts excellent sound quality and a novel approach to audio mixing. It’s also extremely beginner-friendly.
The HyperX QuadCast S is a refresh of the brand’s top-end streamer mic and features a largely unchanged design under a new RGB hood.
A low-cost entry point for streamers with tight budget and space constraints, the HyperX SoloCast is sound-rich and feature-light.
If you can get used to its quirks, Blue’s Snowball iCE is an excellent way to get into vocal recording or streaming.
Offering a smaller, more portable version of the imperious Blue Yeti for a cheaper price, the Blue Yeti Nano is a big deal
A generous swathe of hardware and software features make the Elgato Wave:3 the streamer mic to beat, but it’s less versatile than others on the market.
The Razer Seiren Elite is great at what it does. But what it does is quite limited compared to its multi-polar-pattern contemporaries, several of which are priced lower.
Pricier than the already excellent standard Yeti, the Blue Yeti X brings welcome updates to its controls and light customization for aesthetically minded streamers.
Although pricey, the ModMic USB provides gamers with a premium alternative to poor integrated microphone performance, without taking up desk space.
This is an incredible mic for relatively little outlay. Whether streaming, podcasting or recording music, it's effectively a studio mic with the ease of USB.
For streamers who need a portable or space-saving setup, the Seiren X is a good fit, offering crystal-clear vocals. But it picks up keyboard and mouse clicks.
Kingston's unusual three-diaphragm design produces great sound at a low price. The Quadcast's controls are also intuitive for any gamer or game streamer.