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Snowball iCE USB Microphone

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Blue Microphones - Snowball iCE USB Microphone - White - Record vocals, instrument and live music with this microphone that features HD audio. The USB cable allows you to plug right into your PC or Mac - HD audio For clear sound while chatting, podcasting, narrating and more --- comes with the USB cable and Desktop stand.


Learn more about the Blue Microphones Snowball ICE

Model

Brand
Blue Microphones
Model
Snowball ICE

SPEC

Connector
USB
Specification
System Requirements:
PC: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional
USB 1.0 or 2.0; 64 MB RAM (minimum)

Macintosh: Mac OSX 10.4.6 or higher
USB 1.0 or 2.0; 64 MB RAM (minimum)

Features

Features
Custom condenser capsule offers crystal clear audio

Easy plug 'n play directly to Mac or PC - no drivers to install

Adjustable desktop mic stand and USB cable

From desktop to laptop to iPad (with Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit)

Adds HD audio to recordings for YouTube, SoundCloud or Myspace

Improves audio quality on Skype, Windows Live, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger

Records instruments, vocals or bands

Creates podcasts and adds narration to your home movies

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Kathleen S.
  • 8/7/2014 9:32:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsWorks Alright

Pros: -Cheap, I got mine for $50
-Well built
-Quality cable
-Fair sound quality, but the three settings are mainly normal, quiet, and quieter.

Cons: -The three settings are useless for spoken word.
-You can't change your distance or orientation relative to the microphone without drastically changing the sound
-The stand is awkward, and requires some fiddling with to fit into a mic holder

Other Thoughts: I usually use a different mic, but I was going to buy a smaller one for Skype calls. In my opinion, there are probably much better spoken word mics for not much more money, and I would look into it.

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  • Joseph T.
  • 6/25/2014 9:21:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBetter quality

Pros: The sound quality just on my voice was much better than on the cheap (e.g. $10) microphones I'd been using. I did not need to get right up on it either. For podcasting and similar uses, it is very fit for purpose. Plug and Play on Windows 7. The stand feels sturdy, and it is a good weight, so it won't fall over or slide around.

Cons: Huge; about the size of a softball. Has proprietary threading; i.e. you couldn't mount this on a standard tripod without finagling an adapter.

Other Thoughts: It has a pilot light on it, but it didn't bother me. I'd like to know if a mic is potentially "live." Works with Windows Recorder, Skype, and VoiceMeeter.
I have no regrets for this purchase.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/17/2014 8:20:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent mic

Pros: This mic has extremely high quality sound. This mic sounds like a recording studio mic it is soso clear. Today when I got it all my friends were saying how clear I sound.

Cons: Really big mic. This is a real big downside just move it off to the side a little. Also the red light on it is annoying just cover it up.

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  • Steven O.
  • 3/4/2014 7:16:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsMust Buy

Pros: I love the quality of the mic, I use it for gaming and my friends are "wowed" how clear I am compared to my old mic (which was the Sound Blaster Z add on mic)

I like the different features it has on the back even though I will not likely use it, added features are always good to have for "just in case".

I set the mic behind my center monitor (At least 10 to 12 inches away) and not needing to talk loud and still be able to hear me clearly which is always nice.

Auto installs, no drivers needed. Easy Plug n Play!

Cons: The microphone legit a little bit smaller than a softball to give you an idea on size. A bit big for my taste but I'll take this con with the great mic quality

Annoying bright red light on the front of the mic. I just put a small piece of black electrical tape to cover the red light. Problem solved!

Other Thoughts: I didn't use the mini stand that the mic came with. It looks pretty stable and easily screws into the mic no problem. However, for my purposes I do not need a mini stand and the mic easily sits on my desk without any intent of rolling off my desk.

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  • Regina S.
  • 2/21/2014 2:28:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks very well

Pros: -Sound quality is excellent
-Price is low
-No software install needed
-USB sound device which has the bonus of offloading the processing from your own audio device as well as giving you the option of an additional audio stream in addition to your existing setup if you are expanding instead of replacing.

Cons: -Pretty large
-Power light is BRIGHT, and cannot be turned off save unplugging the mic.
-Included stand build quality is poor and not useful for typical desk/sitting height.

Other Thoughts: This mic sounds really amazing for the price point. It is pretty forgiving if you speak with a lot of sibilants. I have owned quiet a few headset/mic combos over the years from manufacturers like Logitech, CM Storm, Razer and even Sennheiser and never had the vocal quality I wanted. This is easily the best mic I have ever owned and for a fantastic price. I'm sure there are better mics here on Newegg, but I can't imagine you will find one that can best this quality/price ratio.

A big note for anyone not used to these kinds of mics, and based on some cons I see some people have run into this. This is not meant to be a mic you throw on the back of your desk 2-4 feet from you and just have it pick up everything you say and sound good. This is a mic you speak INTO. The stand throws the wrong impression, I think. This mic uses a standard 5/8" threaded stand connection. I recommend either getting a stand with a strong boom or a scissor arm to hold this, although any cheap stand would do. You can get either for 15-50 bucks easily.

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  • William K.
  • 1/22/2014 4:03:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price!

Pros: Sounds fairly well for the price, Easy to plug and play. Looks pretty neat too! Long USB cord.

Cons: Doesn't block out as much background noise as I had hoped but still does great! The Red light when plugged in (even if computer is off) stays on and is bright. Very annoying.

Other Thoughts: This isn't a con, Because the mic itself is a good quality but the stand as stated elsewhere is cheap. HOWEVER it works FINE! Overall if the price is right it's a great mic to have.

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  • Nancy T.
  • 12/6/2013 11:15:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis thing rocks

Pros: Excellent Sound Quality
Ease of install
Teamspeak users were commenting on how good my mic is
Works great with the sound recording program audacity
Rapping all over this mic

Cons: The tripod isn't as weak as the other users make it sound
It's quite large, blocks my monitor when its behind my keyboard

Other Thoughts: I would definitely get another one if this one breaks

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  • nhi l.
  • 12/4/2013 10:16:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsRecords very low

Pros: nothing to install, system detected it perfectly.

cord has good length, and can be removed from both the ball and is connected via USB

Cons: Maxed out the recording settings and when I fraps the sound ends up to be not high enough.

There's also a really annoying red light on the top of it, I tried to angle it a different way, but it's so annoying lol.

The best way to use this I guess, is to literally lay it infront of my keyboard (to not block monitor)

Other Thoughts: Don't get this unless it's on sale for half off or something o.o

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  • Zachery G.
  • 11/28/2013 5:01:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Stuff

Pros: High quality mic... Works great for recording sound for my youtube videos.

Cons: No issues yet

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/10/2013 6:22:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: Quality is great, and by far this is the best mic I have ever had

Cons: none

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