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This review is from: OLYMPUS ME-52W 3.5mm Connector Noise-Cancellation Microphone
Pros: This microphone has has better quality sound wise then my old worn out Cyber Acoustics Mic (model for it not sold anymore. Closest match might be this updated one... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G0U24387)
The cable is replaceable, thus extending the life of the mic itself and keeping the cost down for just replacing the wire.
It comes with everything (almost) you need - a 3 foot cable to plug into your computer, a meaty lapel (good enough to attach firmly to my Nova 10 6.5mm Jack headphones), and a windscreen.
Cons: For a gamer, this thing is a little too sensitive and you might need to attach it an inch or two further away then what is normal headset or lower quality lapel mic would need for sufficient feedback. The windscreen will partially fix this.
The wire it comes with is too short! You'll need to spend a few more dollars to get one of sufficient length.
Other Thoughts: I gave this 4 stars because I found out this mic was bit more sensitive then I expected. However if it weren't for the pros I mentioned, it would have received 3 stars. The big plus here is being able to replace the cable for cheaper then a Cyber Acoustics mic and retaining a product of better quality.
Use the windscreen! If you don't the mic will be super sensitive and will give back distortion.
With Realtek HD Manager, I am using a setting of 10+ decibels with a recording volume at full blast to get the best results. You can go to 20+ with good results provided you don't have any fans running or any other loud noises in the background.
The cable I ordered came from Newegg and unfortunately it's the cheapest one that you can get. I say unfortunately because it's 12 feet long and cheaper then the 6 ft cable! This is the 12 ft one I ordered:
This is the 6 ft one if you are interested:
Also, if you are looking at the Phillips Mic for $30, don't get that one for gaming as the specs show it is more sensitive then the Olympus. This one does the Job well enough for that intended purpose. Getting the Phillips would be overkill, plus there is nothing indicating it comes with more then just a windscreen.
All in all, this probably is the best choice on the market for a gamer whose using stand alone headphones. Plus you get to use some old school equipment with it (Nova 10s man!)
Pros: It's ram...
Cons: 3 out of the 4 I bought worked. One failed...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: My Pentium 4 is buzzing along nice and fine. The whole
system temp took a massive drop due to the fact that I'm
using a really good fan and it's running 65w. Performance
has taken an increase as well. I upgraded from a Prescott
2.66 at 533 FSB. My stepping I received was D0.
Cons: It was kind of messy on the chip. Noticeable scratches and
what looked like a burned out connector. Made worry if it
was going to boot.
Other Thoughts: This upgrade completes my budget rig unless some unforeseen miracle happens like finding a compatible quad
core for the board, but at this point the machine is done.
I've maxed out pretty much everything on the motherboard.