NEAT BUMBLEBEE II MICROPHONE REVIEW

The Bumblebee II USB microphone made by the folks at Neat Microphones has been a pure joy to use over the last few weeks. Its plug-and-play functionality, crisp, clear audio detection, and compact size are excellent for any podcaster on the go. And at 100 bucks, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better deal.

The Bumblebee II USB microphone made by the folks at Neat Microphones has been a pure joy to use over the last few weeks. Its plug-and-play functionality, crisp, clear audio detection, and compact size are excellent for any podcaster on the go. And at 100 bucks, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better deal.

Equally as simple is getting the Bumblebee II itself set up. As mentioned, it’s a plug-and-play microphone that gave me no trouble whatsoever, whether I was using it with a Mac laptop or desktop PC. I couldn’t find any drivers on the Neat Microphones website, but there wasn’t a single time during use that I thought I needed them. Everything worked and sounded well right out of the box.

Simple, Yet Effective
Speaking of out of the box, I’m also a big fan of the Bumblebee II’s look and presentation. It’s packaged neatly in clean, minimalist packaging, yet it catches the eye immediately upon opening. The microphone itself is low profile and would fit on any desk with the attached mount. However, it does also come with an adapter if you’d instead attach your Bumblebee to a desk boom arm.

Sure, the Bumblebee II won’t win any awards for its aesthetics – especially compared to Neat’s more expensive line of products – but what’s here, and especially for the price point, is nothing to sneeze at. Granted, looking at the microphone, the “cardioid polar pattern” that Neat claims help to reduce noise from unwanted sources has only been effective in making the device look nicer. If you’re hearing something in the background, chances are you’re going to hear it in your recording.

It’s tough to find any faults with the Neat Microphones Bumblebee II, though. It works well with all operating systems immediately upon plugging it in. It records podcasts, streams, and instruments as effectively as you could ever expect a $100 microphone to do. And to top it off, it’s sleek and modern, without being too bulky or flashy. I’m now a believer in Neat and eagerly anticipate the Bumblebee III.

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