Samson Tech has introduced a USB plug and play microphone that is only 1.5 x 1.5 inches. It is called the Go Mic Direct. It comes with a small, hard plastic case for protection and will fit almost anywhere you want to carry it. The USB plug is retractable when not in use.
It is designed for use with Skype, FaceTime, and voice recognition software. It also can be used for recording audio for YouTube, lectures, podcasts and webinars.
There are no cables. It features Omni and Figure-8 Pickup patterns and 16-Bit, 44.1 resolution for those who care about such things.
There is paid software ($3.99) that you may install on your Mac to improve noise reduction. Those wanting to use the mic for voice recognition may find it useful. Go Mic Direct can be used on iOS devices as well as Macs with the addition of the Apple camera connection kit (not included). There is a one year warranty and it is sold through Amazon for $39.99
Using The Product
I have to say up front that I love this little mic. I used it when making a Skype presentation to a large crowd in a large room and not once was I asked to repeat myself even though I have a fairly soft voice. The hard black plastic fits solidly, but the silver microphone part can be turned to make sure the mic is aimed at your voice.
I use headphones when talking over Skype or FaceTime so I didn’t bother purchasing the noise reduction software. The headphones meet my needs for blocking out noise. Before using the Go Mic Direct, select Apple Menu > System Preferences > Sound and select the Go Mic Direct as your input microphone.
This device isn’t for listening to music or or other like activities. It is strictly for carrying your voice when you are speaking and it does that very, very well.