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Best Cheap Microphone for Gaming 2022

With the ever-growing popularity of online gaming, many players are looking for ways to improve their gameplay. One way to do this is by investing in a high-quality microphone that will improve your voice quality when talking with other players. While there are several excellent options on the market for gamers (some of which were included in our Best Gaming Mics list), we wanted to take a look at some budget-friendly mics that won’t break the bank but still get the job done when it comes to offering clear communication during an online match.

HyperX SoloCast

Price: $34.99

Polar Patterns: Cardioid

Connectivity: USB

Recording Sample Rate: 48kHz

Features: Tap-to-mute sensor


If you’re starting out, the HyperX SoloCast is a great entry-level microphone for gaming. It’s a USB mic, which can be easily connected to your PC or laptop. It comes with a mute button and volume control, plus it has an integrated pop filter. 

For less than $50 you’re really paying for the portability and ease of use. The new HyperX SoloCast microphone is all about delivering higher-fidelity voice recording for gamers on a budget. What this single-condenser microphone does come with is a tap-to-mute sensor (which can be disabled if you’d rather not use it). What makes this one so great? For starters, it sounds nearly identical to QuadCast Mic —and at half the price! Then there’s the portable design that makes it easy to take on trips (or anywhere else) without taking up too much space in your bag or causing any discomfort during use. Lastly: the tap-to-mute function means no more awkwardly fumbling around with buttons when someone interrupts gameplay!

The sound quality is good overall, especially considering the price point–it’s better in many ways than some more expensive microphones I’ve tested.

Razer Seiren Mini

Price: $49.99

Polar Patterns: Supercardioid

Connectivity: USB

Recording Sample Rate: 48kHz

Features: Eye-catching design


The Razer Seiren Mini is a $50 budget microphone for streaming that might skimp on features but still delivers top-notch sound. The headset comes in your choice of Black, Mercury White, or Quartz (pink).

The tighter pickup angle for focused audio makes it perfect for podcasts or voiceovers, but it’s also great for gaming streams thanks to its ability to pick up background noise less than many other options on this list.

The cardioid mic has USB connectivity and lets you connect seamlessly to your PC or laptop without any drivers needed—just plug in the included jack into any desktop or laptop with a USB port!

Blue Yeti Nano

Price: $99.99

Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Omnidirectional

Connectivity: USB

Recording Sample Rate: 48kHz

Features:  Zero-latency monitoring, mute & headphone volume controls


The Blue Yeti Nano is a small, affordable, and high-quality microphone. It has great sound quality, which makes it perfect for gaming or streaming on Twitch.

It’s very small and light – so much so that you might forget it’s there! Its tiny size and lightweight metal build make it easy to transport. The integrated stand is sturdy enough to hold up your mic if you’re using it on a table or desk but can be removed if you want something lighter weight.

You’ll also find noise cancellation technology inside this tiny device, which will help reduce background sounds in your recordings by up to 95%. This makes the Blue Yeti Nano well-suited for use in noisy environments such as restaurants or offices where extraneous noises can get picked up by other microphones nearby.

JLab Audio Talk GO

Price: $50

Polar Patterns:  Cardioid, Omnidirectional

Connectivity: USB

Recording Sample Rate: 96kHz

Features: Has a nice tripod for a mic stand


The JLab Audio Talk GO is a great entry-level microphone for those interested in podcasting, voiceovers, or gaming. It’s small and portable, making it easy to carry with you on the go. The plug-and-play microphone comes with two directional patterns (cardioid and omnidirectional). The microphone uses a USB connection for power which means no extra cables or batteries are needed to be purchased separately—just connect it to your computer via USB and you’re good to go!

The JLab Audio Talk GO has an affordable price tag of around $50, making it an affordable option for anyone looking for an inexpensive yet high-quality microphone. 

The Talk GO’s mute button makes sure that your voice doesn’t come through when not needed during streaming sessions or gameplay scenes where silence is required.

Rode NT-USB-Mini

Price: $95

Polar Patterns:  Cardioid

Connectivity: USB

Recording Sample Rate: 48kHz

Features: Zero-latency monitoring, mute & headphone volume controls


The Rode NT-USB-Mini is an easy-to-use microphone that any beginner can use. With a price tag of $99, this mic offers great sound quality and features that make it very accessible to new content creators.

The audio was crisp and clear when I recorded test clips with the NT Mini. The microphone’s zero latency monitoring mode removes the delay of your voice in playback. This means you hear yourself from another source than what’s being transmitted to your computer, which can help ensure everything sounds good before it goes live on Youtube or Twitch.

Rode Connect makes it easy to connect your microphone and your computer, and the software works seamlessly with Audacity and OBS. You can even import system audio and call-in audio from Discord if you want to include a remote guest on your show.

My Final Verdict:

It’s important to remember that a good microphone isn’t just about the quality of sound, it’s also about the features that come with it. If you’re looking for a great entry-level and budget-friendly microphone, then I think the HyperX SoloCast is the best choice out there. It has really high-quality audio without breaking your budget! Overall, this microphone sounds pretty good, it sounds better than some more expensive microphones I’ve tested.

Carina Miller
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Carina is a journalist and content expert in her professional life. When she's not writing, she loves nothing more than getting way too absorbed in a video game. Carina loves testing out new titles and classics, either on her own or with friends. Talk to her about Dungeons & Dragons.

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