Neat Microphones, a sub-brand of guitar-maker Gibson, has just unveiled three new desktop mics the feature a style straight out of Back to the Future II‘s idea of the year 2015 from the 1980’s. Dubbed Widgets, the three new mics feature colorful designs meant to look nice on any desk, as well as have their own specialty function. And priced at $99 each, they won’t break the bank when it comes to making a step up from a laptop’s built-in microphone.
Each of the Widgets connects to a computer with a single USB cable, so there’s nothing complicated involving things like a pre-amp or adapters. They all feature adjustable heights and a filter to help prevent sudden volume spikes. If the designs weren’t quirky enough, then the naming convention should sell you: there’s Widget ‘a’ (the green one), Widget ‘b’ (red), and Widget ‘c’ (yellow).
What’s neat is that each model offers their own strengths, depending on what users are looking for. Widget ‘a’ is intended to serve as a general-purpose mic for just about any home or office use. Widget ‘b’ is meant for clarity in spoken voice situations, so Skype calls or other teleconference situations. Lastly, Widget ‘c’ promises to improve audio quality for musicians and podcasters, so YouTubers can sing their hearts out without the crummy recording quality.
Gibson says the Widget line-up will be launching on November 15th, and can be found at retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon.