So you’re looking for a good gaming mic, but a lot of the options out there are a bit too pricey for your wallet?

Well no fear, because I too can penny pinch like the best of them. Let’s talk cheap mics!

Remember: Cheap Does Not Equal Bad

I’m going to assume you have professional aspirations, but life requires you to spend money on silly things like food, and utilities.

But just because you can’t or don’t want to spend a lot, it doesn’t mean you’re going to end up with a garbage mic.

With that said, you likely want a standalone mic for gaming if you’re reading this. That’s why I’m only going to talk about standalone mics here.

I’ll give you a list of microphones that will have you sounding like a pro, and won’t have you eating shrimp ramen for the week after you buy it. (Chicken ramen sucks!)

Important Factors to Consider

Not all cheap gaming microphones are created equal. The same $30 could get you a great mic or a garbage one.

I am here to help you navigate the choppy waters of the online marketplace. There are a few factors that matter more the cheaper you go. 

Build Quality

In a good cheap gaming microphone, build quality is almost as important as the sound it produces. If you can’t use the thing for more than a few weeks, why buy it?

When considering which budget microphone to buy, reading reviews for build quality is extremely important. 

Sound Quality

This one is a no brainer, right? Why buy a mic that sounds like poop just to save some money?

Bad sound quality and low price do not have to go together. If you’re going to get a bad sounding mic, you are defeating the purpose of getting a standalone mic for gaming. 

Gain Control

This one isn’t as important as the other two, but when considering a standalone mic, you are thinking about background noise.

The best cheap gaming mics will likely have some form of gain control.

Compatibility

The cheaper you go, the more risk you run of your gaming microphone not supporting your hardware. If you plan to use the mic on PC, Mac, AND PS4, make sure to check if it is compatible. 

Now that we’ve discussed the most important factors when considering a good cheap gaming microphone, we can get on to our top 5 picks.

Dun dun dun! Our Top 5 Picks for Cheap Gaming Mics 

(Starting from the bottom…I’ll disappoint you up front.)

#5 – Samson Meteorite

This cheap gaming microphone may have a small profile, but it does manage to produce BIG sound all things considered.

This is the lowest priced microphone on our list at 19.99. It’s mostly plastic, so durability may be a concern if you’re not very nice to your gear.

The Meteorite is a condenser microphone that supports PS4. It made our list for its ease of use, low profile, and fantastic price.

It’s not going to blow you away, and there are better cheap mics out there, but you should consider it if you just need something to talk into.

Specifications

  • Element Type: 14mm Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid (unidirectional)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz–20kHz
  • Max SPL: 120dB
  • Bit Depth: 16-bit; Sample Rate: 44.1kHz/48kHz

#4 – Fifine K669b 

(I mean, who wants the worst cheap gaming mic on the list? Probably me, I’m definitely a cheapskate)

This microphone ticks all of the boxes we discussed above. It’s a condenser microphone, so by technology alone we know it sounds pretty good.

It also has a gain control knob on the front. Check.

It has an all metal body. Durability…Check.

Plug and Play capable with the PS4. Compatibility Check!

This one is also a steal for 20 to 30 bucks on most sites. 

Specifications

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20-20kHz
  • Sensitivity: -34d±30% (at 1kHz)
  • S/N Ratio: 78dB
  • Power Supply: 5V USB power
  • Output Connection: USB 2.0

#3 – Tonor Q9

This bad boy comes as a part of a kit, so you are getting the ultimate value!

The Q9 is also a condenser microphone and checks the sound quality box. It also has gain control on the microphone and noise cancelling technology built in.

The PS4 is supported out of the box and will fulfill your compatibility needs. As this is a kit, the price is more expensive at $50, but i’d say for what you get that ain’t too shabby.

Specifications

  • Polar Pattern:Uni-directional (Cardioid)
  • Sensitivity:-45dB±3dB
  • Work Voltage:USB  5V DC
  • Frequency Response:20Hz-20KHz            
  • Sample Rate:44.1KHz-48KHz           
  • USB Output:USB Type B to Type A
  • Bit Rate:16 bit    

# 2 – Blue Snowball

(Is anyone surprised a blue microphone is on our list?)

Blue’s more affordable option the snowball is a hit in the sub $100 price range. It offers the sound quality blue is known for, with a price tag that’s easier to swallow.

The snowball is a USB condenser mic that is compatible with PS4. You can find it anywhere from 40-60 bucks.

Unfortunately this microphone lacks a gain control option, so take that into account when making your decision.

Specifications

  • Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient With USB digital output.
  • Polar Patterns: Cardioid.
  • Frequency Response: 40 –18 kHz.
  • Sample/word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit.
  • Weight: 460g.
  • Dimensions: 325mm (circumference)

#1 – Samson Meteor

(Imagine if you got the meteorite first without reading this!)

This is the big brother to the Samson Meteorite. It is bigger in every way. Including price tag and diaphragm size.

I won’t mince words. This one sounds better than the other one by a mile. The Meteor comes in around 60 bucks and it looks so much cooler than its 20 dollar counterpart.

It ticks all of the boxes you’d want in a professional mic, except for gain control. 

Specifications

  • Element Type: 1″ (25mm) Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid (unidirectional)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz–20kHz
  • Max SPL: 120dB
  • Bit Depth: 16-bit; Sample Rate: 44.1kHz/48kHz
  • USB Digital I/O
  • Headphone Output: 1/8″ (3.5mm)

Do You Really Need A Cheap Gaming Mic?

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You’ll save yourself some money and who knows, you might make some friends and followers.

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