If the HyperX QuadCast microphones we have previously reviewed were to be any indicator of the results we would see with the SoloCast, I knew we would be looking at a good quality microphone. Though only outfitted with a single, Cardioid polar pattern, we don’t see that as a fault by any means, as most microphones in this price and feature category are going to be configured similarly. The built-in fine mesh and protective mesh surrounding the internal condenser capsule not only help keep it safe, but also offer a bit of pop filtering as well. The familiar tap-to-mute sensor at the top of the microphone was a welcomed site, and pairing it up with a red LED indicator really makes for a simple way to adjust and determine the status of the microphone while in use. Multiple mounting options are also included with the SoloCast, including the dual-threaded options in the base of the microphone body itself, as well as the included desk stand that offers the standard tilt we often see in desktop microphones, as well as a swivel and rotational option as well.
The SoloCast is touted as an easy to use microphone for content creators, and I think that accurately sums up the device. While the HyperX QuadCast models we have reviewed in the past are designed to provide a step up to the next level in audio quality, with multiple polar patterns and adjustments, the SoloCast keeps things simple with a single polar pattern and no gain or headphone monitoring options. And while these options don’t exist on the microphone, there are some software tweaks that can be used to dial in the audio you want to pick up (NVIDIA’s Broadcast to cut out background sounds and isolate voice), as well as a multitude of OS settings and applications for adjusting audio.
The HyperX SoloCast is an amazing way to get improved audio quality for content creators without breaking the bank – the $59.99 price at the time of this writing brings a lot of bang for your buck. Pair this microphone up with your software or platform of choice, and get creating with great audio quality. The HyperX SoloCast earns an 8 out of 10.
- Tap-to-Mute Sensor
- LED Mute Indicator
- Solid Build Quality
- Proven Audio Performance
- Built-in Microphone Arm Threading
- USB Type-C Connectivity
- No Gain Adjustment
- No Headphone Monitor
- Short USB cable