V-MODA BoomPro Microphone Final Thoughts
Many gaming headsets tend to be over-sized, over priced or underwhelming, whereas a decent set of stereo headphones can easily match them in terms of sound quality, price, comfort and looks. A decent pair of stereo headphones have the advantage that they can go anywhere, and wearing a gaming headset out in public will just make you look silly. There are many reasons why the V-MODA BoomPro Microphone is a good buy, but I won’t list them all here. Detachable cables on headphones are becoming more popular recently and this feature is essential if you wish to use the BoomPro Microphone.
V-MODA BoomPro Microphone is a great innovation, hopefully it will be hardy enough to withstand the test of time and durable enough to withstand an enthusiastic gamers’ enthusiasm. I have had a lot of problems with microphones and cables/jacks with gaming headsets in the past due to poor quality materials and or bad construction. There is nothing worse than having a decent headset with a broken component that renders it unusable. With the V-MODA BoomPro Microphone you can effectively build a custom headset. Maybe you are a mature gamer that doesn’t want a big flashy OTT garish headset. Well then, It seems that V-MODA have just the solution.
V-MODA BoomPro Microphone Conclusion
Before we think about ratings I will write a brief summary for each of the following; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. This will aid me in giving the V-MODA BoomPro Microphone a final score and give you a consolidated summary of the entire review. I do strongly suggest that you read the entire review, so that you can also arrive at your own conclusion.
The performance of the V-MODA BoomPro Microphone is very much relative to its price. The clarity is very good but this is let down by a static noise evident in my test recordings. The problem is more noticable when using the BoomPro with the Y-Splitter cable on my PC. When connected to my Galaxy S3 smartphone the static was hardly audible at all. The BoomPro will be more than sufficient for VOIP and in-game communications where the static noise will be less evident. Recording artists will certainly want to invest in a more professional microphone setup.
It’s hard to give the V-MODA BoomPro an appearance rating. Its design is very simple and there is no variance in color. It could be made a little more stylish with a dash of color here and there but that’s just aesthetics at the end of the day. With a product like this focus should always be on quality.
Compared to the construction of the CoilPro cable, the BoomPro looks and feels relatively inexpensive. The CoilPro has metal plugs where the BoomPro is moulded plastic. V-MODA could certainly increase the durability of the BoomPro with the use of higher quality materials. With due care there won’t be much cause for concern but a more heavy handed approach will reduce its lifetime. The braided cable will serve to prevent tangling and therefore increase the life expectancy of the cord itself.
Functionality is the BoomPro’s strongest suit. There are many usage scenarios that aren’t covered in this review, many of which I’m sure you could think of without being told. Any product that will save you money while at the same time being highly convenient and multi purpose should be a winner in everyone’s book. Unless V-MODA have a strong patent on this design I can see it being copied left right and center by other peripheral manufacturers.
The value rating of the V-MODA BoomPro Microphone is next, and like the functionality summary I think it deserves a high score. I think the $29.99 (Amazon) price tag is an accurate representation of what you will get. If higher quality/more durable materials were used on the connections I would happily pay the extra cost too.
The BoomPro Microphone is a unique product that should have been invented long before it was. Many in the industry will ask why they didn’t think of it before. It’s not re-inventing the wheel or anything but it is such a simple design with lot’s of possibilities. I would like to see a premium version of this with more metal in its construction. A smaller in-line cable clip and maybe a small splash of color would be great too.
+ Very innovative
+ Multi purpose
+ Saves money on buying a headset
+ More convenient than a desktop microphone
+ In-line volume control and Microphone mute toggle switch
+ Compatible with most (if not all) smartphones and tablets
+ Y-Splitter for PC/Laptop use
+ Extends the life of another product
- Low quality materials on the plugs
- In-line cable clip is too large
- Low level static when recording on PC using Y-Splitter
Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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