Fresh out of Samson’s portable USB microphone category is their golf ball sized Meteorite, which rests on a small magnetic podium.
When plugged into a computer, the Meteorite gives you a blue light when it’s ready to go. I used the microphone with Samson’s companion recording software, and was quite pleased with the results. Like the Go Mic Direct, this microphone records with a 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution and a frequency response of 20Hz–20kHz.
When using the Meteorite, compared to the Go Mic Direct and my Dell’s built-in mic, I ended up preferring the Meteorite in terms of sound quality. The Go Mic Direct captured a deeper sound than the other two, but the sharpness and audio clarity of the Meteorite was slightly better. Here are the audio clips to compare:
Convenience and portability are the strong points of the Samson Meteorite, and audio quality proves fairly well for a microphone this size. Whether it be for YouTube recording, Skype, Facetime on the iPad or anything else, you can’t go wrong with this microphone. The price of $39.99 might be a little high considering other options, but I definitely recommend this to the traveling audio recorder.