What we purchased: How the Blue Yeti Nano lastly earned a spot on my desk


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Regardless of primarily working from residence for years earlier than the pandemic hit, I hadn’t thought an excessive amount of about my WFH setup earlier than 2020. I went so far as investing in a strong monitor, principally as a result of I used to be sick of squinting at a 13-inch laptop computer display screen for eight hours every day. It truly wasn’t till earlier this yr that I made a decision to improve my workspace in a significant manner.

I chalk this as much as being somebody who continually talks themselves out of shopping for issues. I’m a reasonably frugal individual, however I’ve no drawback shopping for issues that I do know will make a huge impact on my day-to-day life. So, I invested in pair of ANC headphones once I may snag them on sale; a full-sized mechanical keyboard for a extra comfy (and extra enjoyable) typing expertise and the Blue Yeti Nano microphone for more and more extra frequent video calls.

I’ll admit the Yeti Nano was most likely the bottom precedence merchandise out of these three issues, regardless of being a long-time favourite within the microphone area. Nonetheless, it’s confirmed to be a wise funding, principally as a result of I’ve extra video conferences now than ever. In pre-pandemic instances, I had possibly one video convention per week, and that was in the course of the busiest of instances. However now, for a lot of causes starting from the extensive acceptance of distant work and the development of my very own profession, I usually have plenty of video calls every day. And I imagine in placing my finest face (and voice) ahead as a lot as attainable: I attempt to flip my Logitech Streamcam on for many each video name I take and I wished the standard of my voice to match that of my video feed.

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The Yeti Nano mic delivers on this in a implausible trend. In my preliminary messing round after I unboxed the factor, I may instantly hear the distinction in my audio once I recorded a couple of take a look at samples in Audacity. My voice sounded clearer and stronger and the audio lacked the subtly fuzzy high quality that I usually hear once I use my laptop computer’s microphone.

The Yeti Nano helps cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns, however I often hold mine on the previous since I’m the one one utilizing it on the every day. Nonetheless, I like the truth that I’ve the choice to start out a roundtable podcast sooner or later while not having to spend extra money on a greater mic. I additionally like that the Yeti Nano will turn out to be useful in the course of the few instances a yr I get to be a visitor on the Engadget podcast. Beforehand for these events, I might use an exterior mic that I acquired years in the past, but it surely didn’t include a sturdy base just like the Yeti Nano. It will be a wrestle to get that mic in the fitting place on my desk for optimum podcast efficiency, and I don’t anticipate the identical wrestle with the Yeti Nano.

I’ve identified for some time how in style Blue microphones are with budding podcasters, sport streamers, distant employees and the like, so the model was the primary I turned to once I went on the lookout for an improve. Out of the various gadgets within the firm’s lineup, I in the end determined to purchase the Yeti Nano partially due to its design. It’s simply compact sufficient to take a seat on my standing desk converter subsequent to my monitor with out obscuring the display screen an excessive amount of, and it’s nonetheless in an important spot for video calls. Initially I waffled between the Nano and the full-sized Yeti, however I in the end determined that the few additional bells and whistles that include the latter – specifically stereo and bidirectional modes – weren’t mandatory for my common use. I used to be additionally in a position to decide up the Yeti Nano whereas it was on sale at Amazon, so as a substitute of spending $100, I solely dropped $80 on it. Which means I can put a couple of additional {dollars} towards the following piece of tech that I resolve will make my desk setup much more practical.



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