To kick things off, ALABS sent me this IRON MINI-WL for a fair and honest review. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do here.
Right away, the standout feature of this microphone is it claims to be “the first wireless podcast USB microphone on the market.”
Looking at the back of the box, it says it’s the ideal wireless desktop USB condenser microphone system for recording, singing, and musical performances.
I’ll be the judge of that one. It’s got a touch mute button and a sturdy ABS body. Plus, it’s plug-and-play with eight hours of battery life! Pretty cool for a wireless mic with a 100-foot range.
It’s compatible with PCs, Macs, iOS, and Android.
Looking inside the box, the first thing I see here is an owner’s manual. Although the microphone is straightforward to use, it’s plug-and-play.
I’ve included the specifications below if you want to look at them.
Underneath the instruction manual is a USB-C cable with a USB to USB-C adapter on it. Underneath the instruction manual, cables, and adapter are a wireless dongle and the IRON MINI-WL microphone.
The microphone comes with a desk stand and can rotate up to 360 degrees.
However, if you want to take it off the desktop stand, you absolutely can. It’s got a threaded base and on the base.
This Mic has what I think is an all-metal body and a touch volume button. There’s no pressing it in, you touch your thumb and it works!
A USB-C port and the power button are on the back of the microphone.
So, throughout this review, I’ve been testing the IRON MINI-WL and have it about three inches away from my mouth. I have it offset, just slightly, to help reduce plosives. But if I talk to it directly and say something like popcorn, pickle, or popsicle, it handles the plosives well. Impressive.
After a proximity test, see how this microphone sounds close up versus far away. I heard a slight room echo when held about an arm’s length away from my face. When the mic is close to my mouth, it sounds full and rich.
I heard some slight room echo when I addressed the mic at different angles or from the back, but it wasn’t bad.
I tested with some music playing in the background to hear how this microphone possibly sounds with some background interference. It passed with flying colors.
So let’s get into my likes, dislikes, and whether or not I’d recommend the IRON MINI-WL.
We’ll start here with my likes.
First and foremost, I like to build quality of this thing. I was expecting it to feel cheaper than it did. It feels slightly more expensive than you’re paying, which is a really good thing.
I also like the features of this microphone, it’s plug-and-play, and it has a USB-C and a threaded bottom if you want to put this on a microphone stand.
Now, in terms of how this sounds, this will vary from person to person but at this price, I think this sounds fine.
Now for what I don’t like about this microphone, they’re isn’t a whole lot here. I mean, this microphone gives you quite a bit. The sound doesn’t necessarily sound like an expensive microphone but I wouldn’t expect that based on the price.
So overall, in terms of what I don’t particularly appreciate factoring in the price, I don’t have many complaints.
Before I get into my overall recommendation, let’s look at the price; this is exactly what I was talking about. At launch, the ALABS IRON MINI-WL will be priced at $49.99 (regularly $70). Heck, yes.
I think this microphone is worth it.
At fifty bucks, it has little competition. You might prefer the sound of a different microphone; it’ll be entirely up to you, but this is a feature-packed value pick for fifty bucks.
Recap of the IRON MINI-WL Features and Specs
I highly recommend the ALABS Wireless Condenser Mic to anyone looking for a high-quality microphone that offers the freedom to move around and record from anywhere.
- Excellent build quality. It feels more expensive than you’re paying.
- The signal transmission distance of up to 100ft allows for freedom of movement and flexibility during recording sessions.
- The cardioid pickup pattern and noise-canceling feature ensure clear and original vocals during ASMR, gaming, streaming, and video recording sessions.
- The built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers 8 hours of continuous use after a full 3-hour charge, and the microphone can also be used while charging.
- The ALABS Wireless Condenser Mic is only designed for vocals and may not be suitable for recording other instruments or sounds.
- The microphone is only available in black, limiting color options for those who prefer a different aesthetic.
The ALABS Wireless Condenser Mic is perfect for those who want the freedom to move around and record from anywhere. The signal transmission distance of up to 100ft allows for flexibility during recording sessions, and the cardioid pickup pattern and noise-canceling feature ensure clear and original vocals.
The built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers 8 hours of continuous use after a full 3-hour charge, and the microphone can also be used while charging.
Overall, I highly recommend the ALABS Wireless Condenser Mic for anyone looking for a high-quality microphone that offers the freedom to move around and record from anywhere.
Technical Specs for the IRON MINI-WL
When it comes to buying a wireless condenser mic, there are a few important factors that you should consider. Here are the specs of the IRON MINI-WL:
|Working Range||100 ft (33.3 m)|
|Acoustic Principle||Pressure Gradient|
|Sample Rate||Min. 44.1kHz / Max. 48kHz|
|Bit Rate||24 bit|
|Frequency Response||20Hz – 20kHz|
|Sensitivity||-40dB +- 3dB (0dB=1V/Pa, at 1kHz)|
|Battery Life||About 8 hours|
|Charging Power Requirements||5V, 500mA|
|Time to fully charge||About 3 hours|
|Dimensions||60 x 60 x 90mm|
|Accessories||2M USB-A to USB-C Cable X1|
USB-A to USB-C Adapter
The frequency range is important to consider when choosing a wireless condenser mic. This is the range of frequencies that the mic can pick up, and it’s important to choose a mic with a wide enough frequency response to capture all the sounds you need.
Here is the Frequency Response for the ALABS IRON MINI-WL:
A mic’s polar pattern refers to the directionality of the mic’s sensitivity. There are several polar patterns, including cardioid, supercardioid, and omnidirectional.
As you can see, the pattern on the IRON MINI-WL is front-loaded and more suited to Youtubers, podcasting, or gaming, where the speaker is seated in front of the mic.
Since wireless condenser mics are battery-powered, it’s important to consider the battery life when choosing a mic. The IRON MINI-WL offers an impressive 8 hours of continuous use after a full 3-hour charge.
Another important factor to consider is the range of the mic. This is the distance the mic can transmit a signal to the receiver. The IRON MINI-WL works at a distance of up to 100 feet, allowing for freedom of movement and providing more than enough range for its typical use.
If you want to get your hands on this mic, ALABS is crowdfunding the IRON MINI-WL.
Anyways, that is all I’ve got for you in this one, straight to the point and no fluff. Shout out to ALABS for providing the IRON MINI-WL in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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