Blue soon becomes part of the much larger Logitech. Right now, however, the company is focusing on what it does best: developing affordable USB microphones for beginner podcasters. This week, the Californian company has added another model to the line.
Yeti Nano reduces the form factor of Blue's most popular line into something that is more economically accessible. At $ 99, the new microphone is between the Snowball ($ 49 / $ 69) and the new and even smaller Raspberry ($ 1
The price is certainly right with the new microphone. And the design language is great – it really looks just like a scale model of the Yeti. There's a headphone input so you can hear in real time, and a swivel stand to position it as you see fit. There are also buttons that allow you to switch between recording patterns, so you can switch between single or omnidirectional modes in situations where you're more into surround sound.
Blue sent me a microphone to try it out, and frankly I have to say that I'm pretty disappointed with that thing. The sound quality is tinny and generally lacking, compared to other models I've used, including the smaller Blue Raspberry. I would recommend going with the proven and true snowball, if you do not mind a bigger model. If portability is the main thing, the Raspberry is a solid enough choice for sticking in a backpack.
The Shadow Gray model is now available at various retailers. Vivid Blue, Red Onyx and Cubano Gold models coming soon.