They lured me in with the RGB lights.
Yes, the folks at Maono have reached out once again with a more budget-friendly option than the previous PD200X and PD400X, and when I first saw that the pretty lights were all there, it was all I needed to say yes. The Dark Side may have cookies, but if the Light Side has RGB, I'm all for it.Table of contents:
Controls are incredibly simple and all a beginner ever really needs in a gaming mic - there's the one knob in front to adjust the mic gain and headphones volume, while the rest of the clutter is underneath the mic (a button to toggle the lights, a USB-C port, and a 3.5mm jack - that's it). The rest of the mic is dedicated to the actual, well, mic, which lights up with all these RGB colours that will have anyone ooh-ing and aah-ing after you've propped it up on your desk - and propping it up is easy with the mic's built-in stand and adhesive grips at the bottom.
As for the performance itself, I didn't have any glaring issues with the mic during gaming sessions, but at one point when I used it on an Instagram Live event, I could hear my voice echoing all over the place. It might be because the mic needs to be upright and in front of you rather than tilted with the top part in front of your mouth, which I did think was a bit of an odd choice especially since both the PD200X and PD400X needed to have the audio source positioned on top of the mic.
Thankfully, there's the Maono Link mobile app where you can tinker around with the levels to suit your preferences best. It's not something you should be overly concerned about if you're a beginner, but it's nice to have that option if you're looking to level up your mobile streaming.
Compared to the PD200X, on the other hand, it's definitely flashier and more attention-grabbing - if that's something you're into, then I don't think you can get any flashier than this. But if you're more of a fan of the subtler things in life when it comes to your gaming aesthetics, this loud-and-proud device might not be your cup of tea.
Overall, the Maono DM30RGB does a superb job of giving beginners the perfect tool to invest in a dedicated gaming mic without breaking the bank. At just a mere $49.99, it's a definite steal - plus, with its 4 colour options, it might even make the perfect gift for that aspiring mobile streamer in your life.OFFICIAL WEBSITE