Why do you need a USB recording microphone?  Do you plan to record a podcast or dictate a memo? Skype with your mother, or dive into your favorite MMORPG? Or maybe you just want to chat with your favorite digital assistant like Cortana or Siri. Whether you’re a hobbyist or professional, you need a microphone that won’t let you down and also won’t break your budget.  Below we list the best recording microphone for PC and Mac, starting with the least expensive.

Before we talk about the best USB microphones, remember – most of these say plug-and-play. However you should still be prepared to do some basic configuration or troubleshooting through your control panel or device settings so that your device will recognize the microphone.

Top 10 USB Microphones

PictureNameRatingPriceReviews
Blue Yeti USB Microphone4.5$$$4912
Blue Snowball USB Microphone4.5$$$2864
KLIM Desktop USB Microphone4.4$$251
Fifine Plug &Play USB Microphone4.3$$374
Estiq Super Mini USB Microphone3.8$17
eBerry 2nd Generation Microphone3.7$111
eBerry Hi-Speed USB Microphone3.6$104
eBerry USB Desktop Microphone3.5$668
ANCEL Desktop USB Microphone3.4$$16
Kinobo USB Microphone "AKIRO"3$28

eBerry Plug and Play Home Studio Adjustable USB Desktop Microphone

eBerry Plug and Play Home Studio Adjustable USB Desktop Microphone Compatible w/ PC and Mac,ideal for Chatting, Skype, MSN, Yahoo Recording (Black)

This basic low-cost microphone is a reliable recording microphone for Mac or PC. No drivers to install, this microphone is plug-and-play. No fumbling for an on/off switch, as this microphone is active as soon as you plug it in. Very easy to use and offers excellent sound quality. It is designed to filter out excess noise, so that your recorded audio will be crisp and clear. Includes adjustable neck for comfort and convenience.

Estiq Super Mini USB 2.0 Microphone

Estiq Super Mini USB 2.0 Microphone Mic for Laptop/desktop Pcs - Skype / Voip / Voice Recognition Software Driver-free Audio Receiver Adapter for MSN Pc Notebook,black

The Estiq Super Mini is the world’s smallest USB microphone. It slides easily into your USB port, and its small size makes it unobtrusive and great for travel. Its noise-canceling feature reduces excess background murmur. This microphone for laptop or desktop users, is plug-and-play with no drivers to install. A quite servicable and unique tiny microphone at an equally tiny price.

eBerry® 2nd Generation Plug and Play Home Studio Adjustable Desktop USB Microphone

eBerry® 2nd Generation Plug and Play Home Studio Adjustable Desktop USB Microphone Elegant Streamline Design USB Mic Compatible with PC, Laptop and Mac, ideal for Chatting and Skype

This cheap USB microphone is 2nd gen, offering some upgrades over its predecessor but still at a quite reasonable price. It is omni-directional, adjustable through a full 360 degrees. The microphone offers excellent sound quality with any plug-and-play enabled PC or Mac device. Satisfied consumers are pleased with the ease of use and sound quality. It is compatible up to Win 7 and Mac OS X without additional drivers. Additional software is avialable which will add recording capability.

eBerry® Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Computer Microphone

eBerry® Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Computer Microphone Mic with Bendable Goose Neck and On/Off Switch Mute Button Compatible with Windows/Mac/Linux for Skype, FaceTime, LOL, Youtube (Black)

This recording microphone for PC or Mac boasts robust noise-canceling technology and high sensitivity, so your voice comes through loud and clear. The omni-directional microphone improves this microphone’s range and sensitivity. The flexible neck can be adjusted for optimal position and comfort. A wide and sturdy base prevents the microphone from being knocked over. The microphone comes equipped with a mute button for private conversations.  Also there is a built-in 3.5mm headphone jack.  It is plug-and-play and requires no driver installation.

Kinobo USB Microphone “Kanji”

Kinobo USB Microphone "Kanji" For Chat, Skype Microphone, Desktop Microphone / Laptop PC Mic 2015 Model USB 2.0 Windows 10 mic

Kanji is Kinobo’s newest offering from their line of USB recording microphone. It is plug-and-play, compatible with Windows from XP onwards, including Windows 10. This new improved microphone has been upgraded with higher-quality hardware. It provides crisp audio, minimizes echo, and provides reliable performance. It is specially designed for VOIP, Skype, and voice dictation, but you can use it for a variety of other purposes like gaming or recording podcasts or YouTube videos. The Kanji has a stronger joint than its predecessors, improving its stability.

Fifine Plug &Play Home Studio USB Condenser Microphone K668

USB Microphone,Fifine Plug &Play Home Studio USB Condenser Microphone for Skype, Recordings for YouTube, Google Voice Search, Games(Windows/Mac)-K668

At a bargain price, this USB recording microphone for Mac or PC boasts several upscale features. Wide frequency response and high signal output, provide an incredibly high-fidelity recording experience even for musicians and song vocalists. The microphone isolates the main sound and cancels out unwanted noise. Simply plug it into your USB port, select it as your input in your software settings, and you’re ready to go. Elegant and durable design looks truly professional and people won’t believe how little you paid for it!

Ancel Desktop Professional Golden USB Microphone Stand

ANCEL Desktop Professional Golden USB Microphone Stand with Two Pop Filters Build in HD Mic LED Lights for Computers Laptop PC MAC Gaming Skype Audio Recording Multimedia All in One, Red

This is a highly sensitive multi-purpose microphone, ideal for gaming, VOIP/Skype, and audio recording. Exclusive new generation chipset and a patented audio filter are built in to reduce noise, zero in on the main speaker and get terrific audio quality. This microphone also includes two anti-pop filters, and offers a powerful sound-absorbing capacity. The microphone features 360 degree omni-directional audio pickup. Present are important features like the on/off switch, mute, and volume control. This microphone is compatible with PC and Mac and all OS. Plug-and-play without drivers needed.

Kinobo USB Microphone “AKIRO” Condenser Microphone

Kinobo USB Microphone "AKIRO" Condenser Microphone USB 2.0 for PC / Laptop / Skype Microphone / Computer Microphone for Skype [2016 Model]

This is one of Kinobo’s most popular condenser microphone USB products, due to its high quality and relatively low cost. This microphone will provide you with great quality voice audio recording. Your audio will be crisp and crystal clear, without pesky background interference. It is compatible with all versions of Windows, including Windows 10. The Akiro is ideal for VOIP/Skype or dictation software such as Dragon, but it is also excellent for gaming, podcasts, and more. The microphone is plug-and-play, very easy to set up and use. In addition its cord is a generous 4 feet long.

KLIM Desktop USB Microphone Stand

KLIM Desktop USB Microphone Stand for Computer Laptop PC Gaming Mic (Red)

This is an excellent USB recording microphone. It is ideal for a variety of uses including YouTube videos, podcast recordings, speech recognition, gaming, and VOIP/Skype.  The microphone eliminates background noise with a patented audio filter and also an anti-pop filter. It is compatible with Mac/PC and all OS such as Windows, OS X, and Linux. Consumers appreciate the microphone’s durability and longevity. It is mounted on a very solid base, made of plastic and reinforced with metal on the interior. Features include complete volume control and mute button.

Blue Snowball USB Microphone

Blue Snowball USB Microphone (Textured White)

If you are willing to pay a bit more for quality, but still have the convenience of USB, this is the microphone for you. It is compatible with Mac or PC and it has a plug-and-play design. The Snowball’s design incorporates an eye-catching retro style. This affordable microphone is robust enough to mimic the high-quality performance of a professional studio. The award-winning dual-capsule and circuit design provides exceptional sound-capture capabilities. Your recordings will be free of noise, feedback and distortion. The Snowball’s unique pattern switch allows three different settings: speech/vocals/podcasting, live music/loud sound sources, and conferences/interviews.  If this all sounds a bit complicated, don’t worry – the instruction manual is clear and detailed. And you will be glad you put in the extra time and effort when you hear your fantastic audio quality.  The Snowball comes with an adjustable tripod.