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NZXT Capsule USB Microphone Review

Rating: 8.5.

Audio quality is arguably more important than visual quality; it’s much easier to watch a bad quality video with great audio as opposed to great visuals with horrendous audio quality. NZXT – yes, the case manufacturer! – is aiming to take the world by storm with its brand-new USB microphone called the Capsule, coming in at £109.99. Is their first dedicated microphone any good though? Let’s check it out!

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Timestamps:

00:00 Start
00:15 What is the NZXT Capsule?
01:49 Unboxing / Accessories
03:00 Integrated desk stand
04:45 Adding a boom – removing the stand
07:10 The Mic itself – up close
09:06 Specifications and NZXT choices
11:09 NZXT Capsule sound tests
15:26 Andy’s thoughts on the product
16:57 Comparisons with Razer and Elgato
18:08 It’s designed to be simple – closing thoughts

Specs:

  • Dimensions 115 x 131.3 x 252.8mm
  • Dimensions without stand 60 x 65.1 x 170.2mm
  • Weight 883g with stand, without stand 314g
  • Capsule type: 25mm Condenser
  • Polar patter: Cardioid
  • Built-in pop filter and shock mount
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 120dB
  • THD: 0.1% @ 1kHz
  • Bit Depth / Sample: 24-bit/96kHz
  • 3m USB-C to USB-A cable connection
  • Headphone impedance: 16ohms
  • Headphone THD: < 0.1% @ 1kHz
  • Headphone signal to noise: 100dB
  • Microphone thread female 1/4″
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Mic thread adapter – male 1/4″ to female 3/8” included
  • Stand quick-release cover included
  • No software required

We don’t yet have a buy link but the MSRP for the NZXT Capsule is £109.99.

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Pros:

  • Excellent audio quality and clarity.
  • Build quality and aesthetics are great.
  • Almost non-existent setup time.
  • Easily removable stand.
  • Metal threads and included adapter for boom arms.

Cons:

  • Wobbly gain control knob can introduce noise.
  • No indication of what gain setting you’re using (knob spins indefinitely).
  • Slightly fiddly to reattach desk stand once removed.

KitGuru says: If you’re someone that wants instantly good audio just by adjusting the gain level then we definitely recommend the Capsule by NZXT. If you’re after a more complete route with in-depth software, maybe check out the Elgato Wave:3.

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Rating: 8.5.

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