I’m sure none of us foresaw the implications one virus could have on the entire world! Because of COVID-19, many businesses have had to change the business models to accommodate people working from home. However, that has brought in challenges – how to communicate with people while at home.
Today, more than ever, mics and webcams have become ever more popular, because people need them either for work or for online gaming. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at the Redragon Blazar GM300 (Cardioid). We are going to see how this microphone handles online work and gaming. We’re going to unbox the Blazar, look at the specifications, and then see how it did.
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What’s In The Box:
- Redragon BLAZAR Cardioid|Unidirectional USB Condenser Mic & Tripod – Black x1
- Pop Filter x1
- Tripod Stand x1
- Shock Mount x1
- User Manual x1
The actual box of the Blazar is a simple black and red design with the Blazar on the front – or what it would look like completely set up. On the sides are details of the mic, and some specifications, with features, page back of the box.
Opening the box, you are greeted with the mic and all its components held in place by styrofoam plastic. You will first see the user manual, and then on the right, the and anti-shock mount with the pop-filter squeezed into the center. On the left, you find the mic, all wrapped up, with the tripod and cable underneath the mic.
In all, the setup is neat and professionally packed. When I opened this, it smelt and felt like quality. I was excited to put the mic together and to get testing. The mic itself is relatively heavy, with a clean metal finish. The weight of the mic (573grams) makes it feel like it is sturdy, well built. The red LED ring has pure Redragon black and red design, which looks fantastic – I like that color combo.
The tripod, well, that has the opposite feeling of well built and sturdy. Unfortunately, the tripod feels very cheap and light. The tripod won’t break instantly, but we recommend using a boom arm instead. The anti-shock mount looks nice. It has a sophisticated design that looks unique. However, after we started using it – trying to get the mic into it, we realized you need a degree to figure out how it works, but more on that below.
Putting the Redragon Blazar GM300 (Cardioid) Together:
When assembling the mic, it initially looked like a simple put together and go. However, after looking at the anti-shock mount and trying to get the mic into it, I realized we were very wrong. There are two clips that you push apart to open up the center where the mic slides in. However, these clips clash with the rubber bands – oof. Not to mention, it feels like you need some sort of degree to put the anti-shock mount back together if you start changing the way the rubber bands are linked up.
Other than that, fitting the mic to the anti-shock mount and then to the tripod is relatively quick and easy. Once the mic is in place, you kind of don’t want to take it apart again.
- Materials: Full Metal
- Mic Unit: 16mm Condenser
- Direction: Unidirectional
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Sensitivity: -12dB±3dB
- Impedance: ≤2.2KΩ
- Operational Voltage: USB DC 5V
- Cable Length: 1.7m
- Connector: USB
- Patented fresh design, full metal made, support circle LED in custom color.
- One button, support Volume control & Mute.
- High-end mic unit, Cardioid, pick up sound from the front and both sides, minimize noise from the backside.
- USB plug cable, with USB-B to USB-A connectors, durable and compatible with all desktop computers and laptops.
- Standard packing with shock mount, tripod stand, and windscreen included.
- Streaming preferred, also suitable for Online gaming, Podcasting, Voiceovers, Vocals and instruments recording, Instant voice messaging such as Skype.
- Plug and play.
I’m not going to breakdown the specifications too much, as I’m not a sound engineer, and some of the information just confuses me. However, when looking at the features, we can see that the Blazar is packed full of all the right features for an entry streamer. It has an easy plug and play setup – really, it’s so easy to use and swift to get going.
The mic works well with Skype, Zoom, and other VoIP programs – especially for work. It also works well with in-game chats, and is ideal for someone who wants to start streaming, and doesn’t want to pour thousands of Rands out for a microphone – we’ll look at the review in a little bit.
Using The Blazar:
Is the Redragon Blazar easy to use? Yes! It was a simple plug and play unit, as we mentioned above. Once the mic was plugged in, it was ready to use. We used it in a few different scenarios, so let’s break it down:
I used the Blazar as a starter mic to streaming. I’m not a good streamer, nor do I do it to make money, I simply wanted to see how it felt to stream the games I played. When using the Blazar, I seemed to struggle with a lot of feedback, and the audio quality wasn’t excellent. However, this seemed to be more of a User (me) error rather than the mic itself.
I used the Redragon Blazar for my work meetings during the lockdown in April 2020, which worked brilliantly. This mic handled Zoom, Skype, Webinars, and Microsoft Teams. I didn’t need to change any settings, nor did I struggle to get the audio to be loud enough, it just worked so well.
- Online Gaming:
I then gamed online, and the Blazar was just there (because I had used it for work and streaming, so I used it for my online games). For the most part, it worked very well. I used it for VoIP on Discord, and in some of the in-game VoIP. However, I noticed that the mic picked up the static frequency if your phone was underneath it. While I didn’t hear this static noise, those on Discord who I was playing with did, and they said it was deafening and uncomfortable for the ears.
- Overall Use:
Overall, I enjoyed using the Blazar. However, I couldn’t get over the tripod and the anti-shock mount. Honestly, they skimped on the tripod – and we know why, to save on costs – however, it means that you HAVE to purchase a boom arm to have a semi-decent mic stand.
The anti-shock mount is complicated if it comes apart, it almost feels like it isn’t worth using either. Without a boom arm, you have no choice. The mount does look cool when it’s all together, but unfortunately, you wouldn’t want to take the mic out, just in case you had to spend 20 minutes getting the mount back together. Don’t get me wrong though, this could be a User error (a Me error), but it seemed like I needed a degree to figure out the mount.
Comparing the Redragon Blazar GM300 to other Mics:
We put the Redragon Blazar GM300 (Cardioid) against the AVerMedia AM310 and our clip-on mic we use to record our YouTube videos. When running these tests, we didn’t increase the gain at all on the mics, and we didn’t run the audio through any denoisers. We wanted a raw, original quality of sound from the three different mics. If you would like to hear it, please watch our YouTube video on the mic.
As a brief breakdown, though, the Blazar was louder than the AM310. The audio was good, and we didn’t have to be right on top of the microphone either. When it came to the clip-on mic, though, we knew the Blazar would be softer – it makes sense, the clip-on mic is right by our mouth. However, the quality of the Blazar was good, since we didn’t doctor the quality at all!
Pros and Cons:
The Redaragon Blazar is a well worth its entry-level streaming microphone. It works very well in most work VoIP applications and can easily be used for online gaming. It is straightforward to use, well priced, and there are only a couple of negatives. However, because of the mount and anti-shock mount, it loses 2 points in our books, and it scores a solid 8/10.
Thank you for reading another Feed The Tech review. We hope this article has directed you to purchase this Redragon Blazar GM300 (Cardioid) if you are a beginner streamer. If you would like to buy this mic, follow this link: Purchase the Redragon Blazar GM300 (Cardioid). Also, if you have used this mic and would like to leave your opinion of it, drop a comment in the comment section below!
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