Do Yourself, And Your Friends, A Favour
It is rare to find a gaming headset with a decent microphone, no matter how much you spent to pick it up. In the past, a decent USB microphones cost north of $150 and so making do with your headset mic was perfectly acceptable but that is no longer the case. The Movo UM700 is a perfect example; for $80 you get not just a microphone but also a well designed metal stand, pop filter, and a reasonably long USB cable.
The microphone itself is diaphragm style with a three-capsule array, and is capable of switching between cardioid, stereo, omnidirectional, and bi-directional functionality. It even has a 3.5mm jack for you to be able to directly monitor your audio, a nice feature you don’t tend to see on inexpensive mics. TechPowerUp tested the quality of the UM700 against the Rode NT-USB mic, which costs twice as much and were happy to discover the Movo microphone offered more features and comparable audio quality.
There were some things which could be improved, a USB-C connection is becoming preferable and there was an audible click when you used the built in mute button, but overall this is well worth considering. Everyone you game with or teleconference with will love you for it.
The Movo UM700 is a budget USB microphone with three-capsule array, which offers excellent performance. It features four polar patterns, a robust metal stand, pop filter, and onboard dials for microphone gain and headphone monitoring volume.