In today’s Latest in Tech Reviews, we’ll talk about microphones. Podcasters, streamers and vloggers need the right mic that they can take with them everywhere—introducing the Blue Yeti Nano, an excellent mic powered by only a USB cable. If you’d like to find out how good this product is, you should continue reading our Blue Yeti Nano Review.
Blue Designs released a smaller version of the original Yeti. The Nano version can cost you $99.99. Many people find it excellent for podcasting and communicating. It looks like any other studio microphones, but this one comes with a built-in stand, and it’s hassle-free when you set it up.
Over the years, microphones are almost available at any portable device like cameras, mobile phones, laptops, and many more. Even if you don’t prioritize streaming, podcasting, or vlogging, switching to a good-quality microphone makes a huge difference. We’ll talk about more as we dig in with its features.
Here is the first part of our Blue Yeti Nano Review, the packaging.
The box comes in a rectangular shape that shows the microphone at the front. We picked the Cubano Gold colour as shown on the box. On both sides of the box, you’ll see its unique features. Flipping it up, you’ll get more information on how it was designed and made a premium microphone.
Blue Designs made the box aesthetically clean & straightforward, but we’ll take a look inside how they fitted the product.
As you open the box, you’ll get another box to ensure that the item is secure.
Inside, you’ll first see the instruction manual, software manual, and a registration coupon. Underneath those papers, you get a black foam that covers the microphone along with the stand. They’ve included a micro USB cable and a tripod mount adapter, just in case you’re planning to connect it through a mic stand.
Blue Yeti Nano Review – Design and Functionality
On this part of our Blue Yeti Nano Review, we’ll talk about the design and the functions of this product.
The microphone is quite heavy, and the body is a medium size. It’s also very durable, considering that everything is metal. The actual size is small when compared to other studio microphones.
The top part of the microphone is a metal mesh. Below the logo, you’ll see a volume control wheel for your headset that’s plugged in. At the back, there is a button that switches between cardioid or omnidirectional mode. Underneath, you have a tripod mount, a zero-latency headphone jack, and a micro USB port.
The stand is also metal, making it twice as heavy. The design is slim, and it can sit right into your desk. Minimalists would appreciate the size of this microphone. It’s small, compact, and takes less space.
Comparing it to the older full-sized Yeti, this one doesn’t have a stereo and bidirectional mode. The Yeti Nano is their mid-range product of the Yeti line, yet it already sports premium features.
Connecting it to your PC or Laptop is very easy. All you have to do is to plug it in with a micro USB cable. If you want to adjust everything before you start using it, download the Blue Sherpa Software. You’ll be able to adjust the Mic Gain, Playback Level, and even switch the polar pattern. It also has a firmware in which you can upgrade if they release a new feature.
Overall, the design looks professional, and it seems that it also performs very well.
Key Features of the Blue Yeti Nano
This part of our Blue Yeti Nano Review, we’ll focus on the microphone’s key features.
Unlike the original Yeti, the Yeti Nano has lesser features. Attached to a small stand, it’s about 8 inches tall. It’s arguably the best small microphone with excellent clarity in the market right now. Streaming and recording are not as hard as you thought it would be. As it is a Plug and Play device, the Yeti Nano doesn’t require you to install anything, even the software.
In case you want to make your mic easier to adjust, you should download the software called “Blue Sherpa”. It makes everything more manageable, and you’ll be able to adjust the gain and playback volume without any external amplifiers.
Crystal Clarity with Switchable Modes
Not only it functions like any other regular microphones, but you’ll also be able to switch the polar patterns on the go.
When you use it in cardioid mode, podcasting, game streaming, calls, and even voiceovers sounds excellent. It’s a side-address microphone, in which it accepts sound from directly where it is faced.
Switching it to omnidirectional mode makes it listen to everything around it. Multiple persons can speak through the microphone, and it’s best when you’re on a conference call or an interview.
Small & Compact
Blue Designs made sure to pack a good-quality microphone with many features. As a small microphone that sounds great, you can easily carry this everywhere you go. If you’re somewhere else and you need to do something that uses a microphone, this is very useful.
Zero-Latency Headphone Monitoring
Live monitoring has never been easier. PC microphones are monitored through your sound card only if it supports it. This one comes with a headphone jack for live monitoring. If you’re a streamer and you’d like to hear how you sound, this is very useful before starting your stream. A good microphone test is always the best thing to do before starting anything.
On this part of our Blue Yeti Nano Review, we’ll talk about the specifications. Let’s start with the exact size.
The size of the Blue Yeti Nano Microphone (with stand) is 4.29 inches at length, 3.78 inches at width, and 8.31 inches at height. It only weighs 1.39 pounds.
The microphone requires only 5 volts of 150 milliamperes. The recording sample rate is 24 bits @ 48 kilohertz, which is excellent for casting. It has 14mm condenser capsules for capturing audio, which makes your voice sound louder, even with a distance. It has a frequency response of 20 Hertz to 20 Kilohertz. The sensitivity is at 4.5 millivolts at 1 Kilohertz, and the max sound pressure level is 120 decibels at 1 Kilohertz.
The Zero-Latency Headphone should work as long as you plug a 3.5mm jack. The headphone amplifier has an impedance of fewer than 16 ohms, with a power output of 130 milliwatts, and a frequency response of 15 hertz to 22 kilohertz.
From the date of original retail purchase, Blue Designs provides 3 years of warranty.
Hands-on with the Blue Yeti Nano
This section of our Blue Yeti Nano Review is all about a demonstration of using the product. We’ll focus on how it sounds first.
The Blue Yeti Nano works excellent, as it delivers premium quality for its price. There’s no static or random noise whatsoever. Trying it with different directions in omnidirectional mode is very accurate, even with a distance within the room.
We highly recommend the cardioid mode for game streamers, as it doesn’t interfere with your game sounds that much. Getting a better mic stand is optional if you want to have more mouse space for better gameplay at low sensitivity.
The microphone repels all the noise, including your breathing sound, electric fan, and computer fans. Foam covers and pop filters would make things better if you want to eradicate the noise.
Digging into the Blue Sherpa software, the mic gain and playback level can be modified through the moving the sliders. You can also adjust the format and polar pattern by selecting from the available categories. It’s easy to monitor your microphone directly while speaking to it. There’s an option to update the firmware, although there are still no bugs yet.
Blue Yeti Nano Review Summary
As we close our Blue Yeti Nano Review, we’re going to summarize every information we said about the Blue Yeti Nano.
The Blue Yeti Nano is excellent in both communication and recording. The 24-bit audio upgrade against a regular Yeti is an impressive improvement. If you compare it to 16-bit audio, you’ll see a big difference. We strongly suggest you save your recordings in an uncompressed format, so that it doesn’t lower in quality.
What made it unique among other microphones is that it features both omnidirectional and cardioid mode. You can select which one to use, whether you want many people to be picked up by the mic or just you. You can instantly mute the microphone if ever you make a funny noise, or you want to sneeze.
Some shops offer a 20% discount on this product, as they’ve been around for a while. If discounts aren’t available, then this mic is still very affordable. This product sits in the middle of the Yeti line, but it carries excellent performance as a compact-sized microphone.
To conclude our Blue Yeti Nano Review, we were delighted with the product. We highly recommend it to everyone who wants to get started in recording or communicating formally. We hope that you get a great experience! You can purchase one here, and you can select which colour you prefer.