Step up to the mic with the classy HyperX QuadCast.

The continued popularity of streaming, podcasting and content creation has opened the market to traditional gaming peripheral designers. As such, quality microphones have become an essential part of any setup, and HyperX have joined the party with the QuadCast USB mic.

Compatible with PS4, Xbox, PC and Mac, the QuadCast comes with a number of unique features that make it stand out from the crowd. The first is housing the mute button on top of the mic. Why is this a good thing? It goes a long way to eliminating the risk of accidental muting. Additionally, when the mic is live, it glows bright red, but when the mute button is employed, this colour dulls giving users a clear visual indication of the state of play.

For versatility, the QuadCast contains four polar pattern settings: stereo, omnidirectional, cardioid and bidirectional. However, for streamers and podcasters, cardioid will be the best fit, and is ideal for users in front of the mic; a built-in 3.5 headphone jack will enable you to check and monitor the broadcast levels to ensure they are where you need them to be.

The QuadCast also comes with an anti-vibration shock mount to prevent capturing any heavy bumps and knocks if you’re gaming hard.

And how does it perform? For its price bracket, admirably, delivering a quality, clear audio capture that can be tweaked without using complicated software. For the entry to intermediate user, this delivers great bang for your buck.