If you’re anything like an average Chromebook user, you’ll find yourself using a headset with Google Talk/Voice and Google Plus Hangouts more and more. If so you will undoubtedly run into the limitations of the on-board microphone on both new Chromebook models. They’re fine for a quick call to a friend, but lack the quality for continuous use. A shortcoming, especially during those important calls when quality of sound is important. Not to worry though. There is an excellent solution, or two actually.
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Buddy FlamingoMic 7G
The Buddy FlamingoMic 7G Portable is a 17″ unidirectional noise-canceling microphone. It has a specially designed L shaped USB connector, designed especially for the Chromebook, notebook, netbook and tablet PC.
This microphone is ideal for use with all portable devices. Contort this microphone into any desired position to suit your needs. The use of FilteredAudio technology makes this by far Buddy’s highest quality FlamingoMic to date. The unrivaled combination of highly accurate speech recognition results and ease of use makes the Buddy FlamingoMic 7G an ideal product for use both at the office and on-the-go.
If a headset mic is not for you because of pain in the neck or because of –the most common complaint by people– you feel silly wearing it the FlamingoMic is for you. It plugs into the USB port and easily coils up neatly against your computer for portability and easily extends for dictation. Oh yes, and you have both your hands free to use the mouse or keyboard, flip through papers, hold your cup of coffee.
When a headset is more your cup of thee then the next generation of headset microphones, the Buddy HeadsetMicTM series is the way to go. Made of heavy duty, highly durable materials such a stainless steel headband and Teflon reinforced cables, Buddy headsets are backed by an industry leading 2 year warranty. Featuring a top of the line, highly unidirectional microphone element, this headset has been designed from the ground up with quality in mind.
Very important for you the Chromebook owner is to remember that the Chromebook sports a 3.5mm TRRS connector which is not your every day connector. The Buddy HeadsetMicTM is ideal for pairing with devices such as a Google Chromebook, Apple iPad, iPhone or iPad hands-free voice capture simply because is comes with such a TRRS connector. Next to being an awesome product that is also very affordable.