If podcasting is your thing then check out the Podcaster from RØDE. It’s a “broadcast quality” cardioid USB microphone with a shockproof capsule mount to keep out the external noise. It also has a 3.5mm stereo headphone output built into the microphone body with a volume control so everything is easy to get to. It comes with a 3m USB cable and a stand and you can also get a studio arm for the real professional touch. Just plug it into your computer and you’re good to go, runs on Macs or PCs. $229.00 (£163.05)
Seamless integration was the idea, and it was obtained by creating a studio dynamic microphone with unparalleled A/D converters, so that the microphone can be plugged into any computer with no in/out boxes, no expensive computer pre-amps, just a USB cable.