The HyperX QuadCast S is a USB gaming microphone that offers a clear sound and a mesmerizing light show. Although it has limitations in portability and the internal pop filter is not the best, it is still a good microphone that comes with a two-year defective warranty. The microphone has a fun design with rainbow LED lights and a durable all-metal casing. The USB connection is easy to use, but it is not as durable as an XLR connection and may not provide the same quality audio. The microphone includes a foam pop filter, and it is an upgrade from the original HyperX QuadCast.
The microphone is a bolt-on shock absorber that prevents processing noise and external vibrations from affecting the recording. Unfortunately, you can’t detach it from the shock absorber, so portability is limited. That’s fair, though, considering a gaming microphone is usually on your desktop. It includes a mic stand adapter so you can mount it on a boom mic for added flexibility. The QuadCast S has a matte gain control on the bottom and a touch mute button on the top. When you mute the microphone, the LEDs turn off, so you never have to worry about whether it’s actively recording. The back of the microphone has a USB-C input for connecting the included 3-meter USB-C to USB cable. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack above the USB-C input, so you can monitor your recording or streaming directly.
On the back of the HyperX QuadCast S is a knob that lets you select between the four available polar patterns: cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, and stereo. These settings can be useful for different storage types. If you are interviewing someone sitting directly across from you, you might want to try a two-way setup. This is different from recording a podcast with just your voice. In this case, the cardioid arrangement is the way to go. HyperX QuadCast S is a plug-and-play USB microphone compatible with macOS, Windows, PS and PS5. It should work with any platform that uses microphone input, but keep in mind that Ngenuity’s software is only available on PC.
HyperX QuadCast S is aimed at the gaming market, and if you want something a little more moderate, we recommend looking at the Blue Yeti X. It costs about the same as the QuadCast S, has a readable microphone level display and easy-to-access gain. knob and a handful of pickup patterns (stereo, cardioid, surround, two-way). If the look of a HyperX microphone, does it for you, but you don’t want to look that hard for a microphone, the HyperX DuoCast could be just the thing. This USB microphone has two pickup patterns – omnidirectional and cardioid – instead of the QuadCast’s four and has a stronger shock absorber than the HyperX SoloCast. It’s a $100 that sits right in the middle of the HyperX microphone stable.