I always wanted to get a microphone for the cool of it since I don’t do podcasts or streaming. The primary use case for me is just for Zoom/Slack calls.
I am not an expert in microphones. I did some Googling and found that the Rode NT-USB Mini is an excellent alternative to Blue Yeti for beginners.
Rode NT-USB Mini has a magnetic base that makes attaching and attaching the NT-USB Mini very easy.
The build is fantastic; it is heavy, solid, and feels very premium.
You can mount the Rode NT-USB Mini on a microphone stand by removing the rubber cover and replacing it with the included thread mount adaptor.
If you have mounted the Rode NT-USB Mini on a microphone stand, you will have to rotate it since it will hang from the top.
OEM Microphone Stand feels cheaply made, but I guess it is still acceptable for the price (essentially free).
The protruding screw of the stand might scratch your table, so you must take note when swinging it around.
In hindsight, I think 70cm for the microphone stands feels short. The 100cm variant might be a better choice.
I am plugging the Rode NT-USB Mini into my CalDigit TS4 Thunderbolt 4 Dock and my MacBook Pro 16″ (M1 Pro) could not detect it. I have to download and install Rode Connect, and restart my Mac for it to work.
Audio quality-wise, I would say it is good. Speaking directly into the microphone will give you the best quality. The height of the microphone should be aligned with your mouth, and the distance between your mouth and the microphone should be between 5″ to 6″.