Rode NT-USB Mini microphone brings professional studio sound to vloggers and voiceovers

Rode NT-USB Mini
(Image credit: Rode)

Microphone specialist Røde has introduced a new tabletop mic that is designed to appeal to videographers and vloggers. The Rode NT-USB Mini is designed to be simple to use, plugging directly into the USB socket of your laptop or tablet – and comes at a price that is much more affordable than its professional studio design suggests.

The key features of the miniature version of Rode's existing NT-USB microphone are

• High-quality electret condenser capsule – which claims to deliver warmth and presence for a clear, professional sound.

• Directional cardioid pickup pattern – optimized to reduce room sound and other extraneous noise, focusing on the subject in front of it.

Rode NT-USB Mini

The Rode NT-USB Mini has a simple USB output and a standard 3.5mm headphone socket (Image credit: Rode)

In-built pop filter for reducing plosives.

Detachable magnetic desk stand – sturdy base mitigates knocks and bumps, easy to remove. 

A tripod mount is provided for use on a stand or tabletop tripod. 

Integrated 360-degree swing mount for quick and easy positioning.

Studio-grade headphone amplifier with precision level control

• Built-in 3.5mm headphone socket for monitoring the sound

Switchable zero-latency monitoring for eliminating distracting echo.

Weighing 585g, the Rode NT-USB Mini mic is made from aluminum and measures 141.9 x 54.5 x 89.3mm. It is supplied with a USB-A to USB-C cable. 

The Rode NT-USB Mini mic will cost £99 and is due to go on sale later this month.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.