When I first started podcasting, the Yeti Snowball was the most accessible microphone when it came to the intersection of quality recording and price point. In fact, the Snowball was the microphone we started to recommend to the podcasters on our network and any friend looking to get into the space. From there, the Yeti propper was always the goal. The way that those mics defined a trajectory for content creation was concrete, and now, Logitech is doing it again with it’s new Creator Series of products.
A reimagining and upgrade from the microphones of the past but with clear inspiration from it as well, the Logitech Creator Series has two new microphone offerings created with content creators in mind. The first is the Logitech G Yeti GX, and the second is the Logitech G Yeti Orb. While the visual design of both shows where they came from, the specs for both have become even greater while also keeping the price point intact.
After getting the chance to preview both selections, the truth is that both, when paired with customizability through the Logitech G-hub make them a great addition to the already gaming-focused brand. And like the microphones before them, they offer two different experiences at a hundred-dollar difference without sacrificing quality.
First up in the Logitech G Creator Series is The Yeti Orb, like the Snowball before it comes in at a reasonable price point of $59.99, putting it at just ten dollars above the previous incarnation. This immediately allows the Yeti Orb to take the place of an introductory mic for those just beginning their creator journeys. A lot of the features are similar to Blue’s Snowball, but the significantly smaller desk footprint and new RGB design gives an edge as someone who used the Snowball for years.
The Yeti Orb is a USB-based mic that makes set-up easy for first-time creators or those just looking for an upgrade from headphone mics while gaming. The Yeti Orb also features a condenser mic capsule that is specifically optimized for gaming and features a carbioid pickup pattern that helps filter out sounds like key strokes and mouse clicks by focusing on your voice specifically. While this isn’t perfect at eliminating background noises, it does a great job and the success would more than likely increase when mounted given the short length of the mic’s base.
But Logitech G’s best feature is the software control offered with the G HUB that, as you get more familiar with the Yeti Orb, will allow you to engage with the software in a customizable way that isn’t offered by many of the mics at the near $59.99 price point. Additionally, the Blue VO!CE presets are a great way to get an early set up that has solid quality as you learn about your mic.
The Yeti Orb is at a stellar intersection of price and quality. Like the Snowball before it, the mic is creator-friendly and wallet-friendly, especially since the Yeti Orb didn’t really have much of any distortion issues. While it does seem to be highly sensitive to movement at the base, better used directionally, the Yeti Orb is going to be my go-to recommendation for anyone starting out in content creation or those who don’t necessarily have over $100 to drop on a mic for their hobby.
- Type: Condenser
- Audio quality: 24bit / 48kHz
- Polar PatternL Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 70Hz – 20kHz
- Connector: USB-C
- Dynamic range: 95dB
- Signal to Noise ratio: 72dB
- Lighting: RGB with LIGHTSYNC
- Mounting: Included stand or any 1⁄4”-20 threaded mount
We used to call the Blue Yeti mic “the big boy.” More expensive than the Blue Snowball, the move to a Yeti was a signifier that we were taking podcasting seriously and dedicating funds to what we had previously seen as just a small hobby. That still rings true with the Yeti GX with a price point of $149.99. Choosing this mic is an investment but a natural upgrade from the Yeti Orb or just a great buy for creators already investing in their set-ups.
A premium broadcast-style gaming microphone, the Yeti GX is a USB-connected mic that allows for quick set-up. With a supercardioid pickup pattern, the Yeti GX ignores key clicks and background noise focuses on your voice, eliminating the annoying click-clack of a keyboard that can disrupt recording or conversations. While it isn’t perfect, it is far better than the cardioid that the Yeti Orb uses, however, the closeness of the Yeti Orb to the table in comparison to the Yeti GX could be the main impact here.
The Yeti GX is everything that the Yeti Orb is but, better. this doesn’t mean that the Yeti Orb is bad, but when using them in direct comparison to each other, you can see the difference that comes with the added price tag, and as a consumer, seeing what you pay for at work is important, and the Yeti GX delivers.
The Yeti GX has been market as being the new industry leader in Max Sound Pressure for the pricepoint, and to be honest, I can’t really disagree. While using it myself, I cackled, yelled, and did everything to make for voice spikes that often cause the recording to distort, and it didn’t happen. The input threshold for the Yei GX seems reasonably high before it distorts the sound allowing the output to be clear nearly every single time.
While I didn’t mention it for the Yeti Orb, both that and the Yeti GX have a design aesthetic that fits perfectly with the rest of the Logitech G product line-up—especially since it also works with Lightsync. For me, who uses a Logitech G keyboard, mouse, headset, and speakers, it didn’t matter which one I picked up. It was right at home. For the Yeti GX, it features the same scroll wheel that is used in the Logitech G mouse designs, which makes it really easy to adjust with one hand and find easily.
- Microphone type: Dynamic
- Audio quality: 24bit / 96kHz
- Polar pattern: Supercardioid
- Frequency Response: 50Hz – 18kHz
- Connector: USB-C to USB-A
- Dynamic range: 95dB
- Signal to Noise ratio: 78dB
- Lighting: Dual zone RGB with LIGHTSYNC
- Mounting: Included stand or boom arm (adapter included in box)
While I didn’t get the chance to go hands-on with the Litra Beam LX like I did the other products, Logitech G’s new key light does have exciting possibilities based on the key features shared. The Litra Beam LX is a dual-sided RGB gaming light that claims to the ability to not only deliver the cool gaming ambient lighting we’re used to from the RGB lights on the market, but also the ability to deliver natural skin tones as well. As a brown-skinned woman, finding the right light balance to show my skin in its beauty and not be washed out or lightened is key to choosing my light set-up for recording.
The Litra Beam LX features a CCT key light on one side and a LIGHTSYNC RGB on the other, which allows users to customize their lighting to the rest of their setup while also being camera-ready. Another feature that caught my eye from the product description is the fact that it has flexible three-way mounting, which should allow you to take advantage of your limited desk space well. You can mount it ontop of your monitor, the side, and the thing design allows for compact placement per the video shared of the product.
At $149.99, the Litra Beam LX is pricey but compared to key lights on the market from other brands, the fact that you get two lights in one makes it worth an investment. Instead of needing to take up desk space with theme lighting and a separate streaming light, the Litra Beam LX stands to do both. The Litra Beam LX also features Logitech G’s TrueSoft technology which is built around providing cinematic color accuracy to help diffuse harsh shadows. It also features adjustable temperatures that range from warm candlelight to cool blu (2700K-6500K).
While the microphones are perfect additions to the Logitech G line-up, the Litra Beam LX take the Logitech Creator Series even further.
- Plug-in power
- LED driver, 12V 2A, 24W, 4.0*1.7mm DC connector, 3m cable
- USB A to C cable, OD 3.5mm, 2m cable for data transmission only for optional G HUB
connection and firmware updates
- Maximum DC power 13.5W; (6.3W Bi-color side, 7.2W RGB side)
- Up to 400 Lumens + on Bi-color side
- Bi-color 2700K – 6500K; RGB 16 million colors
- Physical buttons, Bluetooth and USB-C
As a whole, the Logitech G Creator Series is something special and surprisingly price-conscious. By offering different levels of investment with microphones, the Logitech G Creator Series allows budding creators to pick their path and do so without breaking the bank. Additionally, when it comes to on-camera elements, the fact that the Litra Beam LX has two lights in one is a genuine game-changer, given that it’s the same price as other key lights on the market but offers more.
Ultimately, the Logitech G Creator Series is a stellar effort to change up the offerings of the brand while also giving creators a path way to begin their journey.
Logitech G Creator Series products begin shipping September.