What we bought: How the Blue Yeti Nano finally earned a spot on my desk

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Although I worked mostly from home for years prior to the pandemic, prior to 2020 I hadn’t given too much thought to my WFH setup. I went as far as investing in a solid monitor mainly because I was tired of squinting at a 13-inch laptop screen for eight hours every day. Actually, I only decided at the beginning of this year to upgrade my workplace in a meaningful way.

I put that down to being someone who constantly talks myself out of buying things. I’m quite a thrifty person, but I have no problem buying things that I know will have a major impact on my daily life. So I invested in a good pair of ANC headphones when I could snag them on sale; a full-size mechanical keyboard for a more comfortable (and fun) typing experience; and the Blue Yeti nano microphone for increasingly frequent video calls.

I’ll concede that of those three things, the Yeti Nano was probably the lowest priority item, despite being a long-time favorite in the mic space. However, it has proven to be a wise investment, especially since I now video conference more than ever. In pre-pandemic times, I might have had one video conference a week, and that was during the busiest times. But now I typically have a series of video calls every day for many reasons ranging from the widespread acceptance of remote work to advancing my own career. And I believe in bringing out my best face (and voice) as much as possible: I try to turn on my Logitech Streamcam for almost every video call I take, and I wanted the quality of my voice to match that of my video feed is equivalent to.

The Blue Yeti Nano Microphone on a black tabletop in front of a laptop and computer monitor.

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The Yeti Nano microphone delivers this fantastically. In my initial fiddling around after unboxing the thing, I could immediately hear the difference in my audio as I recorded a few test samples in Audacity. My voice sounded clearer and stronger, and the audio lacked the subtle fuzzy quality I typically hear when using my laptop’s mic.

The Yeti Nano supports cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns, but I usually keep mine on the former since I’m the only one using it on a daily basis. However, I like that I have the opportunity to start a roundtable podcast in the future without having to spend more money on a better microphone. I also like that the Yeti Nano will come in handy during the couple of times a year as a guest on the Engadget podcast. I used to use an external mic I bought years ago for these occasions, but it didn’t have a stable base like the Yeti Nano. It would be a struggle to get this mic in the right position on my desk for optimal podcast performance, and I don’t expect the same struggle with the Yeti Nano.

I’ve known for a while how popular Blue mics are with budding podcasters, game streamers, telecommuters and the like, so the brand was the first I turned to when looking for an upgrade. Of the many devices in the company’s lineup, I ultimately decided to purchase the Yeti Nano in part because of its design. It’s just compact enough to sit on my standing desk converter next to my monitor without obscuring the screen too much, and it’s still a great spot for video calls. Initially I was hesitating between the Nano and the full-size Yeti, but eventually decided that the few extra bells and whistles that come with the latter – namely stereo and bi-directional modes – aren’t necessary for my regular use. I was also able to pick up the Yeti Nano while it was on sale on Amazon, so instead of spending $100 I only spent $80 on it. That means I can spend a few extra bucks on the next piece of tech I decide will make my desk setup even more functional.

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Russell Falcon

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