The TONOR TC-777 claims to be a high-quality mic for a fantastic price. From recording podcasts to using voice communications in gaming, the TONOR does it all. However, is it a decent piece of equipment, or are you better off using a cheap headset mic instead?
Let’s break down the TONOR TC-777 and see if it’s worth your time.
The TONOR TC-777 Overview
First, let’s break down what you get in the package. The TONOR TC-777 comes with an impressive-looking selection of accessories designed to get anyone started with podcast recording.
You have a stand to hold the microphone, with rubber feet to protect your desk and prevent slipping. The stand can be adjusted so you can angle the mic for the perfect sound quality. It even comes with a pop filter to stop your breath from causing audio disturbances.
At a glance, it sounds like a luxury package that will set you back around three digits. However, the TONOR TC-777 offers all of the above for an extremely moderate $41.99 price tag. When you compare what you get to what you pay, it’s natural to worry about where TONOR cut corners or skimped on quality.
Fortunately, TONOR was kind enough to send me a model to test out. I was skeptical at first, the only saving grace being that it receives gleaming reviews on Amazon. There’s no way that a microphone this cheap can be good – can it?
Testing the TONOR TC-777
Fortunately, I was very wrong. When the microphone came in, I noticed how well-made it felt. Nothing felt fragile or cheaply-made; a lot of love went into the production of this microphone.
You install the pop filter by screwing it onto a bendable antenna. Unfortunately, this antenna is non-removable, so even if you don’t want a pop filter, you’re stuck with it. However, you can take the microphone out of its cradle and hold it like a regular microphone.
In terms of sound quality, I was very impressed. Of course, at this price range, you shouldn’t expect the absolute best in audio quality. However, the sound quality was a lot better than my laptop’s microphone. You can hear the difference for yourself in this sound clip.
I looked to tweak the audio settings further, but it appears the TONOR drivers didn’t feature any advanced settings past the volume.
The microphone also advertises itself as a gaming mic, so I put it to the test with my PS4. The console has USB plugs on the front, which the microphone can plug into. The PS4 recognized it instantly, and I used it with in-game sessions with my friends, who said the microphone quality was great.
One thing I did note was that the microphone didn’t have a mute button. This is typical for microphones designed primarily for podcasts and media use, as there’s no real need for the mute button. If something goes wrong with the audio, you can just re-record it.
However, given that the TONOR does advertise its compatibility with the PS4, it would have been good to include one for gaming use. It worked perfectly fine without one, but this small addition would elevate this product from just a podcast-recording mic with gaming capabilities to a proper gaming mic.