Trust GXT 212 MICO Streaming Microphone Review – Back in the Game

Last time I talked about Trust GXT 232 Mantis – a microphone for broadcasting and recording podcasts, which, at a fairly affordable price, proved to be a decent, easy-to-use and set-up device for novice streamers.

Microphone Trust MICO is also positioned as a device for streaming. Its price tag is even more modest, but the bundle does not include a pop filter, and instead of a built-in sound card, it is proposed to use a complete external one – a small USB adapter. We examine the contents of the box and test it.

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PACKAGING AND COMPLETE SET
Trust GXT 212 MICO

MICO comes in an elongated flat pack in red and gray. The microphone on it is shown in full size, the delivery set is described twice, but the technical characteristics are not indicated anywhere.

The box contains a safety instruction, a clear guide for connecting and configuring, a Trust sticker and a plastic tray containing the microphone itself, a tripod and a USB adapter in a separate bag.

The MICO itself is very small and incredibly lightweight. The body is made of matte plastic. At the base and closer to the diaphragm tightened into a mesh, the blackness of the shell is diluted with red rubber inserts. The large GXT logo flaunts on the outside.

Trust GXT 212 MICO

The length of the wire, ending with a 3.5 mm mini-jack, reaches 1.8 meters. There is no braid on it, but the cable itself is thick, and the junction is protected from kinks and jerks with an additional layer of plastic.

The black, but already glossy tripod stands on rigid retractable legs, which, unlike the Mantis stand, are devoid of rubber soles. Instead, there are non-removable plastic caps that slide over both the tabletop and the rug with an ease that a gaming mouse would sometimes envy.

Trust GXT 212 MICO

A massive plastic holder moves on a central bolt within 180 degrees. The microphone easily fits into the groove, repeating its rounded, slightly flattened shape, and is securely fixed. The decorative holes on the grip show off the MICO’s depth of fit, as well as the red element on the body.

The adapter looks like a USB flash drive. It has color-coded 3.5mm audio jacks for microphone and headphones on one end, and a standard USB plug on the other. The device is tiny and also black.

CONNECTION
Trust GXT 212 MICO

Everything is very simple here. You either plug the microphone directly into the corresponding port on the case, or you plug it into a USB adapter and connect via USB. In both cases, the device must be found in the Windows sound section, its sensitivity must be adjusted in the “properties” and, possibly, made the default recording device.

It should be understood that the capabilities of the sound card built into the motherboard are often quite limited. With a budget approach, especially in the absence of preamplifiers, it is sometimes better to prefer the USB connection to the analog one. However, the sound quality is already influenced by many factors, it is better to check.

IMPRESSION
Trust GXT 212 MICO

Following the diagram from the previous review, I first examined how the device sounds in VoIP applications, since the manufacturer claims that Trust MICO is excellent for voice communication, and its previous version was created for negotiations.

The result is very interesting. When connected via the line-in, the microphone transmits the voice in much the same way as conventional analogs built into headsets do. At the same time, the clarity of the transmission is still slightly better, as several of my interlocutors noted.

When connected via an adapter, the voice gains depth, the broadcast is significantly enriched in frequencies, but the MICO confidently receives everything, even the quietest room noises and echoes. That is, in the second case, I simultaneously sound both better and worse because of the natural reverberation.

Trust GXT 212 MICO

That said, unlike with the Mantis, I didn’t have to increase the power. With any connection, the MICO, which I placed on the table behind the keyboard and about 35-40 centimeters from the speaker, easily captures and loudly transmits the voice to the interlocutors from Discord.

There is no need to amplify the signal by means of Windows beyond measure, which means that we will already get less distortion both in voice chats and during audio recording. All that remains is to configure the program and I, traditionally, use OBS for testing with almost no plugins.

Here we have the opposite result. Voice recording through a microphone connected to the line-in leaves a lot to be desired. It cuts your ears with groaning and hissing sounds, falls through and, in general, sounds rather flat.

Trust GXT 212 MICO

With USB, the situation changes into cornot. The voice is leveled, acquires some volume and clarity, but still needs processing. At a minimum, you will have to adjust the transmission noise level, eliminate room reflections, but this procedure, in principle, will have to be done to one degree or another with any new device.

Here, again, capture power comes into play. I even had to loosen the sensitivity sliders to even out the volume graphs. It’s amazing how powerful a microphone is hidden in the tiny, toy-looking MICO. Summarize.

Trust GXT 212 MICO

It was very interesting to compare the MICO and Mantis models. Unlike its more expensive and presentable brother, MICO writes a little dirtier by default. He also does not have a filter and a shock mount that levels vibration, and the legs slide very much on any surfaces.

At the same time, Trust GXT 212 MICO is much more powerful, it can be conveniently placed on a table and broadcast from a decent distance, and connected via a line-in, it can be used as a means for voice communication, and it can compete with microphones built into headsets.

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