HyperX has released their new XLR microphone called the ProCast, so let’s check it out and see if it’s worth your time. (Disclaimer: The Click obtained a review unit of this microphone, but are not endorsed or sponsored by HyperX.)
HyperX ProCast XLR Microphone
The ProCast is HyperX’s latest addition to their peripheral lineup, and it’s their first attempt at an XLR microphone, but it isn’t their first rodeo when it comes to the mic industry as they’ve delivered several different USB microphones in the past.
HyperX’s ProCast includes a gold-sputtered large (1 inch!) diaphragm condenser, a cardioid polar pattern, an XLR connection and a detachable metal pop filter. Now, you might be asking yourself what the size of the diaphragm condenser means, and I don’t blame you — I didn’t know either. The ProCast’s large diaphragm condenser allows it to produce a higher quality sound than smaller condensers.
Firstly, I love the fact that the microphone comes with a pop filter out of the box. It’s not something that I’ve seen yet, and while I’m sure HyperX isn’t the first company to do this it is certainly a welcome surprise to me. It’s also really easy to insert by just snapping it into place and that’s it.
I’ve been using the microphone as my daily driver for the last few weeks now and I really can’t complain. Everyone that I’ve talked to on Discord has said it’s as good or better quality than my Audio-Technica AT2020. Now, I’ve found that same microphone for about $80 and the HyperX ProCast runs about $250. So it’s not exactly the most budget-friendly option like most other HyperX products.
The ProCast is also pretty chunky — I mean, the thing is massive compared to other mics. However, the options for adjusting the direction and angle of the ProCast almost completely makes up for that, in my opinion.
Overall, if you like HyperX and like your peripherals to be all the same brand, or if you are using a microphone professionally (as the name ProCast might imply) then the ProCast is the microphone for you.
Unfortunately, if you’re not in one of those two categories, I don’t think I can justify the $250 price tag when there’s so many other options out there for so much less. Don’t get me wrong, I love the ProCast…I just can’t recommend it over some cheaper options unless you’ve got money burning a hole in your pocket.