With the Trust GXT 241 streaming microphone, we have one of the two new microphones from Trust on test. The GXT 241 is a USB-connected condenser microphone with a stand and pop filter. Trust promises plug & play and a decent recording quality for streaming, podcasts, voice overs or music recording. With an MSRP of €59.99, it’s a rather more affordable model that targets the desires of budget-conscious users. Find out how Trust’s new microphone fared in our test in the review below.
|Model:||Trust GXT 241 Velicia|
|Sampling rate:||16 bit; 44.1 kHz|
|Frequency:||30 Hz – 18000 Hz|
|Characteristic:||Cardioid (cardioid characteristic)|
|Connectors:||USB-C on the microphone and USB-A for connection to the PC|
|Price:||Price: € 39.99 *|
Scope of delivery
The GXT 241 reached us safely packed, so we could not find any damage. The scope of delivery is very manageable, yet everything you need is included. In addition to the microphone itself, a tripod with pre-mounted pop filter is included. The tripod is made of two parts and has to be screwed together before use. For the connection to the PC, Trust has included a 180 cm USB-C to USB-A cable, whereby the USB-C side belongs to the microphone. We noticed the cable positively, it is nice and thick and very well shielded. Additionally, a user manual and a Trust-GXT sticker were included.
Design and workmanship
Let’s start with the microphone itself. The shape resembles a rather large battery. The metal casing is completely in matte black and has been decorated with a small white Trust-GXT logo. The microphone makes a very high-quality impression, which is reinforced by the weight. A CE sticker was stuck on the lower side (when the Trust logo is on top). This is not noticed in everyday use, since it is not visible when the microphone is placed correctly. Alternatively, you can simply peel it off. The upper part has a cover, behind which the condenser microphone is hidden. The cover has indentations and slots through which your voice can enter. On the bottom is the mute button, an LED, and a USB-C port. The LED indicates whether the microphone is currently muted. If the LED is blue, the GXT 241 is currently activated, and if it is red, it is muted.
The tripod is also made mostly of metal and is completely black. The pop filter is already pre-assembled, so the two parts of the tripod just need to be screwed together and you’re ready to go right away. The edge of the pop filter is made of plastic and partially rubberized. The distance of the filter to the microphone can be easily adjusted by the screws above. The Trust GXT logo can once again be found in the mesh of the filter. The three metal legs can be easily folded in or out and are also covered with plastic on the standing surfaces. The “spider” consists of two rubber bands at the top and bottom. These are supposed to provide decoupling and protect against noise caused by vibrations. On the side of the stand is a screw cap that allows the angle of the microphone to be freely adjusted. In our opinion, the construction of the stand unfortunately makes it look a bit “cheap”. However, it fulfills its function well.
The microphone is easy to slide into the spider from behind and stays in place thanks to the two rubber bands. The angle of the microphone can be freely designed and thus adjusted to the distance to the speaker. We noticed negatively that you have to reach around on the back to mute the microphone when it is mounted in the stand. The button can be found quickly, but the feedback as to whether the microphone is currently on is also in the form of an LED on the back. Thus, you cannot directly see whether it is activated without turning the microphone and stand around.
The overall workmanship is solid. Exceptions are small flaws on the stand. The stand makes a rather sparse impression, but the screws could be tightened properly here as well and the material also makes a solid impression. The stand feet have to be pulled out over a certain point with some force to be fully unfolded. One of the three stand feet was a bit wobbly once you lifted the tripod. However, it did not affect the function.
Plug & Play, no separate software is included or even needed. Just plug it in and the fun can begin. With the stand, the GXT 241 is designed to stand behind the keyboard. With the right settings in Teamspeak and Co, your conversation partners won’t hear any keyboard noise and you can still be understood well. One reason for this is the kidney-shaped recording pattern. However, the voice is clearest when the microphone is directly in front of you.
To give you an idea of the recording quality, we have created a small voice over in the form of a summary for you.
We are sure that as long as the looks fit to some extent and the workmanship does not show any major points of criticism, the recording quality is more important considering the price. Exactly this guideline lives the GXT 241. For about 60 € you get a pretty solid recording quality. The optics could not convince us, but that remains a matter of taste. In our eyes, the tripod looked rather spartan, as did the pop filter. The cable, on the other hand, has a decent length of 180 cm and the workmanship is also great.
One point of criticism is the mute feedback. This is available in the form of an LED, but on the back of the microphone. Therefore, it is not directly visible whether the microphone is muted or not.
In summary, you get a solid entry-level microphone at a quite fair price.
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