When comparing RØDELink Newsshooter Kit vs MightyMic W SmartPhone Bluetooth Microphone, the Slant community recommends MightyMic W SmartPhone Bluetooth Microphone for most people. In the question“What are the best bluetooth microphones (excluding headsets) for mobile devices?” MightyMic W SmartPhone Bluetooth Microphone is ranked 1st while RØDELink Newsshooter Kit is ranked 8th. The most important reason people chose MightyMic W SmartPhone Bluetooth Microphone is:
This microphone can easily pass for a pen if you place the microphone like a pen in a shirt pocket with the clip showing on the outside of the pocket like [this](http://cdn2.markstechnologynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/the-video-camera-pen-2.jpg). This link shows an image of a different microphone, until I have the time to take a picture this will serve to get the idea across.
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Pro Micro USB port is for charging
With a USB power bank, you can keep the unit running far longer than the estimated battery life.
Pro 11-16 hours of battery powered operation possible
NP-F style batteries make 11-16 hour session possible for the transmitter depending on the equipment used. The receiver does not accept NP-F batteries, it only accepts 2x AA batteries and Micro USB.
Pro 8 radio frequencies and hassle-free auto synchronizing
All the user needs to do is pair the transceiver and receiver unit after putting in fresh batteries and that's about it. The paired units will automatically monitor and change to the best radio signal throughout a session. Users have not mentioned any issues with noise even in heavy radio congested areas.
Pro No radio license needed to operate
Pro Can use high quality professional microphones
The transceiver uses an XLR jack for the audio input, the standard for professional grade audio equipment and microphones.
Pro Stealth/ discrete
This microphone can easily pass for a pen if you place the microphone like a pen in a shirt pocket with the clip showing on the outside of the pocket like this. This link shows an image of a different microphone, until I have the time to take a picture this will serve to get the idea across.
Pro More fool proof
With a lack of buttons there's less chance that the person wearing it will accidentally disable or change settings on the device while recording/ streaming audio.
Pro High quality materials
Anodized aluminum for the body is pretty nice considering comparable offerings.
Pro Sleek design
Much more stealth considering how small and slim the unit is.
Con Will need an adaptor to connect receiver to 4 pole TRRS jack on mobile devices
Most smartphones and tablets use 4 pole TRSS headphone/microphone jacks. This product uses 3 pole TRS jacks, so an adapter will be needed.
Con Audio signal disappears when going beyond range
The technology used with this product is digital, the same frequency as wireless routers. When out of range, it just drops the [audio] connection. The flip side is you know that if you have a link, you won't have the creeping noise issues of analog wireless systems when going beyond the range capabilities of the unit.
Con Doesn't work with Android phones
It does work with computers and iOS devices though.
Con Superseded by new model that is functionally different
The new model Ampridge Mighty Mic W+ can act as a wireless monitor. Not sure if it is possible to record and monitor at the same time. Based on the design of the Mighty Mic W, I would think not.
Con Battery is non-replaceable
Once the juice runs out, it's time to recharge and/or swap with second fully charged unit ready to go.
Con Hard to see when the unit is on or off
The blinking light is very seldom and dim. In a lighted room or outdoors during the day One can block out the light with hands to see if it's on or off. Or watch the Bluetooth connectivity on my phone disappear. A minor nitpick. The upside is that it's unlikely to cause an issue for filming purposes since the blinking part of the unit will be facing down inside a shirt pocket or on the collar of the shirt etc.
Con You can't use the microphone while it's recharging
Even if the microphone was capable of functioning while recharging, the jack that is used to charge the unit is the same jack where the microphone sits.
Con Non-standard charging port/cable
This unit uses the microphone jack to charge. This means if you lose the included charging cable, you might be stuck waiting and unable to record with the unit until your replacement unit arrived. Other units that use more standard and available Micro USB, to charge this is less of a problem.
Con Can't use external lapel micropones
You can only use the onboard microphone.