Presented in the middle of this year, we have finally been able to test first-hand one of the most popular additions of this Spanish peripheral company, with the new Newskill Apholos Pro gaming microphone, a high-quality device equipped with high-level technologies such as four customizable polarity patterns, a truly remarkable audio and structure quality, an elegant and functional design, and of course, the brand’s never absent value for money.
Newskill Apholos Pro Specifications
|Back electret condenser
|Pick-up pattern / polarity
|Cardioid / Bidirectional / Stereo / Omnidirectional
|30 to 18,000Hz
|-36dB +/- 2dB (0dB = 1V / Pa at 1KHz)
|-12dB, 12dB max.
|24 Bit / 192 KHz
|Powered by USB 2.0, 3.5mm jack aux output
|From 99.95 euros
Starting with its design, even before reaching the microphone itself, we can see that the company has wanted to highlight this microphone among other peripherals, with a really careful packaging that will give us a feeling of distinction from the first moment we open it.
Feelings that continue the aesthetics of the Apholos Pro, which is presented under a simple design with elegant and functional lines, built on a chassis capable of absorbing small shocks or vibrations from our desk (quite common during gaming sessions) to avoid external noise entering our conversations.
Regarding the body of the microphone, we will find a cylindrical format with a 360º grid on top, which will not only exercise the function of protecting the condenser capsule, but will also allow to hide a fine anti-pop filter to favor the entry of a clearer sound and without noise.
In addition, its table support has the ability to adjust the angle, offering not only greater comfort of use, but also a more direct voice input according to our position.
And it is specifically designed to offer the best performance for any type of activity, the Newskill Apholos Pro has an adjustment of four polar patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Stereo and Omnidirectional, perfect to vary and always ensure impeccable sound pickup, useful for all types of content, such as voice talks, game streams, music recordings, and even more sensitive broadcasts such as ASMR (still a common trend in the highlights of Twitch).
All this presented through an easily accessible design, with dedicated controls available at your fingertips, not only for the volume output, but for the modification of the polarity pattern, the different lighting effects, and a very comfortable touch button on the upper base of it to mute the microphone in just one second without interrupting our games.
An ease that will be maintained throughout its use, with its simple plug & play installation, which will only require us to connect it to any computer in order to start enjoying all its capabilities. Unfortunately, although in our tests we did not have any problems when using it on both desktops and laptops with both Windows 10 and 11 operating systems, this time we will not have compatibility for other platforms.
As we show you in this audio test, recorded under the different pickup patterns, the quality of the microphone is exceptional, maintaining crispness and clarity for the voice while slightly omitting some surrounding noises. Some results that we have seen repeated in the rest of configurations and uses, from the faster conversations of the frenetic games, to even some small singing test or recording instruments such as the guitar.
Additionally, to take full advantage of the qualities of the Newskill Apholos Pro, this time we had the opportunity to test the microphone together with the new Mic Holder boom stand of the brand, an independent support capable of supporting microphones weighing up to 600 grams, compatible not only with this, but with all the other current models of the brand.
Thus, thanks to this support we have been able to more effectively test the different polar patterns of the microphone, as well as perform some more real experience oriented usage tests than we might expect. And it is that this support is presented with a clamp grip system, compatible with surfaces with a maximum of 4.8 centimeters thick (ideal for attaching to any table or back support of a monitor), reaching a distance of up to 84 centimeters high along with an elbow and two folding ends, allowing the microphone to be oriented to pick up our voice loud and clear even while we are using it.
On a personal level, I have always used the brackets that come included with these microphones, without ever noticing a need to change to other types of brackets. However, it is not for nothing that we see how these accessories are in 100% of the broadcasts of professionals in all fields, including of course the world of gaming and streaming, and the truth is, without a doubt it is an ideal complement.
In addition, it is undoubtedly a fairly efficient way to gain some free space on our desk, as well as offering us help to manage your wiring in a cleaner and easier way.
Whether you are thinking of getting started in the world of streaming, looking to improve the quality of your voice chat, or simply looking to update your setup with another device with a gaming aesthetic and RGB lighting, without a doubt Apholos Pro and Mic Holder are presented as a perfect combination for players of any level who are looking to make a leap in listening quality for their broadcasts, at the best price.
Currently we can already find both Apholos Pro and Mic Holder available exclusively through the official Newkill website, under prices of 99.95 euros and 29.95 euros respectively. Although, as is customary for the brand, we will soon be able to get hold of them through other popular distributors such as Amazon and PcComponentes.
Design and build quality8.5