Blue Snowball Ice microphone


If you’re looking to do simple podcasting and need a good mic that won’t break the bank, look no further than the Blue Snowball. This USB microphone is the best on the market in terms of price and quality combined. It’s extremely easy to use and setup with any audio recording software (think Sony Acid Music Studio or Audacity) and the recording quality is extremely good. The price is also what makes it a must-buy: GI spent no more than $50 for the mic.


Cost: $49.99

Where to buy: Amazon.com, BestBuy.com

LG CD/DVD drive

At GI, our most recent laptop purchase (the Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1) does not come with an internal hard disc drive. This meant needing an optical drive to install various editing programs. Enter the Samsung LG DVD/CD combination drive. It installs via USB and works quickly and effectively with various video players. The one gripe that we have is that it cannot hook up with a TV via HDMI like we thought would be possible. That means it can’t be used as a standalone DVD player. However, it’s a small gripe when we have other means to play DVDs or CDs. The price was in a great range, too, making it worth a purchase if you need some way to access non-downloaded media.


Cost: $30.00

Where to buy: Amazon.com, BestBuy.com