This little mic clip connector changes that. I plug in my favorite pair of lightweight headphones, clip the mic to my shirt, plug the cord into the computer's headset port, and everyone can both hear me and be heard by me without issue. I've been using this for over a hear and it still works perfectly fine.
If there was one thing I could change, it would be to make the cable longer. My headphones come with plenty of cable, but the tether between the mic (which must be clipped in the vicinity of my mouth/shirt collar) and the computer's headset port is quite short (reaches only from shoulder to extended fingertip) - if my setup was something other than a laptop two feet from my face, this would be a problem.I would recommend this item to a friend!
Same positive results with my iPhone 3GS, except the microphone was about equal to the iPhone 3GS built-in microphone.
I have an iPod nano 5th gen, which is unique for (non-iOS) iPods in having a video camera and a built-in microphone. When I plug in this microphone, it works as the iPod's microphone, and it is much better than the iPod's built-in microphone. So, if I use the iPod's video camera, I can use this microphone clipped to my shirt and get better audio. And the button works as expected for playback control, with this iPod nano.
It also works with my Mac mini (2011 model). The Mac mini does not have a built-in microphone, so this can serve as its microphone. It works as a microphone when connected to the headphones (audio out) port, not the line in port. It picks up sound just fine at about the distance of my display. I clipped it to my desk lamp. And it serves as an extension cord for headphones, allowing me to comfortably use my short-cord iPod earbuds.
For use with iPhone and iPod, I wish it had volume control buttons, in addition to the one control button; that would make it complete. Otherwise, it is a very useful product for the price.I would recommend this item to a friend!
This adapter very nicely solved that problem. When a call comes in, I can pause iPod playback with one click of the button on the adapter, without even touching the iPod or its case. When the call is over, another click resumes playback. Besides the play/pause function of single clicking, a quick double click advances to the next track. It's not quite hands-free, but close. I can click it without taking my eyes off the road. One thing that this adapter lacks that some others have is volume control up/down buttons. In the attached screen shots, the IPHMICEXT is clipped to a 3.5 mm stereo to RCA phono adapter which feeds the van's audio inputs.
The marketed function of this device is to add a microphone and start/stop/next track functions to an existing set of headphones/earbuds for IOS devices. I must point out that it also works very nicely for recent Macs too. I've used this adapter with my 2009 MacBook Pro (MacBookPro5,5) to add those same functions to a plain set of headphones. Works nicely with iTunes and Skype. I haven't tried it, but it seems my Mid 2011 Mac Mini also has iPhone audio support. You can check out the Audio section of System Profiler/About This Mac to see if your model has iPhone audio support. (See screen shot.) I've also used my MBP with the NewerTech® Hands-Free Mic & Earbuds (IPHBUDMIC) as well as the Apple earbuds that came with my iPod Touch.I would recommend this item to a friend!