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As the answer to the success of Rode Wireless GO system, Deity now released a brand new product Deity Pocket Wireless Microphone. This new microphone is $199 for mobile kit, $169 for normal kit(without tripod and clamp), with a locking 3.5mm input, one-button pairing, an easy to read OLED screen, and true plug-and-play versatility.
Like slim version of Rode Wireless Go, the Deity Pocket has many of the same functions as Rode Wireless Go, or rather the features of most wireless microphones on the market. So, as Deity's latest launch product, what are the advantages of this mic relative to Rode Wireless Go. Let’s join Omar El-Takrori to have a closer look at these two product.
- Transmitter and Reciever
- 3.5mm W.Lav Microphone
- Windscreen for the built-in microphone
- USB-C to TRRS 3.5mm Cable
- USB-C to USB-A Cable
- USB-C to USB-C Cable
- USB-C to USB-A Adapter
- Travel case
1. The Deity Pocket is more cost effective.
The Rode Wireless GO comes in at $200, and the Deity Pocket Wireless is $170. So it is $30 cheaper to go with the Deity. And these do both come in black and white. Now, although the Deity is $30 cheaper, you're actually going to get more hardware and things with the mic itself, which is really on a value standpoint, murders the Road Wireless GO.
With the Deity at $169 , you're going to get the mic, two different cables, one USB-C to USB-C as well as a USB-C to 3.5 millimeter cable, which allows you to also use with a smartphone, it's very helpful choice for the smartphone recorder. And you also get a lavas that you could clip on your shirt, which is not included in the package of Rode Wirless Go. Although you can use this lav mic all by itself, but if you don't have one, this lav mic can also meet your needs, in other words, it saves you more money. Another cool feature is the Pocket Wireless can be used with Deity’s other wireless systems, making it even more versatile.
So as far as the value department, when it comes to comparing these mics, the Deity definitely takes the cake, because what an incredible price point for a wireless audio solution and you get the good lav.
2. Good solution for smartphone creator
It's also important to note that if you are a smartphone creator, the mobile kit they have would be very helpful. It comes with a little stand as well as a phone clamp that holds the mic and you can use it as a shotgun or wireless mic, but mobile kit Price is $199. So legit, if you really wanted to just get everything all in one package, the Pocket Wireless Mobile Kit is incredible for the value at $199. And Rode doesn’t have an all-in-one kit for mobile and video cameras.
3. Good audio quality
As the video in first part shows, both the Deity Pocket and Rode Wireless Go stand up to the test and you won't be disappointed, and both perform well in rooms with echoes and in outdoor tests. You're going to get very similar results being that they both have a frequency type of 2.5 gigahertz and a range of about give or take 65 to 70 meters, with the Rode being more closer to 70 and the Deity being closer to 65. But either way, these are both great mics to use as wireless audio solutions. And they're also beginner friendly, because they're both plug and play options in regards to just being able to turn them on, clip them on your shirts and then start recording videos.
4. Other features
They both have a 3.5 millimeter input. However, the Deity Pocket Wireless has a screw adapter, which definitely makes it more secure when you lock in a lavaliere solution. In my opinion, it is a pretty cool pro feature for something that is fairly affordable. But the Rode Wireless Go does not have that option. And so if there's any tension pulled, you could disconnect the mic, and I know this has happened for a lot of creators.
The Rode does have a longer battery life up to seven hours, where the Deity has a five hour battery life. However, the Deity does charge up faster than the Rode, and so to get a complete charge on the Deity, it's a little bit more than half the time it takes to get the Rode fully charged, which is cool to know.
They both take USB-C to charge, which is nice and convenient and both receivers have display screens. However, I do like that Deity added this nice little quirky feature where you can flip the screen. So depending on how you Mount this onto your camera or whatever device, you can flip it so that it's readable regardless of what side you are on the mic.
Now I think hands down, just on paper, Deity knocked it out of the park with this mic. And if I were to choose between the two, I would just go with the Deity. Because of all that you get in the package, the ability to use this as a USB mic, if you're doing live streams or zoom calls, you're just getting a mic that you can do a lot with when many of these features are unlocked on the Rode Wireless GO II, which is a hundred dollars more, but you still don't get the lav, and you still don't get the nice carrying case and things like that.
And so I really think Deity knocked it out of the park with this, and their Mobile Wireless Kit for just $30 more, is very competitive, because you're getting everything you need if you're a smartphone creator, but if you're going to use a mirrorless or DSLR to capture your video, you could still use the same mic kit that comes in the mobile kit for that reason.
I love when brands think about the creator journey, because people like us invest in lighting and microphones and gear that lasts, especially with how fast things are being upgraded, but something like this will last you years and years. And if you just pay the upfront cost of 170 or $200, which I think is just super cool. So shout out to Deity for making this good Pocket Wireless, I would consider it the Rode Wireless GO killer.
Now I do want to make a notable mention that the Rode Wireless GO II has been released and does have incredible features like the ability to use this as a USB microphone. However, the road wireless GO II comes in at $300 and does have some features that might offset what you get with the Deity. The Rode Wireless GO II has two transmitters, but the Deity only has one. If you are interviewing with two people, you may need to find a better solution. But for the most case, the Deity is good enough, especially with such entry price.
By the way, if you want a budget alternative for Rode Wirless GO II, you can check out the Synco A2 G2 at $199.