This microphone is the epitome of average. It'll perform its function and capture sound, but if you're in a noisy environment, it will capture all the background sound as well. I used this mic while doing some Rosetta Stone, but there were some noisy people behind me, and their laughter kept confusing the program. You gotta use this in a quiet place. The shape of it is like a long fountain pen. You can pivot the microphone around the base. It has a nice stand that allows it to stand up by itself. It has a green light when it's plugged in. It connects to your laptop so you don't have to charge it. It doesn't take batteries! Yes, it's a very average contraption.