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How can I plug my in-line stand-alone mic, into my Lenovo IdeaPad without audio jacks?

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  1. My dad's patients complain that they can't hear him clearly when he uses his laptop's built-in microphone, which produces echoes and makes him sound like he's underwater. Dad's Lenovo proffers just 1 3.5mm audio jack — see my green arrows below. But he already plugged his external speakers into it! Don't ask him to unplug his external speakers, because he needs them to hear patients clearly. His built-in speakers are too shoddy.

  1. Then how can he plug in his Zalman ZM-MIC1? He found least 5 stand-alone in-line microphones in our attic. Please don't instruct us to waste money and buy new microphones.

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No can do. (1 comment)
Today i'm going shopping... (3 comments)

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You are looking for a TRRS Headset Adapter

The Lenovo Y700 has a Combo Audio Jack designed for headsets that contain their own microphone. That means that the jack can handle both audio output and input at the same time.

There are different standards on how to make devices for this and the User Manual for the Y700 even states:

• The combo audio jack does not support conventional microphones.

• The recording function might not be supported if third-party headphones or headsets are connected, due to different industry standards

I personally own a Lenovo Legion Y740. That's not the same as your dad's Y700, but I suspect they would have the same technology for their Combo Audio Jack. I tested a TRRS Headset adapter on the Y740 to split the signals for the Combo Audio Jack into microphone and speaker and it worked.

UGREEN TRRS Headset Adapter

If you don't want to worry about TRRS and want something that will work for any computer, your best bet is to buy a USB Audio Adapter. These are easily found at your favorite online retailer for around $10 USD (the same as the headset adapter) and feature both a microphone and headphone jack. I use the one below myself for video conferencing sometimes.

Sabrent USB Audio Adapter

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He sees just 2 3.5mm audio jacks — see my green arrows. Correct?

No, clearly not. Since both holes are different sizes, at most one of them can be 3.5 mm.

It's hard to tell absolute sizes in your picture, but if any of the two holes is 3.5 mm, it would be the left one. The right hole looks too small.

If you have a microphone with a plug that fits into a hole that is marked as audio input, give it a try. It is quite unlikely that anything would get electrically damaged in that case. Make sure not to plug a microphone into an audio output port. That could damage the microphone.

If this doesn't work, consult the user manual for your laptop. Surely that tells you what kind of microphone, if any, the unit can accept. Then go out and get that kind of microphone. These things are cheap and available nowadays. It shouldn't cost more than a few cups of coffee.


But he already plugged his external speakers into it!

Then it's clearly an audio output, not an input. Microphones need to be plugged into inputs. The signals are coming from the microphone and going into the computer.

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Many computers don't have separate sockets for audio input/output and use the same one for both. (1 comment)
Thanks Olin! I just edited my post. Can you please re-read it? Does it change your answer? "It should... (2 comments)

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