The Bottom Line
The Samson Q1U fits perfect in line with Samson's other recent offerings: low cost, useful, and high-quality recording gear, easily within reach of any studio's budget. With USB connectivity and the incredibly easy yet powerful SoftPre software, the Q1U would be a fantastic addition to any studio looking to record vocals or Podcasts. It doesn't sound like a $50 microphone; in fact, you'll be surprised just how good it sounds for what you paid.
It's not perfect: when you're applying high gain, you'll get some noise, but that's to be expected at this price point. Keep your gain where necessary, and you're fine.