Saturday, 06 May 2017 23:54

REVIEW: RAZER ManO' War 7.1 Headset

Written by Staceface_Mayhem
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I’ll be brutally honest, technologically wise, I am vain. Vain in the fact that if it doesn’t look good I don’t want it even near my PC setup. So as of late, like a moth drawn to a flame, RAZER products have been my go to for most of my stylish but effective computer needs.

The ManO’ War wired 7.1 headset is a sleek, all black, quite large headset. Now normally I don’t mind black, it’s my favourite colour/shade after all, however in this case it was just too much. While I do know they make other editions of this headset, even boasting a unique but violently orange Overwatch tournament-edition and a limited green version, it was just a disappointment the base style has no memorable or defining visual features. From a distance, it could be any generic headset.

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However up close it is quite different. It has a thick, durable, plastic band with the word RAZER beautifully embossed into the pleather on the top. It has some padding under the band for comfort, however I would have liked to see a bit more, even it at least stretched to the edges, as a person that suffered chronic migraines, headsets tend to make my head ache quickly even on good days. I don’t know if it is just me, but I need the band with a bit of junk in the trunk.

It has rotatable large round ear cups, now generally I don’t use round, and this being my first time I didn’t not like them. There was comfort and they really covered and blocked out background sound, a very pleasing experience. Even more clever and totally a signature move of RAZER is the fact if you are not inclined to round, you can purchase oval cups that easily can be replaced on the frame, smart marketing. My only issue with the ear muffs is that they are rotatable and made of the same thick plastic, making them at times clunky, clumsy and cumbersome despite being incredibly light.

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Another genius design feature is the retractable and incredibly flexible mic. I have never seen this on a headset, unique, super cool. From the side of one ear you can pull it out to the actual length you desire. I forever have issues with mics, one set I’m mumbling because it’s too close, the next my friends tell me to bring it closer because it sounds like I’m in another state, yep my friends are complainers. Also, instead of getting my hair caught as I lift my mic out of my face on hinged versions of competitive brands, the RAZER ManO' War 7.1 can roll back up into the headset itself, and out of sight.

The threaded 1.5m extension cable was a surprising win, as for me it means less swearing as I roll around my long desk doing things without the flipping cables popping out of their jacks and getting rolled over and caught up in the wheels of the chair.

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Now you might think this sounds pathetic, but despite all these rad features, I couldn’t get over one thing…. Like I mentioned earlier, my vanity.  Why the heck would they take out their iconic, RAZER, Chroma lighting in the wired version of ALL their base headsets? It is what you are famous for! I didn’t want it to look like any other headset hanging with my others on the wall. Alas it did, and it was a disappointment and slight annoyance.

That gets the ascetics out of the way, now onto sound and oh boy is the sound worth talking about. Now it is clear this headset was mainly designed for PC use, despite being cross platforming and interestingly compatible with mobile, as the computer is where it really shines, and I mean fucking blindingly. It comes with a 7.1 surround digital USB adapter and let the virtual surround sound engine and 50mm drivers take over your senses. I generally don’t PC game a whole lot, but for old times sake, I tried a few games of LOL and having ‘Welcome to summon’s rift’ echo around my head sent shivers down my spine. I investigated more. Play music on youtube, the sound is clear and crisp, play Skyrim and the wind whistles around your imaginary body and play any shooters and you can literally feel the bullets whizz past one ear and out the other.

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As mentioned before it is compatible with consoles, and testing on the Xbox One meant having a 3.5mm audio jack or adapter to plug it into the controller. The sound was a tad tinny, but definitely not the worst I have heard from a headset, I quickly missed the awesome 360 degree surround sound abilities aimed at PC use.

Like most RAZER products it is compatible with their infamous computer program, RAZER SYNAPSE. Outlining again their legendary customisation, this allows you to calibrate and adjust your surround sound experience. This is fabulous for people like me who have thrashed their hearing for years, from the Walkman days to now with no signs of turning the volume down anytime soon, as I can now dictate where I want the sound to be coming from.

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To RAZER or not to RAZER, that is the question? If you want to take your PC gaming to the next level I highly recommend the ManO’ War wired 7.1 headset as the jaw dropping sound and design features immerse you in an incredible experience. Like the sides of a coin though, if you are a console user and want to spend a crisp $AU205, you’d probably opt out. In saying that the sleek style means there would be no way I wouldn’t be narcissistic enough to have them hanging gallantly amongst the rest. Whether it be the iconic RAZER glow or not, these guys have proven time and time again they know what the gaming community want and they certainly know how to give it.

TECH SPECS

Headphones

* Frequency response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
* Impedance: 32 Ω ¬ at 1 kHz
* Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 118dB
* Input power (Max): 30 mW
* Drivers: 50 mm, with Neodymium magnets
* Inner ear cup diameter: 60 mm / 2.36 in
* Connection type: 3.5mm Analog
* Approximate weight: 332 g / 0.73 lbs

Microphone

* Frequency response: 100 – 10,000 Hz
* Signal-to-noise ratio: > 55 dB
* Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -42 ± 3 dB
* Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, iOS, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Razer
  • Genre: Hardware