Tech Specs

Headphones

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ω at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 112 ± 3 dB
  • Input power: 30 mW (Max)
  • Drivers: 50 mm, with Neodymium magnets
  • Inner ear cup diameter: 60 mm / 2.36 in
  • Connection type: Wireless USB Transceiver
  • Wireless range: 12 m / 40 ft
  • Wireless frequency: 2.4 Ghz
  • Battery life: Up to 14 hours with Razer Chroma lighting / 20 hours without Razer Chroma lighting
  • Approximate weight: 375 g / 0.83 lbs

Microphone

  • Frequency response: 100 – 6.5 kHz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: > 60 dB
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -38 ± 3 dB
  • Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional


The Man O’War Headset (for the sake of the review, the ‘War’) is a 7.1 surround sound wireless headset with a battery live of around 14 hours, 20 if you turn off Chroma lighting which I advise right from the get go (Really, who has a mirror pointing at them at all times to see the lighting in the first place?) and houses large 50mm drivers in a stylish design with comfort in mind that both PC and PS4 players can enjoy (No idea on Xbox One. Haven’t tested it for that as I lack the console, sorry Xbox fans!)

The War is built with gamers in mind and it’s wireless capabilities and ease of use is a plus to any and all buyers looking for a great wireless headset for multiple uses. But does it hit all the bars? Or fall short at the final hurdle? Let us discuss.

Design

The War is too large to put in words, placing it over even my large head resulted in an awkward feeling, it felt disjointed for me but results may differ, regardless, to give a short answer, it is big. That isn’t to say the headset isn’t comfortable, it fits it's used and what it is meant for, more home use then practical on the day use with only a USB connection required.
The War also comes with a neat feature, allowing you to turn the headset pieces onto their side to rest them on your person when not using or wearing the headset to its full advantage, sadly, this is not the most comfortable of designs due to the thickness of the headband and ear pads and I find I usually place it to one side instead of keeping it on my person when not in use.

It is all black like the majority of Razer-designed gear with the standard Chroma lights beaming up either side of the headset with the Razer logo for all to see. It is nice to see these chroma colours used in a subtle way that doesn’t act as one of the main selling points. It is there and it is good to have, but unless you have a mirror around your set-up, you won’t be seeing it anytime soon.

The Testing Phase.

You guys want the short Version? Audio Great, Microphone Poor. But I guess that isn’t why you are here. Let me get into more detail.


The audio quality is very good from what I discovered through the testing phase, you plug in the USB that inside of the headset and off you go, playing music wherever you work (so long as you keep in the 10-12m range of the USB of course) or you can use the 2m extension cable for the USB that comes including in box to set the connection up wherever is best for you.

The overall surround sound is fantastic and being able to adjust it on a whim is a great addition for those looking to personalise their experience. This means that any problems you do find with the audio are easily adjustable and fixable in the long term, depending on what you will be using the headset for.

It all comes down to that 7.1 audio that the war has, every little bit of detail and sound quality is noticeable which makes it a shame that it is for PC and PS4 only, won’t fight people using this headset for their phones.

The Microphone, though, at least for me, left me wanting more. The retractable microphone is always a nice touch and easy to use with a red light indicator acting as your mute and un-mute notification.

Static in the background, hardly any good feedback and from what my colleagues told me, quiet very subtle differences between the War and the Kraken Pro made me unbearable to hear at times, though, from what I have been told, this might just be a personal issue as many who have had the War before have claimed the audio and vocals do come across clearly with plenty of volumes, so I am putting this down to a personal issue with the headset I was reviewing, not the overall experience being offered.


What else?


The portable device with an attractive price point will turn a few heads. You’ll find enough adjustments to suit all your needs and find the headset very flexible for the most part. It is convenient, only having to plug in and go, no pre-installed software other then Razers Synapse which is built into the headset anyway and all together, easy to use wherever you will go with it.

In short, it can fit the needs of everyone and anyone with its surround sound capabilities and is rich in features to immerse yourself. There is no way to use is analogue but that is fine, however, it would be nice to have some form of the adapter if you wanted to use it in that way. So all in all, a solid headset that hits all the marks!


TL: DR Pros and Cons

+Comfort
+Audio Quality
+Strong Wireless reception
+Retractable Microphone

-Bulky
-Microphone quality

 

With all that in mind, the War gets a final rating of…

 

85/100

 

Design: 16/20

Features: 19/20

Testing: 15/20

Comfort: 16/20

Price: 19/20

 

Adam Newell is a journalist for Gamurs/Goldper10 and can be contacted in ways displayed below. If you have any tips or want anything covered, be sure to let us know:

Email: adam.newell10@outlook.com

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Image Credits: Razer

For more details about the mouse and where to buy it for yourself, check it out here: http://bit.ly/2lFdYHJ

 


by Adam Newell, on 2017-02-12, in #Article
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