Razer Man O’ War 7.1 wired review: Surrounded by sound

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Amazing

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When it comes to headsets I wouldn’t say I’m much of a connoisseur, but there are a number of things I look for. Naturally sound quality, comfort and flexibility rank pretty high, things which the Razer Man O’ War 7.1 has in spades.

Look at it go.

Transitioning from my old Logitech G930s to the Man O’ War 7.1 wired model was smoother than I expected. The G930s have been a staple bit of gear for me for some time now, but the weighty design and turbulent nature of wireless connections left me wanting more. So when the opportunity popped up to get a hold of the Man O’ War 7.1 set, I jumped on it.

Out the box the Man O’ War headset looks great, it has that distinct brooding Razer look, in this case all matte black. The biggest adjustment for me was the wired aspect, having been used to the freedom of wireless. But to be honest, I think I prefer it. Sure, I can’t walk to the fridge and still chat, but it doesn’t drop sound at the worst times, and that’s a clincher when it comes to playing competitive games with important audio cues.

A real ace up Razer’s sleeve is how easily their products work across multiple platforms. Switching between PS4, Xbox One and PC is no issue with the Man O’ War 7.1, with only a surround set up required on PC. Plugging in via USB dongle which includes sound card, or through a mic input, it’s as convenient to set up as devices come. To boot there’s a lead extender in the box, so if you need that little bit more room, Razer have your back.

Editor’s note: It’s almost impossible to caption this with anything cool.

For controls there is a switch on the lead which can be used to adjust volume or mute the mic, however as there is no lighting on the headset (such as a red light telling you you’re muted), you do need to manually check on occasion to see if you’re being ignored or silent. It’s not the worst issue, but considering most headsets these days do have such a feature, it took some time to get used to.

The sound quality is noticeably different from my old G930s, picking up more range and sounding great across a long list of games. Unsurprisingly considering the name, one of the best aspects is the 7.1 surround sound.

Most importantly for someone that plays games virtually all day, the set is incredibly comfortable due to its lightweight design and sleek padding.

My ears feel comfortable just looking at this.

The mic quality is sharp and clear, but the design of the mic itself is a little silly. It neatly tucks away into the set waiting to be extended, but as it’s all black and very malleable, it’s easy to accidentally twist the mic component away from you, muffling your voice a tad. Again, it’s not a deal breaker, but a little bit of that patented Razer green around the mic would be handy.

For those so inclined, here are the specs as stated on Razer’s site:

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

Good

  • Very comfortable
  • Great 7.1 surround
  • No hiss, which is a major tick
  • Look sexy AF

Bad

  • No lighting
  • Some distinction around the mic would be good

Summary

The Razer Man O War 7.1 headset does what all good gaming headsets should, provides great quality audio and not crush your neck with weight. With all round quality and excellent Razer adaptability, the set has found its place as a regular for me. Despite a couple of minor downsides, there's not much to criticise here at all, and that's just fine by us.

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Amazing

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