Razer ManO’Struggle 7.1 Headset Evaluation

The Razer ManO’War originally came out in 2016 as a premium wireless headset for gamers. It has LED lighting and virtual 7.1 surround sound. This year, Razer released a new version of the ManO & War that eliminates wireless connectivity and reduces the same technology at a lower price.

At $ 120, the ManO’War Wired is in the same price range as other premium wired headsets like the HyperX Cloud Revolver and Logitech G633. If you don't need a wireless connection that adds an additional $ 50 to the price, this may be a good option, even if competition in the gaming headset market is tough.

The ManO’War Wired Edition uses largely the same design as the wireless version. The volume controls and microphone mute buttons have moved from the ear cups themselves to a small dongle on the cable, making them easy to reach during your gaming sessions. The volume control wheel is smooth and the control dongle is small and less cumbersome than some competing headsets.

The cable wired to ManO & Warts also provides RGB lighting on each ear cup. Instead, the Razer logo is a subtle black outline on the matte plastic ear cups that prevents the headset from looking fancy. There is also a green version in "Limited Edition", in which the black logo is replaced by Razer's characteristic acid green.

I'm not a fan of ManO’War's general design. This headset is huge, especially the huge round ear cups with plenty of padding and large plastic edging. It is nearing the point of being cumbersome, and it is certainly much larger than neatly designed headsets like the Cloud Revolver.

Sometimes it felt a bit ridiculous to have something that big on my head, but I can imagine some players will appreciate the massive, circular design used here. In fact, two other Catrachadas authors particularly liked the Razer's circular padded design.

Except for the padded sections, the entire ManO & # 39; War is essentially plastic. Some areas are matte, some are glossy, and there is even a textured area made of synthetic leather, but all are made of black plastic. This made the ManO & # 39; wasn't particularly high quality, especially compared to other headsets that use some metal segments.

The ManO & War has three articulation areas. The headset frame is wrapped around each ear cup and attached at two points so that the ear cups can easily turn up and down to better fit your ears. Each ear cup holder is adjustable in height and also rotates in a horizontal axis. As a result, the headset fits relatively well with a variety of heads.

One thing that I worry about when it comes to all-plastic construction is the stiffness of these pivot points and the entire headset. The head strap is very flexible and some of these adjustable points don't feel particularly solid. The pad section on the headband, which is the main point of contact with your head, is only attached to the rest of the headset with four small plastic elements. Judging from reports by people who bought both the wired and wireless versions of the ManO & War through Amazon, some of these sections are prone to breakage, which is disappointing for a headset that costs more than $ 100 is.

The padding of the ManO & # 39; War consists of a small amount of foam on the headband and a large amount of foam around the ear cups, each of which is covered with leather-like material. The ManO & # 39; Was quite comfortable, but I would like to see more padding around the headband to support it more comfortably.

The HyperX Cloud Revolver, for example, uses a lot of padding around the headband and a suspension system that makes it more comfortable to wear over long periods of time.

Still, using the ManO & # 39; Wasn't head fatigue for a long gaming session, although wearing it around the ears got a little warm due to the substantial padding around the ears. The sound insulation through the over-ear design is fine. However, if you use the headset in a noisy environment, the foam padding won't likely block everything unless you are emitting audio yourself. This is typical of most over-ear headsets without active noise cancellation, a feature that is practically never found at this price.

Although I was not very impressed with the structure of the ManO & # 39; Was, the sound quality is very good. I would not classify myself as "audiophile", but I appreciate the balanced audio of this headset. Not a single area of ​​the sound profile seemed overwhelming, and I appreciated the amount of bass. Some gaming headsets take bass to the max for ridiculous explosions, but this wasn't a problem with the ManO & # 39 ;.

One of the better aspects for the audio quality of the ManO & War is the lack of painful distortion at high volumes. Some headsets press accented vocals or penetrating high tones when you set the volume to maximum. However, this is less common with the ManO & # 39; than usual. There is still some distortion when you turn up the volume, although the headset generally works very well here.

The audio quality appears to be slightly better than the HyperX Cloud Revolver, although both headsets offer excellent audio quality. Razer also offers an equalizer in its Synapse software, with which you can easily adjust the sound profile according to your wishes. With a few minor changes, you can make this headset sound even better than the "flat" profile.

One of the main functions of the ManO’War is the virtual 7.1 surround sound, which is provided by the supplied USB dongle. Typically, the headset connects to your PC or device using a standard 3.5mm TRRS connector. However, this connection can be plugged into the USB dongle to support the surround. After the dongle has been connected to your PC, the ManO’War is displayed as an eight-channel sound device for games and applications.

Razer's 7.1 surround sound implementation is superior to a number of other solutions I've tried, especially after you calibrated the headset with the utility in Synapse. When each channel is set up for the best directionality, the ManO & # 39; War is a surprisingly good surround sound experience for headphones.

The sounds moving from the sides to the front are excellent, and although the rear audio channels sometimes still feel like they are above my head and not behind me, overall I was impressed with the headset in this regard.

One of the great advantages of the Razer solution is that when you switch from a stereo to a surround sound output, the sound quality is not affected. This means that you don't have to keep turning the surround sound mode on and off, which can be annoying with other headsets because the “surround mode” tends to make music sound like garbage.

In fact, there was no surround mode on the ManO & # 39; Was: when the USB dongle is used, the headset is prepared for surround audio and you cannot disable surround sound processing. Since this headset sounds great under all conditions with activated surround processing, this is not a problem. If you really want to deactivate the function, you can connect the headset to your PC using the 3.5 mm plug.

The microphone included with the ManO’War is retractable so you can tuck it away in the headset when you don’t need it. The quality of the microphone is great and offers clear and crisp vocals, although it's only suitable for in-game chat and video calls. If you were planning to use the headset for podcasts or similar tasks, the strong noise reduction, compression, and poor playback at the bottom may not produce the audio quality you want.

The Razer ManO & # 39; War Wired Edition shines in audio quality, and it's nice that you get the same audio experience as the wireless version for less money.

Even the virtual 7.1 surround sound is decent, which is surprising given what I've seen in the past. However, the build quality of the headset is questionable and the massive design is definitely not for everyone.

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If you just want excellent sound quality, the ManO & War at $ 120 is a good choice. However, if you want a rounder and more convenient package, maybe I would switch to the HyperX Cloud Revolver instead.

Advantages: Great audio quality. Surprisingly decent virtual 7.1 surround sound with a practical calibration program. Clear, clear microphone. Save $ 50 with Wired.

Disadvantage: The headset is solid and of questionable build quality: I want something more robust and "premium" for the price.

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