Razer has been around in the gaming peripherals’ space for many, many years now and they’ve perfected some of their products in the span that they’ve been in the industry. For example, their Razer Deathadder is still one of the best gaming mice in terms of performance and ergonomics. In fact, the Deathadder is still quite popular today and it already has plenty of improvements through the years.
Razer has also released a number of notable audio products such as their famous Razer Kraken line of gaming headsets. The company is always keen on improving their products because as their tagline states, “for gamers, by gamers”.
Today, I am going to be talking about their latest audio product called the Razer ManO’War. This is a 7.1 surround sound wireless gaming headset and we will see if this product is one of the company’s best.
+Impressive Battery life
+Pretty good wireless range and performance
+Great Sound quality
+Great 7.1 Surround Sound implementation
-Build Quality is subpar
-Microphone could be better
Razer ManO’War Review – The Design
The Razer ManO’War is big. It has a bigger form factor than other gaming headsets on the market. But, despite its bigger stature, this gaming headset is actually one of the most comfortable.
It has two oversized leatherette ear pads that provide superior comfort. And, despite its material, Razer has done something that allows your ears to breathe from time to time, so that you will not experience that burning sensation when wearing the headset for hours of gaming.
This headset is predominantly made of plastic with some metal components on the side. On the top of the headset lies the company’s brand name and it also has a leather padding on the underside to provide a nice cushion for your head.
Well, one thing I can say about the headset is that it is a bit flimsy, especially the headband. Always be careful not to drop this headset because I feel that it might break from just one drop. Anyway, it has a retractable microphone on the left side of the headset that you can easily slide in and out. There are also two Razer logos on each of the can. Both of these logos will illuminate. More on this later.
Razer is never shy of including plenty of features on their gaming peripherals and the Razer Mano’War is no different. Before anything else, you may want to download the Razer Synapse software as most of the tweaking will be done from within the software. Also, take note that you will need to sign up for an account and log it in the Synapse software before you can use it. It is actually a good thing considering that all of your settings will be saved on your account.
Anyway, one of Razer Mano’War’s greatest features is its 7.1 Surround sound. You can actually calibrate the surround sound output of the headset by going to the Synapse software and tweaking it to your preference. You can adjust it so that you can hear more from the front as opposed to having a balanced surround sound. Their implementation is actually pretty good as far as positional audio is concerned.
Next is the voice clarity and bass boost features. The Voice clarity slightly improves the microphone’s input while the Bass Boost adds a bit more bass if you want. Since this gaming headset is part of their “Chroma” lineup, the Razer Mano’War comes with the company’s RGB lighting.
As previously mentioned, the two Razer logos on either of cans will illuminate. You can adjust the manner of illumination from within the Synapse software.
The Razer Mano’War is one of the best wireless gaming headsets on the market according to prominent reviewers and people from popular retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy.
It uses the 2.4GHz Wireless connectivity and it uses its USB dongle which is conveniently hidden in one of the cans. It has an effective range of up to 40 feet and you can further improve that range because it comes with a 2-meter USB dock. Just place the dongle on the dock if you want to increase its range.
Now, the Razer Mano’War can be used on both the Playstation 4 and the PC. However, the 7.1 Surround sound can only be further tweaked on the PC. So for Playstation 4 users, you’re just going to have to deal with what you have.
In terms of battery life, the Razer Mano’War can last up to 14 hours with the Chroma lighting enabled and it can last up to 20 hours without the said lighting feature.
Razer has been notorious for overpowering the bass output of their previous headsets. It seems that the company has learned from their past mistakes as they’ve actually created a well-rounded gaming headset.
In terms of audio quality, the Razer Mano’War actually has a warm sound signature. This means that the mids and the highs are pronounced and the bass doesn’t overpower them.
Now, there are some people who would want more bass and that is where the Bass Boost feature comes in. You can further increase the bass output of the headset by tweaking this setting, although you have to note that users report having a lot of that bass boost actually muddies the quality of the sound. So use it wisely.
I am actually impressed with the sound quality of the gaming headset. Razer has indeed learned from gamers and they’ve provided possibly their best sounding gaming headset to date.
The microphone of the Razer Mano’War is pretty decent. As mentioned earlier, the headset comes with a retractable microphone that does a good job of blocking out external noise.
When it comes to its sound quality and when you do not have the voice clarity feature turned on, its input is decent. Your voice is going to be clear on the other end, but it does sound a bit distorted.
Some people report that the microphone quality is a bit muffled, but otherwise, the microphone on the Razer Mano’War is good for most use-case scenarios.
|Frequency Response||20Hz- 20KHZ|
|Drivers||50mm Neodymium Drivers|
|Input Power||30 mW at Maximum|
|Connection Type||Wireless USB Transceiver|
|Wireless Frequency||2.4 GHz|
|Wireless Range||40 feet|
|Battery Life||14 hours/20 hours (with and without Chroma lighting)|
|Inner Ear cup diameter||60mm|
|Frequency Response||100- 6.5 KHz|
|SnR Ratio||60 dB|
The Razer Mano’War is probably the company’s best-sounding gaming headset to date. They’ve made this a good all-around headset that is not only great for gaming, but also for music listening and for movies as well.
It’s got a pretty good battery life, a USB dongle, comfortable design, Chroma lighting, and a robust companion software. The only things I do not like about this headset are its price and its build quality. The Razer Mano’War is priced at $168 which is a bit expensive for a gaming headset. But, the major bummer here is the build quality. It is built with mostly plastic with some metal components on the side. Just please, make sure that you do not drop this headset because it is that flimsy.
Otherwise, the Razer Mano’War is a pretty good headset for the price. It has a much-improved sound quality overall and a robust feature set.