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Razer Man O' War review: This pillowy headset is almost as mighty as its name

Hayden Dingman | Aug. 1, 2016
Razer gets most things right with the Man O' War.

For a long time, Razer has sort of been a one-headset company. Sure, you had the Tiamat for “real” 7.1 sound (more like “real gimmicky”) or the Blackshark for people who wanted to look like Vietnam-era helicopter pilots. But by and large it’s been variations of the Kraken design for the Cult of Razer.

Which makes the Man O’ War sort of exciting. It’s Razer’s first foray into wireless headsets, and it sports a brand-new design aesthetic.

It’s a looker

The Man O’ War (available on Amazon for $170) is sized to fit its name—this is a gigantic headset, thanks in part to an ultra-wide headband stamped with “Razer.” The ears are similarly chunky, with puffy leather padding reminiscent of the SteelSeries Siberia Elite line.

Razer Man O’ War

The Man O’ War comes packaged in 10 tons of fancy Razer packaging.

Despite its size, the Man O’ War is actually surprisingly lightweight, especially given its 12-hour-plus battery life. It’s actually the same weight as the Logitech G933 (about 0.85 pounds or 375 kilograms). And those puffy earcups are a joy, especially when you first put on the headset. They’re so soft and comfortable—like marshmallows pressed against your face. They do tend to compress the longer you wear the headset, but regardless, the Man O’ War is cozy. Much more so than the Kraken.

The Man O’ War also looks high-quality, borrowing the soft matte-black finish used on Razer’s top-tier mice, like the Mamba. Prepare to be impressed when you first open the box.

Unfortunately, the reality of the Man O’ War is a bit less elegant. The headset is lightweight because it’s built almost entirely from plastic, which makes it feel chintzy placed next to heftier counterparts like the HyperX Cloud, the Logitech G933, or even the SteelSeries Siberia Elite (with which the Man O’ War shares so many design cues).

That’s not the only issue: The Man O’ War also makes an awful rattly plastic noise when you pick it up. The ears creak when they swivel. And flexing the headband to put it on your head makes a sound I can only compare to a cartoon skeleton cracking his knuckles. Take from that what you will.

Sure, you won’t notice any of that once it’s on your head. It’s comfortable, and that’s what matters most. However, given the Man O’ War’s price, I expected something a bit more refined.

Creaky skeletons aside, Razer does nail some of the finer aspects of a wireless headset. The built-in controls are easy and obvious, and they’re also powerful compared to some of the competition. The bottom of the right ear sports a volume wheel, while the bottom of the left has the power button, charging port, and a second volume wheel dedicated solely to the microphone. That’s a rarity.


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