Razer ManO’War 7.1 Review
The Razer ManO’War 7.1 is a wired headset that boasts cross platform compatibility with PC, Mac, Xbox One and PS4 – though the 7.1 in the name only applies to PC. Virtual surround sound is only available when this wired headset is connected to a PC.
The Man O’War 7.1 is one of the few Razer headsets offering truly stunning 7.1 surround sound. Boxed like any other Razer product, the box is adorned in green and black with the Razer logo on it, and a glossy photo of the Man O’War 7.1. Screaming ‘premium’, the box opens from the side and includes the traditional ‘Congratulations, there is no turning back’ certificate from company founder Min-Liang Tan.
With Xbox Play Anywhere, more and more of us are looking for a headset that we can use with both our consoles and our PCs – and the Razer ManO’War 7.1’s cross platform credentials make it a contender – with a caveat.
On PC, setup is straightforward. Connect the Razer Surround Digital USB adapter (a slimline Digital to Audio Converter – DAC) to a USB port on your PC, insert the 3.5mm audio cable into the corresponding jack in the USB adapter. Install the Razer Synapse software and away you go.
If you are using the headset on your console, just plug it straight into the audio jack on your controller. No further setup required.
The design of the ManO’War 7.1 is beautiful to look at and solidly constructed. With ‘Razer’ picked out across the top of the headband, this impressive headset weighs in at 332 grams, and features a closed ear cup design with plush circumaural padding. In use they’re light and comfortable.
The headset also features 50 mm custom-tuned drivers overall delivering a respectable frequency range and decent sound, and inline controls for adjusting the volume.
Razer’s parlour trick is a retractable microphone that disappears into the left earcup when not in use. The flexible boom means it’s easy to place the mic exactly where you need it, and it stays put.
Audio quality is good – great, in fact when connected to a PC. The virtual surround on offer is a clear step up from stereo, making it possible to pinpoint enemies’ locations in FPS games like Battlefield. But that brings us to our caveat – surround sound is only available on PC. Plugged in to your Xbox One controller, you’re limited to the standard compressed audio delivered by the console. It still sounds good – but there’s a marked difference from the PC surround sound experience.
For sheer convenience – and for players who use PC for most of their gaming with more casual time spent with the console, the Razer ManO’War 7.1 could be an ideal choice. But if you’re a console gamer, don’t pick up the ManO’War expecting flawless surround sound. You’ll be disappointed.
You can buy the Razer 7.1 ManO’War direct from Razer for £119.99.
- 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
- Frequency response: 100 – 10,000 Hz
- Signal-to-noise ratio: > 55 dB
- Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -42 ± 3 dB
- Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional
Works with PC / Mac with USB port; PlayStation ® 4 ; Xbox® One*
* Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter required for older controllers, sold separately
Razer supplied the Razer ManO’War Headset for the purposes of this review.
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