Razer ManO’War Wireless Headset Offers Strong Gaming Features – and Bad Marketing

Let’s take a look at another headset in our quest for the best gaming headset for Xbox One 360 PS4 and PC. As the wireless gaming headphone market grows increasingly large, it’s important to stand out as much as possible. Razer’s latest $170 ManO’War PC/PS4 headset tries to stand out with a lower price than many wireless surround sound headsets – and a battery life that lasts for “7 days of wireless gaming.”

The ManO’War succeeds…in part. The low-latency wireless with 7.1 virtual surround sound remains a winning combo in the gaming world, and certainly scores this PC/Ps4 headset a lot of points. The drivers are extra-large 50mm versions that focus on powerful sounds and while the circular earcups don’t make much of an impression, at least they don’t appear forced or uncomfortable. Audio controls on the headset allow you to adjust mic and volume or mute as needed.

This wireless gaming headset also follows another one of the latest trends, LED light details that you can customize with your own colors via the Razer Chroma software. It helps you look cool in front of your friends and you can program several different options, from a slow “breathing” look to a “static” look and more.

Is that enough to make this one of the best wireless gaming headsets of 2018? Not exactly – but let us explain more.

Razer ManO’War Headset
A solid if weighty-looking set of headphones with all the gaming features you could want (minus a few presets)

The mic uses a sound algorithm to improve voice clarity and keep your voice sounding natural. It’s also almost entirely retractable, which we’re big fans of here since it keeps the mic out of the way without you needing to unplug it.

However, now it’s time to talk about the other big marketing focus for the ManO’War – the battery that lasts for 7 days of wireless gaming. To be blunt, no: No, it does not. What it does do is last for 14 hours of wireless gaming. Razer went ahead and assumed that gamers willing to spend nearly $200 on a gaming headset would only play about two hours a day, which is where they pulled that full week from (well, one of the places).

So, come on Razer. We know the difference between a week and 14 hours – a very respectable battery life, by the way. This promotional line just sounds like lying, and we fear it may decrease interest in an otherwise impressive set of headphones.

Also Read: Best PS4 Headsets

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Tyler Lacoma

When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Northwest outdoors, you can find Tyler on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place.

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