The company known as Razer is almost synonymous with gaming peripherals, but looking through their stable of products you don't really find a wireless headset geared specifically towards the PC. Sure the Chimera Xbox 360 headset could be used with a PC by way of an optical cable, but they haven't haven't had anything fully featured and on the USB interface. Their latest ManO'War gaming headset changes that.


Razer Goes Wireless with New Non-Poisonous ManO'War Gaming Headset

The ManO'War is a PC oriented wireless gaming headset just recently released by Razer. The headset features custom-tuned 50 mm Neodymium magnet drivers that create a virtual 7.1 surround soundscape using the Razer Surround software engine. These drivers are housed in a circumaural design, featuring closed leatherette cushions that cover up and isolate your ears from outside noise.

But these aren't interesting due to their auditory capabilities. The big selling point for the ManO'War headset is its wireless functionality. The headset features multiple wireless antennae that operate in the 2.4GHz spectrum. Normally that would be a bad thing, since everything operates in that spectrum. The ManO'War uses frequency channel scanning to locate the clearest channel in the spectrum, and leverages an advanced coding algorithm to ensure the best lag-free performance. With the included USB receiver, it has a theoretical range of 39 feet, or 46 feet with the extension dock.

There's a few more features of the headset, including a retractable uni-directional mic and fully customizable LED setup. You can read about those in the press release below. As for pricing and availability, the Razer ManO'War wireless headset is available in the US now, and worldwide next month. It can be had for a MSRP of $169.99 USD or €199,99.

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ManO'War Headset Adds Wireless Freedom, Uninterrupted Play and 360-Degree Sound to Razer's Stable of Gaming Audio

All-new design promises extended battery life, zero lag, 7.1 surround sound, custom lighting and extra-large drivers for unfettered gaming domination

IRVINE, Calif. - Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the release of its new wireless gaming headset for PC, the Razer ManO'War. This latest addition to Razer's audio line offers high-fidelity, gaming-grade audio engineered with multiple wireless antennas, frequency channel scanning for locating the clearest channel and an advanced coding algorithm to ensure a high-performance, lag-free, 2.4 GHz wireless experience.

An ultra-compact wireless USB adapter provides plug-and-play connectivity from up to 39 feet. Alternately, users may opt to use the Razer ManO'War's optional extension dock for an even greater 46-foot range.

Immersive 7.1 channel virtual surround sound in the Razer ManO'War is supported by the Razer Surround software engine. Paired with the Razer ManO'War's custom tuned 50 mm Neodymium magnet drivers, Razer Surround makes virtual soundscapes come alive with 360-degree fidelity. The positional audio calibration feature helps to personalize the hearing experience to ensure players have the auditory cues they need get the jump on opponents, visible or otherwise. Closed-style, upgraded leatherette cushions cover a wearer's entire ear, enhancing noise isolation and comfort.

Concealed in the left ear cup of the Razer ManO'War is a unidirectional digital microphone boom that easily pulls-out when needed and can be adjusted to whatever position is desired. The microphone surpasses the capabilities of traditional analog microphones by way of an optimized algorithm for more natural sounding and crystal clear voice reproduction. Gamers may adjust mic and volume levels and mute via Quick Action Controls on the Razer ManO'War's ear cups. A mute LED indicator on the boom illuminates when mic mute is active.

Razer ensured the headset was prepared for long stretches of uninterrupted, unfettered enjoyment. Whether streaming, watching a movie or in a gaming marathon, it is able to give an impressive 14 hours of continuous wireless use on a single charge.

Finally, Razer Chroma™ lighting features built into the Razer ManO'War Chroma allow gamers to explore a practically limitless number of possible lighting profiles. With 16.8 million colors to choose from, custom color schemes can be programmed for the headset using Razer Synapse, or users may select from an array of preloaded lighting options. For gamers playing titles with in-game Chroma integration, the Razer ManO'War becomes an instrument for even deeper levels of immersive gameplay.

"The Razer ManO'War combines the perfect balance of wireless performance, comfort and durability in a gaming-grade headset," says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. "The freedom to play without wires, uninterrupted, with the comfort, sound quality and incredible battery life of this headset is more than exciting for gamers-it's critical."

Technical Specifications

Headphones:

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ω ­ at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 112 ± 3 dB
  • Input power: 30 mW (Max)
  • Drivers: 50 mm, with Neodymium magnets
  • Inner ear cup diameter: 60 mm / 2.36 in.
  • Connection type: Wireless USB Transceiver
  • Wireless range: 12 m / 40 ft.
  • Wireless frequency: 2.4 Ghz
  • Battery life: Up to 14 hours with Chroma lighting / 20 hours without Chroma lighting
  • Approximate weight: 375 g / 0.83 lbs.

Microphone:

  • Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: > 60 dB
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -38 ± 3 dB
  • Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional

System requirements:

  • PC / Mac with USB port; PlayStation® 4*
  • Windows® 10 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 7 / Windows® Vista / Mac OS X (10.9 and higher)
  • Internet connection for driver installation
  • At least 100 MB of free hard disk space

* Only Spectrum cycling lighting effect and 2.0 stereo audio output is available

Package contents:

  • Razer ManO’War Wireless Gaming Headset
  • USB charging cable
  • Wireless USB Transceiver
  • Extension dock

Price: USD 169.99 / EUR 199,99

Availability

USA: April 17, 2016 (Limited units available at BestBuy and Razerstore.com)
Worldwide: May 2016

For more information about the Razer ManO’War, please visit
www.razerzone.com/manowar

About Razer

Razer™ is a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers.

Razer is transforming the way people play games, engage with other gamers and identify with the gamer lifestyle. Having won the coveted “Best of CES” award consecutively for six years, the company’s leadership in product innovation continues to create new categories for the gaming community that is estimated to have over 1 billion gamers worldwide.

Razer’s award-winning design and technology include an array of user interface and systems devices, voice-over IP for gamers and a cloud platform for customizing and enhancing gaming devices.

Founded in 2005, Razer is backed by Intel Capital, IDG-Accel and Heliconia Capital Management (Heliconia), a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore investment company Temasek. For more information visit http://www.razerzone.com/about-razer.


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