The Razer Man O War is an above-average sounding gaming headset. These headphones are a bit bulky and plasticky, especially when compared to the Kraken Pro V2. They're not the most comfortable headphones, but their low latency and great mic make them a suitable option for gaming. They should also be good for watching movies but won't be versatile enough for more casual everyday use like commuting or sports.
The Razer Man O War 7.1 are decently comfortable headphones with a tight fit that will prevent them from falling off your head during your gaming sessions. They're decently well-made, but not as sturdy as some of the other, gaming headsets, within their price range. Their plastic build quality slightly reduces their appeal and overall durability. They're also bulky and cumbersome to carry around, and the tight fit may get uncomfortable during long gaming sessions.
The Razer ManOWar are a little bulky but look decently well made. They mix a matte and glossy finish to give a more high-end appeal to the overall build. The headband looks a bit futuristic thanks to the intricate padding design that looks good but won't be ideal for durability. The ear cups are dense, thick and amply padded which further adds to the gaming aesthetic. We purchased the all-black variation, but they have a much flashier green if you want your headphones to stand out a bit more.
The Razer ManOWar Wireless are decently comfortable headphones with thick pads and large ear cups that fit well around most listeners' ears. However, they are a bit tight out of the box. That and their relatively low breathability means they won't be the most comfortable headphones to wear during long gaming sessions.
The Razer ManO War have a mediocre control scheme when compared to more multi-purpose and casual use headphones. Their control scheme allows you to control the volume and microphone levels and that's pretty much it. While this is enough for most gaming applications, it still feels a little lacking. On the upside, the volume and microphone dials are easy-to-use and fairly responsive.
The Razer ManO War make your ears fairly hot after wearing them for a while. They're a bit less breathable than typical closed back over-ear design since they're a little tight on the head and have thick leather pads that block a lot of airflow. This means you may need to take a couple of breaks during long listening/gaming sessions and they will not be suitable for exercising or more high-intensity activities.
The Razer Man O War wireless headphones have a limited portability since they need to be within the range of the USB transmitter for them to work. They're also fairly large and do not fold into a more compact format so they would be cumbersome to carry around even if they weren't limited by range. On the upside, the USB transmitter is easy to carry around with a dedicated slot on the right ear cup, which makes them somewhat more portable than headphones that require a big transmitter stand like some of the other gaming or the home theater models. If portability is important for you, you might want to opt for an hybrid base/Bluetooth model instead, like the Turtle Beach Elite 800.
The build quality of the Razer Man O War is average. It's moderately sturdy, but it is primarily made out of plastic. The ear cups feel dense, and the plastic used in their build quality is decently high-grade. Unfortunately, the headband and joints are not as durable. The headband is thin and somewhat hollow which keeps the overall design relatively lightweight but isn't as flexible as some of the other headphones we've tested. The headband will break much easier than models with a reinforced metal frame.
These headphones are above-average stable thanks to their tight fit on most heads and their wireless design. They will rarely slip off your ears during casual listening or gaming sessions. However, their bulky design means they won't be suitable to wear for more intense physical activities. They're not sports headphones and aren't designed for that use case so they will fall if you use them while running or working out.
The Razer Man O' War is a decent closed-back over-ear gaming headset. These headphones have a deep, consistent, and powerful bass, a very good and even mid-range, and a decent treble. However, their bass is noticeably heavy overpowering, their mid-range sounds a bit muddy and cluttered especially on vocals, and their treble lack presence and detail. This makes them a good choice for those who prefer a hyped bass, but they won't be great for vocal-centric genres and like most other headphones, don't have a speaker-like soundstage.
The bass of the Man O War is good. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 19Hz, which is excellent. Also, low-bass, responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy music and video game effects is over our target by more than 1dB. However, mid-bass and high-bass are consistently over our target by more than 4dB, making the overall sound of these headphones boomy and muddy.
The mid-range is very good. The response is virtually flat, but with a 10dB tilt favoring lower frequencies. This makes their mid-range bit cluttered and thick, and pushes vocals/leads slightly to the back of the mix.
The treble performance is decent. Low-treble is flat and relatively even, underemphasized consistently by more than 4dB, negatively affecting the detail and articulation of vocals/leads. Mid-treble is also slightly lacking, but it won't be very noticeable. Also, their treble delivery varies noticeably across users. The response here represents the average response and your experience may vary.
The Razer ManOWar Wireless have a mediocre consistency performance. The bass delivery is quite good and consistent. However, there can be large variances in their high-frequency delivery across different users and positions, most likely due to their ear cup design.
The imaging performance of the Man O War is great. Weighted group delay is at 0.32, which is quite good. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-matched in amplitude, frequency and phase. This is important for the accurate localization and placement of object (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo field.
The Razer ManOWar Wireless have an average soundstage. The PRTF graph shows a good amount of activation and interaction with the pinna, however, the accuracy of the activation is low. Alos, there is not a notch present in the 10KHz area. This and the closed-back design suggest a soundstage that is located inside the listener's head, and not very speaker-like.
The harmonic distortion performance is good. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is within good limits, however, the decrease in mid-range distortion at 100dB SPL could be due to self-noise. Additionally, the peak at 2KHz could make mid-treble of these headphones slightly harsh sounding.
The Razer ManOWar do not block a lot of noise. Like most of the gaming headsets we've reviewed so far, they only passively prevent noise from seeping into your audio. This makes them poorly suited for very loud environments, especially in an area with a lot of low-frequency noise. They should be okay if you game alone or in a relatively quiet environment but at a competition, you will hear most of the ambient noise and chatter in your vicinity. On the upside, they do not leak much at average volume levels.
The isolation performance is sub-par. These over-ear headphones don't have active noise cancellation (ANC), and therefore do not isolate in the bass range. This means they will let in all the rumble of airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by 6dB, which is inadequate. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, they achieve 28dB of isolation, which is above-average.
The leakage performance is decent. The significant portion of the leakage is spread between 400Hz and 5KHz, which is a broad range. This makes the leakage relatively full sounding, compared to that of in-ears and earbuds. However, the overall level of the leakage is not very loud. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away, averages at about 41dB SPL while peaking at 50dB SPL, which is about the same as the noise floor of most offices.
The Razer ManOWar Wireless have a good boom microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded with this mic will sound full, clear and easily intelligible. However, it may lack a little bit in airiness and brilliance. In noisy environments, it does a good job of separating speech from background noise and would be suitable for most use cases, even loud places like a subway station or gaming competition.
The microphone of the Razer Man O War has a good recording quality. LFE is at 95Hz which is excellent, this results in a recorded or transmitted speech that sounds full-bodied. However, the HFE of 6.5KHz is slightly low, which means speech will lack some air and brilliance. The area between LFE and HFE is virtually flat flawless, resulting in a natural speech.
The noise handling of the Man O' War's boom microphone is good. It achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 26dB in our SpNR test. This means it'll be able to fully separate speech from ambient noise to a good degree, even in loud environments.
The Razer Man O' War 7.1 headphones have a good wireless range and a relatively low latency performance that is suitable for gaming and watching videos. They also support the Razer Synapse Software which offers a lot of features and customization options. They have a decent all-day battery life but a take a bit of time to charge. On the upside, you can use them while they're charging.
The Razer ManOWar Wireless have a long battery life that should be more than enough for most gaming sessions. Unfortunately, they take quite a while to charge and while they have a decent auto-off feature, it's only when the transmitter is completely disconnected or without power. So if you leave your Xbox or PS4 on most of the time, they will not switch off.
The Razer Synapse delivers a good suite of features with the Man O War headset. They have a great parametric equalizer with presets. They offer a good amount of control over the mic from clarity options to mic sensitivity levels. You can even change the color of the headphone lights. An auto-off timer would have been a great addition to the Razer Synapse software but overall it's efficient easy-to-use and offers a lot of customization options.
The Razer Man O' War 7.1 come with a simple USB dongle that is compatible with the PS4 and PCs but not the Xbox One. It doesn't offer any other connection option and they have no wired option so you won't be able to use them with your Xbox One controller. They're also not Bluetooth headphones like some of the other gaming headsets we've tested and unlike the Turtle Beach Stealth 700, they do not have an optical input in their dongle. On the upside, they have a good wireless range so you can comfortably game from your couch and they have low enough latency to be suitable for gaming and watching movies.
The Razer Man O War are not Bluetooth compatible. If you want a gaming headset with Bluetooth support, check out the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.
These headphones do not come with an audio cable that you can use with your console controllers, unlike some other gaming headset like the SteelSeries Arctis 7. They also will not be compatible with mobile devices.
The Razer ManoWar Wireless come with a USB dongle that has no additional input options. The dongle is compatible with the PCs and the PS4 but not the Xbox One.
The Razer ManO War have a dedicated USB transmitter that broadcasts at 2.4 GHz and has a range of about 36ft indoors (which is just above-average), and 104ft in direct line-of-sight, which is slightly lower than typical Bluetooth headphones. On the upside, they come with a 6.7ft USB extension cord that gives a bit more range which is especially useful indoors. They also connect quickly with the USB transmitter with no pairing procedure which makes them rather easy-to-use.
The Razer ManO War only have 52ms of latency. This makes them a suitable option for gaming and even watching movies, as 50ms and below is barely noticeable for most users.
The Razer ManO War are a decent sounding headset with a customizable sound and a great mic. They're above average comfortable, although they tend to be a bit tight on the head and not the most breathable headset. They also have a good battery life with a decent wireless range and low latency for gaming and watching movies. Unfortunately, their build quality is not as good as some of the cheaper options compared below and they do not have as many connection options so they won't be the best headset for gaming on your consoles.
The Astro A50 are one of the better gaming headsets that we've reviewed provided you get the dock for the right console. They have a lot more input options compared to the Razer Man O War thanks to their great dock. They also sound better and are a lot more comfortable. The convenient dock of the A50 and great features make them an excellent choice for gaming, but they are considerably more expensive than the ManOWar Wireless.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a versatile gaming headset that can also be used wired as casual headphones. They have a lot more connectivity options than the Razer ManOWar and they have a much sturdier build quality. Also since they have a wired option, you can use them with both the PS4 and the Xbox One when plugged into the controllers, which makes the Man O'War feel a bit limited since they will not work with your Xbox One. They're a better gaming headset overall and they're a bit better suited for a wide range of use cases.
The Razer Kraken Pro 2 is a sturdier gaming headset than the ManO War. These headphones have a slightly better microphone performance. They won't be as convenient as the ManOWar Wireless for gaming since they are wired and do not have a 1/8"TRS connection to plug into your console controllers. On the upside, they have negligible latency since they're wired and they have a decent, bass-heavy sound. Also since they are wired, they do not require a battery so you can have long gaming marathons on your PC. If you primarily game on your PS4, the Man o' War would be the better option, but the sturdier build and cheaper price of the Kraken Pro 2 make them a better alternative for PC since you can also customize them with the Razer Synapses software.
The Corsair Void RGB are a more comfortable and breathable alternative to the Man O'War 7.1. Their dongle also works on PS4 but not on Xbox One and they have a good sound that you can customize with the Corsair Utility Engine. Unfortunately, they do not have the most durable build quality and the Utility Engine does not offer as many customization options as the Razer Synapse software. They also have a shorter battery life but overall they're a good alternative with a fairly similar performance to the Razer headphones. If you have the budget, get the Man O'War instead since they are slightly better in most categories but for the price, the Corsair Void are a good choice for gaming, especially if you primarily game on PC.