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Written by Ami Young   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset
Closer Look: Carcharias
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Carcharias

Razer's Carcharias is a wired analog headset that sells for $79.99 (Newegg). Designed to fill many roles, including gaming, Carcharias offers a comfortable fit, good audio quality, and an effective noise-canceling microphone.

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The headband of the Carcharias is made from matte black plastic, and Razer included a heavy, shaped pad for comfort. The headband expands a full two inches, and is generously proportioned to begin with. This adds to the comfort of the headset by allowing you to get a perfect fit.

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Razer provides an in-line volume control as well as microphone on/off functionality. The volume control does work independently of your computer audio, so set one and leave it to avoid confusion. The noise-filtering microphone works well, and has a flexible midsection to bend the microphone to whatever position you like.

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Very soft earpads that measure 3 ¾ inches wide from outside edge to outside edge, and 2 ¼ inches wide from inside edge to inside edge, feature a combed cotton cover for added comfort. The idea behind these circle shaped earpads is to provide maximum comfort for the user, to allow you to wear your headset longer without the common irritation they provide.



 

Comments 

 
# Removeable EarpadsBruce 2012-09-19 20:32
Just wondering how easy it is to remove and replace the earpads. They tend to wear out on me, and I end up replacing them a couple times before I'm tempted by a new set of phones.... {%^D
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# Removeable EarpadsAmi Young 2012-09-20 04:53
They remove and replace fairly easily, but they won't just slide off and on. Requires a little fiddling. The earpads on that seem fairly durable as well.
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# Longevity/UseSteven Moeller 2012-10-04 14:53
I've heard extremely good things about RAZER hardware, about function and precision and that sort of thing, and I've heard extremely bad things about RAZER longevity, and for every product type, as well. The only conclusive thing I've determined, from both those that like their products, and those that don't, is that they never seem to last long. Some of the worst PC hardware horror stories I've heard have been about RAZER products, including one about a NAGA coming apart in my friends hands as he played. This guy treated his hardware more gently than his toddler. I'm left wondering if this is a quality control issue? What are your thoughts, Ami?
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# Longevity/UseAmi Young 2012-10-06 07:30
So far, they seem to have held up well. I'm not a very gentle person with my hardware, and they've put up with my abuse. I wear them around 8 hours a day, every day, and nothing's been shaky on them. I've heard of experiences with Razer products in the past, but so far, so good for me. They've been dropped and pulled off my head semi-violently (I stood on the cord), and nothing's moving in the connections and the headset itself is showing no damage.
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# Longevity/UseLuke 2012-11-14 17:55
I'm thinking about buying this headset because I really like razer products. I use a DeathAdder 3.5G and it looks very sturdy, not just like it's going to break soon. Considering that the Genius gaming mouse I had before (yea, Genius is bull#) broke in less than one year in my hands, this Razer mouse is doing pretty well.
I'd say that, if the headset is as good as the DeathAdder, I'll have no regrets.
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# RE: Longevity/UseAmi Young 2012-11-14 18:09
So far, so good. I've had it for a couple months, still find it comfortable and I've pitched it at the floor in a fit of MMO rage a few times.
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# RE: RE: Longevity/UseJacob 2012-12-27 22:48
I have had the same experience as Ami. The only downside to them I found what that the microphone is not resistant to dogs and the connecter is bent really easy when the cat knocks your laptop off the counter onto the connecter that's in the computer. Other than that there is no microphone and I have to fiddle the connecter, they still work amazingly well.
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# RE: Longevity/UseLasse Hauberg 2012-11-29 07:01
I've been having a these for almost 3 years now, and i'm only just starting to think of replacing them. They have never bailed out on me, nor has the quality ever dropped in them.
I can only recommend them.
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