|Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Ami Young|
|Tuesday, 18 September 2012|
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Headset Final Thoughts
Headsets, especially those designed with gamers in mind, are quite popular since more and more games feature VoIP technology. Most communities in games require some form of VoIP software, whether it's packaged within the game itself, or external such as TeamSpeak, Mumble, Ventrilo or Skype. Not everyone buys a headset for the purpose of gaming though.
Razer Carcharias Conclusion
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It's not easy to grade the appearance of a headset, as there are so many different types. The Carcharias has a unique aspect in the circular earpads, and although this could seem a throwback to older style (read pre-2000) headphones, they make the headset look less square and boxy. It's not over the top, nor is it plain, it's somewhere in the middle. The Carcharias has a solid construction, and feels like it would stand up to many years of use, short of crushing it. The padding all is very well attached, and the earpads are very secure in the headset, although they can be removed.
For a mid-range analog gaming-centric headset, the Carcharias has good sound quality. The drivers offer a decent frequency range, but I do feel it could use a little bit more bass. It offers a nice balance of mid-range sound for both voice communication and music. The microphone does pick up sound when poorly aimed, however you are much quieter than when the microphone is properly aligned. On the flip side though, the microphone does not pick up a lot of background noise, which is nice.
As of September, 2012, the Carcharias is available for $79.99 at Newegg. This is a little higher than most mid-range wired analog headsets, however for the comfort factor alone, I would happily spend this. Based on the product alone, Carcharias delivers more than most other headsets. In my opinion, I could justify the extra cost of the headset for the ability to wear it for 8 or more hours without getting a headache. This, however, could be subjective due to my glasses, shape of my head, and personal preference.
Pros:+ Comfort, comfort, comfort
+ Good Sound Quality
+ Noise-cancelling microphone works
- Little too small of bass for me
Final Score: 8.55 out of 10.
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