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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

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

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

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

Cons:

- Little too small of bass for me
- Not for those with small heads (pro for me, con for others)

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 8.00
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 8.75
  • Value: 7.50

Final Score: 8.55 out of 10.

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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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