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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

Testing & Results


Razer designed this headset with comfort in mind, and it definitely delivers on that front. The Carcharias, which sells for $79.99 (Newegg) offers many comfort-added perks, as well as some other bells and whistles. In this section, I'll inspect those features and offer my take on how they perform.


Headset Comfort

As many gamers know, frequently you wear your headset more than just about anything. I'm a fairly hardcore gamer, and frequently log 8 hours or more in EVE Online. Carcharias is light, and doesn't pressure the top of my head at all. I have an admittedly large head, and am sensitive to pinching, and I wear this headset almost as small as it will go. The 3 ¾ inch foam earpads were large, and very comfortable, even after hours of continuous wear. The covers allowed the cups to breathe and I had no perspiration issues. They are effective at canceling outside noise, however, they do let outside noise in a bit. I was very pleased with how the earpads sat on my ears, as I wear glasses and frequently find that headsets pinch my glasses into my head. I have not run into that issue with this headset. The microphone boom is adjustable, and it's easy to find the perfect position for the microphone.


Audio Performance

Carcharias uses 40 mm (1.6 in) drivers, which means there's a decently large range of frequency response available. Razer specifications indicate a low 20Hz bass and high 20,000Hz, and it delivers. I would have like to have a bit more from the bass at the lower end, but I believe that's more of a personal preference than an issue with the headset, ad it performed well at all ranges. Solid ranges, and not bad performance with music. According to Razer specs, the Carcharias offers a sensitivity of 102 dB (@1kHz), although most users won't raise the volume beyond 70 dB. The microphone has decent characteristics, with a range of 50-16,000Hz and a Signal-to-Noise ratio of 50 dB. Designed for an analog connection, the Carcharias is compatible with any 3.5 mm audio jack, which is still standard on modern motherboards.


The Carcharias is a very comfortable headset, without too many unnecessary bells and whistles. There are many different types of headsets out there, and this one probably would be best described as midrange in price. The inline volume control is standard on most headsets, as well as the microphone mute. The main selling point to me personally is that the headset fits my head, and doesn't pinch my glasses, and yet still offers good sound quality.



# 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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