Razer Carcharias Review
The Razer Carcharias is perfect for those who just want a headset that is a good value for the money.
Meet the Razer Carcharias, an entry-level headset that performs very well for what it would set you back in the cash department. While there are other headsets out there with a lot of fancy features and compatibilities, the Razer Carcharias is perfect for those who just want a headset that is a good value for the money, and doesn’t have a tradeoff.
Comfort Design & Features
Not portable, but it's uncomfortable and has a decent microphone.
While the Razer Carcharias have a somewhat stiff foam padding, the headset itself is light enough to rest softly on your skull. There are no overheating issues of note, and the band does not dig into your scalp. With no carrying case, a very cumbersome cord, and open backs, these are not suited to be ported around often, though you could probably get away with stuffing them in a very clean bag, but we’d suggest keeping these at home if you can.
The 9.84 foot long cable of the Razer Carcharias is wrapped in a cloth weave, and capped off with a 3.5mm headphone and 3.5mm microphone jack, both fairly robust. Also present on the cable is a remote that allows you to clip the cable to an article of clothing, turn the mic on or off, and adjust the volume of your headset.
On the side of the remote exists a volume control, allowing you to adjust the in-game volume on the fly. It's not a super-advanced feature that will instantly make you a better gamer, but it is definitely nice to be able to bypass having to change settings in an option screen to adjust the volume. The microphone boom is a single, solid piece of plastic which, while not malleable, will get the job done with good results. It can swivel around about 270°.
For a headset, the Razer Carcharias has some great sound quality.
The Razer Carcharias has a mostly even frequency response, outside of small ranges of extremely minor emphasis here and there. While this does mean that they're best suited for music-heavy games like RPGs, it also means that you won’t have to worry about loud booms or other noises completely dominating your experience. Between the left and right cups, there was some distortion, but no enough to notice unless your listening intently at an ear shattering volume.
However, you may need to turn up the volume: if there’s one downside to open-backed cans, or even semi open-backed cans, it’s the fact that they do not attenuate much sound at all. While there is a small range of high-end sound that the Razer Carcharias shuts out, you’re not going to notice it.
Good job, Razer!
Overall, the Razer Carcharias is about everything you could ask a gaming headset to be, and it doesn't break the bank. While many companies offer ultra-premium headsets for upwards of $150, the Razer Carcharias holds its own at a price point that's far more affordable. With good audio quality, a decent microphone, and a comfortable fit, the Razer Carcharias has a lot to offer for $80.
While it's not perfect, the problems with the Razer Carcharias are really very minor, and some arise due to the nature of the use of gaming headphones. For example, they should not be able to give you a competitive advantage over other people by boosting the sound of certain frequencies to detect footsteps or the like. This can be accomplished with an EQ, however.
Overall, if you just want a gaming headset, and don't want to fuss with anything terribly complicated, the Razer Carcharias is probably the headset for you. It's comfortable, performs well, and can hang with the best of them. Be sure to weigh all your options before buying, but this is a great budget pickup.
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