A feature on the ear cups is the ability to independently control the volume for the headset and the microphone. These controls are great as they mean you don’t need to alt-tab out of game to adjust any volumes, for example if any teammates can’t hear you or you can’t hear the footsteps of your enemies in game.
Now, as we’ve said before, the Man O’ War is a wireless headset, meaning it obviously runs on a rechargeable battery. Razer advertise the headset to have a “weeks’ worth” of battery life, the average battery life I found over the course of using the headset was around 14 hours, which to be fair, is what Razer says. However, 14 hours over a week obviously makes for 2 hours a day of gaming.
I don’t know about you; but I spend much longer than 2 hours a day gaming. I think the Man O’ War could definitely benefit from having a higher capacity battery but this could mean an increase weight. It does have an auto-off function when it doesn’t detect any sound, which helps with getting the most out of the battery. For the hard-core gamer though, you will find yourself charging it every couple days, or resorting to using the headset while plugged in, which is good alternaive. The best part of the wireless function compared to other headsets is the range of the signal. You can get up to about 12 meters of wireless connectivity before the signal starts to drop. This means you can go to the toilet in the middle of a CS:GO game and still hear how long you have left of your pause time. Not that I did this…
All in all, the Man O’ War is a great gaming headset for gamers to use however, with a price of over £150, only the truly dedicated Razer user or someone who loves wireless peripherals would purchase. The lower battery life may put some more hard-core gamers off, but leaving it charging overnight shouldn’t be a chore for most people as we all do it with our smartphones. It is comfortable and has a great sound quality to it. The background hiss may be annoying to the more discernable gamers who pick up sounds better or like to listen to some more low-level music or even ASMR videos.