Star Wars: The Old Republic Gaming Headset Review
It is strong with this one, the Force.
What, you thought we were done with the Star Wars products? Last week we took a look at the Razer Naga-based gaming mouse, which scored a ‘Recommended Product’ rating for its overall package and performance. To complete the set, today we take a look at the Star Wars: The Old Republic Gaming Headset (that’s its official name) to see if Razer’s boisterous claim of 7.1 Dolby surround sound for inter-galactic space exploration is met, or not.
Like the mouse, the SWTOR headset too features a gold, black and silver finish, only that its exterior is largely smooth without the edgy droid-lines etched all over the surface. I believe this makes the headset rather plain looking, despite the twin, glowy, replaceable emblem that screams your allegiance to the world.
That’s not to say the headset looks bad. Razer has ensured immediate distraction by slapping an array of LEDs all over the device; them bright enough to light up a small room at full brightness. Along with the two emblems, there are two short tubes, one on the left and right ear cup each, that uses Razer’s fancy spectrum light software to display all sorts of colors. There is no purpose to the lights, only except to make you look less dorky by hypnotizing naysayers with a full-fledged rainbow display. It works.
Razer does well to keep it simple, though. There are not a gazillion buttons on the headset to remember, just the volume rockers and a mute button for volume and mic, the latter on the right ear cup, and the former on the left. They are easy to reach out for and are identified without much difficulty.
Of course, to dish out all those colors and other fancy stuff, the headset is USB-only, meaning that it cannot be plugged into any other device except a PC, not even to your sound processor or your TV, since they require drivers and Razer’s Synapse software to make the most out of it.
The headset is extremely rigid, killing hopes of being comfortable in the long run. However, a little height adjustment here and there, and the headset fits snugly in; and though it drills into your cheek bone due to its enormous 50MM driver size, it is comfortable for hours thanks to the thick velvet cushions. It doesn’t sport any noise-cancellation features but does well to destroy any inbound sound like a good Destroyer ship should.