Razer ManO'War wireless headset will rock your ears

Razer must be running out of names for poisonous snakes, because it's now turning to other kinds of nasty bugs to name its wares. The company has a spiffy new headset out now that it's calling the ManO'War. Not the Portuguese variety, mind you, which is a nasty thing you don't ever want to shake tendrils with.

We'd never stoop so low as to make bad jokes comparing the ManO'War to a certain heavy metal band of the same same. Instead, we'll tell you that the Razer headset will let you enjoy heavy riffage and loud performances with its 50-mm neodymium drivers. There are no wires in sight, either—epic soundscapes are piped to your ears through a "gaming-grade" 2.4GHz wireless connection, which Razer claims is lag-free.

The connection's range is 12 meters—about the diameter of the average mosh pit—and it can be extended to 14m with the included dock. Unlike Manowar's amps, though, the main wireless transmitter is a small and convenient plug'n'play USB stick.

In a nod to lead vocalists everywhere, the headset's digital microphone is retractable and comes with an LED mute indicator. Both the main speaker and microphone volume are adjustable with actual knobs, too. Razer did not confirm or deny whether these controls go to 11. As expected of a headset bearing such an imposing name, the ManO'War offers a light show with its RGB LED-lit logos on the earcups.

Let it be known, too, that the ManO'War packs almost as much power as its namesake ensemble. Razer says the headset can maintain its wall of sound for 14 hours straight, or 20 hours if one opts to turn off the pretty lights—roughly as long as a Karl Logan solo. The company says most gamers can expect to use the headset for about a week between charges.

The whole contraption weighs in at a reasonable 0.83 lbs, or 375g. 7.1 surround sound virtualization is included in the mix, too. Interested rockers can get their headbang on come April 18 for $170 at the Razer store.

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