Before anything else, please take note that this Razer Chimaera review is focused on the 2.1 stereo version, not the 5.1 surround sound version. So don’t buy this and then later on complain that it doesn’t have surround sound. The difference between the two versions is rather substantial, aside from the $70 price difference and the virtual surround sound. With the 5.1 version, you also get a better 5.8GHz wireless transmitter, an on-device equalizer, and digital optical and RCA in. I hope enjoy my Razer Chimaera review!
And you also need to remember that the [easyazon_link asin=”B004TP9RN8″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Razer Chimaera[/easyazon_link] is for the Xbox 360, although it’s also PC compatible.
Now that we’ve got those out of the way, let’s take a look at its specs and features.
Specs and Features
The wireless headset comes in a circumaural design, and the earcups are adjustable. The sound comes from larger 50mm neodymium magnet drivers. The volume and mic control buttons are conveniently placed on the headset. There’s also a detachable 2.5mm mic cable, for the Xbox LIVE connection.
The headphone uses a radio frequency of 2.4 GHz and the range is 33 feet. That’s a decent enough range, since most people stay within 20 feet of their screens. The frequency response ranges from 20 to 20,000 Hz, and the impedance at 1 kHz is 320. It uses a couple of AAA batteries, which provides up to 12 hours of battery life. It takes about three hours to charge on the charging dock base station.
For the mic, the frequency response is 130 to 10,000 Hz. It’s a uni-directional mic, with the signal to noise ratio at more than 55dB.
Pros and Cons
Essentially, what you get with the [easyazon_link asin=”B004TP9RN8″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Razer Chimaera[/easyazon_link] is a headset that gets the job done. It’s that simple, and the no-fuss way you get to use it is really convenient. But for the price, a lot of people may be expecting just a bit more, and that’s not happening.
The setup is very easy, and getting the unit to charge is not a problem. The “12 hour” battery life is of course, technically possible, but you should really plan on just 8 hours or so. At least it automatically turns off if 10 minutes have passed with no input. The wireless performance is quite reliable, with no hiccups whatsoever.
The sound is ok, and quite sufficient for most gaming. You can even use this to listen to music, although you’ll have to fiddle with the equalizer each time. The sound is made for gaming, so the lows are accentuated. The sound isolation is also adequate.
The microphone folds down when not in use, and when you do use it the performance is not bad. We didn’t have a problem with the mic, although it seems that some people did.
What most users probably have a problem with, however, is the bulkiness of the headset. It’s huge. It’s not really all that heavy, but still it just looks pretty big on regular-sized heads. And because of the rather rigid build, the adjustments won’t help you much if it doesn’t fit you.
Razer has somewhat of a mixed reputation these days, so you have to be careful. Still, there are some dedicated Razer fans out there who are all too willing to defend the company. The [easyazon_link asin=”B004TP9RN8″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Razer Chimaera[/easyazon_link] is good enough, and for those with extra-large heads the headset is absolutely ideal.
The most honest recommendation we can give you is that you’re probably better off with the surround sound 5.1 version. Still, the price is definitely off-putting, and it’s very easy to find something similar for less. But what stands out when it comes to this headset is that you won’t have problems setting it up and getting it to work.