First, the wireless is nice, but it’s not completely wireless. You still have to use a cable to connect the microphone to the Xbox controller. While this wasn’t as limiting as a cable running all the way to the console, it was still mildly inconvenient to deal with. I also had a little trouble with the initial synchronization with the console, but that was mostly due to the cartoon-ish directions provided. Use your words, people! That what we have ‘em for. The sound quality was very good, but the teenager complained that having the game sounds mixed in with the chat from her co-players made it hard to hear both. I figure that’s just the nature of the circumaural beast; if you want a one ear headset, get one of those instead.
Another complaint that we both had was that the headset seemed to squeeze harder above our ears and not much at all below. It didn’t take long for them to become uncomfortable. After a series of adjustments, it was possible to spread the side-of-head pressure around a little better, but that resulted in a large top-of-head-to-headset gap that allowed the headsets to slip down. It’s certainly possible that we are a family with some rare form of genetic head-shape disorder, but it would be a good idea to try a pair of these on before buying them, if at all possible.
The overall feel of the headsets is very plasticy; they really don’t exude an aura of high quality when being handled. The control buttons feel mushy and don’t offer a nice tactile feel when pressed. On the plus side, the microphone swivels nicely up into a recessed storage area molded into the left headset cup when not in use.
Recharging the headset is accomplished by resting it atop the included charging stand. This is a quick and easy way to ensure that the headset is routinely being charged when not in use. The stand is attractive, but requires a good deal of space on a horizontal surface.
At the end of the day, a decision as to which headset is right for you is as subjective as whether or not you consider any given brand of pizza to be good. Too much depends on personal taste when it comes to fit, sound quality, and cost. To be sure, it is highly recommended that you sample as many different models as possible. The Razer Chimaera certainly does everything that Razer says it will, but it probably isn’t for everybody. I would have preferred something lighter and with a more comfortable fit, but the sound quality was more than adequate.
* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.
The Chimaera is much heavier than is comfortable for extended wear, but it does provide good sound quality and a serviceable microphone. You'd want to try them on before committing to a purchase.
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