Razer brings us a very nice gaming headset with the Chimaera 5.1. XBOX 360 Gamers rejoice, this product is not only good looking (we love the design, looks really good on its docking station) and functional, but also features a really convincing audio experience. Here is our Razer Chimaera 5.1 review:
Features and specs
The Razer Chimaera 5.1 comes with a rich set of features, including various basic characteristics found in most wireless gaming headsets as well as enhancements specific to Razer. Some of the features you will find in this headset include the following :
Xbox Live Cable –The Chimaera 5.1 comes bundled with a durable Xbox Live communication cable as well as a flexible microphone boom.
Powerful batteries – One of the major concerns of using gaming headset is in their ability to keep working for long periods without recharging. The Razer Chimaera 5.1 wireless Headset comes with rechargeable batteries that have extended power of up to 8 hours, for very long wireless gaming sessions.
Docking base station – It comes with a very good looking docking station, it is overall a very well designed products, not a big surprise coming from Razer The docking station makes audio processing, recharging and accessing advanced controls easier when compared to other alternatives in the market.
Independent controls – There are various reachable controls in different places on the headset. The device has independent controls for volume and microphone sensitivity right on the ear cups.
PC compatibility features –A 3.5mm RCA cable is sold alongside the headset to allow PC connection. This means you can use the headset to listen to music and other media from devices such as phones, MP3s and iPads.
Long Wireless range – It comes with a wireless range of 33ft or 10 meters, long enough for the biggest screens and gaming rooms
Interference-free Wireless Performance – The Razer Chimaera 5.1 can use the 5.8 GHz frequency, effectively protecting this headset against almost all wireless interferences coming from similar devices.
Razer’s Chimaera headset comes fit with an adjustable circumaural ear cups that enable optimal sound isolation. This also allows more comfort as it fits perfectly on the ear. Besides comfort, the device is optimized for top quality audio, featuring a 5.1 Channel Dolby® Surround Sound, allowing Pinpoint Positional Audio
The sensitivity controls are exceptional and allow fine tuning to eliminate external noises. 50mm neodymium magnet drivers are also used to enhance sound quality and minimize disrupting frequencies. What’s more, the signal to noise ratio is above 55 decibels, this is overall a very convincing audio experience to play immersive video games, its audio quality level will not disappoint.
Headset, mic, audio transmitter and warranty
The Chimaera 5.1 has a couple of accessories to make connectivity much easier and convenient. Besides being PC compatible, it also allows mic connection and has powerful audio transmitter. The microphone has a unidirectional pick-up pattern with 1V/Pa sensitivity at 1 kHz. Its frequency response is 130 -10,000 Hz.
The microphone has a 2mm detachable cable that exhibits tough design and ample length. The headphone has an impedance of 320 at 1 kHz and uses 2 AAA batteries that take only 3 hours to charge and last 8 hours before they run out of power. The wireless headphone has 3 preset equalizers that can be used to change the quality and type of audio produced.
One good thing about the headset is that you can connect up to four different stations to produce a clear lag-free voice which is perfect for communicating with groups and teams. What’s more, the product comes with a manufacturer’s warranty within which you can return it for corrections in case of a problem.
Is it worth your money?
Chimaera 5.1 headset comes at a price of around $199 which is fairly competitive considering all the features it exhibits. When looking for gaming headsets, the most important considerations are on sound quality, the functionality of features, comfort, convenience, and durability.
The headset depicts all these in a desirable way. When compared to other headsets within the price range, it definitely has more to offer. However, it is important to purchase Razer Chimaera 5.1 from credible licensed distributors who are allowed to operate within the area. This will ensure you get original genuine quality products that have all the described features.
In overall rating, this headset is quite affordable and highly recommended for owners of Xbox gaming consoles as it is optimized for such platforms. It is also designed by a reputable brand and has a compact design that will last longer.