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Razer Overwatch Gaming Gear Review

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Turning the mouse over we find that it has three low friction feet and a product information sticker. The key component in this area is, of course, the sensor and on the Deathadder Chroma it is a 10,000dpi optical part. Razer notes specifications of 200ips. 50g acceleration and the presence of 1000Hz polling. The mouse also has lift off distance configuration as well as surface tracking configuration for both Razer and 3rd party surfaces. Finally, we have a 7 foot braided cable which ends in a gold-plated USB connector.

Razer Overwatch Gaming Gear Review – Goliathus Speed Surface

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Razer offer both hard and soft surfaces in their product range and this pad falls into the second category, using a tight weave on a 3mm thick rubber base. The top surface is, of course, Overwatch branded and it features an anti-fray edge. As far as dimensions go… this thing is huge, 294mm x 920mm.

Razer Overwatch Gaming Gear Review – Man O’ War Tournament Edition Headset

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We’ll be covering the higher end Man O’ War headset shortly on the site, the Overwatch branded option is the Tournament Edition. What does that mean? Well in the case of the Man O’ War the TE is an analog, wired headset with small control pod part way down the braided cable allowing us to control volume and mic mute. The headset uses an over-ear, closed cup design with each earcup featuring a significant amount of foam padding, as does the headband. Razer has designed the Man O’ War to have a wide range of movement on each cup and as with the other products in this range, there is plenty of black and orange going on. The TE is compatible with PC/Mac/PS4/Xbox One and mobile devices.

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  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ω ¬ at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 112 ± 3 dB
  • Input power: 30 mW
  • Drivers: 50 mm, with Neodymium magnets
  • Inner ear cup diameter: 60 mm / 2.36 in
  • Connection type: analog 3.5 mm
  • Cable length: 1.3 m / 4.27 ft plus 2m / 6.6 ft splitter adapter
  • Approximate weight: 332 g / 0.73 lbs

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  • Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: > 55 dB
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -42 ± 3 dB
  • Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional

Razer Overwatch Gaming Gear Review – Software

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Like all other recent Razer hardware, the Overwatch/Chroma peripherals use their Synapse control panel to manage the devices. To clarify, one shared panel for our keyboard, mouse and, if we have one which has USB/wireless connectivity, headset.

Upon opening, and starting with the mouse, we find the button configuration, a nice simple screen. Moving through the tabs we find the performance option which allows us to configure DPI, acceleration and polling. Key to the Chroma product is, of course, the lighting and as well as having access to 16.8million colours we can have a mix of cycling through those colours, breathing effect or always on/off.

Moving on the Blackwidow Chroma Edition we find the first screen allows configuration of the keys. We then move on to the lighting and then can configure gaming mode. It is also worth pointing out at this stage that Razer also allow us to track our keypresses and mouse use within certain games, through the Stats panel as well as having reactive lighting which changes depending on what is going on, in game.

Razer Overwatch Gaming Gear Review – Conclusion

Starting as we did above with the Blackwidow, the keyboard in todays review is in many ways similar to the board we have reviewed a few times in the past. This standard edition does feel good, responds well and is easy to adapt to. Certainly those moving from membrane for the first time will have some extra adjustment but otherwise, a nice typing experience. The quality of the body is decent, the board feels solid and the lighting is strong across the board. Interestingly, we have stated previously in reviews that key lighting tends to be lower quality when keys have more than one function, Razer get around that by only lighting the main function… it looks better but also can make those secondary functions harder to see in low light.

Moving on to the Deathadder, the main mouse buttons activate with minimal force, without being too sensitive, and give a nice tactile click. The thumb buttons are well placed and easy to activate too and really the only thing we would add to the mouse is a new DPI switch. Not to flick through profiles but to activate sniper mode. With 10k DPI available to us it would be good to have a button dedicated to temporarily dropping to a lower level. Speaking of the sensor and DPI. For us, few people if any, will use that 10k setting but it is better to have too many options than too few. We stuck around the 6000dpi mark on our 4k display and at that setting it was responsive, tracked smoothly and was completely accurate at all times on the Goliathus pad. (Which is a well made, slick surface with minimal friction. Through its massive size and rubber base it also sat perfectly still on our desk.)

Ending with the Man O’ War headset we have a product which is new to us. We’ve got the higher spec wireless version in testing, more on that soon, but this wired edition is very good regardless of how the other one ends up doing. The worst thing we could say about it is that it is maybe a bit too plastic. That makes it light but we do like a bit of metal here and there.  The large earcups have plenty of foam padding, as does the headband and the cups do a great job of isolating us from the outside world, as well as not allowing audio to leak out. We always like to see gaming headsets have a removable, or retractable mic and that is present here meaning we can use the headset out and about with our mobile devices without looking like a *%&. The headset is compatible with all the major platforms and on each it performs well, plenty of volume, loads of bass and some great detail. It is also one of those rare gaming headsets which also performs well with music.

Summary: Razer’s Overwatch range, for the most part, applies new branding to existing products. We’ve no problem with that, the Blackwidow and Deathadder are great gaming devices which have won awards here in the past. The software solution for each is excellent, packed with features and easy to use. The Goliathus pad is well made and feels great to use. Great stuff all round really. For the new product, the Man O’ War TE, our time with the headset has shown it to perform very well while being comfortable in long periods of gaming. Overall a bundle which is easily worthy of our Recommended Award.

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Stuart Davidson

Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.