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Gaming Headsets: Razer Megalodon VS. Logitech G35?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by aeg15, Feb 25, 2011.

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  1. aeg15

    aeg15 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Which out of the two headsets are best? Razer Megalodon OR Logitech G35? I will be using it with the laptop in my sig. Let me know what you guys think.
     
  2. kent1146

    kent1146 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Razer is a company that uses a lot of deceptive marketing. There are several examples on their website right now of that practice that I could point out, if you wanted more detail.

    I refuse to buy from a company that uses deceptive marketing to sell their products. I would advise you to do the same.
     
  3. flipfire

    flipfire Moderately Boss Super Moderator

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    Between the two id go for the G35.

    Btw theres also the Plantronics Gamecom 777. Read comparison reviews between the three before you buy
     
  4. kfruit

    kfruit Notebook Consultant

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    I would like to see those examples if you would be so kind.
     
  5. ValkerieFire

    ValkerieFire God Follower

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    The Logitech G35 is excellent, I have not used the Razer model. I have used Steel Series V2 USB and compared it to the G35. The V2 has better sound and is more comfortable, but the virtual surround effect on the V2 is useless. The G35 however uses Dolby Headphone and it provides excellent virtual surround sound.

    Comparing the Razer to the G35 for me is easy because the G35 has one clear advantage. PRICE! You can regularly get the G35 for $65-70, but I've never seen the Megalodon below $100. If you watch techbargains.com (and everyone who likes computers should), you can find the G35 on sale every 1-3 months. Normally it is $109-129. Go to techbargains and do a search on the G35 for the last year and you'll see what I mean, then you can setup a deal alert that will email you when it goes on sale again.

    The sound on the G35 is good but not excellent. I found the headphones to be slightly uncomfortable over time, but I have a big head. The Pros of the G35 are the virtual surround quality (it is very easy to tell directional cues on this headset), the simlicity of the USB interface, excellent Microphone quality, and price. The cons are you can get better sounding headphones (but none that have Dolby Headphone) and they can be mildly uncomfortable.

    I would easy recommend the G35 to anyone who wants a USB virtual surround headset, but only if you pay <$70. If you are going to spend >$100, I would get some Audio Technica ATH-AD700s or ATH-A700 for around $100. They are not virtual surround, but they sound awesome and are very comfortable. One day I hope to buy an external soundcard like the Asus U1 which supports Dolby Headphone so I can use it with my ATH-AD700s.

    Don't let this confuse you, the G35 is great, it is simple and very effective for a $70 headset. If you buy something like the ATH-AD700s, you need a microphone and may want an external soundcard if your onboard one sucks (and it probably does). Since the G35 has everything in one package (headphone, mic, and soundcard), it has a simplicity advantage that simply cannot be beat. If you get it you won't be disappointed.
     
  6. kent1146

    kent1146 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Razer Mamba Page --> FAQ:

    Q: How does the latency of the Razer Mamba compare to other wireless mouse technologies?
    A: o Bluetooth &#8211; 14ms
    o Generic 2.4Ghz &#8211; 8ms
    o Gaming Grade 2.4Ghz &#8211; 2ms
    o Razer Mamba &#8211; 1ms

    Which is totally untrue. You can easily buy other wireless mice with 1ms latency / 1000Hz polling rates.


    BlackWidow Keyboard Minisite --> What are Mechanical Keyboards?

    [​IMG]

    Again, totally untrue. The tactile / audio feedback, and actuation force is determined by the type of mechanical switch used. Razer BlackWidow happens to use Cherry MX Blue switches, which are also used by several other keyboards. And not to mention - there are several other keyboards based on the other variants of Cherry MX switches with tactile / audio feedback and actuation force across the board, depending on user preference.

    There is also:
    -Min-Liang Tan, Razer CEO and Really Intense Asian Guy with a Hong Kong accent.​


    ... which is my favorite quote to type on my 4.5lb 11.6" Alienware M11x. Or if that's too heavy, an 11.6" MacBook Air with an nVidia 420M GPU is a little more portable.



    Those are just a few examples I happened to run into in the past that triggered my BS alarm. I did not go through the entire Razer site with a fine-toothed comb, so it is not an inclusive list of everything on their website.


    I would recommend you check out the Creative Labs 5.1 X-Fi USB SB1090 sound card. It's only about $45-$50, and supports CMSS3D Headphone mode. That is considered one of the better surround sound downmixing algorithms when it comes to portable laptop external sound cards.

    I hook that up to my Etymotic ER-4P headphones (also a very detailed, revealing set of headphones like Audio Technica Ax00's), and the surround effect is fantastic.
     
  7. Praetorian77

    Praetorian77 Notebook Consultant

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    I happened to try both before I used them, and very much preferred the G35- while in terms of sheer sound quality there are several headsets out there that are better, none can match the price, nor do they come with the excellent surround sound of the G35's.

    Furthermore,and this was the biggest selling point for me as I travel constantly and as such am on Skype loads, the microphone quality on the Logitech's is absolutely superb- I really did not realize talking to people over the internet could be so lovely.

    But that's just my 2 cents- best advice I can give is try both of them! Buy one from a retail store, try it, then take it back if you don't like it, or if you do like it, take it back then order form somewhere online for less. Helps me feel like I'm getting back at Best Buy for being evil tossers.... :)
     
  8. wixz

    wixz Notebook Consultant

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    is tritton, turtle beach or astro good for pc?
    im still thinking between headset or speaker though
     
  9. kent1146

    kent1146 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Have never used Triton before.

    I have used Turtle Beach EarForce products before (both the X41 headset and the standalone Earforce DSS DAC + my own headphones), and can say that I did not care for the sound signature at all. The sound seemed very thin, recessed, and un-engaging.

    I have also used the Astro A40's before. The good part is that the sound quality is pretty good. Nice, full, rich sound. Clear, in-your-face sound signature adds a visceral quality to your gaming experience. IT's good sound, but I wouldn't say that it's better (or worse) than the Logitech G35 / G90 headset.

    The first major drawback to the Astro A40's is pretty expensive for what you get. You definitely pay a price premium for the MixAmp that it comes with. If you will not be daisy-chaining MixAmps for team chat, or mixing in your own music / mp3 player device, then you're paying too much for what you get. The second drawback is that there are wires everywhere, to connect all of the different components.

    Unless you have an overwhelming need to specifically buy Astro or Turtle Beach, I'd stick with the Logitech G35's. It's really hard to go wrong with that. Good performance, good build quality, at a very reasonable price.
     
  10. Hirohata

    Hirohata NBR BRO-ducer

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    Just a heads up for anyone who's leaning towards the G35. If you have a big head (like me) it may feel a bit too tight. Thankfully the G35 I tested belongs to Baka and I didn't have to buy it for myself :)
     
  11. Baka

    Baka (&#12539;&#969;&#12539;)

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    Wait what the o_O When did you test it?
     
  12. Hirohata

    Hirohata NBR BRO-ducer

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    When I went over to your place last year :rolleyes:
     
  13. kent1146

    kent1146 Notebook Virtuoso

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    ... while you were sleeping, Baka.

    He also went through your CD collection and moved the CDs into the wrong cases, and put the $100 bill from your wallet into one of your cereal boxes (but which one?)

    And don't even get me started on those pictures that he showed me about what he did with your toothbrush when you weren't looking....
     
  14. Baka

    Baka (&#12539;&#969;&#12539;)

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    Someone shall die :mad:
     
  15. Hirohata

    Hirohata NBR BRO-ducer

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    :p

    Also, use it more often ._. I think there's loads of dust on it now. Or is that your G13? :D
     
  16. Baka

    Baka (&#12539;&#969;&#12539;)

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    That's my G13. Logitech G35 does come with 3 of those headstrap thingy which you can change to find the best fit for your head though ._.
     
  17. Hirohata

    Hirohata NBR BRO-ducer

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    COULD'VE TOLD ME THAT :mad:

    Well, not like I really need the G35 anyways. ATH-A700 :D
     
  18. Baka

    Baka (&#12539;&#969;&#12539;)

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    You never asked about the straps :p
     
  19. unreal25

    unreal25 Capt. Obvious

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    Kent,

    I guess these marketing techniques aren't that uncommon. :) The only "fake" thing I'd mention is that their Megasoma mousepad doesn't glow (at least the glow is ~100X less than it was on their web page). Well I guess unless you happen to use it for gaming in one of my labs where we do laser scattering experiments, and hence it's a total dark for all practical purposes. :D ^^
     
  20. kent1146

    kent1146 Notebook Virtuoso

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    There is a deal today:


    Logitech G35 Surround Sound Gaming Headset $69.99 shipped at Logitech.com
    Logitech.com has the Logitech G35 Surround Sound Gaming Headset (Dented box) for $129.99 - 46% off coupon code logi-g35-3411 = $69.99 with free shipping. Features: 7.1 surround sound powered by Dolby technology delivers a detailed soundfield hear your enemies before they see you. LOGITECH.COM

    "Dented Box items from Logitech are products whose outer box has been torn, scratched, dented, or has other markings on it. The product itself is guaranteed to be in brand new condition and fully warranted."

    Next lowest price on PriceGrabber is $125.99.

    Review: CrunchGear


    It feels like you're losing money if you DON'T buy this product. This is a ridiculously low price for an awesome product. Seriously.
     
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