Razer Piranha Gaming Communicator
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 04-05-2008
Provided by: Razer

The Razer Piranha comes carefully packaged in a molded plastic tray with every part held tightly in place. This definitely keeps things neat and looks great but makes getting the headset out of the box kind of a pain. The Piranha comes with a few paper advertisements and Razer logo stickers, and not much in the way of a user manual. The quick start guide is comprised of these two pages, showing the physical features of the Piranha and how to connect it to your computer. The rest of the guide is just a repeat in about 10 different languages.

The Piranha is a wired headset, and as such must be plugged in to use. It has two mini audio plugs, one for line out and one for microphone input, which are colored the standard green and pink. There is also a USB connector, however this is only to power the unit's LED lighting, and so connecting this is completely optional. The entire cable is three meters, or nearly ten feet, long. The first three feet from the connectors are individual, rubber jacket wires, and are prone to tangling and kinking. The only reason I can think of to make this section that long is to ensure the connectors will reach if the user had to plug one end into the front of their PC and another into the rear. The remaining length of wires is bundled and sleeved in a fiber wrap. This adds some stiffness to the cable and it resists getting tangled in itself unlike the individual wires. About three feet from the headset is an inline control pod, with a volume wheel on one side and a microphone mute switch on the other. There is also a spring clip on the back to attach to your shirt so it stays within easy reach.

The Piranha headset earcups are on-ear, as opposed to over-ear, and are covered in a soft, felt-like cloth. The cushion is half an inch thick and the entire earcup has about a quarter inch of pivot on the frame. The cups can also be extended from the frame an inch on each side and have a ratcheting type mechanism for holding their adjustment.

The Piranha is padded at the top of the head band as well, with the same soft cloth used on the earpieces. On the left side there is a boom microphone that rotates down into position beside the mouth. There is a stop built in that prevents it from dropping any lower, and the end of the mic rests around two inches or so from the face. The pic above shows the microphone in its fully extended position. Although the boom is made of rubber and is flexible, it can't be adjusted closer or farther away from the mouth, so the user will need to adjust volume/sensitivity using software settings. With the USB connected and in a dark room, the LED lighting of the earcups and control pod are a nice, bright blue.

Now for some testing and conclusion.

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