Razer Surround Review
As you can see by the title, this article is going to be about the software that Razer has temporarily made free until the 31st December ‘13 – Razer Surround, you can either download it for free or you can choose to donate to a charity called “child’s play instead”, which is a charity that is dedicated to bringing the world of gaming to children less fortunate than us and allow them to experience the raw addiction of gaming. Back to the software. When I first read the description I thought it had to be too good to be true. It can essentially turn anybody’s headphones into a 7.1 surround sound gaming headset. Now you’re probably thinking that this is a bit crazy, but I will say that I am a bit of a cheap scape and only use a pair of £17 Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000’s. Not the best pair of headphones, I know, but this new software really did make games like Battlefield 3, Crysis 3, and even Minecraft a dream to play. It makes those long gaming sessions even longer and more immersive, as surprising as that may seem.
Set up and how it works
When you download it, it will probably install Razer Synapse along with it because that’s the program that manages all of your Razer hardware and Razer surround works very closely with your headphones so it makes sense. Then when it’s all downloaded and you’ve clicked on the icon in Razer Synapse, it will ask you which audio system you want to apply the changes to. You could technically apply it to some stereo speakers, but in this case I’m using headphones. Anyway, when you’ve clicked on the headphones you want, it will run you through the calibration stage, and that will play a sound at each 7 angles to give you a feel for what it will be like and let you get comfortable with the settings. Then it will do the classical “are you happy with your settings” rubbish, and then you’re good to go and play any audio intensive games you want!
I would rate Razer surround a solid 9/10, why did I deduct one? Well I deducted one point because it doesn’t perform as amazingly as I would’ve hoped, maybe that’s down to my crappy headphones, but you will have to go out and download it for yourself and let me know what you think of it. The surround sound quality of my headphones did improve, don’t get me wrong, and the bass also got bumped up quite a bit, but it’s not “astonishing”, but overall I think this is a nice piece of software and is worth that little space on your hard drive.
You can download Razer Surround Sound for free here – http://www.razerzone.com/gb-en/surround
(NOTE – if you’re reading this after 31/12/13 Razer Surround is no longer free and will cost you £12.92)