Whether you've already played through Mass Effect 3 or not, if you're a fan of the series then Razer's high-end ME3 peripherals might be just what you've been dreaming of. While Razer has a whole line of collectible Mass Effect 3 gear, this week in Tech Junkies we're going to be focusing on the Razer Onza TE Xbox 360/PC controller and the Chimaera 5.1 headset. Let's get to it. There's an Earth to save after all.
- REVIEW: Mass Effect 3 Review
The Razer Onza TE Xbox 360/PC Controller
The ergonomic Onza TE is Razer's adjustable and programmable Xbox 360/PC controller. The Mass Effect 3 edition of the controller prominently features the N7 logo on the bottom left as well as Razer's own logo on the right side.
The major difference between the Onza and a regular 360 controller has to be the two additional fully-programmable shoulder buttons located right above each trigger. You can easily program any command you think is most important to those easy-to-hit buttons and give yourself a leg up while in combat.
The Onza also has adjustable resistance analog sticks, something that I found really useful. All you have to do is twist the analog stick and it increases (or decreases) in resistance, allowing you to customize your controls based on every situation. If you prefer slower controls for a more precise shot, amp up the resistance. If you like twitch shooting then you can turn the resistance down to a minimum. It's a feature I haven't seen on a lot of Xbox controllers and I feel as though it has a lot of applications, especially since you probably won't just be using the Onza solely for ME3.
Aside from these customizable features, the Onza also features a lot of cosmetic components. Its got a 15 foot, lightweight braided fiber cable that won't get tangled up in your mess of stuff, and let's face it, braided cables just look better than wired ones.
The Onza's action buttons look pretty slick too. Razer's used their Hyperesponse technology on them, meaning there's no lag between when you press the button and when you fire the shot. While that's good enough, the buttons on the Onza also feel a lot "clickier" than what you'll find on a normal Xbox controller. The D-Pad's also "clickier" than what you might be used to, allowing for more even precision. Seriously, if you miss a shot with this thing you need to step up your game.
Theoretically, you're going to be able to fire faster and more comfortably with all these buttons and their tactile feedback. Plus, all of the action buttons flaunt Razer's famous font and each of them are back lit.
Who's The Onza TE For?
The Onza TE is for those gamers who want a precise, customizable controller. The controller itself is a little light, weighing in at about a .55 pounds compared to the .85 pounds of the standard Microsoft 360 controller. You may think that's not a lot, but the Onza definitely feels lighter, which some may think means "cheaper" but I'd have to disagree. The lightweight feel won't hurt your game at all, and with the ability to set the resistance on the analog sticks you're going to be playing at a whole new level, which is why Razer's dubbed the Onza as a "Tournament Edition" controller. All in all, if you're a Mass Effect 3 fan this controller will help your game.
The Razer Chimaera 5.1 Wireless Xbox 360 Headset
Simply put, Razer's Chimaera 5.1 Xbox 360 headset is a beast. If you want to hear as the Reapers close in around you while you're playing Mass Effect 3, this headset will do the job and more. It's emblazoned with the N7 logo on both ear cups, but other than that the headset doesn't really scream Mass Effect 3, which you may or may not like.
The Chimaera offers full 5.1 surround sound tuned for 3D positional audio so you'll be able to hear in game sounds as if they were happening right in front of you. Plus, the headset operates on a 5.8 GHz frequency so there won't ever be any wireless interference to hinder your performance.
The headset also comes with a large docking station, allowing you to recharge the Chimaera in style. What's neat is that up to four base stations can be connected together for a lag-free gaming session if you decide to LAN with a few friends.
As for the Chimaera itself, it weighs in at about .81 pounds and the huge ear cups ar 2.16" in diameter. I have pretty small ears, but the cups fit comfortably around them with a lot of room left over. The top of the headset also has a lot of padding, so even if you're gaming for long periods of time it won't seem too straining.
Who's The Chimaera 5.1 For?
If you want the most immersive gaming experience possible, then you might want to consider shelling out for the Chimaera 5.1. I'd also suggest the headset for anyone who's going to be playing a lot of games with friends, because of its dedicated local team communication functionality.
That said, the headset is expensive. It does come with a lot of great features, surround sound, and the Mass Effect 3 detailing looks cool, but I'm not sure if it's over $200 cool. Since the Chimaera only works with the Xbox 360 and I don't think I'd ever have a whole room of people together who all have these headsets, I'm not sure if it'd be worth the price. That's just me though.
If you're thinking, "man this gear looks rad, but I'm still on the fence..." then maybe what Razer's throwing in with each item will be enough to push you over the edge. With the purchase of any Mass Effect 3 gear from Razer you'll unlock the Deadly Collector Assault Rifle.
The Collector Assault Rifle is similar to a human assault rifle, but its looks will definitely set you apart. It's an extremely accurate automatic assault rifle with pretty good damage, but it's heavy, which might slow you down. The good news is that if you already have the rifle (let's say you bought more than one Razer ME3 product), you can use the code to make it even stronger.
So what do you think of Razer's Onza TE controller and Chimaera 5.1 headset, Tech Junkies? If you have one, I want to hear your take on it, and if you were considering getting one, are you still on the fence still? Let us know in the comments section and stay tuned next week for another round of Tech Junkies.