As a D.Va main in Overwatch, I got pretty excited when Razer released the MEKA range last year. All sold separately, the products include a mouse, mouse pad and headset — the latter of which looks almost exactly like the one D.Va wears herself.
But despite my excitement, I didn't actually expect much from the headset I assumed that it would be more novelty than function. I finally got my hands on a set to find out for myself.
What Is It?
An extremely pretty Overwatch-themed headset that seemingly errs on the side of novelty. It contains Neodymium magnet drivers, leatherette on-ear cushions and a hidden omni-directional mic so you can use it for voice as well.
Here are the key specs:
What's It Good At?
The on-ear cushions are super comfortable. I had no issues with discomfort or soreness, even after grinding for hours during the most recent anniversary event. Sadly I never did manage to score Sherlock McCree.
I didn't initially realise that the headset included a mic, which I was ready to rag on because anyone who plays competitive knows how important it is to communicate with your teammates. But I quickly discovered that it does indeed include a hidden, omni-directional microphone. I'm a fan of this design choice because it offers function without altering the traditional D.Va look.
While this isn't going to deliver you the quality you'd get from a $400 set of cans, I was extremely surprised by how good it actually was. Pleasant shock was a running theme for the MEKA headset in general — not because I expected a sub par product from Razer, but because I mostly saw these as a novelty for mega fans.
I found the sound to be clear and crisp both in-game and while listening to music and podcasts, as well as watching Netflix. Throwing back to comfort, I ended up wearing them for everyday use more than I expected (or even noticed sometimes) because they felt great and did the job well. They blended seamlessly into my life.
The pictures speak for themselves here.
What's It Not So Good At?
I've had a few problems with 1.3m cable, which was too short for my setup. I had to turn my entire PC around to plug them into the back of the machine, which is not ideal. Even with the rotation, I accidentally pulled the cable out when I moved too far in my chair.
Full disclosure: I couldn't plug it into the front because sadly my front aux is busted. Regardless, for sound quality purposes, the back is always better in order to avoid additional interference and is my personal preference for wired audio.
I have found myself wishing they were wireless, both for costuming and to eliminate the short cable issue. Of course, that would probably have added an chunk to the price tag, which may have been too high for such a fan-specific set of headphones.
Let's be real, people will undoubtedly buy this for cosplay use. And why wouldn't you? It looks perfect and saves cosplayers from recreating one of the harder aspects of the costume. But again, the cable gets in the way of this.
This is a small gripe, but considering that a hidden mic was built-in to keep the aesthetic canon, the cable could have been detachable for the same reason.
Should You Buy It?
If you're a fan and don't have issues with the cable length — yes. Razer's MEKA headset delivers more than novelty value. In addition to looking cute it's comfortable and has great sound quality for the $130 price point.
The addition of the hidden mic also makes it usable for any online game play, not just Overwatch.
Another thing that I really appreciate about the MEKA is that it's a decent headset that has clearly been made with women gamers in mind.
And while men who love D.Va could also buy and enjoy them just as much, the aesthetic is feminine and the headset size is on the smaller side.
This headset hasn't just been skinned to look pretty as a fandom cash grab. It isn't just a pink skin whacked on a pre-existing model. It is fully functional with its sound quality and built-in mic. It presumes that women gamers want and require a high level of functionality, not just a novelty paint job. Well done, Razer.