Razer Kraken Review

Razer Kraken

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Razer Kraken Headset is a wired headset. It costs 80 US dollars. It comes in 5 colors, Razer Green, Classic Black, Quartz Pink, Console, and Mercury White. The Razer Green color makes it look kinda ugly and a bit cheap. The Classic Black color looks quite well, while it is a little bit dull. The Quartz Pink is just perfection, I have no other way of describing it. The Console color is like the black version but uglier. And finally, the Mercury White, which is good, but I still prefer the Quartz Pink one, which has a bit more life to it.

 

The Razer Kraken’s Frequency Response is at 12 Hz to 28 kHz, which is quite good. Its driver size is 50 mm, which is better than most headsets which have 40 mm. The headset weighs 322g (0.71 lb). And it uses an Analog connection, which means you can use it on consoles as well. Its audio jack’s size is the classic 3.5mm. You can turn the audio up to very high decibels, even to a level that will make you deaf for a few minutes.

 

The headset’s design is quite good. It has an aluminum frame, which gives it a nice feeling. And it uses a 3.55mm audio jack. It has really good and thick padding along the headband. And it also has really good padding around the ears. The size of the ear cushions isn’t bad and is more than big enough for most people. The ear cups also have cooling gel implemented in them, which is very cool. It is also very light compared to other headsets, which makes it a bit more comfortable. And no problem for you glass wearers, as the Razer Kraken comes with space for glasses. It also had a retractable microphone, which makes the design a bit better. But there is 1 problem, there is no noise-canceling feature on the headset. Though it is not a huge problem because the earcups do cancel enough noise to let you concentrate. And one of the best design features in this headset is a metal band that ensures the Razer Kraken won’t snap if you carelessly stuff them in your small backpack. Though I wouldn’t recommend tempting fate. Down the cable, there’s a small box featuring a volume roller dial as well as a microphone mute switch.

 

When testing the Razer Kraken on Doom, it handled everything quite well. It didn’t have any trouble with the bass-heavy noises and with the fast-paced music. I then checked it on a lot of other games to spread it across the audio range. I then went to play Legend of Zelda, to test the treble and more subtle tracks. It struggled a bit with the treble, but was still nice. The audio was nice and full in all the games I tested. I then went to check the Headset on Overwatch. The surround sound worked really well and I could easily point out enemy locations and give shoutouts to my teammates.

 

The Razer Kraken’s microphone was also quite good, but not perfect. It was unidirectional and had a frequency response of 100 Hz to 10 kHz. I was clear to my teammates and they could hear everything I said. The microphone also had a pretty good background noise rejection. The only problem was that my voice had a metallic ring to it. The other way, I could hear my teammates clearly and without problems.

 

There is still one small complaint. Playing any team multiplayer game, I couldn’t change the balance between party chat and game sound, which is an option in other headsets. In order to hear the game sounds strong and loud, I had to turn up everything. The problem with this is that I had to play with high audio to hear the game well enough to help my teammates, but it also made my teammates sound higher, which was confusing. When I turned the audio down, I had trouble hearing the game well enough and then I wasn’t a good teammate because I couldn’t give precise shoutouts. So I was kinda stuck in a loop there, which wasn’t nice.

 

In terms of media, the Razer Kraken handled it quite well but not perfectly. It is almost perfect in action movies like Avengers. But it has some trouble with more subtle shows like dramas and talk-heavy shows. When it comes down to music, it can handle everything with a decent bassline, which makes it excellent for metal. But, as I already said, the headset struggles with treble and more subtle tracks. I do not recommend the Razer Kraken to watch media or listen to music.

 

Overall, I think that the Razer Kraken Headset is very good for gaming, especially for people without a lot of money. Though, if you have its predecessor, the Razer Kraken Pro V2, you don’t have a good reason to upgrade, the changes are just not enough. But, if you don’t have a gaming headset, and don’t wanna spend a lot of money on one, this is the headset for you. Also, if you are looking for good headphones for music and media, you should probably look for other headsets, since this one focuses on gaming and doesn’t handle or care about media and music. So overall, if you are looking for a cheap, good, gaming headset you should probably buy the Razer Kraken. Though, if you have money to waste on a better headset, and you are looking for this advantage, you should probably buy a better and more expensive one.

 

You can buy the Razer Kraken here