Razer Kraken X – Review
In a world consumed by RGB, it is nice to come across a quality product that focuses on the key metrics that a consumer wants (well, should want) – performance, comfort, and price. These are the fundamentals of any good product, something Razer is all too aware of. So it should come as no surprise that this is the foundation that Razer have used when designing their Kraken X gaming headset. Today I get to see just how well these foundations hold up with their latest addition to the Kraken range.
It is good to go back to an old fashion headset; no RGB, ultralight, 3.5mm wired connection, and cross-platform compatibility. But don’t let its somewhat simplistic look fool you, the Razer Kraken X is everything you want in a headset — It sounds great thanks to its custom-tuned 40mm drivers and 7.1 surround sound, its gamer-centric designed ear cups ensure that long gaming sessions are no problem, and then there is the cost, only $89.95AUD! A quality Razer product for under 100 bux, yes please!
I was impressed by the sound quality, especially the range that the Razer Kraken X has to offer. This is thanks largely thanks to its custom-tuned 40mm drivers that produce a frequency range of 12-28,000 Hz, which is superior to other class-leading wired headsets such as the HyperX Cloud Alpha, SteelSeries Arctis 5, and the Logitech G Pro X. The Bass was a key focus of the Kraken X, which is pretty common with gaming headsets as this emphasises impactful sounds such as explosions, but the mid-range was just as good and complemented the low range quite well.
The Kraken X is also able to produce 7.1 surround sound via software support, which is a nice addition, but I honestly felt that the Kraken X’s natural sound was far superior than the virtually 7.1. I should also mention that the 7.1 surround sound software is not part of Razer Synapse, meaning you will have to download and run the additional software along with Synapse.
The first time I handed the headset to our local IT nerd Chris, I couldn’t help but laugh as his response “Wow, it’s light!” was EXACTLY the same reaction I had when I first unboxed the Kraken X. This proves that Chris just isn’t a pretty face, because the Kraken X is one of the lightest headsets you will find as it weighs a mere 250 grams. For those playing at home, that’s 80 grams LIGHTER than the HyperX Cloud Alpha, Logitech Pro X, and 30 grams lighter than the SteelSeries Arctis 5. Sure, 30 grams may not sound like much, but that means it is nearly 10% lighter than its nearest competitor.
The manually adjustable headband complements the traditional Razer look, its big and over-the-ear gamer-centric earcups that as you can guess, are extremely comfortable. I am yet to find a Razer headset that isn’t a comfortable and snug fit around my odd shaped head, and the Kraken X is no exception. I found that the soft memory foam not only contoured nicely to my head, but it even caters for gamers who wear glasses thanks to hidden channels cut out in the cushions.
Despite this, Razer haven’t substitued comfort for noise bleeding, this is something I quickly found out for myself as I was completely isolated from ambient noise while wearing the headset, something my wife wasn’t particularly keen on
when I was ignoring her while I was gaming.
The cardioid microphone does a fine job of delivering a natural, reasonably clear transmission curtsey of its frequency response of 100Hz – 10,000Hz. Even though Razer claim that the microphone has been calibrated to cancel out ambient noise, I did find that some ambient noise was passed through, but for under $100 I am sure nobody would complain with the quality of this bendable mic.
I was somewhat pleasently surprised when I found a 3.5mm cable rather than a USB cable, this meant that the Kraken X is compatiable with any devices that features an AUX port such as PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Mobile devices, and of course, the Nintendo Switch. This is where I spent the majority of my time testing the Kraken X as I found it to be a great companion for my Switch.
Razer have included an audio splitter as standard, which separates the audio and microphone inputs for any platforms that require it. I wish they would have labelled the input ports on the spitter’s cable, as there may be some people who may accidently plug the inputs into the wrong ports and struggle to figure out why nothing is working (Not that I did this…).
While it doesn’t have all the features of a much more expensive headset, it does have the features that matter most to gamers – performance, comfort, and value. Combine these factors with the ability to use this headset on any platform you desire and I am honestly amazed that this product retails for $89.95AUD. If you are in the market for a new gaming headset then look no further than the Razer Kraken X.
Razer Kraken X
- PERFORMANCE - 82%82%
- BUILD QUALITY - 85%85%
- FEATURES - 60%60%
- VALUE - 95%95%
If you are looking for the best headset for under $100 in Australia, then look no further than the Razer Kraken X!
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