Razer Kraken Gaming Headset Review: Competitive Gaming Headsets

Razer Kraken Review | Best-selling classic headset

Razer Kraken Gaming Headset: Lightweight Aluminum Frame – Retractable Noise Isolating Microphone – For PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Mobile – 3.5 mm Headphone Jack

I bought Kraken, a gaming headset sold by Razer. It is often selected as a bestseller on Amazon, and it is a standard headset that is a regular top ranking on sales sites such as Rakuten Ichiba. I actually tried to verify why it is so popular in various games. If you are looking for a gaming headset with a budget of around $60, please take a closer look.

1. Key features of the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset

  • The main features of the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset are as follows.
  • Easy to grasp the position of footsteps and gunshots
  • Thick pad for a comfortable fit
  • 5 color variations
  • Can be used on PS4, Switch, and smartphones
  • The sound of the microphone tends to be muffled
  • 7.1ch surround is PC only
Razer Kraken Gaming Headsets

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We will introduce the specifications and design in order.

A. Main specifications

The main specifications of the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset are summarized.

Razer Kraken Gaming Headset basic specs

  • Format: Sealed type
  • Weight: 322g
  • Cable length: 1.3m
  • Driver: 50mm, neodymium magnetic material used
  • Output sound pressure level: 109dB
  • Playback frequency band: 12-28,000Hz
  • Impedance: 32Ω @ 1kHz
  • Microphone directivity: Unidirectional

Equipped with a large 50mm driver, it weighs 322g, which is a standard weight for a gaming headset. Amazon often sells for around 9,000 yen, but I bought it at Rakuten Ichiba, which had a high point return rate. Prices change depending on the season, so please check each sales site for the latest information.

More detailed specs can be found on the Razer official website.

B. Appearance/design

From here, we will look at the design.

The fluorescent green that is familiar to Razer products stands out in this package.

I chose Razer’s image color, green, but Razer Kraken Gaming Headset has five color variations.

“I want to unify gaming devices with white and black!” There are many people who say that, so it’s nice to be able to choose according to your taste. Recently, the number of pink gaming mice and keyboards is increasing.

The size can be adjusted, and the left and right lengths can be adjusted with 1 to 5 memories. There are individual differences in the shape and size of the head, but for the author, “4” was the right size. The frame is made of aluminum.

It weighs 322g, but it doesn’t feel too heavy thanks to the fluffy headband and thick ear pads. Since the lateral pressure is also modest, it does not hurt your ears even if you wear it for a long time. The microphone can be stored in the main body, and the angle and position can be adjusted freely. Razer is also printed on the headband.

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Earpads

Razer Kraken Gaming Headset’s ear pads have a texture that looks like a combination of synthetic leather and sponge. Cooling gel is injected inside, and you can feel a little cool the moment you put it on. The material is fluffy and soft, so even those wearing glasses can use it comfortably.

The earpads are easily removable. Durability seems to be reasonable, but it can not be judged unless it is used for this much. Replacement earpads for Razer Kraken Gaming Headset are not sold by Razer, and third-party products can be found on Amazon. If the ear pads become worn out, it seems better to decide that it is time to replace the headset.

C. Main accessories

As you can see the accessories. In addition to the headset itself, it contains instructions and a bifurcated plug-type cable.

Since the main cable is only 1.3m long, it may feel a little short depending on the location of the computer. Since the connection terminal is a 3.5 mm stereo mini-plug, it can be connected not only to a computer but also to a PS4, Switch, smartphone, etc.

A simple controller is also included. When wearing the headset, the controller comes slightly below the epigastrium, which may cause a malfunction when moving. If you do not use voice chat, it is recommended to turn off the microphone with the controller.

A Y-shaped stereo cable is also included, so use it properly according to the connected device such as a PC or PS4.

2. Virtual 7.1ch is only compatible with PC

Product pages such as Amazon say “Supports virtual 7.1ch surround”, but be aware that this can only be used on a PC. When used on PS4, Switch, or smartphone, it will be a general stereo sound. In addition, software settings are required to achieve surround sound on a PC. I will briefly explain what to do.

A. DL Razer Surround

To experience virtual 7.1ch surround with Kraken, you need to install the free Razer Surround. It seems that the paid Pro version was also on sale, but at the time of writing the article, it is not on sale.

When you try to install the free version, you will be prompted to log in to your Razer account. If you do not have an account, it is convenient to register in advance. When the software starts up, select “Razer Kraken” from the pull-down list.

The Surround function can be easily switched by “on” or “off” at the top left of the screen.

With the Pro version, it seems that you could make detailed settings such as adjusting the equalizer. Some manufacturers allow you to adjust the equalizer with free software, so I’m a little wondering if you should have paid for it.

C. OK without software

I explained how to use Razer Surround, but to be honest, you probably don’t need to install it. Even if the setting is turned on in the software, the sound in the mid to high range will increase, and I do not feel that the localization of FPS and TPS games has improved. Although it is virtual, this is a sound quality that can hardly be thought of as 7.1ch.

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After all, there is a limit to the analog connection of the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug. If you want to create a Razer account or don’t like the hassle, we recommend using Windows Sonic for Headphones, which comes standard with Windows 10.

Just right-click the speaker icon in the task tray and select Windows Sonic for Headphones from “3D Sound”. As with Razer Surround, the sound is a little clearer, but it’s easy because it’s completed in 3 clicks.

BlackShark V2 for 3D sound

For those who want to fine-tune the equalizer and experience stereophonic sound, we recommend purchasing the BlackShark V2, which comes with a USB sound card, which is a little higher than Razer Kraken Gaming Headset, but the sound quality and microphone performance are other dimensions.

3. Results of testing in various games

From here, I will summarize the impressions of actually using Razer Kraken Gaming Headset in various games. To tell you the conclusion first, the bass is tuned strongly, so it goes well with FPS and TPS games.

Both FPS games and action games are impressions of playing on a PC. There are individual differences in how the sound is heard, so please consider it as a reference only.

A. Bass GoriGori sound quality

First of all, check with FPS and TPS games where the distinction of sounds such as footsteps and gunshots is directly linked to victory or defeat. Since the bass is emphasized considerably in Razer Kraken Gaming Headset, it is easy to grasp the position and sense of distance of the footsteps, and the BGM also becomes more profound.

I tried it with Fortnite and Apex Legends this time, but the bass is overemphasized and the mid to high range sounds muffled. Depending on the type of gun, it may be difficult to grasp the position, and in Apex Legends, the way the footsteps are heard differs depending on the character. Turning on Razer Surround or Windows Sonic for Headphones slightly improves the muffled feel in the mid-to-high range.

If you want to emphasize clear sound quality, please try it.

Check even games in action genres that do not emphasize localization so much. In Monster Hunter World, the sound of explosions and the power of roaring will increase dramatically, and you can enjoy games with a lot of heavy BGM like SEKIRO more than ever. Many people use headsets only for games such as FPS and TPS, but action games and MMOs are also recommended as they will definitely improve your immersive feeling.

B. Microphone sound quality is reasonable

I also checked the microphone performance of the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset. I compared the sound quality with other headsets and condenser microphones (audio-Technica AT2035), so please listen to it. Since the microphone is used close to the mouth, pop noise is likely to occur, and the sound feels muffled compared to other devices.

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If you use voice chat a lot, it seems better to purchase a headset pop guard (microphone sponge) separately. In addition, it is difficult to output the volume of the microphone if it is directly connected to a computer, so it is recommended to use an audio interface or sound card.

“I want to deliver my voice more clearly!” For those who say, there is no choice but to use a full-fledged condenser microphone. There are limits to headset microphones, not just Kraken.

C. Comfortable but stuffy

Razer Kraken Gaming Headset has low lateral pressure and the ear pads are fluffy and soft, so it’s more comfortable to wear than other headsets. It also blocks sounds other than games, making it easier to concentrate. However, the effect of the cooling gel can only be felt immediately after it is applied, and the effect of preventing heat storage seems to be reasonable.

I used it for a few days in a room with air conditioning, but it gradually gets stuffy after being left on for more than an hour. It is structurally difficult to completely prevent the headset from getting stuffy, so remove it frequently to refresh the air around your ears.

4. Cospa good headset

As a summary of the review, I will review the features of the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset.

  • Easy to grasp the position of footsteps and gunshots
  • Thick pad for a comfortable fit
  • 5 color variations
  • Can be used on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, and smartphones
  • The sound of the microphone tends to be muffled
  • 7.1ch surround is PC only

There are some points to be worried about, but considering it as a gaming headset that can be bought for less than $60, it is quite expensive. It is also attractive that it can be used in a wide range of environments such as PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, and smartphones.

If you are particular about adjusting the equalizer and virtual 7.1ch surround, purchase a high-end model that supports a USB connection or prepare a sound card separately. If you want to get the enemy’s position faster and more accurately in games like Fortnite and Apex Legends, try Razer Kraken Gaming Headset.

5. Product Description

Whether you’re competing in an intense tournament or lounging at home, Kraken for Console is a headset dedicated to superior sound quality and long-lasting comfort so you can play at your best all day. Enjoy superior sound clarity and deep, punchy bass for a wide soundscape. From subtle footsteps sneaking up behind you to climatic explosions that blow you away, every sound detail is heard when you’re gaming with the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for Console.

Headphones:

  • Frequency response: 12 Hz – 28 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ω @ 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 109 dB
  • Input power: 30 mW (Max)
  • Inner ear cup diameter: 54 mm x 65 mm
  • Connection type: Analog 3.5 mm
  • Cable length: 1.3 m / 4.27 ft

Microphone:

  • Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: > 60 dB
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -45 ± 3 dB

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