A few very exciting things arrived in my home last week. The first one was a new lighter hula hoop, hurray! The second was my first ever gaming PC that I can call all my own, oh yeah! And the next three were a bundle of essential gaming accessories by Razer. I will go into my PC and the other bits into greater detail at a later date; today I want to talk about my new Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 Headset.
If you joined me for any of my streams you will know that I have a problem with headsets. All of the ones I have used all end up causing me pain in my head and my jaw, so much so that I have to stop gaming. I’ve had my eye on Astros since I tried them on at last year’s EGX but the cost is just way out of my league. After ordering the new PC I knew I needed a headset of my own (as G and I plan on gaming together so we can’t share) and I wanted something that would hopefully not hurt me.
I had a bit of birthday money so I went straight to Amazon and had a browse. The Razer Kraken was the right price but they also looked cushioned. I do have to say the cushioning is a bit different to what it looks like in the photos displayed on the Amazon listing. Thankfully, they’re way better in person and more than what I was hoping for.
I Can Hear You Coming
When you first plug them in you perform the configuration and that’s certainly impressive. It’s weird to hear where the sound is coming from and it shows that they really are 7.1 surround sound. This his is a big thumbs up for all gamers who play games where they need to know where noises are coming from. It’s great for games like Player Unknown’s but also for horror games when you want to feel really creeped out.
No Unbearable Pain
Comfort is the most important factor for me. On a couple of occasions, I have had long gaming sessions trying to work out what they hell I’m doing in Black Desert Online. I’ve had no jaw pain and no headache either. The over ear pads (I don’t know the technical term) are soft and comfortable. They don’t dig in at all, just sit all relaxed, but feel secure so I don’t need to worry about them popping off. I have not yet played a 4+ hour session in one go, that is when the real test will be and I’ll let you know then if I have any additional comments.
The enhanced digital microphone that lives in the left earpiece mic on the headset is retractable, a good feature as I don’t use it that much at the moment. It can be muted at the push of the little button on the end. G and I performed some sound checks and so far it sounds clear and records well.
What I Don’t Like about the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 Headset
There are a few things I don’t like. The main missing feature for me is the ability to control the volume from the headset. We have this on our other headset (Turtle Beach Stealth 500p – the one that crushes my skull) and it’s something I really miss. Obviously, the other thing is the fact that it’s wired. Wireless really is better. I can hear the rubbing of the cord each time my arm touches it or it shifts over the desk I do have to remind myself to take off the headset before I get up so I don’t take my head off. Again, this is simply because I am used to wireless, so coming back is a bit weird. I do appreciate that for the low price we do get a really fantastic headset that I am thrilled with. You can get wireless if you have a few more pennies to spend in the form of the Razer Man O’War Wireless 7.1. There is also the Razer Thresher Ultimate that seems heavenly. G is going to invest in a pair as soon as possible.
Finally, and this is a total girl problem. My makeup is already rubbing off on the edge of the ear cushions. I know I don’t have to wear makeup but if I am and it does rub off I’d prefer it if I could remove it really easily. It does seem to stick to the fabric of the ear piece making it appear faded and it looks dirty (because it is, yes, I know). And that brings me to the quality of the fabric. I do have concerns that the fabric and the stitching will wear and perhaps come loose in possibly a short space of time. Again, that is speculation at this point; I’ll update the post in the future if and when that happens.
Colour Me Happy
There are a few other features worth noting. The first is the Chroma lighting. I like having the ability to change the colour, even though I don’t really get to see them! With Chroma you have 16.8 million colour options to choose from. So far my main colour is teal/turquoise, of course. I have the colour synchronised with my other Razer bits and pieces and it looks awesome, or perhaps I should say SAVAGE (this is the new word for cool, or am I wrong?). Yes, all together my Razer headset, keyboard and mouse look savage mate! God, I’m old. The other notable features are:
- 2m braided USB cable
- 20-20,000Hz frequency response
Stuff that I Don’t Know What the Hell it Means
- 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets
- Impedance: 32Ω at 1kHz
- Sensitivity (@1kHz, 1V/Pa): 110 ± 2dB at 1kHz max
Despite the little niggles I am so happy with my new headset. I’ve used it daily for about a week now so it is early days. The price, the comfort and the design all have me smiling from ear to ear so far and I hope that continues. If you enjoyed this review please keep an eye out for my keyboard and mouse reviews that will follow soon.
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