Thanks to Razer for providing GWW with this review unit.
Razer absolutely delivers with the new Kraken X headset. It offers excellent 7.1 surround sound, an adjustable microphone and super comfortable ear cushions. Razer’s engineers thought of everything. Don’t believe me? Well how about the added space between the ear cushions and the headband so glasses-wearing users can avoid the uncomfortable tightness of just about every other headset? Hat-tip, Razer. Hat-tip.
The moment I put these on I said “wow!” I was shocked at how light and comfortable they are. In addition to the great feeling of wearing them for a minute, or even an hour, the Kraken X also is an excellent value. For just $49 you get 7.1 surround sound support (a Razer app is included with your purchase). The honeycomb grill that all of Razer’s recent headset’s has is appealing and timeless. Along the top of the headrest you’ll find “RAZER” etched nicely into the plastic.
Controls are straightforward. There is a volume wheel and a simple microphone mute button. The aforementioned software is also simple. You select the playback channel that routes to your headset and 7.1 is enabled. Also, Razer were kind enough to include an extension cord for your audio cable so you can put some distance between you and your gaming console or PC.
To put the Kraken X through it’s paces, I opted for a variety of media-related activities: movies, YouTube, music and gaming.
Who is it For?
I’ve used and love Razer’s more expensive headsets. The Kraken X is without a doubt an easy recommendation for anyone. I’ve actually packed away my Razer Nari Ultimate headset in favor of this less expensive, but more comfortable Kraken X. At just $49, this is a steal.