Razer is one of the most renowned names in the gaming community due to their quality gaming products. The company is known for sponsoring its own teams that take part in gaming competitions armed with Razer’s arsenal, a quite bold move to portray your products among hardcore elite.
When it comes to gaming headsets, Razer do have some products that have been received quite well by the critics (and few ones that haven’t) and Kraken was one of them. Keeping in pace with the new buzzword (i.e. Surround Sound), Razer launched the Kraken 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset that has all the features of the good old Kraken along with the added feature of producing virtual 7.1 Surround Sound.
Razer Kraken 7.1 - Performance
Kraken was, perhaps, the best gaming headset Razer has ever launched. So it’s nice to see that instead of reinventing the wheel, Razer decided to keep the winning formula alive and brought couple of other ingredients to make the finished product even better.
Sound of the original Kraken headset was quite good and now with added advantage of 7.1 Surround Sound, the headset simply rocks. Though keep in mind that to fully utilize (or enjoy) the power of surround sound, you’ll have to test the titles that are optimized for this technology. Mostly, the First Person Shooters are the ones where you’ll experience quite recognizable difference so use the Kraken with the latest FPS and see the difference yourself.
The Razer Kraken 7.1 doesn’t fail during “off-gaming mode”, such as while listening to music, watching movies, or for other general purpose tasks. The sound will feel crisp and clear so Kraken is an excellent choice for audiophiles as well.
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The quality of a headset can be greatly compromised if the headphones get paired with a mediocre microphone. Fortunately, that’s not the case with Razer’s Kraken. The Kraken’s mic will ensure that everything you say gets transferred to your teammates without any fuss. And when you don’t want to disturb them, the tiny mute button will do the job.
Check out the technical specs of Razer Kraken.
- Advanced 7.1 virtual surround sound engine
- Enhanced digital microphone
- Designed for extended gaming comfort
- Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
- Powerful drivers for highest-quality gaming audio
- Closed ear cup design for optimal sound isolation
- Foldable ear cups for maximum portability
- Drivers: 40mm neodymium magnets
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
- Impedance: 32 Ω
- Sensitivity @ 1kHz: 112dB
- Output Power: 30mW
- Connector: Gold plated USB
- Cable Length: 2m / 6.56 ft braided USB cable
- Approximate Weight: 340g
- Frequency response: 100Hz –12kHz
- Sensitivity @ 1kHz: -40dB ± 4dB
- Signal-to-noise ratio: 63 dB
- Pick-up pattern: Omnidirectional
Razer Kraken 7.1 - Design and Comfort
Perhaps Razer Kraken 7.1 gaming headset’s best feature is its comfort. Even after long hours of usage, you won’t feel any tiredness as Kraken is quite lightweight (weighed just about 340g). The entire unit is made up of plastic to reduce overall weight as much as possible but don’t worry, the headset doesn’t feel cheap in anyway. So it’s safe to say that though plastic has given it a bit of a flimsy look, it has achieved the objective of light-weightiness.
The circumaural, closed-end ear cups with leather cushions ensure that you are protected from background noise which is necessary in noisy environments such as of gaming cafes.
One feature that Razer has surprisingly left out is the on-the-fly volume adjuster. Though it’s not much of a fuss; if you are one of those (like me) who prefer having a volume controller (preferably on the headset), it will take some time to ignore it completely.
You’ll need to download the Razer Synapse 2.0 surround sound software in order to calibrate the headset and then adjust the settings according to your requirements. The procedure is pretty straightforward and hopefully you’ll get along with it without any difficulty.
Razer Kraken 7.1 - Price Tag
Considering the features and quality of Razer Kraken 7.1, $100 doesn’t seem much at all. However, if you already have a stereo gaming headset, just download the Razer’s surround sound software and you’re all set. If you are looking for a headset, get this one; you’re not going to be disappointed.
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