Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma PC/PS4 Headset Review

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Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma PC/PS4 Headset Review

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The packaging for the Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma is befitting of its place at the pinnacle of the Razer audio range. Stiff cardboard packaging wrapped up in a clear and crisp design that highlights all the good points. It's surprising how understated the Playstation 4 compatibility is. We'd have thought, given the install base, that Razer would be shouting louder on the box.

Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma PC/PS4 Headset Review     Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma PC/PS4 Headset Review  

The design of any headset is important because you primarily want it to be as comfortable as possible, but durable too. They probably take more abuse than any other item of hardware. Unless we're the only people who rip them off in moments of frustration or triumph? The band is a solid item that underscores the general build quality of the Kraken. Large ear pieces give plenty of room for the sound to breathe, which offsets the closed back nature of the design. Rather than going with a wall of plastic though, Razer have giving the Kraken an open backed effect which really makes them look classy.

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As technology brings people closer across continents having the ability to converse easily has become a vital part of the modern experience. We all like a mic, but we don't want a cool looking pair of headphones spoilt by having a monster thing on the side. The retractable microphone solves that problem perfectly, whilst also having a handy light for those of us who can be freeform with our whining without realising we haven't muted the microphone.

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The hinges, an element of many headphones that isn't quite built as well as the rest, are excellent on the Kraken. Plenty of height adjustment for those of you with a quiff or beehive hairdo, whilst being solid enough to withstand the 'single handed removed with annoyance' moments.

Regular inhabitors of our corner of the vast information superhighway will know that we deal with an extraordinary amount of hardware here. It's not always possible to remember everything. With that said, we can't think of another USB headset that hasn't had either an external soundcard nor an inline remote of some kind. This is fantastic. Although the cable has a less enjoyable quality we'll address in our conclusion.

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Most Recent Comments

19-08-2015, 07:55:51

MadShadow
Wow, I was kind of expecting the usual "overpriced and horrible sound quality", but I'm impressed now. Not that I would buy it, but you've defo changed my opinion on Razer products.Quote

21-08-2015, 00:35:38

Valeriant
Bought this right when Far Cry 4 was out and I experienced 7.1 for the first time. Thanks to it I can hear a rhino running towards me without turning my view and immediately I ran and jumped into the water haha. Good times. The top felt heavy after hours of use though.Quote

21-08-2015, 03:49:56

SuB
Did you test the mic? I.E. join a teamspeak and have someone else listen to it? That's often where these things cheap-out which while it doesn't affect *you* as the owner, it will affect eeeeeveryone else. lolQuote

21-08-2015, 09:28:24

Greenback
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Originally Posted by Valeriant View Post
Bought this right when Far Cry 4 was out and I experienced 7.1 for the first time. Thanks to it I can hear a rhino running towards me without turning my view and immediately I ran and jumped into the water haha. Good times. The top felt heavy after hours of use though.
In the days of Soldier of fortune 2 I had a pair of medusa surround sound, amount of times you get accused of cheating because you turn in the direction before you see someone Quote

21-08-2015, 09:31:12

SuB
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Originally Posted by Greenback View Post
In the days of Soldier of fortune 2 I had a pair of medusa surround sound, amount of times you get accused of cheating because you turn in the direction before you see someone
Hah, I remember those, had the same issues in CS Quote
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