True Gaming Wireless Earbuds
Razer has been making gaming headsets for almost a decade now. With the current trend of earbuds on the rise, some gamers might be considering buying a pair of earbuds for everyday use and gaming considering the excellent versatility that comes with a pair of earbuds.
But, to be honest, there are pretty much no true wireless earbuds designed specifically for gaming on the market. That is, until now. Teaming up with THX, Razer created the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds to fill the gap.
The big question is, are these well-suited for gamers? Can they justify their price? And how well do they compare to other similar priced earbuds?
Let’s have a look at our in-depth Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro Review…
Starting with the case, the all-black design looks great and feels sleek, although it lacks any sort of texture. This led to us fumbling around in our pockets a few times, trying to get it out with one hand. Let’s not even get started on opening the case with one hand.
Apart from that, the case isn’t too bulky, which makes it pocket friendly, and although it is completely plastic, it feels sturdy enough that it won’t flex or break when some pressure is applied.
Durable and stylish…
The earbuds themselves look like carbon copies of the original Hammerhead TWS earbuds. The matte black earbuds look and feel great. Likewise, the Razer logo encased in a shiny black plastic on the side of the earbuds looks classy. The IPX4 rating means you won’t have to worry about these getting splashed accidentally. They should work great at the gym as well.
For the “Pro” variant, Razer did not just team up with THX to design the audio output, but they also worked with a company called Comply to design special memory foam ear tips that are included in the box.
If you are anything like we are, you’d be jumping for joy getting a decent pair of memory foam ear tips included. These ear tips don’t just increase the levels of comfort when worn, but also seal off your ear canals much better than silicone ear tips. If you don’t like the memory foam ear tips, Razer does include another six pairs of ear tips for you to choose from.
These are stemmed earbuds, which means putting them in, and taking them off is pretty easy. Our only issue with the stemmed design is that the stems can sometimes catch something, especially when taking off our masks. These earbuds have no physical buttons with all of the controls mapped to touch gestures, which we found to work well for the most part.
How does the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro sound?
Let’s start by talking about the ANC. The active noise canceling is nowhere near the likes of the Sony WF-1000XM3 or SP800N, but it works well enough that we weren’t distracted by any of the office air conditioners or car rumbles, but some chatter and higher frequencies did pierce through.
It’s also important to find the best fitting tips so that your ear canals are well isolated. Otherwise, the ANC won’t work well at all.
Sound-wise, these earbuds sound great. Partnering with THX, Razer has crafted one of the best sounding earbuds on the market. With a relatively flat frequency response, you can expect all genres of music to sound excellent, whether it be classical music, pop, or EDM.
Bass response is great. Listening to Chevelle’s “Same old trip,” the prominent bass line in the verse sounds full-bodied but does not cause any auditory masking over the vocals or drums.
When the bridge hits and the solo kicks in, the guitars shine bright, with a clearly defined mid-range. The cymbals crashing through the chorus sound bright and do not become jumbled or lost in the mix. These headphones truly sound the way the music was mixed in the studio.
What this means is, if you prefer some extra bass in your mix, these headphones might feel like they are lacking in the sound department for you.
Gaming With Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro
Gaming on the earbuds is great. However, the soundstage is quite narrow. This means playing games like Fortnite, where a wide soundstage offers an advantage over other players, you might not get as much from these earbuds. That said, stereo separation is decent, and we could still tell whether footsteps were coming from the right or left side.
Razer also offers a “Gaming Mode,” which offers low-latency streaming at 60ms. This is a great addition because audio latency can make or break your gaming experience, especially when it comes to wireless headphones in general.
This can be found on the Razer mobile app, which comes with a slew of customizable settings like the gaming mode, EQ settings, and re-mapping the touch controls.
How Does the Microphone sound?
Calling up some friends, we did have some complaints. The earbuds amplified voices, making it too loud and sometimes even clipping. That said, the microphone still sounded clear and is perfectly usable. Although, if you have better options or can just take the call using the phone’s microphone, that would be better.
This also means if you want to use the microphone for gaming, you might have to play around with in-game settings to lower the microphone volume before using it.
Battery Life and Connectivity
With a single charge, we got four and a half hours of playback at 75% of the volume. This is quite loud, and most listeners won’t ever have the volume this high. So, you might be able to get some extra playback out of a single charge.
The case can provide an extra four full charges, which is excellent for an earbud case. This equates to over 16 hours of playback before needing to charge the case.
Charging is done via USB-C, which charges up quickly. There is no wireless charging on here, so it is wise to always keep a cable at hand.
Apple or Android?
The earbuds support only SBC and AAC audio codecs. Unfortunately, there is no aptX or aptX HD support. As a result, iOS users will benefit the most from the AAC codec. This is because most Android devices either do not support AAC or struggle to keep the connection consistent.
If you do find yourself with an Android device that is using AAC and has interruptions or a bad connection, forcing SCB might fix the problem. Although running the earbuds on our Samsung Galaxy S10+, we had no issues with the AAC connectivity at all, even when walking outside with the phone inside.
These earbuds feature Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. This should give you between 40 and 50 meters of connection without any problems, even through walls in your home.
Who Is It For?
First and foremost, any gamers who prefer to stick to the Razer brand. If you already own an array of Razer gear, these earbuds will quickly become your go-to drivers.
These earbuds are also great for anyone looking to buy sub $200 earbuds with excellent sound quality. These earbuds come with THX certification and sound sublime. Yes, the ANC isn’t as great as the Air Pods Pro or Sony WF-1000XM3. However, the sound profile on the Razer is better.
Stylistically these are reminiscent of the Air Pod Pros as well, which make them the perfect alternative.
Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro Review Pros and Cons
- Excellent sound quality.
- IPX4 rating.
- AAC codec supported for IOS.
- Comfortable and durable.
- ANC is not that great.
- The microphone is sub-par.
- No aptX support.
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If you want an excellent sounding pair of TWS earbuds under $200, look no further. Yes, these earbuds sport the Razer logo, but they are so much more than just gaming earbuds. With THX certification, comfy memory foam ear tips, and decent battery life, these are some of the best earbuds on the market at the moment.
If you prefer better ANC, the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds are the best on the market. If you want earbuds specifically made for sport with ANC support, we recommend checking out Sony’s SP800N earbuds. They are IPX7 rated and sport great ANC support.
Until next time, happy listening.