Razer Kraken Pro Review – Esports Gaming Headset

Razer’s gaming headsets stand out from the crowd because of their iconic logos. Following this tradition, the Kraken Pro is absolutely unmistakable. The Razer Kraken Pro is not a new device, it’s just a new iteration.  The Razer Kraken Pro comes in a new glossy white color too. In hindsight, Razer’s strict neon green/black color scheme is always a deal setter but a new color is always welcomed. It’s good to see the color diversification. Plus points there. Headsets have come a very long way over the last decade. And even though this version of Razer’s reputed Kraken series has an optimal price of around eighty dollars, it just doesn’t hold its ground on the sound quality department when compared to solutions from other competitors such as  Steelseries or Asus. The headset suffers from a major problem. That is the bass. It’s too much. Like Astronomically too much. So let’s look at Razer Kraken Pro review and how it compares with other headsets.

We all know that sometimes simplicity is fruitful. Gaming headsets with features such as surround sound, USB audio processors, and wireless functionality are great, but when you get down to it, the most important thing is to be able to plug in a headset and be able to hear and be heard. The Razer Kraken Pro is the epitome of simplicity while making no compromises on Sound Quality and Comfort.


Razer Kraken Pro Review

PROS:

  • Good Design
  • Excellent Sound
  • Extension Cable
  • Comfortable

CONS:

  • Volume Problems
  • Headphone Adjustment Problems


Design

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The Razer Kraken Pro is primarily available in two colors; black or eye-burning neon green, the neon green version is a definite attention seeker with the aesthetics of the headset being totally designed to grab some attention. Both versions have black memory foam earcups and black rings on the outside of the cups, and opposite color (black for the green model and vice versa) memory foam padding on the underside of the headband, along with a bendable arm on the boom mic.

Razer Kraken Pro has marketed the Kraken Pro as the most comfortable gaming headset and it kind of lives up to it. The headset has a large form factor, over-the-ear cups, and memory foam padding. This lets the headset sit securely on the head without pinching. And despite the large form factor, the headset is light enough to not weigh down the head. It gives a run for the money to headsets such as the Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 5, and that is one of the most comfortable headsets ever manufactured. The headset is not perfect, though. The boom microphone fits in the left earcup on a bendable arm that pulls out of the cup. The retraction on the mic makes it a bit harder to get a good grip for people with large fingers.  However, the headset is very comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions.

Most of the headset is made up of plastic, yet the Kraken Pro looks very good. It almost looks like a premium headset thanks to the black metal mesh covering each ear cup, green leather headband, and black leather ear cups. The plastic that Razer used here seems tough and has plenty of flex. That being said, the headset is unlikely to break due to everyday use.

The headband is also very much adjustable. It should fit virtually anyone. The ear cups can also fold inwards for portability and they also have a little amount of tilt for comfort. They don’t swivel though.


Comfort

The headset is designed to completely cover the ears, the leather cups can get a little warm after a few hours of gaming. It still does feel comfortable throughout because it consists a plenty of cushioning. The padding on the headband is not much,  however, the meshed fabric is slightly more comfortable. At a weight of around 293 grams, the Razer Kraken Pro is a bit heavy. The headband is also a tad bit stretchy that could place a really a significant amount of pressure on your head.


Audio Performance

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The Razer Kraken Pro sound quality is normal. It’s decent with a warm tone and a bass has a slight boost to it. Out of all the budget headsets available on the market, this headset is probably one of the strongest competitors when it comes to music consumption. The sound of the Kraken Pro is kind of default as it doesn’t have a Razer Software Solution for the equalizer meaning it’s not the headset for people who dislike bass. You can go for Kraken 7.1, an older version of the Kraken pro with this software feature.

Because of the heavy bass, the audio quality can get a bit muffled, this is normal and won’t be an issue for music or movie consumption but while gaming this little flaw comes out which can be a bit distracting. Game gimmicks like gunshots, power-ups, and dialogues tend to suffer from this flaw, a little bit of immersion is taken away from this tiny flaw. A software control could’ve solved it.

Anyhow, It still a solid headset which gets the job done. It might be the most unbiased way to describe the Kraken Pro. The headset doesn’t aim to a certain demography and it doesn’t give any extra features that you can stick by. It’s just an average pair of headphones. The main point, however, is the fact that the headset doesn’t have leakage of noise hence it is perfect for quiet environments.

ABass Sound

The main focus of the Razer Kraken Pro is the bass. The Kraken Pro’s bass handling is very well. The 40 mm drivers which are stereo provides an undeniably satisfying blast of bass in almost all games. The crackle in sounds is surprisingly minimal in the game while music listening to high volumes could result in a bit of sound crackle because of the bass. The boom microphone also works very well. It can be very hard to pull out of the earcup, the bending arm lets you adjust its position with ease. The voice is very clear and crisp, though it picked up a little too much outside noise to be used for podcasts or recording.

 Outside of the bass, music, and movies are also very good sounding on the Razer Manowar with some noticeable flaws of course. Musical notes, the vocals, guitar riffs, piano rolls, snares and 808’s, every type of sound was very clear. The high end of the sound spectrum, on the other hand, sound slightly muted compared with the low end, it is again because of the heavy bass as compared to the treble. This isn’t the best headset for music enthusiasts out there. But it’s prime intent is gaming and voice chat. And in this department, the headset works very well. It is also not reason enough to expect a studio headset quality sound from a device in the mid-range price bracket.


Microphone

The microphones are adjustable as well as retractable. This inclusion is a very useful feature. The microphone also comes equipped with extensive noise-canceling features. This has its own flaw, however, the noise cancellation is, so profound that in many cases registering the voice would become an issue, the gain of the microphone also doesn’t help it. Slights tweaks might be required to get the device to pick up your own voice, but all in all, it’s really a challenge just to make the headset recognize any noise. Even in an environment with a real big noise signature, it was downright surprising to see this. You might want to talk a bit louder while making calls here.

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Specifications

  • Type: over-ear headset
  • Driver: Closed
  • Sensitivity: 110 dB
  • Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Plug type 3.5 mm headset jack plug
  • Inline volume No
  • Weight: 293 g
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 112dB ± 3 dB
  • Input power (Max): 30 mW
  • Drivers: 50 mm, with Neodymium magnets
  • Inner ear cup diameter: 60 mm / 2.36 in
  • Cable length: 1.30 m
  • Extras: Splitter extension cable

Box Content

In the box you get:

  • The Headset itself
  • A Manual/User Guide
  • An Extension Cable

PROS:

  • Ships with a Handy extension cable
  • Retractable mic.
  • Bass Heavy Sound
  • Value for money
  • Razer’s style pattern
  • Minimal Headset with easy setup

CONS:

  • The microphone has the worst sound gain
  • Poor sound quality
  • No memory-foam padding can be a bit too much
  • Plastic Built Quality
  • Minimal Controls
  • No, any additional features


Buy or Pass?

Even At such a low price point, the Razer Kraken Pro is hard to recommend. Yes, it is a very cheap headset and obviously, a lot of compromises have been made and it’s all justified. But the one thing that a headset is supposed to do is produce good quality sound and Razer dropped the ball when it comes to sound reproduction.  The headset also doesn’t really have one area where it’s the best, other than bass production. It’s not that a good bass is a wrong thing, far from it, the bass is actually enjoyable. The main problem is that Razer is filled with the bass and despite the strong character of bass, too much of everything is just not worth it. On the other hand, other departments where the work is needed is all compromised be it design, build quality and even the microphone is below average. The in-line remote is a good addition but some headsets (take the HyperX Cloud and Qpad QH-90)  are giving higher quality sound, a comfortable design and additional accessories, for the price point below of what the Razer Kraken has, it’s really hard to recommend this. Maybe someone who’s looking for a stylish headset who’s a big Razer fan can buy this for their  Gaming rigs. But, if you’re in the market for a good sounding headset, look elsewhere.


Final Verdict

There’s no in-line remote and hence there is no way of changing volume or mute the microphone, which could be a big disappointment for MMO players who frequently jump in and out of voice chat. This, however, might also not be a big deal as most of the gaming keyboards now have started to include ways to control volume.

As mentioned earlier in the review,  the 40 mm driver inside each ear cup is basically, no pun intended, is tuned for bass. Sounds such as exploding gunshots and other action sequences filled with explosions really feel immersive because of the bass. But once a slightly less chaotic sound starts playing, the headset really falls flat as it is really bad. The music also has that overexposed bass to it and the sounds are slightly muffled compared to the rumbling low frequencies. In addition to this, the mid-range sound is normally clear but it’s still not perfect, a tad bit more balance would’ve been really appreciated. The stereo separation, however, is very good. We noticed this while playing some first-person shooters and this separation could be a big deal for the gamers.

These headsets really don’t provide anything to a normal person. Only if you’re a hardcore Razer fan should you even think of buying this headset? Yes, it does have a style and branding of the razer as well as a punchy bass but that’s about it on the feature list. The features are limited and it doesn’t have one single good thing. The specs are also very mediocre.

In conclusion, these headphones just don’t provide anything distinguished. The sound reproduction isn’t great, the microphone is very bad, and,  for people having a slightly big ear, the headset becomes a liability because of its uncomfortable fitting.

A big plus point, however, is the color scheme. It’s really good to see razer diversify on it and making products with colors other than green and black. It isn’t much though, in hindsight, the ratio of cons and pros don’t match up and the price to performance ratio is even worse. The Kraken Pro is really in desperate need of an overhaul if it wants to stay competitive at the give price segment headset. The market for low end is now more saturated than ever, cutting on features is not an option for the companies anymore.  The circular earcups are obsolete now, 50 mm drivers are the bare minimum and a lack of in-line controls doesn’t help. The Kraken Pro is showing its age. It’s not the worst headset ever made but there obviously is a far better headset with a better price to performance ration that could be out for.

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