Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC Review: Great audio with some compatibility catches
Razer's newest USB-C headphones, the Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC, provide top-quality sound output and just a touch of Razer's trademark glowing style.
- Sound quality is sharp
- Durable cord
- Good noise cancelling with supplied tips
- Glowing Razer logo is fun
- Cable tangles way too easily
- Glowing tips use your battery power up
- No magnetic clasp
- Not compatible with all USB-C phones
Razer sells a wide variety of headsets, typically aimed at its core gaming market, but it's also in the more portable, phone-centric headphone space with its existing Razer Hammerhead USB-C headphones. Those were meant to be complimentary to the original Razer Phone and with the launch of the Razer Phone 2 comes a new iteration of its Hammerhead design in the form of the Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC.
- A lot more subtle than the original Hammerhead design.
- Rounded cable tangles a lot.
- Durable cable feel.
- Glowing Razer logos.
- Good audio quality with solid bass.
- Noise cancelling works well.
- Not compatible with all USB-C handsets.
- Audio quality is good for the asking price.
- Limited compatibility is an issue.
I've got no essential issue with either the audio quality or noise-cancellation features of the Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC headphones, because both are very good for headphones in their price range. Razer's move away from more obviously gaming-centric vibrant design is mostly welcome and they're obviously a good match for the Razer Phone 2 if you're keen.
That being said, the limited compatibility across other USB-C phones is a worry depending on your handset choice. The switch to a rounded cable does reintroduce the cable tangle blues, which is a song no headphone owner ever really wants to hear.
Pricing and availability
The Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC sells in Australia for $169.95 outright.
Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC from Razer
Razer's Hammerhead USB-C ANC headphones combine rugged construction, great audio and simple noise cancelling into a set of headphones suitable for music, video or gaming on the go purposes.View details