Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC Review: Great audio with some compatibility catches

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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.

The good

  • Sound quality is sharp
  • Durable cord
  • Good noise cancelling with supplied tips
  • Glowing Razer logo is fun

The bad

  • 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.

Design

  • A lot more subtle than the original Hammerhead design.
  • Rounded cable tangles a lot.
  • Durable cable feel.
  • Glowing Razer logos.

Performance

  • Good audio quality with solid bass.
  • Noise cancelling works well.
  • Not compatible with all USB-C handsets.

Verdict

  • 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

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.

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Specifications

Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC

Build

Category
In-ear Headphones
Colours
Black
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz
Sensitivity
110dB
Impedance
32 ohms

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wired
Bluetooth
No

Features

Noise Cancelling
Active Noise Cancellation
Detachable Cable
No
Rechargeable Battery
No

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