Razer Kraken X USB review

Quick verdict: The Razer Kraken X USB headset packs big sound into a small and lightweight package, and it does so at a very decent price.

  • Lightweight frame remains comfortable over long gaming sessions
  • Impressive virtual surround sound implementation
  • Powerful audio that punches above its weight
  • Rubber cable isn't as resilient as a braided one
  • Mic isn't removable or retractable
  • 7.1 surround sound is only compatible with 64-bit Windows 10

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Light is the new black in the gaming hardware space. From tiny mice like the Razer Viper Mini to tenkeyless keyboards like the Hexgears Nova, cramming more features into smaller, lighter packages is becoming increasingly popular.

The Razer Kraken X USB continues this trend. Weighing in at a meagre 275g, it's one of the lightest gaming headsets I've tested, and yet Razer has managed to equip it with full 7.1 surround sound and a pair of powerful 40mm Neodymium drivers. Coupled with a surprisingly reasonable price tag, the Kraken X USB is quite a compelling choice for PC gamers wanting a capable yet affordable wired surround sound headset.



  • Lightweight design doesn't sacrifice build quality
  • Comfortable over extended gaming sessions
  • Lack of braided cable is a bummer
Razer Kraken X USB earcups



  • Strong audio quality for its size and price
  • Surround sound implementation is solid
  • Has a few too many compatibility issues
Razer Kraken X USB close up on earcups



  • Pop-out mute button makes checking mic status quick and easy
  • Green earcup lighting is neat, though lacks full RGB support
Razer Kraken X USB on head



  • Compact design balances comfort with performance
  • A very good price for 7.1 surround sound
Razer Kraken X USB next to keyboard
Should you buy it?

If you've got the PC set-up to take advantage of it, the Razer Kraken X USB is an excellent surround sound headset at a very attractive price. Its lightweight design is snug and comfortable even throughout marathon gaming sessions, its audio is bigger and more powerful than its small frame would imply and its surround sound implementation is clear and consistent. Just make sure you're running the right version of Windows 10 and have access to your PC's rear-facing USB ports before throwing down your hard-earned cash.

Pricing and availability


Razer Kraken X USB


Speaker Driver
40mm Neodymiummm
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz
Ear Cushion
Memory foam
Microphone Type
Unidirectional ECM boom
Sound Format
7.1 surround sound


Connection Type
Cable length


RGB Lighting
Detachable Microphone
On-headset Controls
Mute, Volume wheel

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