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Razer Kraken X USB review

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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.


Design

Design

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

Performance

Performance

  • 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

Features

Features

  • 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

Verdict

Verdict

  • 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

Price

RRP $101.95

Where to buy


Specifications

Razer Kraken X USB
Finder score: 3.5

Build

Wired/Wireless
Wired
Weight
275g
Speaker Driver
40mm Neodymiummm
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz
Ear Cushion
Memory foam
Microphone Type
Unidirectional ECM boom
Colours
Black
Sound Format
7.1 surround sound

Connectivity

Connection Type
USB
Cable length
2m

Features

RGB Lighting
No
Detachable Microphone
No
On-headset Controls
Mute, Volume wheel

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