Razer is greatest recognized for its LED-packed gaming computer systems and equipment like mice and keyboards, however the firm can also be making a identify for itself on the subject of wi-fi headphones. At the moment the corporate is saying an up to date model of its Hammerhead True Wi-fi Earbuds that add noise cancellation and an improved in-ear design, plus the corporate’s signature design function: color-changing LEDs.
If you happen to’re rolling your eyes at that final function, which illuminates the Razer emblem on every earbud, you’re not alone. On paper it feels like nothing greater than a gimmick to assist drum up some additional publicity for the upgraded earbuds, and for essentially the most half it’s—the function isn’t particularly helpful for the person, who can’t truly see the LEDs glowing whereas carrying the buds. However the gimmick isn’t a dealbreaker. The LEDs is perhaps largely pointless (and might be turned off), however the earbuds themselves are unbelievable, with high-end options like lively noise cancellation and totally adjustable EQ for simply $130. Until you are feeling beholden to funnel all of your cash to Apple, there’s little cause to go for AirPods any extra.
Upgraded In-Ear Design With Higher Match
Razer’s authentic Hammerhead True Wi-fi Earbuds had been kind of a clone of the unique Apple AirPods, together with the half in-ear design that many discovered inconceivable to comfortably put on with out the buds falling out. For the brand new model of the Hammerhead True Wi-fi Earbuds, Razer has switched to a design much like the Razer Hammerhead True Wi-fi Professional Earbuds from final yr, which makes use of silicone ear suggestions with three totally different measurement choices included so customers can get a safer match in addition to a superb seal that improves noise cancellation.
In comparison with the Nothing Ear (1) and the Apple AirPods Professional, the brand new Hammerhead True Wi-fi Earbuds are a number of the bigger earbuds on the market with an prolonged stem design, however they’re nonetheless gentle sufficient that you just barely really feel them in your ears. I haven’t had any points with them falling out, even throughout a jog.
Let’s Speak About These LEDs
Apart from perhaps trying flashier throughout a Twitch stream, or standing out in a rave (though neither is a state of affairs the place you’d truly put on wi-fi earbuds) I can’t consider a sensible cause why Razer included color-changing LEDs apart from company branding. Nevertheless it’s Razer’s factor, they usually’ve gone the additional mile to incorporate a number of totally different LED results on these earbuds.
Utilizing the Razer ChromaRGB cellular app on a smartphone—sure, there are two separate cellular apps for configuring these earbuds—you’ll be able to set the LEDs to a glow a particular colour, slowly cycle by the colour spectrum, create a refined respiration impact that shifts between two totally different colours, and even flash in response to the beats of the music you’re listening to love a graphic equalizer.
I’ll begrudgingly admit that seeing the Audio Meter mode in motion is form of neat, however you’ll be able to solely see it while you’re not truly carrying the buds—solely others can, they usually can’t hear what you’re listening to, so to them the flashing simply seems fully random.
Moreover (and to its credit score, Razer may be very up entrance about this) turning the LED options on is definitely detrimental to the earbuds’ battery life. With the LEDs and ANC turned off, the brand new Hammerhead True Wi-fi Earbuds promise shut to six.5 hours of playback on buds alone, or as much as 32.5 hours when paired with the charging case. That’s near the 34 hours in complete that Nothing guarantees with its $99 Ear (1) wi-fi earbuds, and significantly better than the 24 hours Apple guarantees with the $249 AirPods Professional. With the LEDs turned on, nonetheless, you’ll sacrifice a full hour of battery life on buds alone, and also you’ll lose 5 hours of additional playback time when utilizing the charging case. It’s not a big drop, nevertheless it’s a drop nonetheless, and given wi-fi earbuds already wrestle with battery life, I’m unsure who would ever willingly flip the Hammerhead True Wi-fi Earbuds’ LEDs on.
A Bulkier Charging Case
If there was one criticism to be made about Razer’s new Hammerhead True Wi-fi Earbuds it’s that the charging case has gained a little bit of bulk. The unique model included a smaller case during which the earbuds may lay inside, however the brand new model is a bit bigger to accommodate the buds standing side-by-side vertically.
It’s not the most important charging case I’ve tried to squeeze in a pocket, nevertheless it’s a bit bigger than the AirPods Professional charging case, with out the comfort of wi-fi charging. You’ll have to insert a USB-C cable within the backside everytime you need to cost it up, and whereas it’s not a significant inconvenience, Qi wi-fi charging is now a function you’ll discover on wi-fi earbuds beneath $100.
Smaller Drivers, Splendidly Large Sound
The unique Razer Hammerhead True Wi-fi Earbuds included beastly 13-millimeter drivers however for the brand new model these have been lowered to 10mm, which remains to be shut in measurement to what you’ll discover inside $300 wi-fi earbuds just like the Grasp & Dynamic MW08s. Regardless of the small drop in driver measurement, the brand new Hammerhead True Wi-fi Earbuds sound actually unbelievable with each punchy highs and bass copy that actually thump in your ears, however they nonetheless handle to ship a well-balanced and really satisfying sound that additionally doesn’t distort while you’ve acquired the quantity irresponsibly cranked. They not solely sound nice for $130 wi-fi earbuds, they sound virtually nearly as good because the premium choices from corporations charging properly north of $250 for his or her earbuds.
I used to be equally impressed with the Razer Audio app that features all of the options I’ve come to anticipate from a headphone app, together with the flexibility to show lively noise cancellation and ambient sound boosting on and off with out having to memorize a collection of faucets on the earbuds themselves, and the flexibility to vary what options these faucets and multi-taps truly set off. The app additionally allows you to activate Razer’s ‘Gaming Mode,’ which guarantees to scale back the latency between what’s occurring in a recreation and the audio being wirelessly delivered to your ears to only 60ms so there’s minimal lag between the 2. Razer guarantees the function received’t diminish the standard of the audio, though battery life does take one other hit.
Not like the app that’s accessible for Nothings new Ear (1) wi-fi earbuds, the Razer Audio app means that you can swap between equalizer modes like “Enhanced Bass,” “Vocal,” and “Enhanced Readability,” or create your individual customized EQ combine utilizing 10 totally different sliders that every management a unique frequency vary. I’d be stunned to search out anybody who had a criticism with how the Razer Hammerhead True Wi-fi Earbuds sound out of the field, however with full EQ customizability, anybody can tweak the sound to their very own preferences. At this level each single pair of wi-fi headphones and earbuds with an accompanying app ought to supply this performance.
The lively noise cancellation on the Razer Hammerhead True Wi-fi Earbuds is strong, and whereas I put it on par with the Apple AirPods Professional, I feel the $99 Nothing Ear (1) earbuds do a barely higher job at reducing out a bit extra of the decrease frequencies. However that was when evaluating the 2 facet by facet, and swapping the earbuds out and in. Have been I to make use of the brand new Hammerheads someday, after which swap to the ear (1) the following, there’d be little likelihood I may inform the 2 aside. If noise cancellation is very essential to you, you’ll get a lot higher outcomes with a pair of over-ear headphones. Name high quality was additionally strong, though everybody I spoke to may undoubtedly hear a small distinction between the Hammerheads versus speaking straight into my cellphone.
Price Shopping for?
Did Razer actually need to stay color-changing LEDs in its wi-fi earbuds? In fact not. It’s a superfluous function that, if something, is a detriment to the efficiency of the brand new Hammerheads when it’s turned on. However the different upgrades and enhancements greater than make up for it. For $130 these are genuinely a superb pair of wi-fi earbuds which I’d truly suggest over Razer’s Hammerhead True Wi-fi Professional Earbuds as a result of all you’re actually sacrificing is the THX certification, however saving $70 within the course of.