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Razer Kraken X Review

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The Razer Kraken X offers an immersive gaming experience with its 7.1 surround sound and shines with exceptional microphone recording quality. However, the sound output isn’t top-tier, and its control scheme is also limited.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Razer Kraken X headphones were first launched in 2019 as entry-level headphones designed for gamers. The headphones don’t have noise canceling or app support, but they have a boom mic and ship with an ⅛ inch TRRS audio cable for plugging into an AUX port. They feature 40mm custom-tuned drivers, and their ear cups are generously padded. However, these headphones are wired.

Read our list of the best gaming headsets for some wireless alternatives. The Kraken X headphones have support for surround sound, and its control scheme includes a mute and unmute button for its mic and a volume wheel.

Consensus

our Verdict

The wired Razer Kraken X gaming headset has an imbalanced sound profile. While mids are clear and even, the bass response is boomy, and this cannot be adjusted since there’s no companion software. The headphones also boast a clear, functional microphone with excellent recording quality, and they can be connected easily to both PCs and consoles.

The build quality is also generally durable despite its lightweight design, and it is also comfortable courtesy of the thick padding on both ear cups. The included 7.1 surround sound software enhances the overall gaming experience.

Though not without minor flaws, the Razer Kraken X offers good value for those seeking an affordable gaming headset with few bells and whistles.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Decently comfortable
    • The Razer Kraken X gaming headset has thick ear cup padding, and weighing only 250g, their lightweight design doesn’t put as much strain on the wearer. This makes them ideal for marathon gaming sessions

  • Excellent microphone recording quality
    • The sound captured through the microphone is clear, detailed and natural sounding for hassle-free in-game chatting. This is also reflected in its 8.7/10 spot in our microphone sound quality rating, giving it a position in the top 20% of alternatives in this category.

  • 7.1 Channel surround sound
    • Its support for 7.1 surround sound makes it ideal for situational awareness and object placement for more immersive gaming.

  • Imbalanced sound profile
    • The headphones have a boomy sound output, but the mids are clear and even. Unfortunately, this cannot be accurately fine-tuned because the headset doesn’t have companion software.

  • Limited control scheme
    • The Kraken X doesn’t have as many control options. It is similar to the Sennheiser Game One, which we’ve covered in our Sennheiser Game One review.

Reason to Avoid

Razer Kraken X Specs

Adjustable HeadbandAdjustable HeadbandYes
Auto-Adjusting HeadbandAuto-Adjusting HeadbandYes
Battery LifeBattery LifeWired
Compatible PlatformsCompatible PlatformsMac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
Connector SizeConnector Size3.5mm
Detachable MicDetachable MicNo
Driver SizeDriver Size40mm
Earcup Foam MaterialEarcup Foam MaterialFoam
Headphone FitHeadphone FitOver-ear
Max Frequency ResponseMax Frequency Response28,000Hz
Min Frequency ResponseMin Frequency Response12Hz
Noise CancelingNoise CancelingYes
Product WeightProduct Weight0.55 lbs
Programmable ButtonsProgrammable ButtonsNo
WirelessWirelessNo
Wireless ConnectivityWireless Connectivityn/a

All Specs

Test Results

Max Volume (dB)0
Microphone Sound Quality Rating (out of 10.0)8.05
Speech To Noise Ratio (dB)37.29
BT Latency (ms)0
Non-BT Latency (ms)0
Low End Roll Off (Hz)68.25
High End Roll Off (Hz)7,782.914

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Razer Kraken X Review

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Market Context

The Razer Kraken X headphones were first launched in 2019 as entry-level headphones designed for gamers. The headphones don’t have noise canceling or app support,…

The Razer Kraken X headphones were first launched in 2019 as entry-level headphones designed for gamers. The headphones don’t have noise canceling or app support, but they have a boom mic and ship with an ⅛ inch TRRS audio cable for plugging into an AUX port. They feature 40mm custom-tuned drivers, and their ear cups are generously padded. However, these headphones are wired.

Read our list of the best gaming headsets for some wireless alternatives. The Kraken X headphones have support for surround sound, and its control scheme includes a mute and unmute button for its mic and a volume wheel.

The Razer Kraken X headphones are slightly larger than the Razer BlackShark V2 X headphones, however, the V2 X headphones include a pouch for storage,…

The Razer Kraken X headphones are slightly larger than the Razer BlackShark V2 X headphones, however, the V2 X headphones include a pouch for storage, while the Kraken X headphones do not. The V2 X headphones also have much better sound leakage performance, and they also have thick memory foam ear cushions for added comfort. Another alternative similar to these that’s worth considering is the Razer Nari Ultimate, which we’ve covered in our Razer Nari Ultimate review.

While the Razer Kraken X headphones are only compatible with PCs and either PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles, the Razer Kraken V3 X headphones can…

While the Razer Kraken X headphones are only compatible with PCs and either PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles, the Razer Kraken V3 X headphones can be connected to PCs, both PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles, as well as Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles through an analog connection. The V3 X has a companion app allowing users to customize its RGB lighting and configure their surround sound performance. This app support is missing on the Kraken X headphones. Still, you can learn more about the V3 X headphones through our Razer Kraken V3 X review.

The first noticeable difference between the Kraken X headphones and the Sennheiser Game One’s is that the former has a closed-back enclosure, while the latter…

The first noticeable difference between the Kraken X headphones and the Sennheiser Game One’s is that the former has a closed-back enclosure, while the latter has an open-back enclosure. The Kraken X headphones are also significantly larger than the Sennheiser headphones. We’ve covered the Game One headphones in our Sennheiser Game One review, so you can have a look if you’re interested.

Adjustable Headband

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto-Adjusting Headband

Yes

No

No

Battery Life

Wired

n/a

Compatible Platforms

Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Connector Size

3.5mm

3.5mm

USB Type-A

Detachable Mic

No

Yes

No

Driver Size

40mm

50mm

50mm

Earcup Foam Material

Foam

Memory Foam

Memory Foam

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Score Card

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Expert Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Rating

    61
    The Razer Kraken X are okay for wired gaming. They a fairly comfortable design. They… Read More

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  • Tom’s Guide
    62.71

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    Get the Razer Kraken X if you’ve got only $50 to spend on a gaming… Read More

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  • Sound Guys
    67.47

    Category Trust Rating

    71
    If you need a functional gaming headset that gets the job done without draining your… Read More

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  • Kit Guru
    57.57

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Here at KitGuru we’ve reviewed plenty of Razer headsets over the years, with some costing… Read More

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  • Trusted Reviews
    82.27

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Razer Kraken X is a good mid-range headset that gets most of the basics… Read More

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  • PCWorld
    64.12

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    The Razer Kraken X is a no-frills take on a headset line that already had… Read More

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