A bass-heavy fashion statement that’s comfortable to wear but hopeless in game.
Razer’s gaming headsets always tend to stand out due to their dynamic colour scheme and now iconic logo. The Kraken Pro is likewise unmistakable with its Razer branded logo and colours of luminous-green and white being easy to recognise.
Although the Kraken Pro is largely made from plastic, it is still portrayed as a premium headset thanks to the black metal mesh covering each ear cup, as well as the leather headband and black leatherette ear cups to boot. The plastic is resilient and highly flexible making it durable for causal use away from gaming too.
The headset’s microphone is retractable into the left ear cup meaning it can be kept out of sight when it is not needed. It is also flexible, so it can be moved into multiple positions based on preference or quality to improve speech clarity.
The microphone has extensive noise-cancelling features to prevent background noise from being picked-up when using the microphone for communicating.
Despite primarily being a headset for PC gaming, the audio cable ends in a combined 3.5mm audio jack to let you use it as a smartphone headset. A splitter extension is included in the box, which will let you connect the mic to its own dedicated jack.
First and foremost, the headset has too much bass. This can be seen as a good thing but ultimately for gaming, it’s the complete opposite. The quality of sound, as a result of the bass-heavy audio, is just not high-quality in terms of fidelity. Many sounds that we have grown accustomed to recognising in CSGO were dulled by the bass including one example, the AK47. Such a iconic sound in the world of CS, it sounded so dulled and very similar to other guns in the game with the sound mainly consisting of booms.
The microphone quality also displayed lackluster results with tests between ourselves showing that the microphone was rarely picking up much audio, if any, because of the noise-cancelling features. The noise-cancelling proved too effective and would sometimes prevent any audio from being recognised. Tweaks are available at preferential discretion but is quite a pain to find a level which is perfect enough to pick up an audible voice and still block out any background noise.
The quality of sound is the selling-point for any headset, especially gaming, where sound is key and can make or break a situation. In CSGO specifically, clutch rounds or bombsite holds require high-quality sound to determine locations, speeds, density of players, and the type of weapons they are equipped with to provide an early advantage to yourself and your teammates.
The headset is a great fit for almost anybody. The headband is adjustable and extremely comfortable. Because the headband has just the right amount of tension, long periods of listening to music or withstanding AK47 bullets ricocheting off the wall next to you are not unbearable and is still a comfortable experience.
One let-down by the headset is the ear cups and how they can potentially be slightly too small for a majority. They are not completely unbearable though and do surround the ears well, but can provide a problem for long sessions. The ear cups can also become a little warm after a few hours but are still cushioned enough to those who have no previous issues with the ear cup size.
The extension cable provided allows for further room to maneuver without restricting movement.
With the price ranging from around £42 up to £70, the headset is not top end yet does not validate its mid-level price either due to its poor overall quality in its main use, sound. The lack of serious additional features such as an in-line remote for changing the volume or muting the microphone is another discrepancy. The design is a huge positive with the Razer Kraken Pro, as is the comfort thanks to the adjustable headband and cushioned ear-cups but unfortunately still doesn’t justify its average price tag of around £65. More balanced headphones are available on the market for less or similar asking prices.
Overall, the Razer Kraken Pro is just not able to compete with products of a similar price. There are too many serious problems with this headset preventing it from becoming a serious competitor in the market.