Headphones from Razer, as is the case with many mass-market gaming brands, can be quite controversial: some models sound good and have excellent quality, while others are the exact opposite. This time around, Razer has released a whole line of updated Bluetooth gaming wireless headphones for mobile devices that have received many changes, especially in terms of build quality and overall design. In this review, we’ll talk about the younger version of the series called the Razer Hammerhead X and look at its pros and cons.
Let’s start with packaging and packaging. Since the product itself is very compact, the box also has small dimensions. It is made of materials pleasant to the touch and opens as smoothly as products from Apple (who knows, he will understand). In the kit, we see a case for transportation and recharging, the headphones themselves, a USB Type-C cable, as well as silicone pads for those who want a more snug fit of the device in their ears. It is quite a standard package for this kind of product.
Let’s move on to the design of the case and the headphones themselves. The case is assembled from matte non-soiled plastic, and also has an indicator showing the charge level in three colors: green (charged), orange (medium charge level) and red (discharged). The first thing that you immediately notice is the clear fit of the lid. Let me remind you that the previous generation Hammerhead periodically had samples with backlash, which increased the wear of the mechanism. The new version does not have this problem. The magnets are strong enough to prevent the case from opening on its own, and when the case is open, the earbuds will not fall out even with intense shaking.
Hammerhead X’s are droplet-like structures, so city noises can be heard even while music is playing. But this is precisely a design feature, since there are vacuum Hammerheads and Hammerhead Pros for complete insulation. However, you can use the complete silicone pads, which somewhat reduce the noise level and make the device fit more tightly.
Interestingly, the new headphones are backlit. I’m not a big fan of all kinds of lights, but the quality of the logo is really good. All the details of the Razer brand logo are visible even at the highest brightness and do not just create a “mess” of light, due to a thin glossy coating over the diode. By the way, the backlight is only green and has only two modes: static and breathing, which can be configured or completely turned off in the proprietary Razer Audio smartphone app.
Razer Audio allows you to fine-tune your device. Here you can set the brightness of the backlight, set its mode or turn it off altogether, adjust the equalizer in detail or use the proposed presets, and also turn on the low latency mode for games.
In terms of controls, the Razer Hammerhead X is equipped with touch sensors on both the left and right earbuds. To some, this may seem inconvenient, and at first when correcting the device, involuntary pressing on the sensor occurs. However, later you already understand exactly where the sensor is located and just don’t touch it unnecessarily.
Before moving on to discussing the sound, let’s take a look at the technical characteristics of the device itself:
- Frequency range: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Headphone impedance: 32 Ω
- Headphone sensitivity: 91dB @ 1mW / 1KHz
- Headphone input power: 8mW (max.input power)
- Headphone speakers: 13mm
- Connection: bluetooth 5.2
- Standalone mode: Up to 24 hours with backlight on and up to 28 hours with off
- Weight: Charging case: 42g
- Earphone: 10g each
- Microphone Pickup Pattern: Omnidirectional
- Microphone signal-to-noise ratio: 64dB
- Microphone sensitivity: -26 dBFS
- Compatibility: Bluetooth audio enabled devices
- Smartphone app available for Android and iOS
- Supported codecs: SBC, AAC
We’ve already discussed the package, build, handling, and looked at the main specs, but how does the Razer Hammerhead X do sound and what is the much-vaunted “smart mode” without lag? Let’s take a closer look at this.
To begin with, the overwhelming mass of headphones from 2,000 to 10,000 rubles sound approximately the same and the Razer Hammerhead X is no exception. The sound is clear enough without any “grit” or rattling effect at high volumes. This sample is dominated by the upper and middle frequencies, which perfectly distinguish steps and other important sounds for games.
With regards to the bass, here it is rather soft and not “booming”, but nothing more. It is also important to remind that these are droplets and, purely physically, they cannot give out “hammering” lows, as when using vacuum specimens.
However, the main feature of the gaming TWS from Razer headphones is not the sound itself or the appearance, but the ability to reduce the signal transmission delay to a minimum.
I think many users of wireless devices using Bluetooth know that playing with them on the phone is not very convenient, as there is a serious delay. Honestly, I didn’t think the effect would be so noticeable, but when the smart connection is turned on, the noticeable delay disappears altogether and you can really comfortably play various shooters or other games that require special attention to sound. According to the developers themselves, the latency is only 60ms.
To summarize, the Razer Hammerhead X does its job perfectly – it gives you the ability to comfortably play mobile games without noticeable lag. However, if you are looking for headphones strictly for listening to music, I recommend that you first try this version before buying. After all, it is always important to remember that the perception of sound is a very subjective aspect – for one Hammerhead X will be an excellent universal option, for another it will be useful only in games.
Be sure to write in the comments what devices you use and whether you play shooters on mobile devices.