Razer Kraken V3 X review: better, brighter, lighter
The Razer Kraken V3 X is the fresh successor to the popular Kraken X headset from Razer. It comes with an improved microphone, is now fully on USB and also lights up quite nicely. We got a look at the new headset.
Today Razer introduced the new Kraken V3 X. Thanks to the manufacturer, we have already had the opportunity to turn off the headset for a few weeksproto be able to beer. Kraken is the entry-level series of headsets from the American company. Here you basically want the best features at the best price in one Propack duct. Whether this was successful with the successor, we clarify in this one TechnikNews Test.
The packaging of a headset is usually unspectacular - as is the case with the Razer Kraken V3 X. It comes in a cardboard box, where's that at the top Product itself is printed. On the pages you will find a few more technical details and functions of the headset. If you open the box, you will see the headset as well as the guide. It is stored in another, small packaging. The microphone part and the cable were also packed separately. This does not necessarily have to be the case and could be left out in the interests of sustainability. Otherwise there is a note with the note that you can dust off goodies if you leave a rating for the Product writes.
Operation & comfort
When it comes to wearing comfort, I've generally never found anything to complain about at Razer. However, the headset is now significantly lighter than its predecessor and comes with new ear pads made of hybrid fabric and foam. Here one also relies on breathable surface material. With such a light material, you get a light weight of 285 grams. The temple is also made of the same material, does not press at all during longer gaming sessions and ensures good weight distribution on the head.
Unfortunately, the auricles sit a little looser on the ear than on the previous model, which means that you perceive ambient noise a little more. However, this makes the headphones much more comfortable to wear - even for longer periods of time. So it can be a negative point, but also a plus point in terms of comfort.
In the past, it was operated via a controller and switch directly on the cable, but it is now attached directly to the headset itself. There you can switch the microphone on or off with the push of a button and adjust the volume of the headset with the controller. Since you no longer rely on an analog jack connection, but on USB, the volume control now also "synchronizes" with the computer.
Finally: Razer seems to have listened to the numerous reviews and has finally improved the microphone significantly. The addition of “HyperClear” has now been added to the “Cardioid Mic”. And that's what it sounds like. The voice is now much clearer and not as dull as in the previous Razer model. The microphone is finally fair for the price and no longer sounds cheap. The only drawback is that the microphone can no longer be retracted, as is the case with the Razer Kraken. The double-sided microphone records and filters the ambient noise on one side - on the other hand, one concentrates on the voice. The following is a test audio with and without background noise:
As is typical for Razer, the sound of the Razer Kraken V3 X is a bit more bass-heavy than that of the competition. But if you play the right games or listen to the right music, this can also be an advantage. It would be a great extra to have an equalizer for fine-tuning the sound in the Razer Synapse control center in addition to the RGB settings. Since 2019, all Razer headsets have also had 7.1 surround sound, for which the Proproduct must be registered to unlock the setting in Razer Synapse for the headset.
Otherwise there are good mids and clear highs, even if these could be a bit better. But that is forgiven, since this is not a high-end gaming headset, but an entry-level model.
Some Razer headsets are already equipped with Razer Chroma RGB. With the Kraken V3 X, the option of luminous earphones is now also included in the entry-level series. The headset's RGB lights should be able to display over 16,8 million colors. These can be set via Razer Synapse, the control center of Razer hardware.
With the Kraken V3 X, Razer offers a good overall package at an affordable price. As is typical for Razer, the sound is more bass-heavy than the competition, and can of course be an advantage in some games or with the corresponding music. The manufacturer has now made significant improvements to the much-criticized microphone of the predecessor and is now finally doing justice to the price. Chroma RGB has now also made it into the entry-level range.
It therefore appeals to several target groups at the same time - regardless of whether you are a gamer or simply need a headset for the home office or home schooling. For those who have very high demands in terms of sound, Razer also has other headsets in its range. That's not what the Kraken V3 X is intended for, but to offer a good overall package at a reasonable price - and it definitely does. Razer offers extras such as cooling gel in the ear pads, for example in the Razer Kraken or others Product rows for a little more money.
The Razer Kraken V3 X is now on the Razer website and other dealers at an RRP of 79,99 euros.