Razer Kraken X - budget gaming headset

Razer Kraken X - our first impressions with the $50 budget gaming headphones with mic Razer Kraken X

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Product review of the cheap Razer Kraken X headset

Today we are taking closer look at one of the very popular cheap gaming headsets on the market - the Razer Kraken X. We will share its main product features and specifications as well as our initial product video review.

headphones test

Now, lets start with detailed list with the specifications:

Razer Kraken X - product specifications

FREQUENCY RESPONSE
12 Hz – 28 kHz
IMPEDANCE
32 Ω (1 kHz)
SENSITIVITY
109 dB (1 kHz)
DRIVER SIZE - DIAMETERS (MM)
40 mm
DRIVER TYPE
Custom Tuned
EARCUPS
Oval Ear Cushions
INNER EARCUP DIAMETER
Major Diameter 65 mm, Minor Diameter 44 mm
EARPADS MATERIAL
Leatherette/ Foam
NOISE CANCELLING
No
CONNECTION TYPE
3.5 mm
CABLE LENGTH
1.3 m / 4.27 ft.
WEIGHT
0.55lbs / 250g
MICROPHONE STYLE
Bendable cardioid microphone
PICK-UP PATTERN
Unidirectional ECM boom
MICROPHONE FREQUENCY RESPONSE
100 Hz – 10 kHz
MICROPHONE SENSITIVITY (@1KHZ)
-45 ± 3 dB
VIRTUAL SURROUND ENCODING
NA
VOLUME CONTROL
On-earcup: Volume Up/Down
OTHER CONTROLS
On-earcup Mute Function: Click-to-mute
On-earcup: Volume Up/Down

Since this is an entry-level Razer headset we are missing some features like noise-cancelling which may be a deal-breaker for some consumers. Other than that, it is pretty much basic specs for this price range.

mute and volume buttons
Mute and volume buttons

The mute and volume buttons are easy to adjust and feel durable. The are located on the bottom of the left speaker. 

headphone microphone
Soft-cable mic for easy adjusting

Cable length of 1.3 meters might not be a lot but would be more than enough for general use. Nice touch from Razer - they included adapter for using the headphones and mic on separate ports as many PCs don't have combo 3.5 mm jack.

Razer Kraken X - 2020 consumer video review


As we explained in the video review, performance is not exceptional but pretty much decent. Kraken X is a very comfortable headset which delivers nice and clear sound. We would prefer more powerful lows and bass, mids and highs are OK. The sound is very balanced but while listening to some HQ music we felt that this is a budget oriented headset.

Razer headphones
 
If we compare the Kraken X to the corded version Razer Adaro we could definitely tell the difference where the Adaro has the advantage. In this comparison the sound coming from the Kraken X felt much "cheaper" and honestly not that satisfying. We still need to consider that the Adaro were more expensive.

The truth is that for a budget gaming headset the Kraken X is almost perfect but lacks performance in case you want exceptional results while listening music. 

Razer Kraken X - product price

The official MSRP of just $50 justifies some of the cons mentioned above. For UK customers the price would be something around £40.

Razer Kraken X - our opinion
If you want to keep a low budget and you find these for under $50 just go ahead and buy them. If you need high-end headphones for music listening or something with long cord, look elsewhere. Here are some alternatives:
Please share with us your opinion about the Razer Kraken X, we will be happy to hear from you!

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