Razer’s range of specialist gaming equipment has been grabbing many headlines of late, and not just at your very own Electronic Theatre. With the Razer Edge and Razer Edge Pro promising to break new ground in the realm of tablet gaming and a range of peripherals launched to support the upcoming release of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, ‘high profile’ simply isn’t descriptive enough of the headline products. However, there’s more going on that hasn’t yet bubbled to the surface, with the Razer Kraken Pro proving to be a formidable accessory in its own right.
The mid-range headset takes on similar offerings from Mad Catz and Tritton and, style consciousness aside, is arguably the superior product on all fronts. The Razer Kraken Pro’s head bar has been perfectly balanced with a centre of gravity that makes for an incredibly comfortable position even after an extended play session lasting a number of hours. The full cushioning of the head bar may be a little unnecessary, arguably more for visual effect than comfort, but the cushioning on the ear pieces is not only welcoming soft and malleable but is designed very well to aid with the headset’s noise cancellation.
The inclusion of a microphone on high quality headsets such as this has been a subject of much debate in recent years. No longer do gamers wish to make such a significant purchase for a sole purpose, with a headset such as the Razer Kraken Pro intended to provide music on the go, personal mobile gaming and of course, high-end PC and console gaming on- and offline. The trend began with repositionable microphone arms, and later moved to detachable. The Razer Kraken Pro however, features an extendable arm that can be retracted to the point where it is barely noticeable, with less than 1cm remaining visible and only a fraction of that protruding beyond the natural casing of the headset. Furthermore, this microphone arm is flexible to a significant degree, resulting in an innovation that loses none of the usability.
Working alongside the dual purpose design, the Razer Kraken Pro package includes an audio/mic splitter cable as standard. This allows for a single jack to be used on mobile, handheld or console, while the dual jacks allow for use as a headset and microphone on PC (or more advanced console hardware also). It’s this thoughtfulness of design that has come to be Razer’s principle mark of value, but with the Razer Kraken Pro it’s the build quality that sits it above many rival headsets within the same price range.