The line between gaming headphones and general use audio equipment is becoming more blurred with each new stride from peripheral manufacturers. As gaming specialists strive for superior quality audio and music enthusiast designs seem to be resting on their laurels and opting for aesthetic improvements over aural, for many the need to have separate equipment for each use has deteriorated. This has never been more evident than with the Razer Kraken, a mid-range headset that can easily stand alongside those twice it’s price.
The audio output quality of the Razer Kraken is second-to-none. This is a high-end personal audio device with many of the luxury features stripped out to keep the price low. Using the near-universal 3.5mm stereo jack it’s compatible with most devices and is designed for comprehensive use: an extension cable is included for use with a PC while the folding cup design makes the headset more portable than many of it’s peers. The heavy duty design means that the headset can withstand significant impact when stored in a bag or large pocket without incurring any damage, while the padded design of both the cups and the arm allows for lengthy use while remaining comfortable.
Sadly, concentrating its efforts on universal use has stripped the Razer Kraken of one of its most essential features: a microphone. Yes, the Razer Kraken is without a microphone of any kind, resulting in a gaming-orientated headset that’s less suitable for gaming than many cheaper alternatives. It’s the Razer Kraken Pro that comes equipped with a retractable microphone arm, and given the price difference between headsets it would genuinely be a surprise if anyone opted for the Razer Kraken over the Razer Kraken Pro, regardless of whether gaming was their main intended use or an afterthought.
A high quality headset that has been kept tight in design to maintain a mid-range price, the Razer Kraken is only outdone by its Razer brethren: the Razer Kraken Pro. It’s an odd decision to strip the headset of one of its most essential gaming features, but for those who don’t play online there may be very little need to worry about the lack of a microphone. The Razer Kraken remains one of the most high quality headsets available at a mid-range price, and its versatility will surely help it appeal to more than just the core gaming audience.
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