Razer launches truly wireless earbuds With Low-Latency Mode for Gaming

0
261
wireless earbuds
source: www.phonedog.com

Back in 2019, Razer released its first set of truly wireless earbuds 2019. The main appeal is a low-latency mode that made them better suited for mobile gaming. Now, the company is ready with its second pair, the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro. The wireless earbuds go on sale today for $199.99 and add active noise cancellation and THX audio certification to the mix.

Razer says in its press release that The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro uses hybrid ANC to nullify both external and unwanted internal noise. It does it by generating inverse sound waves simultaneously. Passive noise isolation also helps there, and Razer has switched to a proper in-ear design. Unlike the AirPods-Esque open style of the original Hammerhead True Wireless.

Along with the usual silicone options (six different sets of them), the company is including a set of medium Comply foam ear tips in the box. It will help you get the most secure, sealed-off fit possible to enhance sound quality better.

Some of the astonishing details:

The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro is rated IPX4 for water and sweat resistance, and Razer says they last up to 20 hours total. With the case factored in, the earbuds can make it through four hours of continuous listening. Above all, it is about an hour below competitors like the AirPods Pro and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds.  There is also no wireless charging, which is disappointing to see at this level. You control the buds with the touch-sensitive Razer logo button on each one.

As for the THX certification, Razer says, “fine details such as frequency range and response evaluated. And the device must be capable of delivering clear, detailed vocals and deep, impactful bass with zero distortion at high volumes.” The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro features 10mm drivers and still includes a Game Mode that the company claims can cut latency in half. Compared to other true wireless earbuds supporting SBC / AAC codecs, Razer isn’t alone in offering a low-latency mode.  Samsung and OnePlus also reduce the response time for audio effects in games when you use their respective earbuds and phones together.

The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro has a price fitting of their name, $199.99, which puts them firmly in the upper tier of truly wireless earbuds. That’s slightly below the usual cost of Sony’s 1000XM3 earbuds or newer options like the Jabra Elite 85t. But holiday deals and discounts will probably end up putting all of these on equal footing.

Specifications of the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro specifications:

The truly wireless earbuds feature 10mm drivers and have a 20Hz to 20KHz frequency response range. They have two beamforming omnidirectional microphones and Bluetooth v5.1. You can activate this to reduce latency to 60ms during gameplay. Which the company says can result in a much quicker reaction time for users.

The earbuds use hybrid active noise cancellation to nullify external and unwanted internal noise. The touch-enabled controls on the Hammerhead Pro let users toggle between active noise cancellation and Quick Attention Mode. You can control your calls, music and activate the smartphone’s voice assistant.

Features of Razer Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds previous version:

Design:

The design of the Razer Hammerhead true wireless earbuds is very similar to the Apple AirPods. So, each side is made up of the earbud themselves, with long stems that hold the microphones for making calls. The design isn’t as minimalist or as smooth as the AirPods – the buds themselves are slightly larger and have the ‘Razer’ logo.

If you’re a Razer fan, then having the logo on display is probably a boon. And even if you’re not, the logo is discrete enough that it doesn’t impact the overall aesthetics of the earphones. What Razer hasn’t done is fill the Razer Hammerhead true wireless earbuds with RGB lighting, as it does with its other gaming peripherals. The larger earbuds allow Razer to include touch controls for media playback and answering calls.

Luckily, there a tutorial with the Razer Hammerhead dedicated wireless app, which allows you to practice these gestures. Overall, the Razer Hammerhead true wireless earbuds feature an excellent design, with hints of Razer’s gaming heritage. And thanks to their similar design and black color, they make a statement as the ‘anti-AirPods.’

Charging case:

On the rear of the case is a USB-C port for charging. Opening up the case turns on an LED at the front, which indicates the battery levels of the earbuds. And once you connect them to your smartphone or another device. The earbuds will also automatically connect when the case is open. The earbuds sit in small recesses. And the buds are held in place with magnets, which gives them a satisfying ‘click’ when you’re putting them back.

The right-hand earbud is on the left, and the left-hand earbud is on the right, and at first, this can be a little confusing. But it does make sense as it means you are using the right hand to take them out and place them in your ears.

Battery life and connectivity:

Razer promises a battery life of four hours, with 12 hours of additional battery life within the charging case. Connecting the Razer Hammerhead true wireless earbuds is pretty simple. You can either do it through your device’s Bluetooth settings or via the Hammerhead True Wireless app.

Key Takeaway:

The audio quality of the Razer Hammerhead true wireless earbuds is generally pretty good. And with the default settings, the earbuds offer clear and detailed audio. Razer has come up with a stylish pair of true wireless headphones that look great and work well, especially considering the price. Hence the setup is also easy, and the instant pairing and unpairing when you open the case and take out the earbuds are quick. Hence you can get an ultimate gaming experience.