Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds Review

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds Review


The Razer Hammerhead headphones are yet another pair of authentic wireless headphones that aim to take on Apple’s now iconic AirPods, promising similar design and performance, but at a lower price.

While Sony, Beats and Bose have released their own real wireless headphones, Razer, a brand that is more associated with PC gaming devices than audio technology, is a name you might not have considered when you’re looking for an AirPod alternative.

However, Razer is no stranger to audio technology, with an impressive range of headphones and gaming headsets, so his move to true wireless technology is not entirely out of the field.

It also means that in addition to bringing audio expertise to real Hammerhead wireless headphones, it has also added gaming functionality.

Games on our smartphones are almost as popular as listening to music on them, so if the real Razer Hammerhead wireless headphones can deliver on the promises Razer has made about how to improve your mobile gaming experience, then this could be headphones that really offer something different from the growing number of wireless headphones.

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Price and availability

The real Razer Hammerhead wireless headphones are on sale for $ 99 (£ 99, AU $ 167.95), slightly cheaper than the latest Apple AirPods, which cost more than $ 159 (£ 159, AU $ 249).

This makes it a pretty affordable alternative if the AirPods are a little too expensive for your tastes, although they’re not as cheap as the JLab JBuds Air Executive True Wireless wireless headphones, which only cost $ 69 (around $ 55 £, AU $ 100).

The price puts them in the same stadium as the Optoma NuForce BE Free5, which costs $ 99 (around £ 75, AU $ 135) and the real Funcl A1 wireless headset, which are available for purchase for $ 79 (around $ 60 / AU $ 110).

Among this type of business, Razer seems to be the most recognizable brand. It may not be in the same league as Bose and Sony when it comes to audio, but compared to Funcl, Optoma and JLab, Razer’s reputation could influence you, especially if you already have good ones. will for the brand thanks to its play equipment.

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Design

The design of the actual Razer Hammerhead wireless headphones is very similar to the Apple AirPods – but in black.

Thus, each side is made up of the headphones themselves, with long rods that hold the microphones to make calls.

The design is not as minimalist or as smooth as the AirPods – the heads themselves are slightly larger and carry the “Razer” logo. If you are a Razer fan, having the logo on the screen is probably a boon, and even if you are not, the logo is discreet enough to have no impact on the overall aesthetics of the headphones.

What Razer hasn’t done is fill the actual Razer Hammerhead wireless headphones with RGB lighting, like it does with its other gaming devices. It’s a good decision, as it might sound sticky on the headphones and would have an impact on the battery life.

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The larger headphones allowed Razer to include touch controls for multimedia playback and answering calls. For example, you press once to pause and play media files, or answer calls, while two taps will skip media content.

These work well, but can be a bit complicated – for example, tapping the earphones three times, then holding your finger on the earpiece for two seconds, you activate the play mode. This is something that can be hard to remember – and pressing three times without the pause at the end will jump your media back.

You also need to do these gestures at certain speeds, and if you don’t get them right, real Razer Hammerhead wireless headphones won’t respond or perform the wrong task.

Fortunately, there is a tutorial included with the real Razer Hammerhead wireless app, which allows you to practice these gestures.

Overall, the actual Razer Hammerhead Wireless Headphones are beautifully designed, with touches of Razer’s gaming heritage, and thanks to their similar design and black color, they make a statement as ‘anti AirPods’ .

As is the norm for real wireless headphones, the Razer Hammerheads come in a compact carrying case that charges the headphones while indoors.

The case itself is rather trivial, being a small case in the form of a black pill box, with ‘Razer’ engraved at the top. It’s a bit larger than the AirPods carrying case, but it’s still small enough to be easily carried in your pocket.

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On the back of the case is a USB-C port for charging. Opening the case turns on an LED on the front which gives you an indication of the battery level of the earphones, and once you have connected them to your smartphone or other device, the earphones also connect automatically when the case is open (and disconnect when closed).

The headphones sit in small recesses and are held in place with magnets, which gives them a satisfying “click” when you replace them.

The right atrium is on the left, and the left atrium is on the right, and at first it can be a bit confusing, but it makes sense because it means you are using the right hand to remove them and place them in your ears.

This is if you use both hands. If you just use one hand to take them out and use them, it might seem a little strange, although you get used to it.

Battery life and connectivity

Razer promises four hours of battery life, with 12 hours of additional battery life in the charging case, which is fine, but not great.

It is much shorter than the JLab JBud Air Executive True Wireless budget wireless headphones, which offer six hours of battery life and 24 hours of extra juice with the charging case.

During our tests, we found that we could spend about two days between charges with occasional use during a 40-minute ride. However, for people with longer trips or who will use the headphones more often, you may need to charge them more often.

Another thing to note is that the headphones and case don’t last as long. We stopped using them for about a week and a half, and when we returned, we found that the batteries were completely exhausted.

At least, charging doesn’t take too long, with about an hour and a half required to charge the case. Since it uses USB-C, it should no longer be difficult to find a spare cable to charge them – and one is also included with the headphones.

Connecting real Razer Hammerhead wireless headphones is pretty straightforward – you can do that through your device’s Bluetooth settings or through the Hammerhead True Wireless app.

The app itself is pretty basic, but we don’t always like Razer’s overly complicated software on the PC, so we’re not too upset about it. Once paired, the app allows you to install the firmware, as well as view the battery levels of the headphones, and select from a few limited EQ presets.

You can also check out tutorials on using the headphones, including using the touch controls, as we mentioned earlier.

When paired with a device, real Razer Hammerhead wireless headphones connect automatically when the charging case is opened. It’s a quick and transparent process, and usually by the time you put the headphones in your ears, they’re connected. It certainly beats having to play with your phone’s Bluetooth settings.

Although the initial connection works well, we have sometimes found that real Razer Hammerhead wireless headphones drop the connection, resulting in noise distortion. It didn’t happen often, but when it did, it was boring.

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Sound performance

The audio quality of real Razer Hammerhead wireless headphones is generally quite good, and with the default settings providing clear, detailed sound, although it lacks a bit of the warmth that we have found with other headphones.

This could be due to the fact that the default EQ settings are rather inconspicuous, while the mid and treble are more important. For podcasts where people talk and for phone calls, this leads to a clear dialogue, although the lack of bass can make some music tracks lacking.

Potentially solving this problem (on paper, at least), is the “Bass Boost” equalization setting. Although this increases the bass, it ends up blurring the overall sound quality. Unless the bass is of the utmost importance, you will likely find yourself turning off the bass boost soon after turning it on, as we did. In some cases, it almost looked like a little water in the ear.

There is also “Treble Boost” which goes in the opposite direction, leading to a clearer sound, but also cooler than the default sound. We tried the different settings on a variety of different tracks, and each time we ended up sticking to the default EQ setting. It’s not perfect, but as the most balanced option, it offers the best audio quality.

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It’s a shame there are only three EQ presets, and no way to adjust them, so that we can get a better experience that better suits our tastes.

Overall, the sound quality of real Razer Hammerhead wireless headphones is good and can sometimes be impressive, but audiophiles will not be impressed, and the muddy bass boost mode in particular is disappointing.

However, we haven’t mentioned the main selling point of the real Razer Hammerhead wireless headphones, which is the game mode.

This mode offers a low input latency of 60 ms, effectively eliminating any discrepancy between the games (or videos) on your device and the audio from the headphones.

A lot of people may never notice this lag – especially if you mainly listen to music – but for anyone who has been frustrated with this during games, then this is a feature that might temper you.

Since real Razer Hammerhead wireless headphones use a Bluetooth connection, you not only have to use them with games for smartphones, but also with PC and PS4 games.

To be bluntly honest, we played a few mobile games with the game mode on and off, and we didn’t see much difference. If you’re more sensitive to lag, this might come in handy, and they were certainly a nice pair of headphones to use during games – and there was certainly no noticeable delay between on-screen action and the audio, but this was true with the game mode turned on and off.

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Final verdict

With the real Hammerhead wireless headphones, Razer has come up with an elegant pair of real wireless headphones that look great and work well – especially considering the price.

Initial setup is easy, and instant pairing and pairing when you open the case and take the headphones off, or put them away is a nice touch.

They’re comfortable to wear, and while touch gestures take a little getting used to, they end up being a handy way to control your media and answer calls without having to whip your phone.

The audio quality is also generally quite good, although the limited equalization options and muddy quality of the “Bass Boost” preset are disappointing.

The main selling point of real Razer Hammerhead wireless headphones is its low-latency gaming mode, and while it will appeal to a niche audience, for most people, you won’t even realize that the feature is turned on or off. .

However, at the end of the day, Razer made a good pair of authentic wireless headphones that will appeal to players or anyone who wants a bit of AirPod style without paying Apple prices.

Speaking of price, we think Razer felt the price was about right for the performance and features you get with real Hammerhead wireless headphones.

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