Razer Seiren Emote review

Razer Seiren Emote review


Razer comes for streamers with this one. However, it is not entirely clear which streamers it is. The Razer Seiren Emote shares a chassis with the slightly older Razer Seiren X, a startup microphone perfectly good for the aspiring Twitch streamer, which totaled a hundred dollars – even more expensive than the excellent Blue Yeti.

So the target audience is a little confused. It’s good, however; the Seiren Emote brings a very special feature to the table. Behind the black microphone mesh, an eight by eight grid of RGB LEDs is hidden, lighting up on command with all kinds of emojis, patterns and gifs.

This low-resolution screen is on the side opposite the volume control dial and the mute button, the central design of the product being that the screen faces the camera while the streamer speaks backwards, with small fun icons that appear for their audience to appreciate.

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Price and availability

The Seiren Emote is almost twice as expensive as the Blue Yeti at $ 180 (or £ 170 in the United Kingdom, around AU $ 260 in Australia), and even if it contains an updated condenser microphone with a polar pattern hypercardioid (unlike the Seiren X’s supercardioid model), otherwise it does not do much performance to justify this price increase.

As you may have guessed, those who have the money to get into a high-end streaming setup will probably want a more advanced mic with superior control and sound quality.

Design

Getting the Seiren emote out of the box is a distinctly uninspiring prospect, especially if you’ve seen a Seiren X before. Aside from the distressing spelling of Razer’s Mermaid, the Emote is initially indistinguishable from the Seiren X, with a sturdy round base and a choice of short and straight neck or a longer flexible swan neck, both screwed to the base from the microphone itself with ease.

The hardware is fairly simple to install; unpack, assemble the three parts and connect it to your PC with the supplied USB cable.

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Of course, being a Razer product, Synapse immediately looks ugly. Razer’s software can be frustrating at best; being told from the start that even the new Synapse 3 Beta can only adjust the volume settings on the Emote, it’s like a slap in the face.

No, you’ll also need to install Razer’s new Streaming Companion app, which also works with the adorable pointed RGB ears of the Razer Kraken Kitty Edition half-ridiculous and half-incredible headphones.

Credit when credit is due; the companion app has an excellent range of customization options. It can be linked to Twitch or Streamlabs, and allows users to configure a wide variety of 8 × 8 responses to various occurrences in a live stream.

A new Twitch follower can pop a pixelated happy face, while the more cynical user can display a green dollar sign when receiving a live donation.

While experimenting with it, we were even able to set up an alert that displayed an eggplant emoji every time someone in our Twitch conversation posted rude slang for the male genitals. Truly, we live in a glorious utopia of live entertainment media.

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Performance

The biggest problem here is the value. Does the Razer Seiren Emote work well? Yes, reasonably: the lack of an appropriate gain control dial on the physical microphone is a shame, but the shock mount works well and the voice recordings are crisp and clear.

We mentioned earlier the transition from polar supercardioid patterns to hypercardioids; for the uninitiated, this means that the emote’s microphone should pick up the sound of a narrower area of ​​space than the Seiren X.

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Unfortunately, this does not work very well in practice. Trying to configure the Razer Seiren Emote in a position where it was not bothersome but visible through a webcam has left us with limited options, which means that its polar range also includes my keyboard.

Keyboard clicks were audible wherever we placed it, which is a shame as it did a great job of picking up our own deep baritone.

The general background noise is not too bad, although we have sometimes noticed loud noises from a distance cutting the audio. It’s good, of course, but we can’t bring ourselves to be too excited about it.

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Verdict

The real question here is whether or not you personally buy the LED display gadget. While we had fun programming the Emote to display animated emojis of fire and shit (like the mature, well-adjusted people that we are), we still don’t think this is a gimmick worth taking. pay 80 dollars for.

If you’re looking to drop something in the realm of $ 200 on a microphone for streaming, Razer’s own Seiren Elite offers better sound quality. If you’re a streamer looking for a fun new USP for your channel, that might be the case, but die-hard streaming purists will likely want to look elsewhere.

It’s a little disheartening, actually, because Razer has managed to create a truly unique and fun little product in the Seiren emote.

It’s just a shame that he had to pack it in the shell of his cheapest Seiren mic and raise the price so much. Eighty dollars for a basic display smaller than a smart watch? Unfortunately, the Razer Seiren Emote just can’t convince us it’s worth the price.

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