The headset comes in some really cool packaging which makes it look pretty damn sexy. I must also add that the product name is also very cool – I’m a big fan of the Kraken and couldn’t think of a better name for a beastly set of headphones.
So lets take a look at the design of the Kraken headset. It’s sleek and black with a very nice weight to it. You can immediately feel the quality when you pick up the headset; from the cushioned headband to the soft ear padding it’s clear that these are going to be comfortable.
Similar to the DeathAdder the headphones are quite simply designed and rely on the Chroma lighting to add the expected Razer bling. They do this really well with the full range of 16.8 million colour variations as per the other Chroma devices, adding a really subtle but cool effect to brighten up your gaming accessories.
I initially didn’t even see the microphone on the headset due to the clever hidden design that allows you to pull out the mic when needed and tuck it back in when not. The mic has a build in mute switch and indicator light at the end of the mic that makes it very easy to sue and minimises those awkward moments when you didn’t realise you mic was on…
In terms of comfort the headphones feel great on. I have particularly large ears which can be a problem with some headsets, the Kraken however did accommodate this quite well. They are not the largest in this department (smaller than the Tritton Pro 7.1 headset) but are quite comfortable to wear regardless. I did find them getting a bit uncomfortable during longer play sessions, having to shift them around on the 2 hour mark to find a more comfortable position.
Another issue I had was the length of the cable – while perfectly fine for PC gaming, when playing on PS4 I found the length to be quite restrictive and could have done with another metre of cable.
The Kraken really shines when it comes to performance, with a fantastic range of sounds given an excellent all-round audio performance. You would be hard pressed to find a better set of gaming headphones at this price point. I have been using them both on PC and on PS4 and both work seamlessly and deliver a great 7.1 surround sound experience straight out of the box. On the PC you have the option of tweaking the settings quite a bit using the customary Razer Synapse 2.0 software which is great if you prefer things a certain way, but I found the default settings worked really well.
Drivers: 40mm with Neodymium
Frequency response: 20Hz–20kHz
Sensitivity @ 1kHz: 112dB
Output power: 30mW
Connector: Gold plated USB
Cable length: 2m/6.56ft braided USB cable
Approximate weight: 340g (including 2.0m cable)
Overall the Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma edition headset delivers exceptional value for money (less than R1,000) with a strong audio performance and solid design. There are more comfortable headsets out there but often in a higher price range. If you are looking for a solid set of gaming headphones that won’t break the bank – then look no further.