Razer Kraken Wired 2019, review of these remarkable gaming headphones

by Kelvin
GizComputer

Next to the gaming keyboard and mouse there is always an element that cannot be missing. No, we are not referring to an energy drink but to gaming headphones like the Razer Kraken Wired. Razer's headset is intended for lovers of video games and youtubers who need the best sound quality in their games. This Razer model features substantial improvements in ergonomics and comfort such as the use of thicker padding and the use of coolant gel for long gaming sessions. But the 2019 Razer Kraken also offer advanced audio quality with its 3.5mm gold-plated connector and all at a very interesting price. We review all the features of Razer gaming headphones in our review.

Unboxing: house brand

This headset continues with the Kraken legacy, direct successor to the Razer Kraken Pro V2 with some improvements. Aesthetically it is virtually identical to its predecessor, with some sensational lines and finishes. But before going into details we will look at its packaging. The Razer Kraken 2019 arrives in a box with the characteristic design of the brand, seen in other products such as the Razer Ripsaw HD grabber or the Razer Seiren Elite micro gaming.

  

Razer Kraken Wired headphones come in an interior adapted to your measurements and design. Next to the instruction manual and the thank you sheet, we see a cable that allows to divide the 3.5 mm jack in an independent voice and audio output. Thought to get a better result in recordings and streamings with separate outputs. However, we ask Razer to be encouraged to include a carrying case.

Razer Kraken Wired 2019

Adapter cable with independent channels

Design: minimal changes for a successful design

The Razer Kraken 2019 are headphones designed with great care by the brand. An evolution that gives a mature fruit but that continues to surprise. Designed for the toughest clashes with a aluminum chassis and a plastic construction for the headphones. This cross-platform version is available in an intense green color, a hallmark of the gaming brand. Like its predecessors, the headphones are bulky without sacrificing comfort, thanks to their weight of 322 g.

Razer Kraken Wired 2019 Aluminum structure Razer Kraken Wired 2019 New padding and earmuffs with cooling gel padding

One of the main differences with respect to the Razer Kraken Pro is in the padding. Both the headband and the earmuffs have a better padding. But not only does the density of the filling change, but in the case of the earmuffs it adds a cooling gel Something that translates into greater comfort and prevents the appearance of annoying sweat in the middle of a game. Its aluminum chassis allows more than enough opening to fit any head, nor do glasses pose a problem.

They can also be adjusted in height with notches that indicate the position adopted. The retractable microphone is the same seen in its predecessor. Thanks to its flexibility you can adopt any position for a perfect listening of our voice. The Razer Kraken 2019 are not wireless but have integrated a 1.3m cable terminated in a jack connector gold plated This wiring with nylon braid features a remote control with a volume wheel and a button to activate the microphone. But be careful with this regulator since it is too sensitive and can raise the volume in an oversight.

Razer Kraken Wired 2019

Razer Kraken Wired remote control

Technical characteristics of the Razer Kraken Wired

Razer Kraken Wired – Razer Kraken 2019DesignConnectivityControlsfeaturesOther features
ColourGreen
Weight322 g
FinishesAluminum, plastic, synthetic leather
Cable1.3m braided cable
Audio3.5mm jack (microphone / headphones)
OptionalAudio adapter – microphone
AudioAnalog Volume Control Wheel
MicrophoneMute
Headphones
  • Frequency response: 12 Hz – 28 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ω at 1 kHz
  • 1 kHz sensitivity: 109 dB
  • Input power: 30 mW (max.)
  • Diaphragms: 50 mm, with neodymium magnets
  • Inner pad diameter: 54 mm x 65 mm
Pads
  • Oval pads: designed to cover the entire ear with cooling gel, perfect for wearing headphones for a long time
Microphone
  • Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
  • Signal to noise ratio:> 60 dB
  • Sensitivity at 1 kHz: -45 ± 3 dB
  • Pickup Pattern: Unidirectional ECM Microphone Arm
Additional Information
  • Hidden pins channels
  • Bauxite aluminum structure with thicker padding
  • Compatible with all consoles, pc, mobile devices and more

Performance: pure gaming DNA

This gaming headset is one of the best options for players. The Razer Kraken 2019 are equipped with diaphragms with neodymium magnets with a diameter of 50 mm. its response frequency from 12 Hz to 28 KHz They offer a wide auditory field to enjoy electronic leisure with remarkable quality. The volume level is triggered with a high sound range, so much so that you will have to be careful about raising it by accident. Sound details such as steps, glass breakage or a refill are evident in the items. However, the Razer Kraken Wired stay in a stereo sound, so we do not have the surround effect of other headphones.

Razer Kraken Wired 2019

Razer Kraken Wired with stereo sound and 50 mm drivers

In video games it gives everything while with other content, such as music or movie viewing, they do not offer the same result. By this we mean that certain instruments are not heard with great clarity, although for these uses there are other dedicated options. Nor do the bass stand out even though they are present in the set. Another point to mention is the unidirectional microphone It offers a good performance in recordings and voice chat in play. The isolation of the earmuffs is very good with the firm padding and something essential if we play in rooms with more players or noisy environments.

Razer Kraken Wired 2019

Flexible Unidirectional Microphone

As we mentioned at the beginning of our review, the headphones incorporate a 3.5 mm analog connection. This allows them to be compatible with computers, smartphones and game consoles PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch. In this sense we are facing the same versatility of the Razer Kraken for Console that we analyze in GizComputer. This is the best option to have a stable sound quality without the problems of cuts or battery of Bluetooth models. In addition, the adapter with separate audio and microphone channels allows direct connection to the computer board, achieving independent monitoring in streaming programs.

Razer Kraken Wired 2019

The Razer Kraken Wired headphones employ a 3.5mm gold-plated jack connector

Availability and price of the Razer Kraken 2019

In short, the 2019 Razer Kraken barely shows differences compared to other gaming models of the brand. The design, comfortable use and sound quality are key points of this gaming headset. With an aluminum construction, cooling gel pads and their tremendous versatility make these headphones a must buy to play video games. We reward with the GizComputer Gold Award.

PROS:

  • Robust aluminum construction design
  • Headphones with gel pads
  • Stereo audio system
  • Unidirectional microphone with ambient noise reduction

CONS:

  • Without surround sound system
  • No ambient noise cancellation
  • Volume adjustment wheel, somewhat sensitive

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