Today we’re going to be taking a look at the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 gaming headset. This is a headset that boasts some serious comfort as well as really great sounding audio. I want to put that to the test, so let’s go ahead and just start using this thing.
|Speaker Drivers||Compatibility||Windows, Xbox, PS4|
|Driver Size||50mm||DTS 7.1|
|Frequency Response||12-28,000KHz||RGB Lighting|
|Sensitivity||123 db||Ear Cup Rotation|
|Impedance||32 Ohm||Box Contents|
|T.H.D.||N/A||Product Information Guide|
|Frequency Response||4-pole 3.5mm Cable|
|Sensitivity||Toslink Optical Cable|
|Mute Toggle||Part Number||RZ04-01590100-R3U1|
After taking the Kraken 7.1 V2 out of the box, I immediately noticed that this headset feels really solid. The 7.1 V2 has an aluminum frame that makes it really sturdy, which is great in a headset because really how often do we take our headsets off and on, have them fall on the floor or any number of things that snag the wire on the headset to have them come flying off. It’s good to have something that feels like it can take a beating.
To offset some of the ruggedness, the V2 comes with some serious padding. The ear cups come with really thick memory foam pads that kept my large ears from touching the inside of the speakers, which is by far my most common complaint from a lot of headsets. The headband is also fairly comfortable consisting of a lightly padded band wrapped in cloth.
While I didn’t find the headband particularly unpleasant to wear, it does feel like it could use a little bit more padding, especially with having that aluminum frame underneath. Razer says on their website that one of their ideas behind the design philosophy on this headset was to decrease fatigue from wearing the headset, which admittedly is what piqued my interest enough to do this review, and I’m happy to say that Razer did actually succeed in eliminating a lot of the pressure points that would usually cause me fatigue.
The 7.1 V2 is fits great overall, especially around the ears and the large memory foam cups don’t cause any discomfort when pressing on the frames of my glasses. It did take me a few minutes to get used to the weight of the headset, but once I did, I pretty much forgot I was wearing it.
In terms of extras, the Kraken 7.1 V2 does have 16.8 million color RGB lighting in the Razer logo on the ear cups.
However, you can only toggle between three custom presets, static breathing and spectrum cycling. The lighting for me is a little bit underwhelming but considering you can’t actually see it when you’re wearing it makes it seem silly that I even care.
Here’s where I would normally talk to you about the buttons and inline controls, but unfortunately there just aren’t any. Except for a simple mute button, which is located on the tip of the microphone and is indicated by a red LED.
Everything else on the headset is controlled via Razer synapse, which is just kind of a dumb move in my opinion. It just seems like a really careless emission to not even include a simple volume scroll wheel. The ear cups do a great job at isolating you from your environment, allowing you to really immerse yourself in the digital 7.1 surround sound. After plugging in the headset and downloading synapse, you will be prompted to do a quick calibration of the surround sound but then you’re good to go from there.
There’s also a plethora of settings for the speakers, mic and EQ settings.
The sound quality of the 50-millimeter drivers in the 7.1 V2 is actually excellent. Definitely a large improvement over the original Krakens. The digital 7.1 surround sound works fantastic in games and saved my ass more than once from an enemy attempting to sneak up on me.
As is par for the course with Razer, the headset has quality, deep low-end sound and the mids and highs are nice and crisp. You may find yourself playing with the EQ settings in synapse to find your ideal mix, but once you do you can achieve a really fantastic listening experience.
The Kraken 7.1 V2 uses an active noise canceling uni-directional boom mic that pulls out from the left ear cup during use and can be pushed back in when you don’t need it.
It’s a neat little feature and I like that you can just hide the mic away rather than lifting it up and having it look ugly on the headset. The mic is also bendable when it’s extended and it holds its shape ell. The pullout mechanism for the mic also functions a lot smoother than I thought it would and it makes me a lot less worried about how well the design will hold up over time.
It’s actually a really clear, good sounding microphone. Now that said, it’s not something that you’re going to want to use to record high quality voiceover for say something like a YouTube video. If you’re doing streaming, I still recommend doing something like a high quality XLR microphone that you’re going to run through an external sound interface anyways, so obviously that’s a much bigger investment than a headset like this.
If you’re just for playing with friends online and things like that, then this headset is going to be more than enough as far as microphone quality goes.
As much as I’ve enjoyed my time with the Kraken 7.1 V2 there are of course a few things that I would change if I could. There are no inline controls, which is a huge bummer because I like being able to adjust the volume on the fly and like I mentioned, the headband could have a little bit more padding. It wasn’t enough to make it uncomfortable by any means, but I think extra padding would make it a really great experience. Overall the Kraken 7.1 V2 is another step in the right direction for Razer.
Recently Razer has been updating their tried and true products, seemingly correcting a lot of the issues that we, the consumers have had with the originals. At a $100 the sound quality on the Kraken 7.1 V2 is good enough that I don’t feel like I’m not getting my money’s worth out of a USB headset and the comfortable ear cubs make long gaming marathon sessions a lot less fatiguing than I’ve experienced with many other headsets.
If you’re looking for a good quality USB headset that you can wear for a long time, or if you have glasses that often give you headaches from being smashed into the side of your head, the Kraken 7.1 V2 is definitely worth taking a look at.