Razer’s Barracuda X wi-fi headset works nicely with many platforms


Razer has unveiled the Barracuda X, a multi-platform wi-fi gaming headset that inherits design options from the corporate’s noise-canceling Opus headphones. They’re obtainable beginning right this moment for $ 99.99, which is extra aggressive than I anticipated as the corporate often sells at a premium value.

The Barracuda X is an enormous step for Razer because it lastly strikes into USB-C connectivity – each when it comes to headset charging and wi-fi audio transmission. It comes with a small wi-fi USB-C transmitter that’s virtually similar to the one which SteelSeries has included with a few of its headsets since 2019. It permits compatibility with the Nintendo Change in moveable mode, the front-facing USB-C port on the PS55, and a few telephones and tablets straight by way of their USB-C ports.

Razer features a 1.5 m lengthy USB-A cable with a USB-C socket to which the transmitter may be related for units and not using a USB-C port corresponding to a PC, PS4 or the change’s dock. It will probably additionally act as an extender if there may be interference between the headset and your USB-C port. None of that is updated within the headset world proper now, however there may be a variety of compatibility for $ 100.

The headset additionally works wired and features a 3.5mm cable. The headset just isn’t appropriate with Xbox consoles as a result of they use Microsoft’s proprietary wi-fi protocol, which isn’t supported. That is disappointing because the SteelSeries Arctis 7X features a related dongle with a toggle change that works on Xbox and different platforms. Razer will seemingly arrive in some unspecified time in the future, however not right this moment. You possibly can plug the Barracuda X audio cable into the three.5mm jack in your Xbox controller.

The USB-C transmitter is comparatively flat. Picture by Cameron Faulkner / The Edge

This product is the primary within the Barracuda headset lineup and units a robust precedent for future iterations. The type of the Barracuda X is a far cry from that of the Kraken and BlackShark V2 and appears extra like headphones than a gaming headset. Razer advised The Verge that it’s aiming for a design that seems platform unbiased to indicate people who it is a headset that was seemingly made to your most popular platform.

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The Barracuda X weighs 250 grams and is the lightest wi-fi headset but, based on Razer. After a couple of week of carrying it, I can affirm that it’s comfy to put on even after a number of hours of use. The ear cushions are smooth and breathable, however nonetheless dense sufficient to supply acceptable noise isolation. The mugs themselves may be swiveled 90 levels, which is helpful for cutting down their profile for storage in a pocket. However this swivel perform works backwards if you carry it. For some motive, Razer designed them to rotate in the other way than I choose, with the onerous facet of the cups resting in opposition to your chest as an alternative of the smooth ear cups.

Razer Barracuda X

The microphone and all controls are positioned on the sting of the left auricle. Picture by Cameron Faulkner / The Edge

By way of efficiency, these sound nice for a $ 100 headset. These use the identical “TriForce” driver design that was initially discovered within the BlackShark V2 headset, with three totally different sections for offering bass, center, and treble. Nonetheless, the drivers on the Barracuda X are barely smaller: 40mm in comparison with 50mm on the BlackShark V2 sequence. I’ve to check them somewhat extra to evaluate, however Ratchet & Clank: Rift Aside on PS5 rivaled Sony’s Pulse 3D audio headset – when it comes to each sound high quality and positional audio capabilities.

Different {hardware} options to contemplate embody a removable increase microphone (which sadly doesn’t help microphone monitoring) and the controls on the headset are all positioned on the sting of the left auricle. There’s a mute button, a quantity wheel, and an influence button that may function a multifunction button when related to some units. One faucet whereas related to my Android telephone paused music.

It needs to be famous that Razer might launch a extra complete model of the Barracuda. Traditionally, merchandise with an “X” of their identify are extra of the low to mid-end vary, and a “Pro” mannequin often follows after a number of months. It is onerous to say what a Barracuda Professional (if it had been known as) would supply over this model introduced right this moment, however options like Bluetooth, an extra dial for mixing recreation and chat audio, help for microphone monitoring or the Xbox wi-fi compatibility is simply obtainable to some which might be on the desk.

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