The Kraken Pro, while not without its flaws, is definitely one of the best gaming headsets I’ve ever had. It’s light years ahead of the last headset I reviewed, and the superior quality of the Kraken Pro was evident the moment I took it out of its box.
Before I get too far ahead of myself here, here’s the major criteria I look at when determining whether or not a headset is worth the price tag – Comfort, Sound Quality, and Functionality. Is the headset comfortable, is the sound up to par with what you’d expect from a similarly-priced headset, and are the additional features and functions useful? Without further ado, let’s kick off my Razer Kraken Pro Review!
The Kraken Pro is, without a doubt, one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve ever owned. The ear cups breathe easily (Preventing sweat and warmth from building up), and they are roomy enough for those with larger heads and/or ears (Such as myself). I can’t tell you how big of a deal this is – It honestly doesn’t matter in the slightest to me how amazing a headset’s sound quality is if it’s painful to wear! The headband is well-cushioned as well, though it would have been nice if it was a bit more flexible – I have a wide head.
The headset’s weight is well-balanced – This was one of the major things Razer focused on when designing it. Because eSports players (The audience this headset is primarily targeted towards) tend to spend a lot of time in-game practicing and coordinating with their teams, it’s vital that they have a headset that is comfortable to wear for long periods of time. As such, weight has a huge impact on comfort over a longer period of time.
I can think of many headsets I’ve owned in the past that I had to stop wearing after only a couple hours of gaming due to just how heavy they became. Fortunately, the Kraken Pro does not suffer from this problem. It’s not heavy enough to cause discomfort, nor is it light enough to feel cheap or poorly-constructed. It’s a perfect middle ground.
The sound quality and detail of the Kraken Pro are superb, though most people will expect nothing less from Razer (Especially at the “Performance” price point). The sound output is crisp and clear – Walking through a windy forest in the Witcher 3 was an immersive and terrifying experience.
My only complaint is with the audio quality is that having the volume turned up too loud can result in a little bit of static. Though most people won’t really need to turn the volume up to the max, I personally have a few friends with particularly quiet mics – I’m used to cranking my volume up and down to hear them when they speak via Skype.
The inability to crank the Kraken Pro’s sound all the way up to the top without a little bit of noise interference was disappointing and a bit frustrating. Having said this, it might be reassuring to note that most people (After extensive browsing through Amazon and video reviews) do not seem to have this problem – It appears that I’m part of a (Irritated) relative minority with this issue.
These headphones are also made with noise-cancellation in mind – This works wonders for people with busy households, or those who tend to travel frequently and game on the go. As an experiment, I had my girlfriend player increasingly loud music in the background while I listened to my own with these on – It wasn’t until the music on her end was cranked up to about 60-70% that it became noticeable! That’s pretty impressive, but also a bit scary. My house could be burning down and I might not notice!
The Kraken Pro, while relatively light on additional features, is opting for simplicity over complexity – A perfectly reasonable trade-off – Some headsets have in-line remotes with far too many features. It can get a little too complex and obtrusive at times, especially when they are included on the larger, heavier in-line remotes.
It could, however, be argued that the Kraken Pro is a bit too light on features, especially for it’s $70+ asking price (Amazon.com prices are prone to change and fluctuation at any time – Scroll down for the most current price).
The Kraken Pro has a relatively small remote (With a simple volume wheel and a microphone mute switch) that is quick and easy to access on the fly. The microphone is flexibly and retractable, making it very easy to put away when you don’t need it anymore. This is a surprisingly useful little feature – Some headset mics are stiff, and tend to get in the way when their hinge starts to wear out.
The Kraken Pro has a simple 3.5mm audio jack and splitter cable for easy connections to just about any PC, laptop, or other device, but I hope Razer releases an updated version that has USB functionality in the near future.
Conclusion & Final Rating – 4.5/5
- Extremely comfortable
- Well-balanced weight & solid build quality – Doesn’t feel cheap, and doesn’t cause discomfort
- Retractable microphone is a nice touch
- Superb sound quality
- A bit light on features for a higher-priced headset – Only a mute switch and volume controls
- Odd sound issues occasionally crop up at high volume levels – Check the latest reviews on Amazon before making a decision
Razer has definitely outdone themselves with the Kraken Pro – It’s comfortable and durable, the sound quality is exceptional, and it’s convenient in-line remote and retractable microphone help to make the Kraken Pro a near-perfect package all around. The badass looking neon green color option helps too, of course ;).
Still, no product is perfect, and the Kraken Pro (Unfortunately) is no exception to this. The in-line remote is a bit too small and featureless, in my opinion – Especially for a headset that breaks the $70 price floor (At the time of my purchase a couple months ago).
I would have liked to see some additional unique features, such as the Turtle Beach PX24’s “Superhuman Hearing” option (Allowing you to hear even the quietest of footsteps). While I understand this is partially due to Razer’s emphasis on performance and simplicity over additional “fluff” features with this headset, I suppose I’ve just been spoiled by some of their other products in the past.
All around, don’t let those frankly minor gripes stop you from checking out the Kraken Pro for yourself – It’s a truly fantastic headset that should last you for quite some time. Click the link below to see for yourself!
As always, folks, thank you for taking the time to read my review, and happy gaming!