Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma Review

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅08-06-15

The Razer Kraken 7.1 for many will be a love or hate affair, the thick and heavy bass packs a huge punch when it comes to action FPSs and likely for racing games too while the virtual 7.1 surround sound gives a good sense of direction. The construction and build quality is typically excellent, as expected from Razer, though we could argue that there are various missed opportunites.

The Kraken 7.1 Chroma is not modular and while the retractable microphone is a tried and tested favourite for many people, having a removable main line certainly does have its advantages over a fixed hardline. Another point is, no matter how comfortable the earpadding is, if you do not design your earcups to definitely be 'over ear' or 'on ear' you will end up with a headset that doesn't quite live up to expectation in regards to comfort. There are other minor niggles with the Kraken 7.1 too, the long winded software setup, the microphone lag/pickup and for some, considering the cost (89.99), the excessive use of plastic. Though none of this really causes this headset to topple as it is ultimately a sexy looking rock solid, bass heavy, gaming headset and if that is what you are looking for, look no further.

The customisable lighting brought to the Kraken 7.1 Chroma adds a touch of class to a quality gaming headset, if you like powerful, booming bass prepare to be initiated into the Cult of Razer

+ Good virtual 7.1 surround
+ Attractive aesthetic
+ Quality construction
+ Customisable lighting effect
+ Good gaming audio

+- Razer Software
+- Earcups not quite true circum-aural
+- Some may find the bass overbearing
+- Good microphone offset by pickup lag

- Price
- Not great for music

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