Razer has long been known as a creator of products built specifically for the gamer. Audio hardware has been a part of their arsenal for some time. Their expansion into earbuds was big news, not only for gamers, but for all users. Now, they introduce their new and improved Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds.
So what have they improved from the 2019 models? Customization of the RGB, Active Noise Cancellation, access to Google Fast Pair, a Bluetooth 5.2 connection (The older earbuds were Bluetooth 5.0) and a full in-ear design, where their predecessors were a half in-ear model. Battery life was also greatly increased, from 16 to 32.5 hours.
The earbuds are packed with customization opportunities and important features. Using the Chroma RGB app available on Android and iOS, the colour and lighting style can be changed to suit your personal preference, or your brand if you are wearing them in a professional capacity.
The LED lights can be changed to any number of colours and can be displayed in different patterns; Audio Meter, allowing the light to react to the audio, Breathing, where the lights pulsate, Spectrum, where the lights cycle through colours and a static colour. Brightness can also be controlled
The Razer Audio App gives you full control over the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless as well as any Bluetooth enabled audio devices. Within the app, you can adjust the EQ, switch between headset features, customize your own commands and download firmware updates. These two apps make the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless a formidable upgrade for your listening pleasure.
The earbuds contain several useful features. The Feedforward Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) will help nullify any ambient noises to ensure a better sound experience. The two Environmental Noise Cancelling (ENC) microphones help improve communication on both sides of a call, cancelling sounds other than your voice.
For the gamer, a low latency mode is available, allowing the player to hear their game with 60ms of latency, allowing for a better overall experience over Bluetooth.
“The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds were immensely comfortable.”
The setup experience was the simplest I have experienced with a Bluetooth audio device. I only needed to open the case and Google did the rest. I was connected to my earbuds in less than ten seconds. Being a thicker-fingered individual, I did find getting the earbuds out of the case to be a little bit of a challenge, but nothing that couldn’t be overcome.
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds were immensely comfortable. The in-ear design sat nicely in place with no concerns of them falling out. I jumped and flailed around without so much as a millimetre of movement from the earbuds. They can easily hold up to a long walk or run, a day of working from home or a plane trip without the need to take them out.
The use of the applications were very user-friendly. Connecting the earbuds to the apps was quick and easy and the functionality of the apps was simple. There is no need to fumble around to find what you are looking for. The Razer Audio App can even connect you directly to the Chroma RGB App.
“The low latency mode was solid, leaving the game audio clear and in sync with my actions.”
The customization options give you an opportunity that no true wireless earbuds can. Customizing your colour to match your style, changing the EQ to adapt to your specific needs and remapping the buttons to allow you to control the device to your satisfaction made for a really pleasant experience.
The low latency mode was solid, leaving the game audio clear and in sync with my actions. Maybe a more seasoned gamer playing a shooter could hear the slightest difference, but I think even to them, it would be perfectly acceptable. It is as good as one could hope from a Bluetooth device and, for the casual gamer, it would never be noticeable.
The sound quality coming out of the earbuds was crystal clear. Enabling the ANC let me fully immerse myself in a video or game and phone calls/conferencing was ideal. I could sit next to my air conditioner without people on the other end hearing the hum.
At $129.99 USD, the earbuds are a leap in price from its preceding model of Razer Hammerhead True Wireless, but they still come in considerably cheaper than most of the big players, like the Apple AirPods, Beats By Dre, Samsung, etc. The sound and functionality of the Razer earbuds make them well worth the money.