Razer Barracuda Pro headset review – Painfully close to perfection for all day use

Final yr about this time, we received the possibility to take a look at the Razer Barracuda X which was, though not the highest finish of city, a very good headset. However there have been some issues with it in the event you needed to make use of it as an all-day listening choice. With the discharge of the brand new Barracuda vary from Razer, we’ve seen a rise in performance that covers earlier criticisms making this headset painfully near perfection for all-day use.

What’s it?

The Razer Barracuda Professional is a wi-fi headset with a number of connection choices (Bluetooth and Wi-fi USB-C Dongle) that’s appropriate with Home windows, Android, iOS, Nintendo Swap and PlayStation. Persevering with their current pattern, Razer has launched one other gadget that it’s adorned with eye-catching RGB lighting. Whereas this maybe reduces the gamer enchantment, it opens a considerably bigger marketplace for on a regular basis, all-day customers.

What’s within the field?

Precisely as you’ll anticipate from any high quality producer, what you want is within the field. This contains the headset, USB-C connection dongle, a strong and considerably hefty case, cables to cost your headset and one to supply a connection choice to machines that don’t have USB-C.

The mixture of the cables and Bluetooth connectivity choices leads to the broad compatibility already talked about. It’s a very slick-looking headset that I wouldn’t have any hesitation in utilizing in an expert setting, or at residence for gaming. Partly for the look and partly because of the improved know-how, there isn’t any removable microphone however the inbuilt microphones are very able to delivering nice high quality voice for calls and chat and decreasing the noise captured.

Design and Controls

Once you open the field, the carry case is introduced to you which of them (with the headset and cables in it) is fairly heavy. The case, nevertheless, seems as if it’s going to do an excellent job of defending your headset in a bag throughout journey. Opening up the carry case reveals the headset which seems nice if slightly uninteresting by Razer’s ordinary visible requirements.

One of many causes that the case is so bodily giant is the truth that the headphones don’t fold to scale back storage measurement. There may be nonetheless loads of adjustment for various customers although, with the over-head band having the standard slider characteristic and the ear cups hinging each up and down in addition to horizontally.

When you’ve received them on, the padding across the ears and throughout the headscarf rapidly shapes to your head and ears. This brings a degree of consolation and bodily steadiness that’s one thing it’s a must to expertise to grasp. Offered you alter the headscarf to your degree of consolation, then the opposite changes will simply naturally occur by means of positioning the headset usually.

I’m personally a tactile particular person and, whereas contact controls are very practical, I favor bodily buttons once I’m counting on contact. So for me, the controls on the Razer Barracuda Professional made a variety of sense with the best ear having a single push-button for controls (ANC on, ANC off, Ambient) of the ANC mode.

On the left ear, the highest button is a push-in button to mute the mic which makes it simple to know at a contact in case your mic is on or off. Beneath this can be a quantity curler which has a stunning really feel to it so you possibly can fastidiously alter the amount of what you’re listening to. Lastly, on the
backside of the controls, you’ll discover the ability and playback/name management button.

One thing I’ve actually loved with the Barracuda Professional is the sensible swap capabilities throughout gaming. You possibly can rapidly and simply swap the audio stream out of your PC to your cellphone on the push of a button, eradicating the necessity to take your headset off to reply — in the event you hear it — your ringing cellphone.

Throughout testing, I had this headset on for full workdays utilising the ambient sound choice

Sound High quality and Noise Cancelling

This can be a side of a multi-purpose headset that has the potential to be good or a deal-breaker. Sound steadiness and tuning are essential for any listening habits and alter relying on what you’re doing.

As a basic assertion, I discovered the sound high quality of the Razer Barracuda Professional actually clear. Even on the default equaliser, it was fairly properly balanced however not good for music playback missing a little bit of bass.

If you wish to get essentially the most out of your Barracuda Professional, then putting in the Razer Audio app is a should. It brings with it one-touch entry to options together with ANC controls and preset EQ settings for video games, audio playback and film in addition to a default (flat) and customized EQ. The pre-set choices are fairly good for many customers, however if you wish to fine-tune you’ll be hitting the customized choice rapidly.

In case you’re working or enjoying in a loud setting or utilizing the Barracuda Professional throughout a commute then the noise cancelling goes to be welcome. The capabilities aren’t as much as the usual of Sony and does let by means of voices of individuals surrounding you, however that feels prefer it’s a deliberate choice to extend consciousness and given the load (340 grams) of those; I’m unsure I’d advocate them for air journey.

There may be a few actually good cause for that weight although, so don’t low cost them due to that. The primary is that the drivers are 50mm, a significant contributor to the audio vary provided and a small contributor to the load. Extra importantly, maybe, the THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (THX AAA) gives considerably decrease distortion to sound and reduces energy consumption.

In regular listening, this isn’t as outstanding as you’d suppose. However for supported video games and films, you’ll hear a formidable depth of sound that basically enhances your listening.

A yr of improvement addressed nearly each single subject

Final yr whereas the Barracuda X was an incredible headset, there have been some points with it. The shortage of connectivity choices is resolved with the Bluetooth addition to the Professional. The USB dongle now has the connector positioned to at least one finish, which means laptops with two USB-C ports don’t find yourself with one blocked throughout use.

The case is de facto strong and can do an incredible job of defending your headphones in a bag or throughout journey. That is additionally the place the required cables and the USB dongle (in its personal devoted pouch to keep away from dropping it) are saved so that you’re at all times carrying what you want. The one drawback is you’ll want a big bag for it as a result of the headphones (just like the Sony WH-1000XM5) don’t fold to scale back storage measurement.

The THX AAA leads to ample quantity, a lot in order that it was uncomfortable to hear at excessive quantity for greater than a fleeting second or two.

Conclusion

It looks like final yr’s Barracuda X was testing the waters, studying from suggestions and delivering one thing glorious a yr later. Sure, it’s a considerably increased value — RRP AU$439.95 — and a higher-end gadget but it surely actually does really feel like Razer nailed the whole lot they meant to right here.

As earlier talked about, the look has been dialled again from a few of the extra typical vibrant and flashy RGB setups we’ve come to anticipate from Razer. This although, means its use is conducive not solely to the area of interest of gaming however to workplace and commuting use. With a battery lifetime of round 40 hours, you’re unlikely to get caught out with out your headphones too.

On the finish of the day, headphones are about audio high quality and these have delivered properly. Effectively balanced with good sound response and simply tuned by means of pre-set EQ choices, to your desire and what you’re listening to on the time.

Whereas there are others that may do the job, that is the primary headset I’ve used that may genuinely cross simply between work, play, commuting and basic communication wants. Even with the value being a bit excessive for some customers and the load being up there, I’m genuinely impressed with what Razer has delivered right here.

In case you’re eager to select up a Barracuda Professional headset, then you possibly can test it out on the Razer Retailer, Mwave Australia, Scorptec or Centre.com for $439.00

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