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Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 Review – Unleashing the Kraken

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Two weeks ago, I heard over Skype that I would be reviewing the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 gaming headset. I mention this because, at the time, I was wearing the original green Razer Kraken Pro, a headset that has served me well for many years.

I was a bit worried that the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 might not be much of an improvement over my old one, but after using it for the last two weeks, I can safely say it has blown me away with its utmost quality in every aspect. Razer clearly has another winner on their hands.

Package contents and first impressions

When I first opened the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 gaming headset’s beautiful green box, the headphones on the device looked slightly different than I was used to and a bit big for my liking. That is until I picked it up…

The entire frame of the headset is made out of Bauxite aluminium, which makes it extremely lightweight. Further, with the adjustable frame, it fits perfect on my head without me having to adjust it a lot. After putting it on for the first time, I could feel the Razer quality in every aspect. It is simply put, a product of the utmost quality.

The package only includes the headset and a booklet, so no assembly is required. Keeping with the plug-and-play theme, I simply plugged the gold-plated USB connector into my PC and I was ready to start testing it out.

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The Razer logo slowly changes colours and the end-point of the mic shines red. You can choose to set the logo to a specific colour as well, but I loved how the headset rotated through colours on its own. The headset does look fantastic and modern, but it doesn’t look like you are wearing some futuristic piece of tech on your head. The somewhat minimalistic design, for me, looks absolutely perfect.

Although one could use it without the drivers, installing them from the Razer website is something I recommend you do to take full advantage of the beautiful, digital surround sound through the Razer Synapse program.

Comfort is everything

I use a headset a lot, and by that, I mean about 10 hours each day. For a long gaming session or while at work, nothing is more important to me that comfort. The Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 provides the ultimate comfort while gaming.

Not once did I feel the need to take the headset off for a moment, which was just an excellent experience. I mentioned that the headset looked a bit big at first glance, but it is so lightweight and fits perfectly that (the frame is adjustable and flexible) that it felt as if it was hugging my head lightly. The headset’s cushions were extremely soft and enveloped my ears, while I found it very easy to adjust the mic just the way I like it.

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Since the headset is so extremely light and the cushions are soft, I didn’t feel the need to adjust it at all. After a few days of work, I didn’t even notice I had the headset on anymore, to the point where I got up and almost pulled out the cable, not realizing I was wearing it.

That is a testament to how extremely comfortable the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 is.

Without a doubt, it is the most important aspect for serious gamers who use a headset for an extended period of time. After all, comfort is, in my opinion, everything when it comes to gaming headsets.  

Day-to-day use and gaming amplified

As mentioned in the previous section of this review, I use a headset for roughly 10 hours a day. We’ve established that the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 is extremely comfortable already, but I want to speak a bit more about how the headset excels during day-to-day usage and in gaming. First up, it has been a glorious two weeks at work for me, as I use Skype to communicate with my colleagues.

When asked how the sound quality of the mic was, my colleague Marco said it was crisp and clear, while others I played some Dota 2 with confirmed that they could hear me perfectly. After doing some voice playback tests, I further realized just how good the mic was and I don’t think any gamer would be disappointed with it.

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Straight out of the box, the Razer Kraken provided me with a glorious and immersive surround sound experience while gaming. From Quake Champions to DOOM and even games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, I was immersed every step of the way.

It felt like the headset transported me to gaming heaven with its amazing audio quality and I simply didn’t want to leave.

The Technical Specifications

I’ve spoken a lot in this review about why I love the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 gaming headset, but I know for the audiophiles out there, it all comes down to technical specifications.

Headphones:

  • Frequency response: 12 Hz – 28 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ω @ 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 123 dB
  • Input power: 30 mW (Max)
  • Drivers: 50 mm, with Neodymium magnets
  • Inner ear cup diameter: 56 mm / 2.2 in
  • Connection type: USB Digital
  • Cable length: 2 m / 6.6 ft
  • Approx weight: 346 g / 0.76 lbs
  • Oval ear cushions: Designed for full-ear coverage, perfect for long-wearing comfort

Microphone:

  • Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: > 55 dB
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -38 ± 3 dB
  • Pick-up pattern: Active noise-cancelling*, unidirectional MEMS boom
  • As mentioned earlier in this review, the sound quality is absolutely superb from both the headphones and the microphone.

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The Verdict – Kraken for the win

I’ve had a wonderful time with the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 gaming headset, so much so that even the thought of using an older headset now makes me a bit sad. That’s how good the headset is, and for the price, I don’t think you will find anything better.

The Razer quality shines through in every single aspect, from the packaging to audio quality and most importantly, the comfort the design provides. If there is one thing I would change about the headset, it is the cable length, as I feel like it could be a bit too short for those with big screens and wireless keyboard and mouse combos, who sit very far away.

Even so, I can highly recommend the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 gaming headset for anyone looking for a high-quality audio experience while gaming on a PC. The best thing of all is, the headset won’t break the bank!

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Available on: PC | Reviewed On: PC | RRP: R1699    

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"I got up and almost pulled out the cable, not realizing I was wearing it"

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