The 9 Best Razer Headphones of 2021

Complete your gaming set-up with these headsets from Razer

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The Rundown
"This high-quality headset offers fantastic sound fidelity, an excellent microphone, and even simulated surround sound."
Runner-Up, Best Budget:
Razer Kraken X at Amazon
"The Razer Kraken X serves as a no-frills, meat-and-potatoes unit that could just be perfect for those with. a tight budget"
"An enhanced version of the classic Kraken design that adds THX Spatial Audio with a highly tunable audio profile."
Best for PC Gaming:
Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 at Amazon
"Not only offers fantastic positional audio but also makes some improvements over the original version in overall sound quality."
Best Unique Design:
Razer Kraken Kitty at Amazon
"If you’re looking for a truly head-turning pair of headphones, perhaps with a main goal of video streaming, the Kraken Kitty headphones do the job."
Best Noise Cancelling:
Razer Opus at Amazon
"The Razer Opus headphones feel a little more like a consumer pair of noise cancelling headphones rather than a gaming headset."
Best for PS4:
Razer Thresher at Amazon
"The first thing you notice is the backlit blue design to match the blue-and-black brand colors of Playstation."
Best for Xbox:
Razer Kaira Pro at Amazon
"This headset sounds excellent with both gaming audio and music, depending on what you use your Xbox console for."
"If you do most of your gaming on the go, Razer's Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds are a great option."

The best Razer headsets can always be counted on to offer clear, high-fidelity audio. They're fantastic when used for gaming, offer attractive designs and coloring, and help to enhance anyone's enjoyment of their game of choice. But if you aren't familiar with headsets, you might find yourself overwhelmed with just about everything the gaming headset world has to offer.

From true wireless earbuds to over-the-ear headphones, there's a veritable cornucopia of different types of headsets. Each brings something unique to the table, such as 3D audio or a DAC to help enhance the sound your PC or console already provides. If you value communication with other players, you'll find plenty of different options in that regard as well. There's also a wealth of lighting options, just in case you want to customize your headset. It all comes down to the particular aspects you’re looking for. 

Best Overall: Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

What We Like
  • Excellent audio mixing and usage of THX Spatial Audio

  • Clear and crisp microphone for team communication

  • Customizable RGB lighting and comfortable ear cups

What We Don't Like
  • On the pricier side

  • Occasional lack of high frequency response

The Razer BlackShark V2 may not be the best and brightest the Razer lineup has to offer, but for many, it will be the best option for everyday gaming. This high-quality headset offers fantastic sound fidelity, an excellent microphone and even simulated surround sound that make you feel as though you've just jumped into your favorite game. Music, sound effects, gunfire, and even your teammates' voices come through loud and clear, thanks to the headset's usage of THX Spatial Audio. 

The sound mixing is pitch perfect here, especially for a wireless headset. Its microphone offers crisp, clear communication, and you get active noise cancellation to make sure everyone else (and their shots) come through loud and clear. The cherry on top is its customizable RGB lighting that you can tweak to your liking. It's indelibly comfortable, too. It may be a bit pricey, but you're getting a top-tier product here that will last and last. If you need an overall reliable and excellent option for gaming in all situations, the BlackShark V2 should tick all the boxes. 

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Razer Kraken X

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro
What We Like
  • Very affordable

  • Decent feature set

  • Good design

What We Don't Like
  • Cheap-feeling build quality

  • No RGB lighting

  • Drivers are 40mm, rather than 50mm

When it comes to budget gaming headphones, anything that is under the $70 price point would fit the bill, and the Razer Kraken X serves as a no-frills, meat-and-potatoes unit that could just be perfect for those with a tight budget. At a $59.99 list price, these headphones feel affordable, even when you consider the premium build quality. Razer bills them as “light,” which should be great for long gaming sessions, but a lower-weight gadget has the unfortunate side effect of not feeling super high-quality. Razer has gone with 40mm custom-tuned drivers, rather than the higher-end 50mm drivers, which means these headphones might be a little less full-bodied on the sound quality front

The memory foam ear cups and headband points make these really comfortable headphones. The boom mic isn’t retractable like some of the more expensive models, but it does offer a goose-neck-style bend to help position the cardioid pattern more directly in front of your speaking pass. There is 7.1 emulated surround built-in, but it doesn’t appear to be THX branded. The design is decent, and there’s even some external lighting, but it’s only the Razer green color, rather than RGB. All of these features spell out a pair of headphones that will do the job but won’t knock it out of the park.

Best Bass: Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

What We Like
  • Powerful sound quality

  • Solid external DAC

  • Reasonably priced

What We Don't Like
  • Aggressive design

  • Unfocused audio quality

The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition positions itself at the low-to-mid part of Razer’s headset range, but it manages to do a few things well that put it at a higher level in terms of quality. First of all, the external digital-to-analog converter serves as both a way to bypass your PC’s sound card (giving you fuller, higher-quality sound compared to most entry-level sound cards) and as a way to control your audio using a table-top remote. The sound quality of these headphones is really full, with a heavy emphasis on the bass side of the spectrum owed in large part to the specifically tuned 50mm drivers. This gives you a solid response for epic games but might result in some lack of clarity when listening to subtler music or watching more nuanced shows. 

The design of the Kraken Tournaments is, in a word, loud. The bright-green color is even a little more eccentric than Razer’s main brand color. For some, this look might be fitting, but considering this headset also doesn’t offer RGB, it’s a mark in the con column. The retractable mic does offer some degree of background noise elimination, but in general, the directionality of these types of boom mics will take care of that without any fancy software features. The last feature to highlight is the presence of THX 7.1 virtual surround, which is actually a step up from Razer’s own 7.1 surround that comes on the lower-end, budget models. At around $80, this pair of headphones feels like it’s priced just about right, but that’s only if its design meets your look.

Best for PC Gaming: Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2

What We Like
  • True surround sound

  • Razer Chroma lighting

  • Desktop remote with sound pass-through

What We Don't Like
  • Somewhat plain design

  • Square ear cups that are stuffy for some users

The Razer Tiamat 7.1 is a true spiritual partner for your computer because it brings a host of features that truly accentuate the PC gaming experience. Probably the most prevalent feature in this regard is the true 7.1 surround sound. Most headphones that tout a surrounding feature do so via software, meaning the stereo headphones just emulate surround sound. The Tiamat 7.1 headphones actually feature 10 distinct drivers, allowing your game to treat the headphones just like it would a true set of surround sound speakers. This means that you aren’t relying on software to guess where a game intends to throw a sound, but you have true speakers that will focus the sound, giving you better aural accuracy in gameplay. 

Another key feature for the PC is the presence of a pass-through, table-top control surface. From this remote, you can adjust the volume, mute the mic, and have better control over the sound of your headphones, but perhaps more importantly, you can pass the sound of your game directly through to speakers, meaning you won’t need to unplug and replug devices to switch between headphones and speakers. Razer has also included their Chroma RGB lighting function here, allowing you millions of possible colors to match your PC setup. The look and feel of these headphones, and their rotatable boom mic, isn’t quite as flashy as some of the others, but for some that might be a positive.

Best Unique Design: Razer Kraken Kitty

What We Like
  • Off-the-wall design

  • Chrome RGB and streaming modes

  • Marquis sound features

What We Don't Like
  • Not very subtle

  • Heavier weight due to the cat ears

If you’re looking for a truly head-turning pair of headphones, perhaps with a main goal of video streaming, the Kraken Kitty headphones do the job. At their core, these headphones are very similar, functionally, to the Kraken headphones. There’s THX 7.1 emulated surround for solid spatialization during gaming, there’s cooling gel in the earcups for long gaming sessions, and there’s even active noise cancellation in the microphone. The true standout here is, obviously, the look of these headphones.

The cat ears on the top aren’t just quirky, but they offer some customization options. The ears are powered by Razer’s 6.1-million-strong Chroma color array which matches the outside of the earcups. This can also be paired in a streaming mode to sync with whatever performance you’re putting on. This means that these headphones look just as gamer-friendly as they sound. Razer is also touting a Cosplay Mode, which basically just means you can connect the USB input to a USB power bank to pull bus power and just run the lights. All of this could be gimmicky to some, but if the look of your headphones is important to you—especially if you’re a streamer—then these could be a great bet.

Best Noise Cancelling: Razer Opus

What We Like
  • Professional, sleek design

  • Active noise cancellation

  • Premium feature set

What We Don't Like
  • No boom microphone

  • A little pricey

Taking a page from the Hammerhead True Wireless book, the Razer Opus headphones feel a little more like a consumer pair of noise-canceling headphones rather than a gaming headset. That isn’t necessarily a problem, because Razer does a lot of things well, and those who think the typical gamer-friendly design of other headsets is too much might otherwise steer clear of the brand. The Opus puts at its core an adaptive active noise cancellation that aims to provide a truly isolated listening experience.

Razer is also extending its THX partnership, claiming the sound profile has been tuned with this company’s help. The 40mm drivers won’t provide quite the oomph of the larger 50mm drivers, but for all-around listening (from multimedia to gaming to basic music listening). The look and feel of the headphones aren’t actually that different from Sony’s marquis 1000XM3 offering, and at about $199, the price does match. The build quality is really solid, too, so as long as you don’t need marquis gaming features, a retractable boom mic, or flashy Razer design, these are a great pair of headphones.

Best for PS4: Razer Thresher

What We Like
  • PS4-friendly design

  • 2.4 GHz wireless

  • Solid Dolby sound quality

What We Don't Like
  • A bit pricey

  • A little bulky

The Razer Thresher headphones look and feel like a PS4 headset just as much as they feel like a PC headset. The first thing you notice is the backlit blue design to match the blue-and-black brand colors of the PlayStation. This stands out from Razer’s green-heavy range and will line up nicely if you’re a console gamer. Another standout feature is the 2.4GHz wireless connectivity. If you’re a console gamer, having a USB input or even a 3.5mm input isn’t always possible. The wireless connectivity here provides far less lag than Bluetooth and means that you can beam your TV’s audio to your headset.

This also means that you can use the headphones to watch movies. For this particular model, Razer has partnered with Dolby to tune the sound quality, rather than THX, which is an interesting move, but fits better with the TV gaming as Dolby is a more common surround provider for the couch-based, TV experience. The whole thing is rounded out by a retractable mic and a really solid build quality, with leather-esque ear cups and really nice design features. At about $150, the headphones feel a little pricey, but for the specific feature set, it might just be worth it.

Best for Xbox: Razer Kaira Pro

What We Like
  • Works with all Xbox systems, including Xbox Series X|S

  • Simple console pairing that remains connected

  • Comfortable, memory foam ear pads and headset band

What We Don't Like
  • Not perfect for footsteps or more subtle sounds

If you're primarily an Xbox gamer, you know the importance of finding a great console-centric headset. The Razer Kaira Pro is compatible with the new Xbox Series X/S platforms as well as older systems, so you're covered no matter which part of the Xbox ecosystem you use. First and foremost, it's incredibly simple to pair with your system. You only need to do it once, and it'll be good to go every time you start up your system. 

Most importantly, it sounds excellent with both gaming audio and music, depending on what you use your Xbox console for. It has great, deep bass, and does an excellent job of creating a sonic soundscape. It can at times be a bit difficult to hear the more minute sounds of things like guns reloading or footsteps approaching, but the headset is great for general, all-purpose gaming for those who need to keep quiet or need a crisp mic to communicate with others. Plus, this lightweight headset includes cushy ear pads made with memory foam, as well as a cushioned headband for long-term wear.

This may not be the perfect console headset, but it’s the best Razer product you’ll find specifically tailored for the Xbox console series, and the most comfortable, too.

Best for Phones: Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro

What We Like
  • Sleek, comfortable design

  • Great audio and active noise-cancelling

  • Mobile app to customize EQ with various codecs

What We Don't Like
  • Included case does not have wireless charging

If you do most of your gaming or multimedia consumption on the go, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better Razer product than the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds. These are excellent, well-sealing, and comfortable buds that look and feel much like Apple's AirPods Pro, but are emblazoned with the Razer logo and a sleek black finish. They feature a series of gesture controls, active noise cancellation, and powerful 10mm drivers. They deliver excellent, full-bodied sound that's THX certified, with plenty of bass to back up even the most thumping techno beats. They're also perfect for mobile gaming, especially if you play shooters or battle royales and need an extra leg up on the competition. 

If the way the earbuds come out of the package doesn't suit you, they also come with a mobile app that lets you customize the EQ to your liking, with several different codecs to choose from. Unfortunately, the included case does not have wireless charging. But the buds' active noise cancellation is fantastic, as is the included gaming mode, which Razer claims reduces Bluetooth latency to just 60ms. That's a major boon for mobile gaming that does deliver, and with great battery life, you'll be gaming on the go for hours to come.

Final Verdict

Our best overall pick, the Razer Blackshark V2 Pro, may be pricey, but these headphones bring the best, most nuanced feature set for the everyday gamer. Its "Pro" moniker lives up to its name in several regards, and for most gamers, it delivers just about everything they're looking for. The Razer Kaira Pro for Xbox offers a variety of great features for console users, while the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds are indicative of some of the best mobile-friendly audio we've seen. This lineup truly has a little something for everyone at varying price points. 

About our trusted experts:

Brittany Vincent is a freelance video game and entertainment writer whose work has been featured in publications and online venues including G4TV.com, Joystiq, Complex, IGN, GamesRadar, Destructoid, Kotaku, GameSpot, Mashable and The Escapist. She is the editor in chief of mojodo.com.

Jason Schneider brings with him 10 years of experience writing for tech websites and reviewing consumer audio products, alongside a degree in Music Technology from Northeastern University, Jason brings a nuanced, well-informed, and unbiased view to his Lifewire reviews.

FAQ

What's Razer's warranty like?

Razer offers a limited warranty that requires proof of purchase, like a dated receipt from a Razer dealer or reseller with the product description and price, a dated email from an authorized seller, or an order number from the Razer website. These are the only valid proof of purchase statements. Razer may be able to locate your proof of purchase or receipt if you do not have it and purchased it from an authorized seller. 


The limited warranty varies between peripherals. For headsets, earphones, and earbuds, the warranty lasts for 2 years, with some restrictions. Razer offers support via its online web portal at support.razer.com. You can view all the terms and conditions related to the Razer warranty and claims at the official Razer website. 


Can I fine-tune audio preferences without third-party software?

No. For the most part, you will need to use your Razer headset with Razer's software. If you want to make major tweaks, this is the place to do it. Similarly, if your headset has RGB lighting, you'll need to use Razer's third-party software to change that up as well. You can customize all of these aspects of your headset via Razer's software, though most headsets have physical mute, volume, and some EQ options depending on which version you purchase.


What does Active Noise Canceling (ANC) do?

Some Razer headsets offer Active Noise Canceling, which is an important part of the way the audio soundscape is designed to work. ANC uses microphones and speakers to help reduce or override background noises. This way, you don't hear sound leaking in while you're playing. Instead, you hear something of a light static. 


What's really happening in your headset is that tiny microphones are working to pick up any low-frequency sounds and keep them from reaching your ear, "canceling" the sound out so all you hear is what's being pumped through the headset. If you dislike being interrupted or want to focus, this is a feature you'll definitely want to use.


What are true wireless earbuds as opposed to wireless earbuds?

True wireless earbuds lack any sort of cable that connects them to your device or charger. They're completely independent of the case they come in and have no wires that you could get tangled up in. They usually charge wirelessly, go in a charging case, and keep you from having to be tethered to whatever console, PC, or phone you may be using at the time. They're great for gaming since you can get up and walk around with them on, just like a regular wireless headset.

What to look for in a Razer Headset 

Sound features: An obvious feature to look out for on gaming headphones is how good they sound—how full they are for gaming purposes, what surround sound offering they bring to the table, and how good the microphone sounds. Generally, the middle of the range offers the best bang for your buck on sound quality.

DACs: Many Razer headsets are powered by and connected via USB, rather than a 3.5mm jack. This means that there is a digital-to-analog converter built-in. This would be an important consideration if you don’t have a particularly high-quality DAC built into your PC or device.

Design: One huge factor with any gaming headset, but Razer products, in particular, is how they look. When you consider the loud pops of green, RGB lighting options courtesy of Razer’s Chroma protocol, and sharp, bulky builds, if you don’t like the look of one Razer product, it’s likely that you won’t like the look of most. But there are some consumer-friendly models to look out for that have a more subtle look

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