Razer Hammerhead BT
Bluetooth technology offers a distinctive advantage for mobile audio in the sense that you get high-bandwidth data capabilities with no interference issues. That is, if you keep your paired device nice and close. Razer, a name synonymous with quality game hardware, has introduced the latest in its line of in-ear audio headphones with the Razer Hammerhead BT. A portable wireless pair of headphones primarily suited to mobile devices, and for those that are looking to do away with cable management while out and about. The end results are impressive, especially for the price, and perfect for those that dig mobile games.
- Type: In-Ear
- Driver: 10mm
- Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- Impedance: 32 ± 15% ohm
- Cable length: 63 cm
- Weight: 28.0g
The Razer Hammerhead BT comes equipped with custom-tuned 10mm drivers, which for an in-ear solution offers more than enough punch for crisp high-end detail and bass that doesn’t sound muffled or like it’s commandeering the entire sound. On paper all is impressive, but those looking for a balanced sound might be disappointed. What you get with the Hammerhead BT is an effect that essentially boosts or raises the output of both bass and treble.
Thanks to quality drivers the effect isn’t artificial or distorted, but you get the sense that Razer are looking to compete with offerings by Beats or Skullcandy in the sound department. In terms of mobile gaming the reasoning makes sense, as it does if you were to predominantly listen to electronic or more pop-style music. In other extreme cases the effect can be overbearing and unbalanced.
The clear star of the show though is the Hammerhead being able to provide a rich detailed sound over Bluetooth without the need for a direct connection. The in-line controls also include a microphone which is to be expected for something that you’d pair with a smart phone, but don’t expect broadcast quality or gaming headset sound on this front. The 300 Hz – 3.4 kHz frequency response here is best suited to basic phone calls.
Design and Comfort
You can tell a Razer product just by looking at it, and the Hammerhead BT is no different. Even so it’s quite unlike anything else you’re likely to find in the price-range. The bright green and black ribbon gives way to comfortable and sturdy metallic ear pieces that feel every bit like the premium stuff we’ve come to expect from Razer. The surprise and almost cornerstone element to the design though is the inclusion of a magnet.
Now, the word magnet and audio usually don’t mix but here Razer implements a magnet that when placed onto the collar of a t-shirt offers even weight distribution and a relatively easy method of walking around without ever having to worry too much about cables. The only downside is that due to the magnet and Hammerhead BT only being able to be worn one-way, connecting the magnet onto a shirt on the back of your neck can be an exercise in momentary frustration. On the plus side, even though the Hammerhead BT comes packed with a small carry case, the magnet can also double as a neat little cable holder.
Tested over a week playing mobile titles ranging from Hearthstone to Fallout Shelter and others, it’s clear that the overall tuning of the Hammerheads is suited to games, films, and some music. We say some because in a lot of cases vocals and high-end frequencies can sound a little overbearing depending on the mix. Which means you’ll probably need to play with EQ settings to get a proper balanced sound. This in and of itself is not a bad thing, as the drivers and hardware are certainly up to the task and can be fine tuned to provide emphasis in either direction, but it’s a shame when other ‘out of the box’ headphones offer broader and more attuned support for music.
In the end it’s hard to not be impressed with the Hammerhead BT headphones from Razer. Connection is as simple as pressing a button and the long battery life means you’ll get around 8 hours or so of usage before having to charge them up again. Great for gaming and watching videos, but they do need fine tuning to properly make the most out of various types of music.