Razer Kraken V3 X
Gaming Headset (Wired)
We take a varying range of headsets for audio jogs on AusGamers
; from the high-end to the entry-level, no kit is too big or too small for our tuned ears. And we handle each with a shoutcast or “smack that Like and Subscribe button NOW!” level of yellage. Or, you know, also like normal people, because punters want to know where those dollarydoos are going when it comes to personal use. And with that being said, Razer
’s low-cost wired setup in the Kraken
range, specifically here with the V3 X
, is a decent piece of equipment if budget is an issue, thanks largely to comfort and solid Razer tech driving the entry-level sonic boom that won’t break the bank.
Technically two X versions in, the Kraken V3 X isn’t of the same standard as higher-end Razer audio products, such as the Kraken Ultimate, which is something we should highlight immediately, and it’s also limited on a few fronts which we’ll get to shortly, but as mentioned it’s not really on shelves for those reasons. But it’s by no means an inferior product, just don’t go getting excited that you found a Razer headset at this price point.
Palatable audio comes across in a slightly bassier headset than adjustable options in-market with the Kraken V3 X. While Razer shouts from its rooftops that the V3 X supports 7.1 Surround Sound, this option is for PC only and requires Razer software, which is frustratingly EQ-less here and while it serves its purpose, we’d be lying if we said it was a head above other 7.1 options -- especially those not glued specifically to PC. Again, as an entry-level item, what you get is more than what you’ll fork out for the headset, and in its microphone department, which uses Razer’s HyperClear doodads for arguably its strongest feature, the Kraken V3 X makes up for a number of other shortcomings. In fact, it’s one of the key buying points we find hard to look past as voices go out crystal clear.
- Drivers: Razer TriForce 40mm
- Frequency response: 12 Hz – 28 kHz
- Impedance: 32 Ω (1 kHz)
- Sensitivity: 103 dBSPL/mW, 1 kHz
- Bendable Razer™ HyperClear Cardioid Mic
- Pickup pattern: Unidirectional
"What comes out of the box is a serviceable plug-and-play device with little-to-no adjustment requirements...”
We can’t stress enough that this is more your blue collar headset designed to be roughed up, or as a gateway to a more robust audio world. What comes out of the box is a serviceable plug-and-play device with little-to-no adjustment requirements. That said, you’re locked into the audio as it comes through though with the USB-A you get a low-latency experience in and out.
Design and Comfort
Getting a headset’s comfort levels wrong in this day and age is nigh on impossible, and if you do manage to screw it up, you might be in the wrong line of manufacturing. The Kraken V3 X is as stated throughout here: serviceable. On a comfort level, there’re less moving parts than in higher-end options, but the memory foam ear cushions coupled with the lightweight frame (285g) keep these on the noggin’ without too much head stress. Designed pretty specifically for trenches warfare (read: long-ass multiplayer sessions), the Kraken V3 X looks, feels and is robust, but not at the cost of comfort. Sporting just the two volume and mic mute buttons, easily within reach, the whole kit is locked and loaded with few bells and whistles.
Well, that’s not entirely true.
"As a starting point (again) this is a good way to get *ahem* Kraken on building your fanbase...”
The Kraken V3 X’s other selling point is its RGB lighting system powered by Razer Chroma. There’s a default glow, but if you intend to make it as an on-screen streamer, as a starting point (again) this is a good way to get *ahem* Kraken on building your fanbase, and nothing attracts fans like shiny neon lights. Seriously, just ask the LIFX expert and over-spender over here… ALL OF THE LIGHTS. ALL OF THE TIME.
We mentioned earlier the Kraken V3 X has some shortcomings, and perhaps one of its most real-world glaring -- where console gaming is concerned -- is in its relatively short unremovable cable. As a hardwired headset, you’re beholden to this length, and while what’s here might sound like a lot, or even normal (two-metres) depending on your console setup, you might be sitting uncomfortably close to your screen. In our testing pad, we have a straight 1.8m distance between TV and couch, then another half a metre of couch depth, meaning the cable to our PS5 is tripwire tight. The other option here -- sitting closer to the screen, just isn’t an option
when your screen is a Samsung 8K 75” behemoth
. And while we appreciate everyone’s setup is different, it’s definitely something to be aware of.
So in the end you get what we’ve peppered throughout here: an entry-level wired setup with a great mic, RGB Razer Chroma
support, a lightweight and sturdy structure comfortable for its price and okay audio that borders on a bit too bassey. The lack of EQ support, Dolby Atmos or being locked into 7.1 usage on PC only limits your utilitarian hopes, though the fact it can be used with PS4 and PS5 is still a bonus, just be aware of cable traps and your area of use. There are better options out there, but if you’re absolutely strapped for cash and want something that flashes and delivers well on the mic with serviceable audio, this is still a solid option.