Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma Surround Headset

Open the Box

Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma, comes in a stylish satin black and neon green box. It is a light weight headphone, squarely packed to prevent any in transit damage. Main features of the product are printed on the box so that you may know pre-hand, what you are purchasing. The box also contains an instructional manual for your guidance and Kreker logo stickers. It comes with 1 year warranty.

Software

To unveil the surround quality of the headset, you need to download and install Razer Synapse 2.0. This can be downloaded from the Razer website This software goes with all the other Razer peripherals as well. You can customize unique configurations for various Razer peripherals and games which are automatically saved to the cloud. This provides you unlimited storage space. To install Synapse 2.0 you need PC/Mac with USB port with Windows7/8/vista or Mac OSX (10.7-10.9), 100MB free space on your hard disk and internet connection for driver’s installation.

This software shall allow you to fine tune Kraken 7.1 virtual surround sound, various volume controls, bass adjustment, equalization, audio filtering for in-coming voices and changeover between surround and stereo modes.

Performance

With a frequency coverage of 100Hz to 10 kHz, 32 Ohms impedance and power full 40 mm drivers with Neodymium, The surround sound quality is superb. It is sharper, crispier and clearer than a conventional stereo headphone. It takes you deep into the game. You virtually become a part of the situation. You hear the game as it is intended by the developer. The design of the headset is inspired by the well tested comfort factors of Razer kreken Pro and endorsed by top gamers. The headphone performs equally well in stereo mode for listing to music or voice chat. Because of the excellent sound quality, it can be used for prolonged periods without getting tired.

Head Band

The head band is made of flexible plastic. The outer side of the head band is covered with soft textured leatherette of black color in matte finish. Amidst and on top, there is printed the name of Razer in neon green in bold fonts. The contrast of neon green on black background casts a pleasant effect on your mind.

The inner side of the headband carries a thin cushioning which is covered with microfiber waffle textured cloth. Both the ends are slid able. Because of this, the head band can be extended up to 40 mm on each side. This provides sufficient space to cover any size of head, even with glasses. The ear cups are fitted on both the ends. All the parts are well connected with each others. By holding the headphone in your hands you can feel its solid built. It weighs around 12 ounces, which is not much in comparison to the quality.

Ear Cups

Made of black plastic, these are semi-spherical in shape, with Chroma illuminated Razer tri-snake logo on the outer side. The inner side has a donut shaped thick cushion covered with black soft leatherette. These ear cups can pivot up, down and twist left, right to fully adjust to the ears. Each ear cup houses a 40 mm driver which is covered with black mesh covering. The left ear cup carries a microphone and the USB cable. These ear cups can be folded inwards. This facilitates a safe stowage of headphone when not being used or for transportation. The Over-the-ear design of ear cups provides a passive noise canceling feature which helps you to concentrate on your games’ audio. The inner diameter is around 45 cm, which may not be good enough to fit larger size ears.

Microphone

A digital microphone is attached to the left ear cup. This microphone is retrievable which means it can be pulled out for use and can be shoved back into its cave when not in use. This feature is considered an added benefit as the mic do not hamper when not required to be used. The mic is flexible and can be positioned according to the requirements of the user. It is about 5 inches long. The tip of the mic is fitted with a LED, which glows when the mic in on. The tip also has a mute button. The easy access to the mute button is a great facility, especially when you are totally absorbed in a game and want to execute this function instantly without having to search for a mute button. With a little adjustment through Synopses2.0 you can enjoy a perfect voice reproduction with least background noise.

Lighting

A unique feature of Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma is its glowing logos on the ear cups. This adds beauty to the product. This lighting can be set in different patterns. You can have a persisting single color glow from a wide range of color shads. You can also have the breathing affects of the chosen color in which the luminous of the color slowly changes from low to high in a rhythmic cycle. Another option is a spectrum cycling, i.e. slowly cycling through the spectrum of 16.8 million colors.

Cable

A 2 meter long flexible, braided cable is fixed to the left ear cup. This length is sufficient for a gamer to sit comfortably in front of his PC or any other device. It is kink free and can be folded to shorten the length during use or when packing for transportation or stowage. The cable has a USB at the other end through which it is connected to a PC or any other device having a USB port

Verdict

Within the price range, Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma is fairly in competition with other surround gaming head sets. It is a balanced combination of quality and elegance. The large cloud based storage capacity is its unique feature adding a plus point. Its compatibility with the other Razer gaming peripherals may incite gamer with other Razer product to see it as their preferred choice for purchasing. The glowing logos also have an attraction for the gamers who like to be stylish.

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