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Razer Hammerhead Pro: For gamers who prefer earphones

Published on Apr 11, 2014 5:13 PM
 

My ears usually get overheated when I use gaming headsets because they are mostly over-ear designs.

But now, Razer has released the Hammerhead Pro, a pair of gaming-grade earphones.

Inside each bullet-shaped earbud (sans the sharp tip) is a 9mm neodymium driver enclosed in an acoustics chamber to produce optimal sound quality.

Its exterior is made of aircraft-grade aluminium which is strong and durable. The black brushed aluminium shell looks sleek and cool, and has "For Gamers. By Gamers" - Razer's slogan - embossed in green on the back.

In front of each earbud, you will find a bi-flanged silicone eartip with an additional silicone flap, which distinguishes it from conventional eartips. The second flap creates an extra sealing layer for better sound isolation and fit.

Compared with some of the conventional earphones I own, such as the Jays a-Jays Four, the Hammerhead Pro fitted more snugly and are more comfortable to wear.

Its earbuds rarely slipped out of my ears as three extra sets of eartips of different sizes are provided so I could find the correct fit. Also included is a small carrying pouch.

Connecting the earphones to your audio devices is a tangle-free 1.3m cable that is coloured Razer green, which might attract a few glances when you are on the train or bus.

Even though it is positioned as a gaming headset, it uses a regular 3.5mm audio jack. So it will also work with your iOS or Android mobile devices. It has an in-line omni-directional microphone for one-touch call control but lacks volume control.

To connect the headset to your gaming rig, you need to use the audio/microphone splitter adaptor included in the box.

Listening to music, which ranged from pop to rock, on my iPhone, I found the bass to be rock solid but not overpowering, with discernible mids and highs. But when I cranked up the volume to maximum, I found that vocals overrided the bass.

For the test with my gaming PC, I played first-person shooters, such as Crysis 3, Metro: Last Light and Battlefield 4, and the action role-playing game Diablo III after calibrating the earphones with the Razer Surround software. It is a free software which provides virtual 7.1 channel surround sound experience with stereo headphones and has pre-configured calibrations for Razer audio products.

The Hammerhead Pro audio experience during gameplay was simply amazing for a pair of stereo 2.0 earphones. The bass packed plenty of punch and explosions sounded more heart-thumping than ever. Yet, the shouts of my virtual teammates could still be heard clearly. I could also sense where bullets were flying from even in the chaos of battle.

  • The Razer Hammerhead Pro earphones may be a little expensive, but they represent great value for money for gamers who prefer earphones. Plus, you can use them with your mobile devices.

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TECH SPECS

Price: $109.90

Impedance: 16.1ohms

Sensitivity: 106db

Cable: 1.3m

Weight: 12.5g


RATING

Design - 4/5

Performance - 4/5

Value for money - 4/5

Overall - 4/5