Razer Kraken Forged Edition: Premium gaming headphone
Published on Apr 28, 2014 3:16 AM
If you plan to spend a small fortune on gaming headphones, you might as well get cool and stylish cans that double as your music headphones.
The Razer Kraken Forged Edition is one possibility.
While it essentially shares the same design as the $100 Razer Kraken, the premium edition has earcups forged from aircraft-grade aluminium and finished with a sleek brushed metal texture.
Linked by an adjustable cushioned headband with plush leatherette, the cushiony earcups can also be folded for easy storage.
A hard case is supplied, together with two swoppable cables (3.5mm-to-2.5mm audio cable with in-line microphone, 3.5mm-to-2.5mm audio cable) and a 6.35mm audio connector.
Not included is a splitter audio cable, which connects to a PC's microphone and audio input ports.
The Kraken Forged is one of the best lookers in the market, with its sleek metallic finish and the Razer logo embossed on each earcup.
Though these headphones are 110g heavier than the original Kraken, the headband and ear cushions keep things comfortable during long spells of gaming. My only complaint is that my ears felt slightly hot after a while, but not uncomfortably so.
Razer engineers are supposed to have spent countless hours tuning to perfection the 40mm neodymium driver in each earcup.
The result is that it delivers very strong bass that packs plenty of punch, especially in shooter games such as Battlefield 4 or Crysis 3.
The rapid-fire rattling of bullet rounds and the big explosions all sound terrific with fantastic audio positioning, especially if you tune it with the Razer Surround software.
But with music, especially classical music when you want to hear every instrument, there is a lack of detail in the mids and highs, which dampens the audio experience.
If your musical diet is mainly pop, rock or heavy metal, this drawback will not sound so apparent.
As these headphones do not come with an extendable microphone, your voice may not come through crystal clear but it should be good enough during gaming sessions. For phone conversations, the other parties reported clear voice audio which was not muffled.
- Razer Kraken Forged Edition is certainly a great looking and comfortable pair of headphones that delivers good audio quality for both music and games. But its hefty price tag is a huge deterrent.