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Razer's sleek Hammerhead BT should fit your budget

The Razer Hammerhead BT's pod has a magnetic clip for securing on the back of your shirt.
The Razer Hammerhead BT's pod has a magnetic clip for securing on the back of your shirt.PHOTO: RAZER

Razer might be better known for its gaming keyboards and mice. But it is making inroads into the audio realm. And the Hammerhead BT is Razer's answer to sporty in-ear headphones.

The original Razer Hammerhead Pro is a great pair of in-ear gaming headphones that I still use. The Hammerhead BT is actually the Bluetooth version of the Hammerhead Pro V2 model. In terms of design, the Hammerhead BT looks almost exactly like the V2.

Each earbud has a rounded aluminium shell with a textured rim. It feels sturdy and looks like it can take some punishment.

Yet, it exudes the usual "coolness" of Razer. Each earbud has the signature Razer emblem with a green backlight. The earbuds are connected via a flat tangle-free cable that is black on one side and has Razer's signature green on the other.

Smack in the middle of the cable is a pod that contains the battery and circuitry. The pod has a magnetic clip for securing on your shirt at the back of your neck. This is a really nice touch. If not for it, the pod will be hitting your back when you are running or working out.

There is a three-button inline-remote control near the right earbud for volume control and music playback. Here, you will find a micro-USB port for charging.

The middle button of the in-line remote doubles as the power button. Press and hold it to power up the Hammerhead BT, and the Razer emblems will blink green.

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $169.90

    DRIVERS: 10mm, with neodymium magnets

    FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20Hz - 20KHz

    IMPEDANCE: 32ohms

    SENSITIVITY: 116db

    CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth 4.1

    WEIGHT: 28g

  • RATING

  • FEATURES: 4/5

    DESIGN: 5/5

    PERFORMANCE: 4/5

    BATTERY LIFE: 4/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 5/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

On your device's Bluetooth panel, select Hammerhead BT and the Razer emblems will remain green when paired.

Once the Hammerhead BT is paired to your device, it will automatically try to pair to that same device when it is powered up. According to Razer, it can remember up to eight paired devices.

Listening to tunes that range from pop to rock on my iPhone, I found the bass to be rock solid and not overpowering. The mids and highs are still discernible.

Even when I cranked up the volume to the maximum, the bass did not overpower the vocals. But I suspect audiophiles will probably scorn its excessive bass.

When connected to my gaming rig, its strong bass gives games, whether a first-person shooter like Doom or a role-playing game like Diablo III, plenty of oomph and enhances the overall experience.

Using the Hammerhead BT, there is also less hassle, as tehre are no irritating long cables from the gaming rig with conventional gaming headsets.

The Hammerhead BT is said to have a battery life of up to 8hr on a full charge. During my tests, I found this to be true. It can easily last the duration of a flight from here to Tokyo.

Perhaps, the best part is its surprisingly affordable price. At $169.90, it is cheaper than many similar offerings in the market usually priced around $200 or more.Yet, many of them lack Hammerhead BT's sleek design.

• Verdict: For those looking for a pair of wireless in-ear headphones for your iPhone 7 or a smartphone without a 3.5mm jack, you have to consider the Razer Hammerhead BT with its sleek design, great sound and affordable price tag.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2017, with the headline 'Razer's sleek Hammerhead BT should fit your budget'. Print Edition | Subscribe