Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 Mercury Edition Noise Isolating Surround Sound Digital Gaming Over-Ear RGB Headset With Mic Review

PROS

  • Comfortable: Though the headset has relatively big ear cups, they are more comfortable than you expect. In spite of the weight, you can use them for hours without getting sweaty around the pinna.
  • High sound quality:  The quality of the music is what sets a headset apart from the rest. Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 offers that with its surround system, standard stereo and musical presets.
  • High-quality mic: Kraken 7.1 V2 comes with a retractable mic with easily bendable flex. You can place it anywhere near the side of the mouth, and it will pick the voice and broadcast it clearly. It is a great feature if you plan to use video conferencing.

CONS

  • Bulky: The headset is bulkier than others of the same quality are and takes a lot of space in the laptop bag.
  • No gaming presets: First if you are used to headsets that have volume controls on the side then Kraken 7.1 V2 is a disappointment. The second issue is that it has music presets but lack the most important ones, game presets. So you either have to create your own or accept what you have.
  • Limited use: The headset does not have a 3.5mm port. You can only connect it to a PCs or PS4s as it uses USB cables. Therefore, it cannot be used in PCs that have their ports hidden behind the screen and requires an extension to be used in PS4s.

VERDICT

The Razer 7.1 V2 Mercury edition, excels where it matters, sound quality. Its surround system and a high-quality microphone is a plus to its comfortable ear cups. It is an excellent choice for those who would ignore its bulky look for the sake of quality sounds. Nevertheless, its limited usability makes it a less preferable choice for those who love walking around with their headsets.

Editor rating

3.5/5 on February 2, 2018

User's rating

1,979 reviews

While movie buffs may prefer blasting stereos and home theaters, nothing satisfies a gamer like a quality headset. Ask any gamer, and they will tell you that a headset is the most critical component besides the laptop, PC or the monitor. Get a headset that sounds like a dying beetle, and you will understand my point.

What about the much talked about Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 Mercury edition?

The Razer is known for its high-performance, high-quality gaming accessories. It once again brings to the market a headset that is not only pocket-friendly but has also captured the attention of gamers. Are you thinking of buying a headset? Here is why you should or should not consider Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 gaming headset.

Design

Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 Mercury Edition - Noise Isolating Surround Sound Digital Gaming Over-Ear RGB Headset With Mic - Oval Ear CushionsRazer Kraken gives me all the reasons to write about it. First, it is bulky and black, like all Razer headsets. Then there is the LED Razer light that decorates the thick ear cups with full RGB capabilities on either side. There is also a pretty microphone stashed in the left ear cup.

The headset weighs 11 ounces; this is way much bulkier than most of its competitors in the market. However, it is the lightest from Razer. Therefore, it can be rightly assumed that a big headset is Razer’s trademark. Consequently, it will take a little more space in your backpack than such an accessory should.

Comfort

Not much is off with the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2. Only the general design is off. If you expected a hard press down on the ears, which was a common feature with previous headsets from this brand, then it is time to a take sigh of relief. The headset’s over the year cups makes an airtight seal over the ears without causing unnecessary pressure.

You can use the headband to adjust it as you seem fit. It works perfectly well even if you have an afro hairstyle and glasses. You can use them for hours without feeling any side effects, except for the weight.

Audio quality

While comfort and outward look may affect a person’s choice of headset, the sound quality is the real deal. The Kraken 7.1 V2 uses Razer’s 7.1 protocols for its surround system. It is in this aspect that the headset puts itself above its competitors. The surround system does not add reverberations to voices. The irritating feature is common in many systems that bear the name.

Therefore, even if there is an option of switching Kraken’s surround system off, there is always no reason for that. You can use it for a range of games, and different genres. You can also mess around with Razer Synapse 2 software to determine which games and programs work best with the regular stereo and the surround sound systems.

The headset also has common equalizer presets such as classical, country, rock, blues, and oldies. The functionalities come in handy when you are using the headset to listen to music. However, there is no game presets. You have to create your equalizer profile, if you can, or make do with what you have.

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