Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma PC/PS4 Headset Review
The packaging for the Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma is befitting of its place at the pinnacle of the Razer audio range. Stiff cardboard packaging wrapped up in a clear and crisp design that highlights all the good points. It's surprising how understated the Playstation 4 compatibility is. We'd have thought, given the install base, that Razer would be shouting louder on the box.
The design of any headset is important because you primarily want it to be as comfortable as possible, but durable too. They probably take more abuse than any other item of hardware. Unless we're the only people who rip them off in moments of frustration or triumph? The band is a solid item that underscores the general build quality of the Kraken. Large ear pieces give plenty of room for the sound to breathe, which offsets the closed back nature of the design. Rather than going with a wall of plastic though, Razer have giving the Kraken an open backed effect which really makes them look classy.
As technology brings people closer across continents having the ability to converse easily has become a vital part of the modern experience. We all like a mic, but we don't want a cool looking pair of headphones spoilt by having a monster thing on the side. The retractable microphone solves that problem perfectly, whilst also having a handy light for those of us who can be freeform with our whining without realising we haven't muted the microphone.
The hinges, an element of many headphones that isn't quite built as well as the rest, are excellent on the Kraken. Plenty of height adjustment for those of you with a quiff or beehive hairdo, whilst being solid enough to withstand the 'single handed removed with annoyance' moments.
Regular inhabitors of our corner of the vast information superhighway will know that we deal with an extraordinary amount of hardware here. It's not always possible to remember everything. With that said, we can't think of another USB headset that hasn't had either an external soundcard nor an inline remote of some kind. This is fantastic. Although the cable has a less enjoyable quality we'll address in our conclusion.