The cell gaming trade grew exponentially in 2019, so many tech manufacturers have been making an attempt to trip the development by introducing cell equipment. ASUS was the primary to set the development with their broad assortment of cell gaming equipment earlier than different manufacturers began to introduce TWS earbuds with “low-latency” for cell gaming. This consists of Razer with its newest Hammerhead True Wi-fi Professional earbuds for RM949.
I confess that I am normally sceptical at any time when manufacturers declare to have a wi-fi audio product with the “lowest” latency doable for cell gaming. As somebody who enjoys listening to songs and has reviewed a couple of wi-fi earbuds this 12 months, that simply feels like baseless claims to me. It is all a numbers recreation as of late, however let’s give them the advantage of doubt. With out additional ado, this is my evaluate of the Razer Hammerhead True Wi-fi Professional.
Proper off the bat, the Hammerhead (that is what I’ll name it for the remainder of the evaluate) earbuds include a design that’s primary as you’ll be able to count on. Whereas Razer is understood for having RGB lighting on their gaming keyboards and mice, you will not discover any on this pair of earbuds. The principle physique could look fairly protruding however don’t fret, as they need to slot in your ear canal properly.
The charging case and USB C cable (backside) and a TPU case (high)
Ought to look good on everybody
SmoothComfort Black Silicone Ideas (left), SecureSeal Translucent Silicone Ideas (proper) and Comply Black Foam Ideas (backside)
Earbuds typically include 2-3 pairs of silicone buds contained in the field, however Razer took it to the subsequent degree with the Hammerhead. Inside, you will not discover simply three additional pairs, however a complete of seven pairs! Overkill a lot? Maybe, however there is a good motive for that. In keeping with the guide, there are three kinds of silicone buds included. Particularly, there’s the usual “SmoothComfort” black silicone ideas (small, medium, and enormous), the translucent “SecureSeal” silicone ideas (small, medium, and enormous), and the black comply foam ideas (medium).
The guide additionally means that SmoothComfort buds are extra appropriate for lengthy hours of use. However, SecureSeal ideas could be higher for stability and noise isolation. As for the comply ideas, they’re made from premium foam that may conform to the form of your ear canal, delivering the perfect in passive noise isolation. Having tried all three, my favorite was the black foam ideas due to the noise isolation. By the way in which, the SmoothComfort buds do not have an effect on audio efficiency in any respect.
Fast Consideration mode is sweet because it helps you to speak with out having to take the earbuds off, however simply taking them off continues to be a lot quicker
The Hammerhead has a complete of 6 kinds of contact motion for 13 completely different instructions. Personally, I believe that is means an excessive amount of. It is not precisely the friendliest consumer interface for brand new homeowners, and it requires a while to get used. For instance, it is advisable faucet and maintain for 1-second to play or pause. Do not even get me began on the way you additionally have to faucet and maintain for 2-4 seconds for a selected command.
Now that we obtained the options out of the way in which, let’s speak in regards to the audio efficiency. Is the Hammerhead only a glorified pair of wi-fi earbuds? Nicely, the THX-certified sound definitely elevates the expertise and high quality. The Hammerhead’s max quantity is kind of loud, so I by no means should exceed 50% for video games or music, besides once I’m watching movies. Cellphone calls are additionally fairly good, and I by no means obtained any complaints about my voice readability.
Regardless of the good THX sound, I will not say that it is a bonus for cell avid gamers. After I tried switching the Recreation Mode on and off, I actually could not inform if there was any distinction in Name of Obligation: Cellular, even after a number of matches. It additionally has barely any impact on rhythm video games like Cytus II, solely making the bass sound louder at most. Sadly, Recreation Mode is a white elephant within the room, and I actually should query its existence.
Whereas Recreation Mode does not make a lot distinction, the THX sound continues to be good
General, music playback is fairly good
When it comes to music audio efficiency, the Hammerhead does the job properly. Nevertheless, the drum bass kicks typically sound form of flat for reside rock concert events and a few track covers. Some digital tracks undergo from this as properly, significantly when the deep bass vibration does not really feel as intense correctly. Two music tracks with this challenge are Utada Hikaru’s “Face My Fears” and Amy Park’s remix of BLACKPINK’s “How You Like That”. Other than that, the audio high quality is sweet.
For the battery efficiency, I’ve to say that it is fairly spectacular. On a mean of two to three hours per day for 4 days, the charging case’s battery was solely depleted by about half. The earbuds’ batteries depleted by half about 3 hours in, so it’s best to be capable of get one other 3 hours (or much less, I by no means obtained that far) out them. Not unhealthy for a THX-rated audio product!
You possibly can even instantly wash them
Would you spend RM949 on these?
For RM949, the Hammerhead is a blended bag. It actually has a fantastic sound because of the THX sound system, and I really like watching movies with it. Plus, the battery efficiency is superb, so you do not have to cost it as a lot. Sadly, it has somewhat sophisticated contact controls, and the Recreation Mode is not too helpful. The professionals will not be sufficient to justify the worth tag. If you happen to actually need a pair of gaming earbuds, you’ll be able to go for the Edifier Hecate GM4 (evaluate right here) as an alternative. This wi-fi mannequin does not have THX, however it comes for a much more reasonably priced price ticket of RM399. I relaxation my case.
Tech specs and options
- 10mm sound driver
- 2 (Beamforming) voice microphones
- Options Hybrid Lively Noise Cancellation, 60ms Low Latency Connection, IPX4 water splash resistant
- Battery – As much as 20 Hours Whole (4 for Earbuds + 16 for Charging Case)
- Equipment – Charging Case, USB-C Charging Cable, 6 Pairs Silicone Ear Ideas (SmoothComfort + SecureSeal S/M/L), 1 Pair Comply Premium Foam Tip (M)
Execs: THX-rated sound is wonderful for watching movies, enjoying video games, and listening to music (relying in your listening to experience). The battery life can be sturdy
Cons: Difficult contact controls, nigh-useless Recreation Mode, and an costly price ticket
Conclusion: Get the Hammerhead in the event you’re an enormous Razer fan and wish that THX-certified sound system to flex, however do not trouble in any other case