The Razer Kraken V3 Pro is the newest entry in the Kraken lineup. This new Pro model is now thinner and lighter due to a redesigned industrial design and all-new haptic feedback features first seen in Nari headphones. Adding to the same awesome 50mm Tri-Force Titaniums found in the original Kraken V3 HyperSense and Razer Blackshark and you have a reinvented experience breathing new life into the venerable Kraken. Are all these changes worth the upgrade to Pro? Let’s take a closer look and find out!
- Current price: $199.99 (Razer.com)
- Connection type: 2.4 GHz and 3.5 mm . wireless
- Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Impedance: 32? @ 1 kHz
- Sensitivity: 96 dBSPL/mW @ 1 KHz (HATS)
- Driver: TriForce Titanium 50mm . Driver
- Inner ear cup diameter: 62 x 42mm
- Cable length: 1.3m / 4.27 ft
- Weight Range: 368g / 0.81lbs
- Oval ear cushions: Full-ear coverage with plush faux leather for optimal comfort and feel
- The checkered microphone
- Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
- Signal-to-noise ratio: 60 dB
- Sensitivity: -42 ± 3 dB
- Pick-up pattern: one-way
- Controls on the earcups
- Volume up and down
- Microphone on/off mute
- Toggle tactile intensity levels.
- Power on/off
- Haptic Driver
- 1 in each cup
- Frequency response: 20-200Hz
- Maximum generating force: 4.3G
- Battery life
- Up to 44 hours (with Haptics and lights off)
- Up to 11 hours (with Haptics and lights)
Kraken has been a fan favorite since its original inception. It is only relevant as it continues to evolve over time. With each iteration, Razer pushed itself to update technology and provide additional features while continuing to improve its already popular sound. In 2021, Razer has poured even more love into the Kraken lineup, borrowing fan-favorite features from some of their other headsets, and adding new upgrades with the Kraken V3, V3 X, V3 HyperSense and finally today’s new version, Kraken V3 Pro HyperSense.
First, let’s start with the burning question that has plagued gamers for decades, what makes a product “Pro?” Based on words alone, you’d expect more features and improved sound to warrant the added cost. And you will be right. While it could easily be assumed that this is just another sea monster, it deserves the top spot on the Kraken list.
This lineup has been a staple in the e-sports industry for many years: over-ears, noise-isolating cushions, powerful yet compact audio drivers and let’s not forget, a Designs are made to be stylish without being gaudy. The redesign we see here reduces the earphones but maintains its DNA: there’s no doubt that this is a Kraken headset. The slimmer design feels more modern and in keeping with the times.
At 368 grams, it feels a bit heavier than the V3 HyperSense variant. Often the increased weight suggests a more premium feel, and that was the case here. The steel-reinforced construction through the headband and even the yolks feels durable while being flexible. History has shown me that this is often one of the first points of failure on a gaming headset, so I’m happy to see a clever use of metal here. Staying true to tradition, Razer has provided the same adjustment grooves on each side to better accommodate a wide range of head sizes. The clamping force on the Pro has increased by a small amount to ensure that it stays in place through its impacts, but without causing discomfort. In fact, the entire headset is well-balanced, so the extra weight isn’t really noticeable when you’re actually wearing it.
Of course, Pro wouldn’t be Pro if it didn’t offer notable advantages over the V3 HyperSense. The highlight here is Razer’s HyperSpeed wireless technology that lets you cut the cord without instant loss of audio or sound quality. It works flawlessly and maintains a stable connection, even at long distances. Although I don’t often have to go 15 feet, I was able to maintain a stable audio connection at more than 25 foot – at least for what you can hear. The microphone has problems if I go too far from my PC, but this seems to be related to my PC as changing the port solved the problem.
Theoretically, it’s a performer. Razer has equipped the Kraken V3 Pro HyperSense with the same 50mm Tri-Force Titanium drivers as originally introduced with the Blackshark series and also found in the standard V3 HyperSense. They’re great for gaming, providing solid positioning and spatial awareness for competitive games as well as role-playing single-player games. I started my review by experimenting with Dying Light 2, GS: GO, and Doom Eternal. In each test, I was able to accurately detect the positions of other players and crowds alike. This is extremely important as it provides depth perception that increases accuracy and the ability to avoid enemies.
Moving on to music, it also offers a pleasant experience. It has plenty of bass but is rich in detail, which I found to be a balanced and enjoyable experience, especially with HyperSense. It’s important to note that you can customize the sound with presets or by tweaking your own 10-band equalizer. The included software (Razer Synapse, of course) also lets you enable bass boost, normalize the sound to balance peaks and vocals, and enhance vocal clarity.
The real new feature here is HyperSense, Razer’s built-in rumbling sound package for your ears. This is exaggeration, I admit, but it is also true in a way. However, it is not simply rumbling. Instead, the haptic feedback this headset provides is more nuanced and resembles the HD rumble of Nintendo’s Switch controllers. In short, the HyperSense technology built into these headphones can pick up the bass notes and convert them into complex responses you can feel. Explosions have power, gunshots have punches, cinematic scores have depth and presence… It’s a “sound system” experience complete with a subwoofer far more than other headphones can. provided. They’re buzzwords, but in this case they’re absolutely correct: immersive, tactile, and dynamic are all accurate descriptions of the HyperSense technology here.
And if you’re worried that the wireless Kraken V3 Pro HyperSense might affect the haptic feedback, don’t worry: it’s exactly the same as the wired version. Right now, my guilty pleasure is Dying Light 2 gaming sessions. HyperSense technology has become a necessity for me to immerse myself in the game. Subtle senses warn me of the dangers around me, keeping me agile and steady. Since they are fine-tuned, I can tell exactly where and which side of the haptics are coming from and respond quickly.
The Kraken V3 series also includes RGB Lighting via a ring on the outside of the earcups. Combined with Razer Synapse, you can adjust the lighting to suit your preferences. The ability to sync with other devices makes adding it to an existing Razer setup quick and easy. If I may ask for anything, it’s more RGB here to better suit the professional moniker and enhance customization potential.
With all these features, you might ask, how long does the battery last? Razer boasts up to 44 hours of battery life with the touch and light turned off and around 11 hours with both the touch and illuminator on. I usually charge via USB-C when not in use, but you’ll still want to plug these in if you’re going to take full advantage of its features. No electricity? Razer has your back because they also include a 3.5mm input.
What makes this a true Pro variant? While both variants are identical in terms of drivers, color scheme and construction. Where the Pro starts to differ is in the materials used. On the V3 Pro HyperSense, the headset has a luxurious full leather strap while the V3 wired model has two-tone leatherette on the top and fabric bottom. Another take on the Pro is the way it uses the volume wheel. On the wired model, the volume wheel communicates directly with the USB controller and updates your primary selected audio device. The wireless model has a separate volume control so it won’t affect your device’s audio output volume.
With an MSRP of $199.99, the Razer Kraken V3 Pro HyperSense may be out of reach for budget gamers, but it’s still excellent. If you’re looking to buy replacement headphones and need wireless, look no further. However, if you don’t care about wireless and just want to experience Haptic Feedback from HyperSense technology, the standard V3 HyperSense model is another great option that might be a bit more budget-friendly. The build quality alone has earned it a solid place on my desk.
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