Razer Kraken V3 Pro Gaming Headset – The Best Just Got Better
The Kraken range of gaming headsets from Razer have always set the bar fairly high, and the V3 Pro keeps this trend going.
The Pro is the fourth in the Kraken series and includes all the quality features of the other 3 models to deliver high quality sound through the 20Hz – 20kHz frequency response range with their 50mm titanium drivers.
While the sound quality is already superb, some parameters can be tweaked via the downloadable (Windows only) Razer Synapse software by adjusting the equaliser and selecting from the available enhancement settings and pre-sets.
The Pro version has 3 differences from the other headsets in the Kraken range:
A newer detachable microphone
Haptic enhancement via Razer’s HyperSense technology
The Pro has finally cut the cord and become wireless
The detachable microphone is similar to the cardioid versions on the other headsets in the range, but Razer describes this one as super-cardioid. While the others pick up sound in a wide heart shaped frontal area, the cardioid pattern in the Pro has been considerably tightened to maximise frontal pickup and improve side-rejection. The improvement is noticeable, nevertheless, any of these types will not compete with a full desktop microphone. No complaints though, this one is certainly a step in the right direction.
As with others in the range, the Pro continues with Razer’s THX Spatial Audio 7.1 surround sound to give an amazingly true-to-life audio experience. However, not to rest on their laurels, Razer have now added their HyperSense technology to provide an incredible additional layer of sensory experience. Whereas others have sensors that react in a narrow 60Hz range, the HyperSense sensors in each earcup on the Pro respond through a 20—200Hz range to provide subtle (or strong) vibrations that intelligently react to audio inputs.
The haptic response has 3 levels of sensitivity – low, medium, high – that can be cycled through via a button on the ear cup. This added feature gives a truly immersive experience that visual and audio cues alone cannot provide.
The final differentiator for the Pro is that it is now wireless. That said, Razer also provides a standard 3.5mm cable with connection port on the left cup for connection to devices that prefer that method.
Needless to say, Razer has done a lot of work on their Hyperspeed wireless technology to ensure a laser sharp response with zero latency by scanning for the best frequency in the 2.4Ghz band every millisecond.
The Pro manages to squeeze a lot of controls onto the left-hand earcup: mute button, volume wheel, power button (that also has a play/pause function), 3.5mm jack, USB-C charging port. The right earcup only has the button to activate and adjust the HyperSense haptic feature.
Of note is that the Pro cannot be both charged and used at the same time. We don’t really see this as an issue as surely the main advantage of wireless is to not have any attached cables.
The usual hybrid fabric and memory foam on the ear cushions and headband make the Pro an absolute delight to wear for long periods – you barely know it’s there.
Our Final Opinion on this Gadget
Razer Kraken V3 Pro gaming headset – finally wireless, plus an astounding haptic feel give a truly immersive experience like no other.
Wireless connection to PC and Playstation works a treat, as does 3.5mm connection to Nintendo Switch. Razer products never seem to play well with Xbox, and the Pro is no exception.