Headsets are tricky beasts. You have to balance price, with quality with features. That’s why getting all three right is a delicate balancing act. The latest headset to attempt this is the new Razer Kaira Pro.
Paired with the Razer Wolverine V2 Xbox Controller (look out for the review soon!), it seems that Razer’s solidly behind Microsoft’s console this generation.
So…with Razer’s knowhow behind it, the Razer Kaira Pro has a lot to live up to.
Does it manage to meet that bar or does it underperform?
Read on and find out.
What is the Razer Kaira Pro?
The Razer Kaira Pro is Razer’s newest wireless Bluetooth 5.0 headset meant for use with Xbox consoles, mobile devices and PC. It’s on sale for SG$229.
I tested the one Razer gave us on an Xbox Series X, an Xbox One X. a Samsung Galaxy Note10 and on an Aorus 15 notebook. It worked with every single one of them without a hitch.
Pairing the headset is extremely easy. On the Xbox, you just need to hit the Xbox’s pair button and the headset’s pairing button. They’ll link up automatically, without a hitch. It’s that easy.
The Kaira Pro features Razer’s 50mm TriForce Titanium Drivers, which is Razer’s answer to creating better, fuller sound.
Voice is handled via a supercardioid removable mic, which Razer’s created with its Hyperclear tech. What this all means is that the mic is focused on your voice, instead of grabbing in ambient noise.
On top of that, there’s also another mic that’s embedded within the headset itself, so you can use the Razer Kaira Pro on the go.
The headset’s solidly built, with hard plastic and foam being used for the headband. The foam’s only used at the top part (where you rest it on your head) but it’s still really comfortable nonetheless.
The headband’s adjustable, so you can just push and pull on it until you find the perfect fit. I really like that the L and R indicators are made out of metal, which really gives the Razer Kaira Pro a premium feel.
Like the headband, the cups are awesomely designed too.
They’re lined with a cushy foam that’s pretty comfy on the ears. The foam’s covered by cloth, so you might want to keep a watch on them for sweat stains and dirt after prolonged uses. It should be a simple matter to wipe them off and clean them though.
The cups also rotate 90 degrees, so you can adjust them to sit snug on your ears. Even with long hair, I had no issues getting a good fit. The grip’s good, with the headset resting securely as I played.
Unfortunately, the Razer Kaira Pro doesn’t have noise cancelling.
While muffled, you’ll still be able to hear your surroundings. Even playing on the maximum volume, I was still able to hear what went on outside my room. It’s not a huge downside but it’s something that should be pointed out in any case.
All of the controls for the Razer Kaira Pro are on the underside of the cups. Power, volume dials (one of chat, one for game audio), Bluetooth connection, a switch to turn on and off the mic and a USB-C charging port are all arrayed on both the cups.
It takes a while to remember what is where though. I definitely had to refer to the manual for a couple of times before I got used to the placement. I like that the volume controls are on a dial. That gives you finer control on how much audio comes out.
Most impressive is that the headset also comes with its own companion app. You’ll need to download it off the Xbox Store, but once it’s installed you’ll have a lot more options to customize the headset.
Still, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that the volume on the headset is a bit too low for my tastes. With all the fuss over the drivers, I’d gone in expecting a much louder output. It’s not that soft as gunfire and explosions do come off satisfyingly well, but it’d like the master volume to be just a tad louder.
Apart from the volume, the sounds produced by the headset are excellent. Minute detail like the swish of the Xbox dashboard (something I never noticed via speakers) is captured perfectly. Games like Call of Duty Cold War sound great, with excellent audio all round. Even ancillary sounds like footsteps are picked up very well.
Watching movies with the headset is also a treat. I watched Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Doctor Sleep and Aliens with it and was impressed by the range the headset had. For
The biggest drawback for me, has to be the lack of a 3.5mm port. Bluetooth is fine, but I’d like a backup method of using the headset incase the Bluetooth or battery dies. Having a 3.5mm port would also make it usable on the Nintendo Switch and Sony Playstation 4/5, so maybe that’s why it’s missing.
After all, the Razer Kaira Pro is billed as the headset for the Xbox consoles.
The Bottom Line.
The Razer Kaira Pro headset has pretty much everything going for it. It sounds great, looks awesome and is incredibly comfy to wear for long periods.
It’s not perfect sadly. The lack of a 3.5mm audio jack and the volume is definitely caveats that may turn people off.
Overlook those issues though and what you get is an awesomely flexible headset that ticks nearly every box that you’d expect in a premium gaming wireless headset.
Nearly perfect save for some drawbacks.
- Great build quality.
- Comfortable to wear.
- Awesome sound.
- Removable mic.
- Customization options via app.
- No 3.5mm jack.
- Volume a bit low.
- No noise cancellation.