By what devices can be recognizable company Razer? Someone might say that by BlackWidow series keyboards, someone will remember the legendary DeathAdder mouse, but in actual fact, the Razer brand faster than the other comes to mind at the mention of a mythical sea monster. Guess? Of course, it’s the Kraken! It seems that this line of gaming headsets from Razer will never die. The company has consistently updates the series, comes up with something new to cover all price ranges to please and demanding professional gamers and newcomers with a limited budget. That’s the latest and will be interested in the device, which turned out to be in our hands. Meet – Headset Razer Kraken Essential! Of course, it can not be called a particularly budget, but it is much cheaper than their older counterparts.
With this, the Razer, as always, everything is fine. The headset comes in a large stylish box that opens like a book, and inside a transparent plastic is very Kraken. Such beauty is not ashamed to give connoisseurs of good gaming devices.
Headset is securely fixed in the form of black velvet with a pair of rubber fasteners.
Once upon a time Razer found the same design of its Kraken ‘s, especially since nothing in them has not changed. It is common practice, manufacturers often squeezed out of good design all that is possible. RAZER KRAKEN ESSENTIAL alike as two drops of water on the Kraken Pro, that, in principle, a good thing, because the Pro-version is much more expensive. Design is absolutely not cause any negativity, he is already familiar, and familiar to many gamers, and just the users, because these headsets constantly flashing in various streamers and letspleyah. The headset is pleasing in appearance, ergonomics at height. The assembly does not cause any issues firmly shot down, do not creak. The main material is the headset, of course, plastic, because the manufacturer was trying to make it available product. It should be noted that the plastic is quite soiled quickly collects fingerprints, dust settles very noticeable to critical downside is, of course, can not be attributed, but still catches the eye.
Razer Kraken Essential pretty compact, do not look cumbersome on the head, can easily fit in a backpack or bag.
The headband is covered in completely artificial skin on the outer side, a stylized inscription with the name of the manufacturer. Inside, there are no more “breathable” mesh material as the earlier representatives of the Kraken Series. And the foam gasket thickness is reduced significantly. Headband, of course, on top of that is no pressure, but that is no longer soft.
The outer part of the bowl is decorated very interesting. The basic material here, again, the plastic, but there are also some metal. Because it is made decorative grille, which brings a certain flavor to the design of the headphones. In addition, the center designers Razer is a plastic box with a circular logo. Fans just glowing upset logo simply suffered with paint, nothing is lit and not blinking.
If you are the owner of a big head, do not worry, the Razer have taken care of such as you. RAZER KRAKEN ESSENTIAL has a fairly extensive adjustment headband size. On sliding the plastic plate, we counted more than 11 divisions that increase the headband 35 mm on each side. Locked headband securely, it was observed spontaneous nomination.
Ear cups lift is not so simple, they are strung securely on the plastic base of the bowl. Submitted ear cups made of artificial leather with a soft filler. Very comfortable and do not cause discomfort even after several hours of continuous use of the headset. Diameter lip 50 mm. By the way, pay attention to the bowls themselves, they are mobile and move up and down about a centimeter, which gives additional convenience when using headphones perfectly fitting to your head. Diameter 32 mm speakers themselves.
The microphone is no longer hiding in the headset housing. The manufacturer decided to place it on the original post, which rises and falls on the vertical. The bar is very flexible and accepts almost any situation, everyone can customize yourself. The microphone is uni-directional, and it is necessary to consider when you configure its position relative to the mouth. If you do not need a microphone, then hide it completely, or disconnect, unfortunately, does not work, have to be content with a raised bar is, of course, it will not cause much discomfort, but it does not look perfect.
Rod herself with a microphone attached to the left earpiece, reliable fixation, should last for a long time. By this headset is attached and the cable. It is a poisonous green, Razer same. It has a single connector and a length of 1.3 meters. Obviously, the headphones as such involve the use of mobile devices, smartphone, tablet or laptop with the combined audio output. For holders of a full computer manufacturer to put an extension cord set with a double connector (headphone and microphone), which increases the total length of the cable by 2 meters.
Razer Surround program you can download on the manufacturer’s website, this tool allows you to create surround 7.1 sound in stereo headphones. Recall that bundled with this headset we get the activation code Razer Surround Pro, which alone is worth as much as $ 20. When you activate this code to your profile on the site is bound Pro-version, and you can use it even if you change headphones. The utility has a friendly nice interface, all settings and data are divided into four sections. In the first you can appreciate the surround sound using the demonstration file. The second section is more informative, then you can hold the sound calibration, set it up for themselves, you can also set the sound source. The following section contains a variety of effects that can be used to improve the sound in the headphones and microphone work. The latter – a traditional Equalizer, who likes to play with the settings definitely appreciate its presence.
For the assembly and materials, as already mentioned, no major complaints we have. Yes, plastic and coated headband brand, but it is absolutely critical. As for ease of use, everything is very good. Although the inside of the headband and became a little tougher, but with a fairly strong cups of the squeeze-to-head, the pressure is not felt on top, that is, the headset is not on the head. Ear cushions are very soft, do not cause discomfort even after two to three hours of continuous use of the headset.
Now about the sound. As we expected, the headset is focused on the game. This is also thoroughly expressed the lower frequencies, because it is thanks to them that the explosions, gunfire and other loud effects are felt in games more vivid and rich. But it is worth noting that the bass here not interrupt the rest of the range, as often happens in gaming headsets. Virtual 7.1 sound – this is what you need for first-person shooters, the activation of this mode greatly improves the orientation in the game space, you can hear which side to fit the enemy from shooting and so on. A pleasant surprise for us was the sound Razer Kraken Essential films. Surround Sound and here plays a big role, especially in the modern shooter with a lot of high-quality sound effects. But listening to music in these headphones will satisfy unless undemanding user. Yes, you can listen to almost any composition, and you can even get good sound with the equalizer and the utility company, but with specialized music headphones result still can not be compared.
Microphone, as stated by the manufacturer, one-way. With virtually no proper arrangement of the interlocutor can hear what’s going on in your apartment, the mouse and keyboard clatter barely distinguishable. Voice clear, without strong distortions.
Whether we liked Headset Razer Kraken Essential? Definitely yes. It combines the basic functionality and the quality of the very Kraken ‘s that are loved by many, but it is less than 5000 rubles. An advantage is the excellent ergonomics, good quality materials, flawless assembly, rich sound in games and movies. But what about the disadvantages? If you find fault, to the disadvantages include soiled plastic and artificial turf headband, but it’s the little things.
Who else will be interesting Razer Kraken Essential? First of all, regarding the economical gamers who do not make the game, and just spend time in it for the fun. At the same time they want to follow the latest trends and use modern branded devices.