Razer is a company that is dedicated to delivering high-quality gaming peripherals. As the company’s slogan goes, “for gamers, by gamers.”
Since audio is one of the most important aspects of gaming, it will be nice if you have a good peripheral that can deliver the bass. That is where Razer introduced the Razer earbuds – Hammerhead Pro V2, which is one of the best earbuds for gaming.
The Razer Hammerhead Pro V2, as you can probably tell from the name, is actually the second iteration of the original Hammerhead Pro. Is the Hammerhead Pro V2 a worthy successor? We will find out in this Razer earbuds review.
The Hammerhead Pro V2 has some of its aspects redesigned. Probably, the most notable design change is the cable. Instead of the conventional rounded cables, the Hammerhead Pro V2 now has a flat cable so that it won’t tangle up whenever you put them in your bag or your pocket.
Another design change, albeit subtle, is the Razer’s logo embedded on the outside portion of the earpiece. The original version had the “for gamers, by gamers” slogan which didn’t really appeal to many.
Of course, the Pro version also comes with the inline volume controls and not to mention that this pair of earphones come with a microphone as well. In terms of voice clarity, it is okay, but nothing really special about it.
Razer is kind enough to include a carrying case for the Razer earbuds and inside it are some extra earcups that you can swap if the default earcups do not fit you well.
The only thing I will like to point about the design is the color of the cable. It is just too green to suit most people’s tastes. But hey, if you love the aesthetics and you also love the company, then this will be a good pair of earphones for you.
Now for the performance. The Razer Hammerhead V2 Pro has 10mm drivers on both sides of the Razer earbuds to deliver that powerful bass response.
The thing about its performance is that it is akin to the original Hammerhead Pro in that it is still bass-heavy. What is interesting is that they were able to tone it a bit, but it still drowns out the mids and the highs.
These Razer earbuds are best for games and music genres that are heavy on bass such as Rap, Club, or Techno music. But, if you like to listen to Rock, Metal, or RnB with these, you might find it disappointing.
The Hammerhead Pro V2 is perfect for games, especially first-person shooters because it enhances the sounds of the gunfire and other combat elements. Its bass response is just spot on. However, like I said earlier, the mids and the highs are being drowned out, so much so that in-game voices are not that clear.
In terms of the in-line microphone, it is pretty much okay in most use-case scenarios, although there are some headphones that can beat the sound quality of the Hammerhead Pro V2’s microphone.
Now for the con. The Hammerhead Pro V2 doesn’t isolate sound very well. Even if you try your best to make the earcups fit your ears, it will still have enough space for sound to get out and external sound to get in. It is a huge bummer for people who want to use the Razer earbuds for sound isolation and I think that this can be a deal breaker for most people.
The Hammerhead Pro V2, for the most part, is a good improvement over the original Hammerhead Pro.
The company did listen to community feedback and they have mostly addressed the issues in the newer version.
But, despite its redesign, the Razer Hammerhead V2 Pro is still a bit bass-heavy to the point that it drowns out the mids and the highs. This is not to say that it doesn’t have its place, but what I am saying is that these earphones are not great for people who prefer a more balanced sound signature.
Also, the sound isolation is not that good. Despite having multiple earcups that make the earphone fit in your ears, it still doesn’t isolate external noise very well.
But, it is a good enough earphone from a company that’s been known to create some very good gaming peripherals.
You can get the Hammerhead Pro V2 for under $70.
-Too bass heavy and can drown both the highs and the mids
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