Razer Hammerhead USB-C Review

Take a look at the market for earphones, you’ll notice that more and more companies have dropped the use of the venerable 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. With this occurrence, people might have wished that more USB Type C accessories, specifically head and earphones, would have appeared by this time. Thing is, the market of trustworthy and reliable options is still very small, and the ones that are available aren’t really that budget friendly.

The Razer Hammerhead earbuds is one of the rare earbuds sporting USB Type C on the market. These are specifically designed for the Razer gaming smartphone, yet is also compatible with other smartphones with the USB Type C.

Today, were going to talk about this specific product, our impressions about it, it’s specifications, features, and if it performs well enough to invest in. But before anything else, let’s check out what’s in the box.

Razer Hammerhead USB-C Review – What’s in the Box?

The Hammerhead maintained the company’s tried and true flat-black shade that features green trimmings on its package. The box features a full photo of the device just at the front, together with the branding plus a Bluetooth logo to keep everything clean and simple.

When you check the back of the package, its design features a minimalist design; however, the company decided to add more details about the device’s battery life, the 10-millimeter drivers, as well as the Android and iOS in-line remote control.

Inside, you will find that the Razer Hammerhead sits firmly in place on a thick foam; however, it is placed out on the front for display, and for you to better see it. On the left side of the device, you’ll find the product’s documentation and a congratulatory pouch for your purchase; it is also signed by the CEO of Razer. Inside the container, you will find the Hammerhead’s manual tucked neatly in it. There’s also a hard case included which is really convenient if you want to keep the headset in a sturdier and durable case.

The bottom half portion of the box is formed adequately to perfectly hold everything in place; also, another pouch is present which holds the other accessories included in the package. Whether you have big or small ears, wearing the Hammerhead will be comfortable since the box includes two differently sized rubber inserts for everyone to use.

The Product

Razer Hammerhead USB-C Review

If you’ve already used the Razer Hammerheads before, then you’re in a familiar environment. These headsets are really comfortable and no matter what size your ears are, it includes differently-sized tips to get everything right for your ears. What’s cool about these earbuds is that they light up on the outside with a nice glowing green logo that represents Razer. It’s a really cool of advertising and like what Razer did here.

Generally, Razer is well-known for their distinct product design components: from neon green – RGB in everything possible. Because of this, the company has acquired a certain reputation in the community of PC gaming. In all honesty, we were quite surprised to see the Razer phone having a very subtle-looking design, but we’re still not complaining since it still looks really good.

As we’ve previously mentioned, the design of the Hammerhead from Razer is easy to recognize. It has black earbuds with green hints for the logo which is placed on the outer end of the headset. Everytime you plug it in, this lights up and it’s pretty cool-looking especially when you’re in a dark area. It has a Y-shaped cable that is flat and tangle-free. Very convenient if you’re someone who really dislikes having their wires and cords messed up in knots. Still on the cable, it’s four feet long and features an in-line control with an integrated mic for more convenience. The in-line controls sport three buttons: two buttons which are the + and -, and one multi-function button located in the middle of the device. This specific button is for the play / answer / pause and end calls / change tracks. The in-line remote is used for controlling the volume and fo pause / play.

Despite not having an active noise cancelling feature, the Hammerhead from Razer is able to create an appealing and really good tight seal in your ears to give you an adequate amount of passive noise isolation. We tried using the headset in a rather loud environment and we could barely hear any of the outside noise. The headset removes the need to own a dongle since you can hook the device right to the USB C port on your phone. The cable is also conveniently long, preventing you from having issues when stashing your smartphone in any pocket.

When it comes to its controls, it’s fairly simple and very user-friendly. You don’t need to figure out which buttons to press for a specific function which can be confusing to some.

The Razer Hammerhead uses the USB C connector delivers nice, clean, and crisp unprocessed audio. Flat cables are utilized to avoid tangles when storing the headset; it will also help prevent the cables from breaking unnecessarily. There are a total of three different sizes for the bi-flange ear tips, while for its weight, this headset from Razer weighs just 0.99oz which is fairly light.

Drivers used for the Hammerhead are 2 10-millimeter Neodymium drivers while for its frequency response, it goes from 20Hz to 20kHz. It has an impedance of 23Ω, 102dB + / – 3dB for its sensitivity, with 42dB + / – 3dB for the microphone’s sensitivity. The device is fully compatible with various devices such as the HTC 10, U11, U12, Google USB C-based devices, Essential phone, and Huawei phones specifically the 10, P20, and the Pro. It is also partially compatible for music playback with the Motorola, Samsung, and of course, the Razer smartphones that are USB C-based.

We appreciate that the company included a 2-year warranty and provides access to reliable technical support for assistance. For added benefits, you can purchase the device from the official RazerStore to get a 14-day risk-free return.

Product Features

Hammering Power in the Bass

If you’re all about big, powerful sounds, the kind that offers great satisfaction from every type of tune you’re listening to, then you definitely need the razer Hammerhead for your listening enjoyment. The headset delivers that perfect audio immersion anywhere you go, and whatever it is that you’re listening to.

All for Superior Sounds

Unlike the standard 6-millimeter headset, the Razer Hammerhead comes with 10-millimeter drivers for better, clearer, and louder audio. It has enhanced inner acoustic chambers to deliver clarity, deep, and powerful distortion-free bass so every music genre will sound perfect.

The Custom DAC Converter

The headset sports an integrated custom-tuned DAC converter that influences the digital output to create unprocessed audio coming straight from the source.

Specifications

At a glance

  • USB-C Connector
  • Custom-tuned DAC for clean, unprocessed audio
  • Flat cables for tangle-free storage
  • Bi-flange ear tips in 3 sizes
  • In-line microphone and volume control
  • Custom carry case

Earphones

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20kHz
  • Impedance: 32 ± 15% Ω
  • Sensitivity: 102 ± 3 dB @ 1 kHz
  • Max input power: 10 mW
  • Drivers: 10 mm with Neodymium magnets
  • Cable length: 1.3 m / 4.27 ft.
  • Approximate weight: 0.06 lbs (28.0 g)

Microphone

  • Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10,000 Hz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: ≥ 58 dB
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 42 ± 3 dB
  • Pick-up pattern: Omnidirectional

In-line remote

  • Volume controls: Volume Up/Down
  • Center controls: Accept/End Call, Change Tracks, Fast Forward/Rewind

Full Compatibility (calls/recording supported)

  • OnePlus 5
  • HTC U11
  • Razer Phone
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Limited Compatibility (Music playback only / calls or recording not supported)

  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei Nexus 6p
  • Moto Z
  • LG Nexus 5x
  • Google Pixel

Using the Product

Of course, we needed to test the Hammerhead to know how good it is, and as expected, the quality of these headphones is really good.  You get clear vocals, decent highs, mids, and pleasing levels of bass that is loud, but not over the top.

The mids are clear and crisp, the highs can really catch your attention, while the bass is powerful but still on the tamer side; plus, there’s also a ton of volume which is really great.

Of course, we tested the headset with other USB C-based devices, and the Hammerhead worked excellently with them.

We can definitely say that the Razer Hammerhead is a performer, with a great build, good quality sounds, so we’re giving Razer two thumbs up for this.

Conclusion

The Hammerhead  from Razer is just like every other Razer device wherein it looks like a device specific for gaming. Its design, the color selection, and everything about it is very recognizable, while the lit earbud ends look really cool with the Razer logo on it.

The build quality isn’t an issue so you don’t have to worry about this. As for its sound signature, it has powerful bass which increases the quality of music further. So if you love music with a lot of bass, then the Razer Hammerhead  is definitely the headset for you.

The headset continues the long line of outstanding devices from Razer; and everything that they do, they do it with excellence. From their choice of materials, to the finish, fit, and to the headset’s overall quality, there’s definitely nothing about the headset that you wouldn’t love.

If you’re in the market in search for a set of USB C-type of headphones, then we highly recommend you include the Razer Hammerhead to your list.

Where to Buy

You can purchase the Razer Hammerhead USB-C headphones for only $124 AUD from over at the official Razer Website.

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