Razer has been missing in action for a long time in the Indian market. But not anymore. Thanks to Kaira Global, the mean green gaming giant has respawned and is here to stay - hopefully. What this means is that we get to play around with a few goodies sent to us which include mice, keyboards and the ever so lovely gaming headphones. No, the laptops have yet to make their way in, but we see it happening slowly.
Clad in signature green and black ‘gamer’ colours that have been lending Razer products their distinctiveness, the Hammerhead BT in-ears are aimed at those of us who don’t want to carry around their gaming headsets when they’re on the go, but still require something that will play the tunes and uphold the ‘gamer’ DNA that has been instilled in us by the almighty God of gaming — St. Gamu Gamerus the great.
Razer Hammerhead BT: Build and Design
All jokes aside, the Hammerhead is built rather well and there are some design bits that not only look great, but also serve function. The cables are like thin flat noodles and the actual earpiece is made of metal rather than plastic. There’s also the mic unit that hangs halfway along the right side of the Hammerhead and Razer has shifted the battery to the centre which leaves the mic unit quite slim.
The battery also serves as a shirt clip and is magnetic. The magnetic clip works well and stays put even when you’re out for a jog. The really cool bit is that the rubber cladding can be removed for cleaning or just generally if you feel it is annoying. However, if you’re clumsy we recommend you keep it on because it is really easy to forget that you have them resting around your neck when they are not plugged into your ears. We recommend stowing them away in the provided carry case or you can shove them in your pocket too. These flat cables - unlike noodles - don’t tangle.
The Razer logo at the back of the earpiece glows green and will surely grab some attention when in a dark place. This also serves as an indicator to tell you when the battery is low. Clever stuff. But the metal build and that robust battery increases the weight, so you will feel the Hammerheads around your neck in a more prominent and slightly annoying way as compared to other wireless buds.
Razer Hammerhead: Performance
Connecting to Bluetooth takes a few seconds and is as simple as pressing the in-line remote button for three seconds. There’s no bundled app that you can use unfortunately, but that’s okay. You get a double flange eartip along with a host of other regular ones in different sizes. However, we like using the foam tips from Comply, which prove to be extremely comfortable and cause less fatigue.
Once you hit play, you are greeted by a rich sound that packs in quite a lot of details. Of course the lower frequencies dominate here, but the vocals and the higher frequencies don’t fare too bad considering the wireless nature of the Hammerhead. If you’re an audiophile and reading this, you’re either an audiophile who games (this earphone isn’t for you) or just plain weird (these in-ears are still not for you). Yup, if you’re looking for a balanced signature, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
For those looking for a good dollop of bass, the Hammerhead will serve up quite a dish. We play The Wilhelm Scream and the opening notes are well defined and pack quite a punch. What we like here is the definition that the Hammerhead offers along with the punchy bass. This is heavy bass done right. Other frequencies don’t suffer either. The higher end of the frequency range also is laced with detail and the vocals shine through with grandere as we found out while listening to Boy Cry by Deptford Goth.
Apart from the audio, we also love the Hammerhead’s battery life. At medium volume, the Hammerhead lasts an entire day and then some. We got close to nine hours of playback from a single charge, which is quite an achievement. The green LEDs on the earphones then turn to red when it’s time for you to recharge, which is done through a short Micro USB cable that also shares the green and black theme. Charging to full takes about two and a half hours.
Razer Hammerhead BT verdict
The Hammerhead is designed for gamers who want to listen to music and are not afraid to flaunt their ‘gamer’ DNA. Bass heads are surely going to love what the Hammerhead has to offer and for the rest of you who are looking for an alternative, there’s always the SoundMagic E10BT, which is a lot cheaper than the Hammerhead. For more premium options check out the RHA MA650.
But for what it offers, the Hammerhead is priced reasonably well and offers quite a lot for its asking price. If you can get past the design, these in-ears and a small investment in eartips from Comply could be all you need to satiate your audio needs.