Razer Kraken gets a metal makeover

Monster-themed headset goes all metal on us

The Razer Kraken has been unleashed once again, and is getting the equivalent of a mecha upgrade.

With three headsets already sporting the Kraken moniker it seems Razer thinks maybe that’s still not enough. With the Forged Edition, Razer has decided to enter the metal age, and it's a far cry from its plastic siblings. 

Encased in aircraft grade aluminum with a matte finish, the Forged Edition sports both the build and the looks to rival most conventional headphones out in the market. Of course sound on metal is going to be different from sound on plastic. To take into account how the new materials affect audio acoustics, Razer's audio engineers have spent quite a number of hours fine-tuning the 40mm bass-heavy drivers to work perfectly with these cans.

It isn’t just aluminum that’s being added into the mix either - Razer has also thrown in plush leatherette ear cushions for the ear cup linings, giving it that little extra luxuriousness. There’s also a swappable cable with in-line microphone so it doesn’t stray too far from its gaming roots.

All this metal and leather does come at a pretty penny though. With a S$479 price tag, the Razer Kraken Forged Edition tackles many high-end mainstream headphones head-on. While it should take care of all your gaming needs with aplomb, we’ll have to see if it performs just as well on the music front to be worth that kind of money.