Since I was given an Xbox Series X, Yes I was one of the lucky ones, I have been thinking about getting a headset dedicated to just that system. So along came Razer and sat down beside me and offers me a Kaira Wireless Headset, not to be confused by the Kaira Wireless Headset Pro.
Now my son who is just 2years old hates it when I wear a headset, to the point where he pulls it off my head and even pulls on the microphone. So the only true time I will be able to use one, for now, is when he goes to bed and when he gets older. I have tried true wireless earbuds from EPOS and they seem to be less noticeable, and he very rarely takes them out.
But let us move on to the unboxing, first thoughts, followed by installation and software.
On the front of the box you have the Razer logo, top right, top left is the headset name, the middle is a full view of the Kaira Wireless Xbox Headset and finally, bottom right is a sticker stating ‘Designed for Xbox’. Razer has gone for Dark-photography for everything as always, this seems to be there goto photo mode for all there products and it works well for them.
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20 Hz – 20 kHz|
|IMPEDANCE||32 Ω at 1 kHz|
|DRIVER SIZE – DIAMETERS (MM)||50 mm|
|DRIVER TYPE||Razer™ TriForce Titanium|
|EARCUPS||Breathable memory foam cushions|
|INNER EARCUP DIAMETER||
|EARPADS MATERIAL||FlowKnit memory foam ear cushions|
|WEIGHT||0.65 lbs / 293 g|
|VIRTUAL SURROUND ENCODING||None|
|MICROPHONE FREQUENCY RESPONSE||100 – 10,000 Hz|
|VOLUME CONTROL||Yes (VOL + and VOL – Wheel)|
|OTHER CONTROLS||On Earcup|
|BATTERY LIFE||Up to 15 hours|
|MICROPHONE SENSITIVITY (@1KHZ)||54 ± 3 dB|
Tech info even though I find it boring within a review, a lot of gamers want to know this, so it has to be placed above.
Moving to the back of the box, Razer showcase the headset in the centre and some key features which include the following;
- Razer Triforce Titanium 50mm Drivers, what is Razer on about here – There all-new patented design allows our engineers to custom tune each driver as though there are three—allowing for the individual replications of high, mid and low audio frequencies to deliver richer trebles, brighter sound and powerful bass.
- Breathable Memory foam cushions
- Razer Hyperclear Cardiuod Mic, what is Razer on about here – Offering greater speech pickup and noise cancellation, the bendable mic on this Xbox Series X|S wireless headset has an optimized microphone housing which adopts a more open design for minimal obstruction—resulting in improved clarity for a closer recreation of your voice.
- Xbox Wireless: Features low-latency and high-quality gameplay for Xbox One and Windows 10P C’s
- Windows Sonic: Enjoy Spacial audio for gaming on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC’s
The Razer Kaira Wireless Xbox Headset works with Xbox One/ X and Series X/S and can be used with Bitstreams like Dolby Atmos and DTS.
When you open up, something is missing, you would know this if you are a fan of Razer, its a message from Min-Liang Tan, but you do get some stickers and instructions. If you open up the instructions you will finally find a message from Min-Liang Tan.
The headset is wrapped away and once opened you get to finally view your new headset and my first thought that ran through my mind was mmm nice. Green and Black, Razers primary colours for all there peripherals and products, with the Razer logo on each earcup and on the headband. The headband lacks cushioning, well much of, however, it still felt rather comfortable, offers plenty of flex and the flexibility to adjust the size of the band to suit more head sizes. The earcups use FLOWKNIT MEMORY FOAM EAR CUSHIONS, rather similar to Steelseries earcups of late as they use Airweave memory foam ear cushions.
Simply put it these ear cushions are really nice and comfortable
When the headset is not in use you can wrest them on your shoulders rather comfortably as the earcups fold down, however, as the mic is not detachable, it can get in the way.
When using the headset for the first time, its easy to set up to your Xbox, not that easy for PC as you need an Xbox Dongle for PC, as these are not the Bluetooth version.
So how do you connect, well hold the power button on the headset until the small light starts flashing, then go and press the pairing button on your Xbox, once that is done, click the pairing button on the headset and wait, once connected you will see you TV display ‘Headset Assigned’ and away you go.
Then goto to the Xbox market place and download Razer headset software, just search it, here is a link just in case you can not be bothered to search https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/razer-headset-setup-for-xbox/9pbqpkx61mzk?activetab=pivot:overviewtab.
Once installed enjoy your time creating your perfect profile for all your gaming needs as there is plenty of options to play with, just check out the images below
Once in-game you can control sound, mic, mic mute, EQ all with the headset, I have included a sweet pic below to show you how;
You can see you have Mic mute switch, Volume wheel, Status Indicator which tells you how much power is left, Green = Fully Charged, Orange = looking bad, and Red means you out of luck its dead. You also have a Power button, Game / Chat balance wheel and EQ / Xbox Pairing button.
Now at about this point, I would have a mic test done online, however, it was not possible, so I had to figure out how to stream with Xbox, so I grabbed just the start of it, which I fluffed around a bit so you can hear the mic… mic starts working at around the 1min mark sorry about this folks.
From my experience using the mic with my friends on Xbox playing Destiny 2, they prefered me to be further away from the mic, After hearing myself through it, I have to agree.
If the headset requires a firmware update you will need to use you PC and goto this address http://rzr.to/kairaFW, download the software, then plugin you headset with the provided USB charger cable and follow the on-screen instructions.
In use, this headset sounded great, felt great on, felt great after some time of use, and lucky for me at the time I was testing this my son was with his nan and pappy’s for the day. This headset is able to recreate and use all surround-sound software from the likes of Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS. This type of software will allow you to hear your enemies in all direction from any location, you will hear bullets whizzing past you, aircrafts flying above, right down to your fellow teammates, I was able to hear everything in great detail.
Dolby Atmos and DTS offers you an experience not possible with just a TV or a soundbar
The Bass was on point, midrange and treble, well tingling, playing Destiny 2, The Medium or DMC 5, all filled my ears with awe, a soundstage that thrilled, a soundstage that provided an intense gaming experience.
The microphone was not the best, however, it was the best I have owned for Xbox, so its up there on my list as a good microphone. It is not detachable, but it is flexible, so if you lay these headphones down on your shoulders the mic might just do your head in just hanging around.
Using all the buttons and dials on the headsets, took some time, but in the end, it became second nature. It is great being able to mute the mic, choose an EQ, and being able to control game and chat volume.
What Razer has given us, is a way to experience sound just for ourselves, in our little world, without everyone else hearing everything, the only issue I have is getting my son to stop pulling them off me, once that is sorted, they will be my goto headset for some intense, and chilled out gaming. There was only one issue, and it’s not the headphones, it is Xbox, attaching headphones does not automatically mute TV or your sound system, you need to mute or turn down your volume on those devices. If you ask me this is STUPID.
You can purchase this amazing headset here for £99.99 or from any good online-offline retail outlet
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