Razer unleashes ultra-light Kraken X headset for PC and consoles for just $50

What you need to know

  • Razer launched a new addition to its Kraken series of headsets, the Kraken X.
  • Built to be as light as possible, the headset weighs in at 0.55 pounds but still brings 7.1 surround sound to the table..
  • Console and PC versions are available now for $50 from Razer.

Razer this week launched the Kraken X headset, a new, light-weight addition to the Kraken lineup. While the headset itself strives for comfort by shedding as much weight as possible, Razer has kept the headset's soundstage full with 7.1 surround sound support.

The Kraken X weighs in at just over half a pound (250 grams) – something Razer says it was able to accomplish by taking the base Kraken design and trimming it down. The Kraken X is a wired headset, and it includes a bendable cardioid microphone on the left earcup. Integrated microphone controls and volume controls are also included on the left side for when you need to make quick adjustments.

Razer Kraken X

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CategoryRazer Kraken X
Headphone Frequency Response12 Hz – 28 kHz
Headphone Impedance32 Ω @ 1 kHz
Headphone Sensitivity (@1 kHz)106 dB
Drivers40 mm, with Neodymium magnets
Inner ear cup diameter65 x 44 mm
Connection TypeAnalog 3.5 mm
Cable Length1.3 m / 4.27 ft
Weight250g / 0.55lbs
Mic Frequency Response100 Hz – 10 kHz
Mic Signal-to-Noise Ratio≥ 55 dB
Mic Sensitivity (@1 kHz)-42 ± 3 dB
Pick-up patternUnidirectional ECM boom
On-Earcup ControlVolume up and down, Microphone quick mute toggle
Surround Sound7.1, available on Windows 10 64-bit
ColorsBlack or black with blue highlights

We've been rocking the Kraken X's for a few hours now. Initial impressions are they are some of the lightest over-the-ear headphones we have sampled making them ideal for long gaming sessions.

Materials feel good for the modest $50 price tag though you do sacrifice things like a retractable mic boom, or double-banded design. That said, you won't find many $50 headphones that also have 7.1 surround sound making these an interesting consideration.

The Kraken X is now available directly from Razer for $50 (opens in new tab) in either black or black with blue highlights for the console version. Regardless of which version you pick up, it will work across a variety of devices thanks to its 3.5mm jack.

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