With Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Headset looming on the horizon, now is a good time to take a look at among the third-party wi-fi Xbox headsets which can be already accessible.
I’ve used a number of totally different gaming headsets through the years — together with a pair of historical Sennheiser wi-fi headphones within the mid-2000s with a damaged OG Xbox mic duct-taped to their facet — and Razer’s Kaira Pro gaming headset is likely one of the finest I’ve come throughout so long as you intend to solely use it with an Xbox console (extra on this later).
Coming in at $199, Razer’s Kaira Pro options the identical drivers as Razer’s cheaper, multi-platform BlackShark V2 gaming headset. This signifies that whereas the Kaira Pro options first rate sound high quality, the headset lacks noise-cancelling and is simply appropriate with Windows Sonic digital encompass sound and never Dolby Atmos or DTS Headphone: X.
In observe, this doesn’t actually matter a lot since I’ve at all times discovered that every one three types of digital encompass sound are practically equivalent. That stated, Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Wireless Headset does assist Atmos and DTS, so if that’s a function you care about, it may be value ready. The audio expertise isn’t solely excellent, nonetheless.
For instance, when the headphones’ battery is low, any sound with bass has a slight crackle. This will be solved by ensuring the Kaira Pro at all times has an honest cost, which is considerably simple since they function 15 hours of battery life. I can also’t assist however want they featured some type of noise-cancelling like Turtle Beach’s comparably priced $199 Stealth 700 Wireless Gaming Headset.
“The fact that the mic can be entirely removed, unlike Turtle Beach’s very similar Stealth 700 headset, is a bonus”
Other notable Kaira Pro options embrace USB-C charging, a removable cardioid mic that’s simply adjustable, and particular person quantity wheels for sport chat and voice chat on the precise and left cups. If you’ve hung out taking part in video games with a good friend who can by no means get their sport quantity/sport chat levelled correctly, usually leading to an annoying echo each time you converse, you’ll understand how essential unbiased quantity adjustment is. There’s additionally a built-in mic if you wish to make calls with the headset.
The indisputable fact that the cardioid mic will be solely eliminated, not like Turtle Beach’s very comparable Stealth 700 headset, is a bonus, particularly should you plan to make use of the headset for solo gaming.
There’s a sync button, an Xbox button, a mute button, and a Bluetooth pairing button. While it won’t sound like Bluetooth is a worthwhile function in a gaming headset, hear me out. A separate Bluetooth connection permits you to take heed to music and podcasts performed out of your smartphone with ease whereas gaming, which is one thing I discover myself doing each time I’m taking part in a multiplayer title like Apex Legends solo.
If you’re the kind of gamer who desires to customise the lights on their equipment, Razer, after all, has you lined. There’s a devoted Razer Headset Setup app on Xbox consoles that permits you to change its RGB lighting, EQ and microphone accessibility. I discovered the intense Razer inexperienced a little bit too intense for me, so I shortly modified it to a extra delicate blue.
Regarding build-quality, the Kaira Pro is likely one of the extra high-quality headsets I’ve used on this value vary. It’s additionally comfy even should you plan to put on it for lengthy durations of time, due to its gentle, articulating earcups and cushioned headband. Unfortunately, the headset doesn’t fold in half like some over-ear headphones, making them a little bit bulkier to tackle the go. The Kaira Pro additionally seems to be and feels higher than the comparatively lacklustre feeling Gen 1 Turtle Beach Stealth 600s or 700s. It’s value noting that I haven’t tried the Gen 2 Stealth 700s but, and so they appear to be an enchancment over their predecessor.
So far, the Razer Kaira Pro would possibly sound like a mean gaming headset, and for probably the most half, it’s. What separates it from the competitors is that it’s a part of a small assortment of Xbox headsets that work solely wirelessly, together with voice chat. Just just like the addition of Bluetooth, this won’t sound like that huge of a deal till you truly attempt it.
Since I spend practically my complete life inside amid the continued COVID-19 pandemic, an excellent chunk of my evenings usually includes taking part in multiplayer video games with buddies on the Xbox Series X.
Not needing to plug the headset immediately into my controller to speak is extremely handy. I can stroll downstairs, say hello to my associate, seize a drink and even make a fast meal between video games, all whereas nonetheless related to both sport or Party Chat. Wireless voice chat is the kind of function you don’t actually admire till you’ve used it; now, I don’t suppose I might return.
Though I desire the Razer Kaira Pro headset over Turtle Beach’s first-gen Stealth 700s, it is going to be fascinating to see the way it compares to Microsoft’s upcoming $129 Xbox wi-fi headset. This story will likely be up to date with Xbox Wireless Headset impressions after I get my palms on it following its launch on March sixteenth.
It’s additionally value noting that MetalSeries’ positively reviewed $189 Arctis 7x accomplishes the identical wi-fi gameplay and voice chat on Xbox consoles by way of a USB-C adapter (you’ll additionally want a dongle USB-C-to-A-adapter). Further, the dearer $259 MetalSeries’ 9x connects solely wirelessly to the Series X, similar to the Kaira Pro and the Stealth 600/700.
What makes MetalSeries’ 7x and 9x gaming headsets distinctive is that they can be utilized with all kinds of units, together with the PlayStation 4, PlayStaton 5, Switch and extra, due to their included wi-fi adapter. Razer’s Kaira Pro, however, is simply appropriate with Xbox consoles.
While this works for me, given I’ve amassed a number of pairs of headphones for various units and primarily solely play multiplayer video games with buddies on the Xbox Series X, that possible isn’t the typical particular person’s expertise. If you need to use the identical headset with a number of units, MetalSeries 7x and 9x are undeniably higher choices.
With that stated, should you’re searching for a great-sounding Xbox-only headset that provides the comfort of wi-fi voice chat, Razer’s Kaira Pro is a good possibility.
The headset is appropriate with the Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X and Xbox Series S. The Kaira Pro is on the market for $199 at a number of retailers, together with Amazon and immediately via Razer’s on-line retailer.