Razer, the gaming hardware specialist, is increasingly developing its “Lifestyle” offer with earphones for everyday use, for music, movies, audio and video calls, and more incidentally for gaming. The Hammerhead True Wireless have reached their goal?
|Compatibility||Windows, MacOs, Smartphones, Tablets|
|Frequency response||20 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Sensitivity||91 dB @1kHz|
|Microphone type||2 x Omnidirectional|
|Microphone noise attenuation||No|
|7.1 / 3D rendering||No|
|Weight||4.5 g each|
|Available connections||Bluetooth 5.0|
Razer in everyday life
A year ago, if I had to buy a pair of headphones for my smartphone, I wouldn’t have chosen a gamer brand but rather a big name in audio or a smartphone manufacturer. However, ever since I tested the Epos GTW 270 Hybrid: Gaming Headphone Killer? which are still in my Nintendo Switch, I have to admit that I’m interested in these more typical, but often successful, products. For example, Razer’s Razer Opus: The anti-noise and pro-gaming nomad headset, a general public model, for everyday use, which is only gamer in the way we think of this brand. So it was with an open mind that we put these Razer Hammerhead True Wireless on our ears, ready to hear life in pink.
Yes, because the Hammerhead come in three colors, black, white or pink, the latter being named “Quartz” by the manufacturer. And it is indeed the one we have in test and that you will see on the photos. The set comes in a small box with a pair of wireless earphones, a charging case with its integrated battery, a USB-C/USB-A cord for charging, a strap to carry the case and silicone tips to put on the earphones.
It’s actually this last point that disappoints a bit. Compared to the GTW 270, or references like the AirPods, no multiple tips. Here, you have to deal with the quasi obligation to have silicone tips, with only one size available. Don’t worry though, the earphones don’t “fit” in your ears like most of the ITEs. They remain here at the edge of the auditory canal by resting on the interior part of the lobe. The sensation is not unpleasant, but it can be a little pressure point, depending on the shape of the ear. To try therefore.
The earphones being very light, with less than 3 grams each, they do not weigh fortunately on the long sessions of use. They also have the good taste of being very stable once in place, with the possibility of going for a jog without too much risk of seeing them fall. Especially since they are water and sweat resistant. Not waterproof, but resistant.
An effective Bluetooth 5.0, a decent battery
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless offer a unique wireless link, based on Bluetooth 5.0. What to operate on smartphones, tablets, Windows PC or Mac … But not on consoles. It’s a pity, a small USB/Bluetooth dongle like for the GTW270 would have been enough to open the doors of the Nintendo Switch and Sony consoles, PS4 and PS5. Let’s not sulk over the fact that Bluetooth 5.0 offers some significant advantages.
Starting with the range of these headphones that easily reaches 15 meters provided that your device in front also benefits from 5.0, with at worst a limitation to 7 meters for previous generations. The latency is also rather low with 60 milliseconds announced (a little more in call), so that it is imperceptible in game as in film.
While the headphones have their own battery, they rely mostly on the included case for longevity over the course of a day, or even days. Count on 3.5 hours of use at a time, and a cumulative 15 hours if you store the headphones in the case between uses. Values obtained by using the Hammerhead at a standard listening volume, of the order of 80-90% of the maximum power. This is about average.
A perfectible but pleasant sound
In terms of sound quality, there are no big surprises with the management of compressed codecs but not high definition. The audiophiles will thus pass their way. Nevertheless, the global result obtained with these headphones is good, with a nice presence of the bass while proposing precise highs, which is really good for the size of these speakers.
Not everything is perfect though, and the midrange suffers from a slight characteristic hump in the middle of the spectrum, around 2KHz. As a result, the snare drums come out of the mix a bit and are sometimes aggressive, while the voices are a bit more nasal than in reality.. It is therefore advisable to use an equalizer like the one on Spotify for example, just to recover a little smoothness.
On the other hand, don’t really count on the Razer application to correct the situation, because if it shines in its presentation of the product and the integrated gestures (to answer a call, listen to the next song, etc.), its equalization contains only two presets, frankly uninspired. We still appreciate the presence of a voice in French for the indications on the connection, the battery, with a quick installation that takes only a few seconds.
Finally, note that on the microphone, the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless do not particularly shine. The timbre is a bit blurred by a lack of highs and a general equalization that lacks naturalness. The voice remains intelligible, but it could have been nicer. Finally, these headphones are devoid of ambient noise attenuation, both on the ears and on the microphone. Beware of noisy places for your phone conversations.
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless offer a good performance, with a last generation Bluetooth, a battery that holds a good charge and a case that allows you to extend the experience over several days. We really like how light they are and how they fit on the ear without getting in the way of energetic movement.
Because it is a gamer brand, we would have preferred that Razer offers a dongle in addition, to play on consoles, even if for the blow these Hammerhead True Wireless are perfect for mobile gaming. Finally, if the sound is more than correct, with a good volume and bass, we still advise you to try them before buying them, their comfort being unequal according to the user.
Launched at 119€ but sold at 66€ at the time of writing, the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless are a good alternative to the AirPods and other wireless headphones, as long as you are willing to overlook certain features such as sound insulation, which is almost non-existent and lacks active support.
- Ultra light and do not penetrate the ear
- It supports the race or the dynamic walk
- A successful sound, with good bass
- Bluetooth 5.0, effective with a good range
- The autonomy of almost 4 hours, multiplied by 4
- The few touch gestures work well
- Small peak in the midrange
- The voice rather cavernous in the microphone
- Only one size of silicone plugs
- It lacks soundproofing in noisy places
A very correct sound, a good autonomy, a Bluetooth 5.0 which ensures on the technical side, these Razer Hammerhead True Wireless do not miss qualities. It would have been necessary to make a small effort on the comfort and some additional functions to come to tease the references of the kind, but the proposal is already coherent and efficient.