An integral part of your gaming set-up is a decent pair of headphones. They have to be comfortable, durable, encompass the features most important to you, and stylish to boot. And most importantly of all, they have to sound spectacular. While your budget may mean you have to compromise in some of these areas, it's still possible to tick most of the boxes at a range of price points, particularly when it comes to Razer's line of headsets.
Razer produce a huge line of gaming-related products, from keyboards and mice, to some of the best gaming laptops, and its foray into the world of smartphones made our list of best gaming phones. Razer's audio products frequently make Best Of lists, and have won a number of Editor's Choice awards. You can even find one or two pop up on our headset roundups for console and PC. We've gathered our top picks from the gaming lifestyle brand and popped them below, so you can peruse what's on offer before investing. Generally speaking, Razer knows its stuff when it comes to gaming, and it's one of the more premium brands, so if you're looking for great tech - especially for PC - these are some of the headsets you should definitely consider. Starting with...
Takes immersion to the next level
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Drivers: 50mm | Battery life: 8 hours | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One, mobile
The Razer Nari Ultimate is the top tier of the Razer's newest headset line. What sets the Nari Ultimate apart from the Nari Essential, and the Nari, is the L5 haptic drivers that provide modulated feedback to make you feel like you're in the thick of the action. With amazing clarify and bass that's enhanced by the HyperSense haptic technology, you'll get a great quality of sound and immersion. Specifically designed with single-player games in mind, the Nari Ultimate adds an extra dimension to your gaming that you won't have experienced before. And it's just as suited to blockbuster action movies and music, as it is to games. It's a versatile headset that can be used with a multitude of devices thanks to the 3.5mm jack. You can even use it wirelessly with PC and PS4.
Great sound at a good-looking price
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 1.3m | Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 322g | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Mac, mobile
There's a reason the Razer Kraken is the latest iteration of Razer's famous and popular headset. It offers great sound at great value, and can be used across a wide variety of devices. The headset is lightweight and despite the large earcups, you can wear them comfortably for long gaming sessions. Sound wise, the mid-range is a bit muddy, but the bass packs a punch. The fully retractable, unidirectional microphone allows for clear voice chat, and you can even choose between oval or circular ear cushions. If you're looking for a headset under £100/ $100 that still performs, this is it. There's even a stripped back version of the Kraken called the Kraken X which keeps a lot of what is good about the headset, slightly repackaged into a cheaper set of cans.
Razer Kraken Tournament Edition
Perfect for players addicted to bass
Cable length: 1.3m | Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 322g | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, mobile
The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition is a versatile headset that can be used with pretty much any device. It's available in Razer neon green, but there's a black option as well, which is a relief for those of you looking for something a bit more understated. The biggest draw is the THX Spatial audio and the bass, that can be fine-tuned over 17 levels, to get your perfect audio profile. You can tweak the sound on the amp, or by using the Razer Synapse 3 software, allowing you to achieve the perfect balance for both games and movies.
Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2
Best for PC gaming
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Drivers: 2 x 40mm subwoofers, 4 x 30mm drivers, 2 x 20mm drivers | Compatibility: PC
A high-end PC headset that offers true 7.1 surround sound, the Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 is pricey, but worth it. With a total of 10 drivers, each ear cup houses a 40mm subwoofer, 30mm drivers in the front (L/R) and centre, and 20mm rear and side surround drivers. It's a beast of a headset, but surprisingly light. You'll be able to wear it comfortably for hours. The audio control unit lets you control the volume of each audio channel, and toggle between 7.1 surround sound and stereo. This is a great option for PC gamers, and is worth the premium price tag.
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