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Tired of wearing large headphones to play for several hours or need portability and you would like an alternative ? If wireless headphones offer this kind of comfort, the latency that generally induces the Bluetooth connection is often prohibitive for players.
This is wherethe Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed, headphones dedicated to gaming come into play.
Price and availability of the Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed
The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed headphones are available now for a suggested price of 229.99 euros.
Discovery of the Hammerheads
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The Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed box is very complete. In addition to the earbuds and charging case, the bundle includes 3 pairs of silicone ear tips, a USB-C charging cable, a USB-A to USB-C female cable, and a 2.4 GHz dongle in USB-C.
Note that the case is compatible with charging at induction, which as we will see later in the article will be particularly useful. If it is obviously compatible with Razer's Charging Pad Chroma, other means of induction charging are too.
Regarding their design, these take up the cherry tail design popularized by Apple. While the charging box is very discreet with its matte black, the headphones have a magnificent glossy effect with the RGB compatible Razer logo.
A way to stand out from other headphones on the market. And if the option seems rather dispensable (you can also deactivate it using the application), it will be particularly useful for streamers to give a touch of originality to their material for example. We will also appreciate being able to manage the brightness, and this often helped us find the headphones in the dark during our tests.
Wearing the Hammerheads for several hours, it is possible ?
As for comfort, the Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed poses no problem. It is possible to wear them for long periods without feeling any discomfort, they being light and putting no pressure on the ear.
However, our tests showed that despite significant head movements, the headphones were still very well housed and therefore, the fear of losing them is hardly present here.
Razer even allows you to check through its application whether the user has chosen the right pair of tips supplied with the Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed.
A lag-free experience for seamless immersion
The particularity of the Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed comes from its multiple possible connections. Compatible with every Bluetooth device, but also with the Switch, the Steam Deck, the PS5 and PCs through its 2.4 GHz USB-C dongle, they become among the most versatile on the market.
Connected via Bluetooth, Gaming mode allows the HyperSpeed to have a latency of no more than 60 milliseconds, which is rather impressive for a wireless use. It is with the 2.4 GHz dongle that the connection offers an experience with a lag of less than 40 milliseconds. Suffice to say that it is imperceptible.
Now that the potential audio latency issue is out of the way, let's talk about the spatialization of the Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed. Aided by THX technology, our test on Counter Strike 2 turned out to be particularly conclusive. Noise of footsteps or gunfire, the spatialization of the Hammerhead Pro is truly excellent, and leaves no doubt as to the origin of the sounds.
As for use dedicated to gaming, it is perfectly possible to substitute a headset to replace it with the Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed, which will be more pleasant to wear in most cases. The fact remains that in the case of a multiplayer game with communication, the listening quality of the Hammerhead microphones is acceptable without being good. It is probably on this point that headsets will have the advantage.
The main weak point of headphones, autonomy
If there is a big weak point rather disabling on these Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed, it's their autonomy that we would have liked to be greater. Charging the case takes about 1.5 hours, and promises around 3 hours of use with active noise reduction and RGB at 30%, and those on two charges of the headphones.
This will be enough for most players, but if a session ends up dragging on, there may be a problem. Thus, we can only advise deactivating the RGB as well as active noise reduction to gain more or less an additional hour of use.
This is why induction charging is all the more practical with Razer headphones, where leaving the charging case on a pad will be of great service so as not to end up with dead headphones a few minutes before a session.
In everyday life, outside of gaming
While we would favor deactivating active noise reduction when playing in the peace and quiet of your home, it is entirely possible to use the Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed in the outside world.
So, we will activate active noise reduction here, which will help reduce the noise of cars, or even people on the RER C who put their phone on loudspeaker to have their little morning conversation. Overall, the active noise reduction of the Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed does not really live up to their price , for example it struggles to mask even half of the noise produced by a mechanical keyboard while writing text.
As for the sound part, their use with the default equalizer settings (modifiable by l& #8217;application Razer Audio) turns out to be quite good. This is obviously not at the level of headphones like the Sony WF-1000XM5 where the audio part is close to perfection.
But contrary to what one might believe, Razer has not exaggerated on the bass. All the same, the Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed sometimes lacks emphasis on treble and midrange, which results in a relatively recessed presence of vocals and cymbals when listening to Rock or Metal for example.< /p>
After all, it must be said that their use was intended for gaming, and they will still make good everyday extra headphones, although it's obviously not their specialty.
We will nevertheless note the great practicality of using multipoint which allows for example to connect to a PC using the 2.4 GHz dongle to a PC, while remaining connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth.
Our opinion on the Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed
While most headphones are designed purely for an audio experience without taking into account the latency induced by the wireless experience, Razer takes it all the wrong way with the Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed.
Created primarily for a gaming experience worthy of the name, they offer great versatility, notably through their ability to connect to all Bluetooth compatible devices, but also via USB-C through the 2.4 GHz dongle provided.
These offer a latency of less than 40 milliseconds, which is to say imperceptible, but also excellent spatialization with the THX experience. Their comfort will allow them to be worn for several hours at a time, which is essential for the gaming experience.
If we regret their rather low autonomy as well as the rather ineffective active noise reduction, the fact remains that the HyperSpeed can also be used in everyday transport, in a more traditional use, say- t-on.
The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed are an excellent alternative to gaming headsets, for those who can no longer stand having a heavy, hot and bulky helmet on their head for several hours.
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