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Razer Hammerhead Pro Hyperspeed review: Solid but flawed

Razer Hammerhead Pro Hyperspeed review: Solid but flawed

Razer Hammerhead Pro Hyperspeed

The Razer Hammerhead Pro Hyperspeed is actually pretty good, if you can live with the clunky controls and short battery life. But it does have good audio quality, noise cancelling is moderately strong, and it's really comfortable to wear.

Quick specs

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth and 2.4GHz (via dongle)
  • Battery on Bluetooth: 6.5 hours and 24 hours (case) with lighting and ANC off, 3.5 hours and 13 hours (case) with lighting and ANC on
  • Battery on Dongle: 4 hours and 14.5 hours (case) with lighting an ANC off, 3 hours and 11 hours (case) with lighting and ANC on
  • Hybrid ANC

Unlike your normal Bluetooth earphones, this pair of Razer buds comes with a Hyperspeed dongle, which you can use with your Sony PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Mac, or PC. The earphones can switch between Bluetooth or Hyperspeed at any time, though not both at once. When not in use, you can plug in the Hyperspeed USB-C dongle into the case so you don't accidentally lose it. The case also comes with wireless charging, which I like. Fit-wise, you'll hardly notice it's there and it's quite comfortable.

Razer Hammerhead Pro Hyperspeed
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Audio performance is strong. Game sounds come through clearly with plenty of detail. When listening to music, I like the separation for the mids and highs. It doesn't feel crowded in the middle. Bass is decent, without sounding heavy. Active noise cancelling isn't the strongest, and wind noise will come through a bit. But it will keep most of the noise out. It doesn't have an automatic switch to ambient mode if it detects you talking, and switching to ambient takes at least four seconds, so if you need to talk to someone, taking out one earbud is easier. Battery life isn't the best, with ANC on, the headphones lasted around three hours using the Hyperspeed dongle. You should turn off the LED lights to conserve the battery. Microphone performance isn't the best if you're near a fan, as it doesn't do any noise cancellation there.

Razer Hammerhead Pro Hyperspeed
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

My main issue with this pair of Razer earphones is the controls. You have to tap or tap and hold on the Razer logo to control your music playback and ANC settings. To play or pause your music, you're supposed to single-tap, but it ends up more as a single touch instead, as tapping doesn't quite work. However, if you double-tap to skip it works, which is quite confusing. If you touch it too long though, then it instead changes your ANC settings, so you need to find the right balance.

Overall, the S$300 Razer Hammerhead Pro Hyperspeed offers good audio performance. I do like that I can use it with my phone, PC, or console. However, the clunky touch controls make me hesitant to recommend this. You can use the Razer Audio app to quickly switch between ANC modes faster, but it still takes time to find, and open the app. Get it from Razer.

See Also
Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023)

Note: Review unit provided by Razer.


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Verdict



CAN BUY...BUT

Good audio, but clunky controls.

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