The stylish Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X earbuds don't only look good, they come with a low latency gaming mode. Battery life is also good. My tests show that it comes close to its rated seven hours. However, if your ear shape doesn't quite fit the earbuds, you may have trouble keeping them in place.
- 13mm drivers
- Bluetooth 5.2
- Battery life of up to 28 hours (7 hours and 21 hours case) with lighting off
Design-wise, the Razer earbuds somewhat resemble the Apple AirPods, but with a much thicker top part. It also features a touch-sensitive zone where you can do various gestures such as tapping or tapping and holding. You can do up to a triple-tap. These gestures let you pause, play, rewind, forward, and turn on the earbuds' game mode. To prevent accidental touches, a tap requires you to hold it slightly longer than normal, but you can practice the gestures in the Razer app. Speaking of the app, the glowing Razer logo can also be turned off there.
Sound-wise, the Hammerhead True Wireless X is decent, but not the best. The X lacks THX certification, unlike the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro. Also, because the earbuds don't quite form a tight seal compared to in-ears, you'll hear some outside noise. The bass is very strong. I can see how the heavier bass will work for shooters and gunfire, though. The mids are a bit too strong. The highs are clear, but feels weak compared to the other sounds. I'm not sure if this is because my ear shape doesn't quite suit the design of the X, which is why the sound seems off. I've also tried pressing the earbuds in to form a seal, but this doesn't quite convey the actual soundstage.
Battery life is excellent. The earphones are rated at seven hours — in ideal conditions. Razer says this is with the logo light off and volume at 50%. In my tests, I had about 64% battery life after three hours at full volume with the logo light on. That gives it roughly around six to seven hours of use. The case adds another three full charges for more than a day of use. It's pretty good, and comparable to the Sony WF-1000XM4 with its all-day battery life. Gaming mode helps reduce latency, but I honestly couldn't tell the difference. You will also need to be near your phone (within 0.6m) or the sound will start breaking up.
At S$115, the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X offers casual users a pair of wireless earbuds that also works for gaming. Be warned though, you will need the correct ear shape to fully enjoy the experience. It doesn't work for me, even though I had no issues with the similarly designed Apple AirPods. I always have the feeling that the X earbuds would fall out anytime. Your mileage may vary. Get them from Shopee, Lazada, or the Razer online store.
Note: Review unit provided by Razer.
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