Razer Barracuda X Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Fresh from the Razer parts bin and the minds at…SteelSeries?

Photo taken by the author.
Photo taken by the author.
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OVERVIEW

The Razer Barracuda X sells for $99 (official site here) and comes in a basic matte black finish. It’s a closed-back wireless headset with a USB-C dongle, and an optional backup 3.5mm wired connection. In the box you also get a detachable microphone, a USB-C charging cable, a USB-A to USB-C extension adapter, and some Razer stickers and documentation.

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SOUND QUALITY

Razer put their proprietary 40mm Triforce speaker drivers inside the Barracuda X. They have an excellent, powerful, reasonably accurate tuning. Although these same speakers were used in the atrocious Razer Kraken V3 X, this new headset thankfully sounds nothing like that one.

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COMFORT

Thanks to a combination of a ridiculously light weight and soft ear pads, the Barracuda X is a gentle all-day-capable headset. It clamps tight enough to stay in place but doesn’t cause any hotspots or discomfort, and I have a couple extra clicks of adjustment room on my large head.

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BUILD/DESIGN

The Barracuda X uses the same design language as Razer’s recent Opus and Kaira Pro, with a classic consumer headphone look that’s stylish and subtle. They don’t stick out far from the head, and look more like regular headphones than most gaming products.

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FEATURES/MICROPHONE

On the back of the left ear cup you’ll find a mic mute button, volume wheel, and power button. The volume wheel works in both wired and wireless modes, and it has a clean rotation and is free of channel imbalance issues. The charging port is USB-C, but it doesn’t support any kind of quick charge function, meaning that it takes about 3 hours to fully charge a depleted battery.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

The 20 hour battery life, slow charging speed, backup wired connection, volume wheel that works in both modes, and detachable mic are all essentially identical features to those on the Arctis 1 Wireless. I prefer the sound of the Razer Barracuda X’s speakers and mic, but if you already own that older SteelSeries pair, there’s no reason to buy this.

This is the only Razer headset where the branding almost feels like an afterthought. Photo taken by the author.

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