Razer Kraken vs Kraken x Review | Best Razer Kraken?

razer kraken vs kraken x gaming headset review

If you are wondering which is better between the Razer Kraken vs Razer Kraken X headset? This post is for you. In this article, I will compare the Razer Kraken headsets to give you my opinion which is best.

If after reading this guide, you’re still on the fence you might like to read about why I think Razer is a good brand for gamers who have many impressive gaming products that are worth seeing.

But first let’s look at these two budget options.

Razer Kraken X Review Vs Razer Kraken Headsets

The differences between the Razer Kraken Vs Kraken X headsets are striking. The first being, the differences in the style and the build quality with the Razer Kraken being far more durable.

The comfort differences between each Razer headset are huge. With the Razer Krakens’ being far more comfortable to wear due to the extra padding on the headband and ear cups. After some wear, the Kraken headset does not feel heavy and or tight around your head, that may lead to headaches.

Moreover, the connections are similar. However, the audio quality between the Razer Kraken Vs Razer Kraken X and the quality of the microphone is in favour of the Razer Kraken gaming headset.

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Razer Kraken Vs Razer Kraken X Comparison

Below you will find the comparison table highlighting the differences between the Razer Kraken Vs Razer Kraken X wired gaming headsets.

Razer-Kraken-Wired-Gaming-HeadsetRazer Kraken X Wired Gaming Headset
PRICE NOW £57.00NOW £34
CONNECTIONAnalog 3.5 mmAnalog 3.5 mm
EAR CUPSCooling Gel-Infused Oval Ear
MIC STYLERetractable Bendable
MIC FREQUENCY 100 Hz – 10 kHz100 Hz – 10 kHz
SOFTWARE7.1 Surround Sound7.1 Surround Sound
FREQUENCY RESPONSE12 Hz – 28 kHz12 Hz – 28 kHz

What You Get in the Box?

What You Get Inside the Box

After cracking open the Razer Kraken headset. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised because the Razer Krakens were immaculately boxed. They felt much like a more expensive audio range. (Nice!)

Inside the Razer Kraken headset box there was instructions leaflet which detailed important product info. This included outlining the system requirements and explaining the layout of the headset.

There was also an audio and mic splitter extension cable. As well as two Razer stickers you can use to decorate any other non-Razer accessory you have. You will also receive the surround sound activation code. So, you can enable the Razer 7.1 surround sound technology.

What is an Audio Mic Splitter?

An audio/mic splitter enables you to connect both your speakers and headphones to the same audio jack. If your laptop has a separate audio output and microphone input jack. Then, you can use the audio splitter to connect the two ports together.

The Design Differences

Comparing the Razer Kraken Vs Kraken X Gaming Headsets

The Razer Kraken X is one of the cheapest headsets in the Razer line-up. It’s no surprise it has quite a basic feature list compared to the other headsets in their audio range. Yet, the Razer Kraken X may be basic. But it’s still a smart-looking headset, with a big thanks to the generally minimalist design. 

The Kraken has a little more class and looks more like the $200 Razer headset. Both headsets have a similar ear cup design, an aluminium mesh and a darkened Razer printed logo on both sides. 

However, the Kraken X doesn’t have the same amount of movement on the earcups as the Razer Kraken. And you can better position the Kraken gaming headset to fit the size or shape of your head. Also, the Razer Kraken has a much-improved headband as Razer added extra padding.

When it comes to audio controls, the Kraken X controls are on the left earcup. Whereas the Razer Kraken controls are on the cable. Which is a much better design, making it easier to control the in-game audio.

Another noticeable difference between the Razer Kraken headsets, and that’s the microphone. The Kraken X microphone is bendy, but it is not retractable. The Razer Kraken has a retractable mic so you can push the mic in when not you’re gaming, and it looks much neater.

Overall, there isn’t a great deal of difference between these two headsets. But Razer’s Kraken does look better and will be a lot more comfortable to wear. Thumbs up to the Razer Kraken!

Features: Razer Kraken Vs Razer Kraken X

The Razer Kraken vs Kraken X are both excellent budget headsets but don’t expect to get the latest RGB lighting effects. Or enjoy the latest Hyperclear Cardioid Mics you get with some gaming headsets.

They both features that offer comfort, decent sound quality, and have relatively good microphones. In addition, they have adjustable headband sliders making it easier to remember the best size.

Moreover, they both feature Razer’s 7.1 surround sound technology and come with a 3.5mm combo jack connection compatible with most devices. However, the Razer Kraken has a bigger driver, and the microphone is also retractable, they have much better padding and cooling gel-infused ear cushions.

That’s not to say the Kraken X wired gaming headset is not a decent gaming headset. It is and still worth a punt if you are looking for a budget headset for gaming.

Why the Razer Kraken is Much Better?

Retractable Microphone

Great microphone for gaming chat.

The Razer Kraken Headset Features a retractable and bendy microphone

Gel Infused Ear Cups

Comfortable cooling gel-infused ear cushions

The Razer Kraken Headset Features Cooling gel infused ear cushions

Memory Foam Band

The thicker headband padding


Which Razer Headset Has the Best Microphone?

Showing the Razer Kraken has the best microphone

Both the Kraken and the Kraken X gaming headsets have a bendy microphone with a cardioid pickup pattern. This means the mic will only pick up the sound coming from the front.

The Kraken and Kraken X mics have a frequency response of between 100Hz to 10000Hz. Additionally, the microphone sensitivity for both mics is -45 ± 3 dB, which is above other budget gaming headsets.

As for gaming, playing Call of Duty Warzone, where the microphone is a key piece of kit. While using the Razer Kraken, my voice is always heard loud and clear. Since switching over to using the Razer Kraken. I’ve not had any complaints from my teammates, unlike with my older Kraken x headset.

What I mean by that is they haven’t shouted down the mic. Things like, ‘move your mouth away from the mic’ or ‘Stop breathing down the mic’, which can only be a good thing.

Overall, the Razer Kraken mic gets a thumbs up from me, it is not the best in the world, but for this price point, it’s ok. And the microphone is a better mic than the Kraken X just because it’s retractable.

Which Kraken Headset is More Comfortable?

Razer Kraken Headset for Comfort

When it comes to comparing comfort features between the Razer Kraken Vs Kraken X. The Razer Kraken is the clear winner. These cans have memory foam padding and gel-infused ear pads. Which makes them more comfortable to wear than the Razer Kraken X.

Even after several hours of gaming, they’re as comfortable as when I first put them on. Yet, they do get a little hot around the ears, but apart from that, they’re all good. Yes, there are many similarities between these headsets. At the same time, there are some glaring differences. Like with the ear cushions.

The Razer Kraken Drivers

The drivers are one of the most important parts of any gaming headset. They’re in charge of converting electrical signals into sound, and they will dictate the loudness of the sound you hear. The Razer Kraken gaming headset comes with 50mm drivers, whereas the Kraken X headset drivers are only 40mm.

But that doesn’t mean the sound would be any better.

There’s three features to look at to understand which headset will deliver the better sound.

  • Padding around the ear
  • Ear enclosure materials.
  • The tuning

The Razer Kraken ear enclosure is much better than the Kraken X, coupled with the bigger 50mm custom-tuned drivers. So the Kraken headset should offer you a better sound. After using the Razer Kraken in several gaming scenarios over a few weeks, what I can say is that the sound is superb. In-game sounds were much clearer, and outside distracting sounds were not as distracting.

So, when it comes to sound quality, the Razer Kraken has really impressed. There’s a fair bit of detail and clarity with a reasonably flat sound that didn’t result in anything too over top. And there was no sign of distortion even with the volume on high. 7.1 surround sound improved the sound further.


One thing is for sure Razer always delivers top-of-the-line hardware in every product they produce. Weather that is the latest Razer gaming laptops or their popular headset range. This is no different when comparing the budget Razer Kraken Vs Kraken X headsets.

Hopefully, after reading this guide you should be able to make a more informed decision about which Razer headset is best suited for you and your needs. And whichever headset you choose it will serve as a valuable investment in helping you get closer to achieving your gaming goals!

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