Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:23

REVIEW: Razer Hammerhead BT Earphones (HARDWARE)

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For the last month now, I have been using / testing the Razer Hammerhead BT in-ear headphones. Prior to using these, I have used Powerbeats 2 and Apple AirPods.

My testing included using them on an Android phone and an iPhone. The android was a Sony XZ Premium and the iPhone was a 6s.

There are two big things I look for in wireless/Bluetooth earphones... Sound and stability.

Straight up I will say that the sound was not as clear as the AirPods or as bass-y as the powerbeats. It was somewhere in between. A good somewhere in between. Once I found the correct size rubber fitting for my ears, the earpieces sat quite comfortably. While these are Bluetooth earphones, they aren’t wireless. There is still a cable connecting the left and right earpieces.

I don’t like these cables. I find when you get a bit of sweat on your neck, the cable seems to stick to it and as you turn your head, it pulls on the earbud and then dislodges it. Razer has cleverly added a magnetic weight to the middle of said cable. This small weight sits on the back of your shirt collar and uses a magnetic clasp to hold it in place.

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This is a simple, yet effective way of preventing unwanted tugging on the cable and in turn, ripping the earbud out of your ear. The only downside is that is doesn’t quite work on shirts with an actual folded collar... such as polo shirts or dress shirts. It still does sit in place pretty good, but doesn’t hold anywhere near as good as a t-shirt collar.

As it is cold here in Aus, I also tested using the earphones under a hoodie. When moving your head, they did tend to come a little loose due to the hoodie rubbing on them. The earbuds themselves feel super solid as they are metal and not plastic. The only downside is weight. The upside is sound.

The overall comfort and stability of these earphones still needs a little work, but that being said, everyone’s ears are different.

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Now as I said in the beginning, the sound is somewhere in the middle of airpods and powerbeats. They also have good noise cancelling. I even found using them on the flight to and from Sydney, they did a good job of drowning out the engines.

Inside the buds are 10mm drivers. They offer surprisingly good range. I hate... HATE earphones that offer little to no bass. These offer one of the best sounding ranges of sound in earphones I have heard. The high range is clear without piercing your eardrums and the low range bass has an almost perfect balance while the mids just sound spot on the money.

The volume produced is more than loud enough. Well for me they are. I suffer tinnitus from my days of owning a car that could pump out 171DB in the late 90’s, early 00’s and I can tell you that no-one wants that.

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Battery life is just about on par with most everything else in the marketplace. On a constant mid-volume, I got a touch under 7.5hrs playtime. Here is where I have a beef though... On iOS, you get a lovely little battery level for the earphones, on Android you don’t. I know this is OS specific, and not the doing of Razer, but I would love just a simple Razer app to tell me the battery level. There maybe apps that can already do that, I am not sure. It is OS feature, so I am not marking them down for this one little issue.

The Bluetooth connection on both iOS 11 and Android 8.0 was flawless. Even in the CBD where there is so much interference.

I had little to no problems taking calls on them, 98% of the time the caller on the other end could hear me clearly. So much better than my older powerbeats which I just wouldn’t bother trying to take calls on them.

In a marketplace saturated with so many wireless earphones, it is hard to stand out. The Razer Hammerhead BT have the sound, the looks and build quality of earphones in the $200+ category but with a ticket price of only $169ticket price of only $169.

Headphones
- Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20kHz
- Impedance: 32 ± 15% Ω
- Sensitivity: 116 ± 3 dB @ 1 kHz
- Max input Power: 10mW
- Drivers: 10 mm with Neodymium magnets
- Cable length: 63 cm / 2.07 ft.
- Approximate Weight: 0.06 lbs (28.0 g)

Microphone
- Frequency response: 300 Hz – 3.4 kHz
- Signal-to-noise ratio: ≥ 55 dB
- Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 42 ± 3 dB
- Pick-up pattern: Omnidirectional

In-line remote
- Music Controls: Play/pause, next, back
- Call Controls: Answer, end, reject call
- General: Volume, pair, power

Battery
- Battery type : 160 mAH rechargeable Li-Po battery
- Battery life : Up to 8 hours*
- Charge time : Up to 2 hours

* May vary dependent on usage & device

Range
- Bluetooth wireless range : 10 m / 30 ft

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Genre: Hardware
  • Price: AU$169.95
  • URL: http://mkau.co/razer_hh_bt