Razer Opus X Wireless Headset Review: For Music and Gaming
Key features of the Razer Opus X
Speakers: dynamic, 40 mm
Active noise cancellation
Low latency 60ms
Padded headband and ear pads
Frequency range: 20 Hz — 20 kHz
Microphones: 2 for active noise reduction technology, 2 for voice chat
Operating time: up to 30 hours with ANC, up to 40 hours without ANC
Price: 9990 rubles
Externally, the headset has not changed much: it looks like the previous Razer Opus model or the classic on-ear headphones from Sony and Bose. Its «gaming» origin gives only a barely visible brand name on the temples. We had a novelty in white on the test, there is also a pink and bright green version — in Razer’s corporate style.
The headband can be adjusted for different head sizes. It has a soft lining and a metal frame, and all other body parts are made of dense matte plastic. Looks cool, without a hint of cheap materials.
The cups are also soft and quite large — they completely cover the ears. They can be rotated around their axis, which is convenient when the headphones are located on the neck.
On the right earcup are buttons for sound control, as well as a USB-C connector. The novelty does not have a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Another difference in design compared to the previous model is that the headset does not fold the cups. Also, there is no longer a separate storage case in the kit, only a USB-C / USB-A cable for charging. In general, this decision is understandable — Opus X cost less than previous headphones, so no additional buns were put in the box.
You can control playback using the buttons on the headphones themselves: they are easy to distinguish by touch thanks to a small protrusion on the central key. Total 4 buttons:
the bottom one is used to turn on / off (long press), activate ANC and Ambient sound mode (short press);
two buttons at the top, marked with plus and minus signs respectively, are needed to adjust the volume;
the central key is multifunctional: one press pauses the track, double — switches to the next, and triple — to the previous one.
More detailed audio settings are available in the Razer Audio app (available for download on Android and iOS). Here you can use the equalizer with ready-made presets to boost bass or vocals, turn on the game mode with a minimum audio delay (up to 60 ms), set the headphones to turn off automatically when idle.
In terms of noise isolation quality, overhead models are far superior to the currently popular TWS headphones. They protect against external noise already due to their design, as they completely cover the auricle. The Razer Opus X also supports active noise cancellation, which captures ambient sounds using the built-in microphones and cancels them out in software. Read more about how active noise reduction works here.
Noise cancellation in Opus X works great — on an airplane, subway and other noisy vehicles, headphones will become a real salvation from the surrounding sounds. It is also convenient to work with ANC turned on — the voices of colleagues and other office noise will not be distracted. If you need to talk to someone without taking off your headphones, you can turn on the Ambient mode: it slightly amplifies the surrounding sounds and muffles the music.
What has changed compared to the previous model: the novelty has not received THX certification and does not support automatic stop of tracks when removing the headphones.
Sound and running time
The headset is equipped with 40 mm drivers that operate in the standard range of 20 Hz — 20 kHz. The sound is clear, rich. I was especially pleasantly surprised by the presence of good bass, which can be further enhanced by selecting the appropriate preset in the equalizer settings.
Best of all, headphones sound in the genres of popular and electronic music with an abundance of medium and low frequencies. This is especially true in action games with dynamic soundtracks.
The manufacturer promises that with the noise cancellation turned on, the headset will work without recharging for up to 30 hours — this can be achieved if you listen to music at medium and minimum volumes. If you turn on the headphones to the maximum, they will run out faster. However, even 20-25 hours of work is already a very good result. And if you disable ANC, the device will last up to 40 hours.
Should You Buy a Razer Opus X?
Of course, the previous Opus model is more functional, but at the same time it costs almost 5,000 rubles more. So for users who do not need THX certification and a 3.5 mm jack, the new version of Opus X will be the best choice. This is a great headset for music and mobile gaming, which supports active noise reduction and looks stylish.
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