Razer Barracuda X Wireless Headset Reviewed

The Razer Barracuda X is one of the most successful wireless headsets for gaming. I've reviewed the Barracuda X so you can see why I think it's a great headset for gamers (and more).

A headset for all cases: With the Razer Barracuda X, the manufacturer with the distinctive snake head logo has released a new multi-platform headset that wants to convince with a simple design and high-quality sound. Our review reveals why price-conscious gamers in particular are very well served here.

Technical Specifications

  • Model: Razer Barracuda X
  • Price: Around $100
  • Design: closed over-ear headphones
  • Audio transmission range: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm at 1kHz
  • Driver: 40 mm; Razer TriForce
  • Cable length: 60″
  • Weight without cable: 8.8 ounces
  • Frequency response (microphone): 100 Hz – 10 kHz
  • Sensitivity (microphone): -42 ± 3 dB (at 1 kHz)
  • Pickup pattern: Unidirectional
  • Surround sound: Virtual 7.1 surround sound under Windows 10 (64 bit)

What Are In Package?

The Razer Barracuda X comes in the manufacturer-typical matte-black, green cardboard box, which houses the headset in another package. Below that are the individually packaged additional components: a 60″ long USB-A to USB-C cable, a roughly 50″ long 3.5 mm jack cable with an angled plug, and a 60″ long USB-A to USB-C extension cable with a jack.

Razer Barracuda X

For wireless operation, Razer includes a small wireless transmitter (about 37 mm x 13 mm x 6 mm) with a USB-C connector. A plug-in gooseneck microphone (Razer HyperClear Cardioid Microphone) as well as a comparatively lush quick-start guide and the obligatory manufacturer stickers round off the scope of delivery. However, the manufacturer does not include a soft case, as in the Razer Opus that we have already tested. Presumably, this is to achieve a lower price.

Design

Design of Barracuda X

Similar to the Razer Opus headset, the black Barracuda X relies on a simple design language and consistently does without flashy colors or RGB lighting. Only the Razer lettering on the headband as well as the logos on the ear cups are set off as details in a glossy finish.

Razer relies on high-quality materials and achieves a convincing wearing comfort at the same time. The headband is once again made of soft protein leather, while the removable ear pads are made of a breathable FlowKnit mesh fabric along with soft memory foam.

This combination ensures pleasant pressure distribution, which in combination with the comparatively low weight of the Razer Barracuda X of only 8.8 ounces ensures that the headset sits comfortably on the head even during continuous use. The pleasant contact pressure also suppresses a not insignificant amount of ambient noise even when the headset is turned off.

The build quality is just okay for a mid-range headset, although the matte surface is relatively susceptible to scratches. The mechanism of the one-sided folding ear cups is a bit too smooth for our taste. In general, the Barracuda X looks relatively rickety and cannot quite keep up with the broad competition in the price segment of around $100.

Connectivity and compatibility

Razer advertises the Barracuda X as a versatile multi-platform gaming and mobile headset. The connectivity of the headphones is correspondingly diverse. The 3.5 mm jack cable allows connecting to almost all audio sources, so that even older consoles or smartphones can be used.

The wireless connection provides additional comfort, but not via Bluetooth. Razer uses the 2.4 GHz wireless network. This means that the headset can only be connected to devices that can control the USB-C dongle. However, since not all current consoles offer this port, the receiver can also be connected via the included USB-C to USB-A cable and performs impeccably.

The dongle is immediately recognized and connected to the headset on PCs as well as consoles like PlayStation 5 or Nintendo Switch. However, this means that you always have to plug in the USB-C receiver, at least for wireless use.

However, the 2.4 GHz wireless technology has a decisive advantage: Thanks to Razer’s “HyperSpeed Wireless” technology, the latency during sound transmission is significantly lower than that of Bluetooth, while the technology is also more stable. Even at a distance of more than 33 ft and through several walls, the connection remains intact without any connection drops or a reduction in sound quality.

Technology and operation

Barracuda X

Razer equips the Barracuda X with dynamic 40-millimeter drivers that cover the 20 to 20,000 Hz frequency band mandatory for gaming headsets. With an impedance of 32 ohms, the headset also achieves a convincing volume in conjunction with smartphones and tablets. The sensitivity of 96 dBSPL also enables a clear and distortion-free sound image even at maximum volume.

The headset is operated exclusively on the left ear cup. There is a centrally placed wheel for adjusting the volume. Below that, Razer places the on/off button, while the button for muting the microphone is placed above it. The controls have been placed sensibly and are easy to reach even during operation.

Next to the ports for the jack cable and microphone, there is also a multicolored LED indicator on the left that informs about the headset’s battery status. The battery life of 20 hours is more than respectable. The Razer Barracuda X is charged with the included USB-C cable.

Sound and microphone quality

The Razer Barracuda X can positively surprise in terms of sound quality and convinces with a coherent sound image without the bass coming too much to the fore. In practice, this means that the headset scores with a rich, powerful sound in the gaming field – explosions and sound effects fortunately do not overdrive, which should appeal to shooter fans in particular.

In stereo mode, the Barracuda X scores with a good noise noise shielding and a convincing spatial perception. Gamers will be especially happy about the support of the virtual 7.1 surround sound, which can only be used with the 64-bit version of Windows 10. Provided that the games and movies are supported, this ensures a much better spatial localization.

Theoretically, the Razer Barracuda X also offers the option of playing 7.1 sound with THX Spatial Audio. However, this additional sound quality has to be purchased for a price of around $25, which leaves a bland aftertaste.

The detachable Razer HyperClear Cardioid microphone is okay considering the price and is completely sufficient for communication in games. However, since the user’s own voice is reproduced comparatively muffled, the microphone naturally cannot reach studio or streaming quality. At least it is well shielded against ambient noise thanks to its cardioid characteristic.

Razer in the test

Razer delivers an all-around convincing mid-range headset with the Barracuda X, which primarily scores with its versatile application options. In the test, we particularly liked the simple, elegant design, which, in combination with the low weight, ensures a convincing wearing comfort.

Whether in wireless mode or with a cable: The headset is ready for use on almost all modern devices in just a few steps – there is no complicated pairing or separate software. At the same time, the headset also scores with a really good sound (for this price range), which already convinces with clear highs and mids in stereo mode.

Only the somewhat rickety build quality and the lack of THX Spatial Audio support are annoying. The lack of Bluetooth is especially unfortunate for smartphone use, which is why you always have to carry the USB-C dongle with you on the road. All in all, the Razer Barracuda X convinces with an excellent price-performance ratio.

Pros

  • Modern, simple design
  • High wearing comfort
  • Light weight
  • Versatile compatibility
  • Long battery life
  • Convincing sound
  • Virtual 7.1 surround sound

Cons

  • No Bluetooth
  • Rickety build quality
  • Susceptible to scratches
  • Average microphone quality
  • THX Spatial Audio support for an additional charge

Q&A

The Razer Barracuda X Wireless Headset is a popular gaming headset that offers great sound quality and comfort. But is it the right headset for you? Here are some questions and answers to help you decide.

Q: Is the Razer Barracuda X good headset?
A: Yes, the Razer Barracuda X is a great headset for gaming. It has great sound quality, a comfortable fit, and a long-lasting battery life.

Q: Why are my Razer Barracuda X so quiet?
A: If your Razer Barracuda X is too quiet, it could be due to a few different things. Make sure the headset is properly connected to your device, and that the volume is turned up. You may also need to adjust the settings in your game or audio software.

Q: Does the Razer Barracuda X have noise Cancelling?
A: Yes, the Razer Barracuda X has active noise cancellation technology. This helps to reduce background noise and improve sound quality.

Q: Can I use the Razer Barracuda X Wireless Headset for streaming?
A: Yes, the Razer Barracuda X is a great headset for streaming. It has a built-in microphone and a long-lasting battery life, so you can stream for hours without worrying about running out of power.

Q: What games is the Razer Barracuda X suitable for?
A: The Razer Barracuda X is suitable for a wide range of games, from first-person shooters to role-playing games. It has great sound quality and a comfortable fit, so you can enjoy your gaming sessions for hours.

Q: What are the Razer Barracuda X Wireless Headset analogs on the market?
A: There are several headsets on the market that are similar to the Razer Barracuda X. Some of the most popular alternatives include the Logitech G935, the HyperX Cloud Alpha, and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless.

Q: Do professional gamers use the Razer Barracuda X Wireless Headset?
A: Yes, many professional gamers use the Razer Barracuda X Wireless Headset. It has great sound quality and a comfortable fit, so it’s perfect for long gaming sessions.

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Reyus Mammadli

The Internet and new technology have become part of my life and I can avidly study new trends to keep up with what's new. I can also play games, work with videos, conduct business (and not so much) negotiations, where the headset is actively used. So I have a lot to tell you and a lot to recommend.

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