Razer Barracuda X Wireless Gaming Headset - Black
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- Over-ear gaming headset showcases an ergonomic, lightweight design with breathable memory foam ear cushions and swivelling earcups for all-day comfort
- Wireless design with high-speed 2.4GHz connection lets you enjoy uninterrupted audio
- Active Noise Cancelling technology minimizes environmental noise, so you can enjoy crystal clear voice and gaming sounds
- USB-C interface and an USB-A extender for easy switching between devices, like for PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and Android devices
- RazerTriForce 40mm drivers feature a 3-driver design that brings out the highs, mids, and lows clearly for an immersive gaming experience
- Detachable Razer HyperClear cardioid microphone minimizes background noise for crystal-clear voice chats and can be removed during transits or storage
- Buttons underneath the earcups for easy access to controls to take calls, adjust volume, pause, and more
- Earcups are covered with leatherette and fabric to enhance comfort and aid in sound isolation
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery can endure long hours of gaming sessions, offering up to 20 hours of playtime on a single charge via USB-C cable
- Barracuda X Headset
- Wireless USB-C Dongle
- 3.5mm Audio Combo Cable, USB-A to USB-C Charging Cable
- USB-A to USB-C Extender
- Detachable Microphone
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Of the 161 reviewers who responded, 149 would recommend this product.
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- LOVE the Headset - HATE the Dongle- August 17, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] While suspiciously similar to the (older and cheaper) Steelseries Arctic 1, Razer’s Barracuda X is a great headset - so long as you are not bothered by the dongle (which is required for the wireless functionality). The headset is affordable, lightweight, produces balanced sound, is comfortable to wear (even with glasses), very simple to control, has great battery life, a stellar microphone, and is compatible with nearly every device (except for iPhones) - But, I absolutely hate being tied to the dongle. Apparently the Hyperspeed Wireless technology has virtually no latency - which makes it technically better for gaming compared to Bluetooth. Bluetooth, however, is universally compatible with nearly every product that produces audio and it doesn’t require a dongle. The dongle plugs into a USB-C port, but it is so wide that it blocks the other inputs on a laptop (see attached picture). To solve this issue, Razer has included a USB-A to USB-C extension cable. The added cable does ensure that the dongle doesn’t block other ports, but makes the dongle bulky. I would honestly rather have a Bluetooth connection as it would GREATLY improve the convenience of the Barracuda X. ...Bluetooth headsets are able to connect to multiple devices - which means that while you are gaming, you can also connect to your phone and listen to music, or accept phone calls. With the Barracuda X, you only have a single audio connection - which is really too bad. The headset design is low profile enough that it can actually pass as a pair of stereo headphones - instead of being the average bulky gaming headset that makes the wearer look like an air traffic controller. If the dongle was not required for wireless use, the Barracuda X could be the only headphones I need for home and for travel. For a headset that is only used primarily in one location, or with one device - I do absolutely recommend the Barracuda X. But, if you want a single headset for multi-use that will travel with you - I believe that a Bluetooth headset is a better option. - CONS: - Requires a dongle for wireless functionality - No Active Noise Cancelation - Ear cups are rather small - Ear cups are shallow so ears press against the inside fabric - No cooling gel used in the padding - Ear cup padding is not replaceable - No official iPhone support - No built in audio controls other than Play/Pause - No Bluetooth functionality - Cannot connect to multiple devices at once - No battery meter / indicator - 3.5 mm cord has no microphone or controls built inYes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Surprisingly (!!!) outstanding multi-role headset- August 6, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT: I can't say as I've ever been a big Razer fanboy when it came to their headsets. I have tried and passed on various wired/wireless iterations of the Kraken, Nari, and Blackshark for a variety of comfort, sound, and sometimes even software support issues. BUT, the Barracuda X came out of nowhere to totally blow my expectations out of the water and turn in some remarkably fine gaming AND multimedia performance for both the PC and Switch, all while overcoming some of the comfort issues that dogged a few of their previous outings. And all of this was on tap without needing Razer's sometimes bloated and resource-heavy Synapse client! Frankly, I was skeptical that the Barracuda X would be a keeper after a recent disappointment with the Blackshark V2 X, but Razer appears to have put its best foot forward with this headset and the results were simply outstanding. DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED if you're hunting in the crowded $100 headset market for something comfortable, versatile, and sporting a powerful, engaging, but definitely not bloated, sound signature. A MORE IN-DEPTH LOOK: Starting with style, build quality and comfort, Razer has eschewed their normal, over-the-top gamer aesthetic and loud RGB bling for something that looks more like a middle-of-the-road consumer headset with styling cues very similar to the Sony WH-1000XM4. In fact, if it weren't for the subtle Razer logos etched in the earcups, you'd be hard-pressed to identify the Barracuda X as a Razer gaming headset at all--definitely a plus if you want these to fit into a workplace or other subdued public setting. The mostly plastic construction keeps the weight down (just 250 grams), yet the construction feels solid with nary a creak to be heard. The underside of the headband is generously padded with a very long strip of faux leather that runs virtually the entire length of the headband assembly. Thankfully, the headband itself features a fairly natural curvature that dramatically reduces topside hotspots (at least for someone with a reasonably adult-sized head) by spreading the points of contact along a much wider section of your skull. The internal headband support is metal but still slightly flexible--this allows the headband to retain its primary shape yet still respond to gentle pressure so you can personalize fit and curvature even further--there's even a quick passage in the manual about making these slight adjustments to the headband to improve longevity. The earpads feature pillow-soft memory foam under a breathable mesh covering. While this does decrease passive noise isolation a bit, it makes them VERY comfortable against the skin, and keeps your ears from overheating during longer gaming sessions. Although billed as over-the-ear cans, the earpad openings on the Barracuda X are actually pretty small, falling somewhere between the wider stadium-shaped openings of the Arctis 7/Wireless Pro and the narrower ovals of the Audeze Mobius. In practice, this meant that a good deal of the earpads were pressing in on the lobes/outer anatomy of my ear. However, the soft earpad material, coupled with the design/construction of the headband, meant that on-ear contact and inward clamping forces were actually VERY comfortable. Unlike the unyielding construction and high clamping force of the Blackshark V2 X (which resulted in so much discomfort I had to remove the headset every 20-30 minutes), I was EASILY wearing the Barracuda X for 2-3 hour gaming sessions at a single go without ever needing to touch or readjust the headset even once. Moving on to function and controls, the Barracuda X puts all the controls and ports on the left earcup. Although the control possibilities themselves are minimal, this also means you're never really fumbling around from one earcup to the other trying to find volume, mute, or the power button. The volume wheel is nestled between the power and mic mute buttons...all are spaced far enough apart to allow easy access and manipulation without undue risk of adjusting one control while reaching for another. Although they are the same shape, the mic mute button features a longer push-button action than the power/multi-function button; however, there are no accompanying tones or LED status lights to indicate when the mic is muted. Nevertheless, the mic-on position (raised) feels different enough from the mute position (flush against the earcup) that I doubt anyone would mistake one position for the other--note that there is no mixing control dial for mic & playback volume levels. The main power button produces a set of rising & falling tones when the headset powers up or down--there are no spoken voice status indicators here. Beyond that, a single, double or triple press of the power button provides functions for play/pause & call accept/end, skip track and previous track--these functions worked perfectly from the headset when I was streaming Amazon music from my PC. The Barracuda X works wirelessly with a small, paddle-shaped USB-C dongle; Windows reported output formal support up to 16-bit/48khz. The male USB-C connector on the dongle was long enough that it still seated securely in my daughter's Nintendo Switch, even through a full-body bumper case; the dongle does not appear to be large enough to intrude during handheld use. The Switch recognized the dongle immediately and playback began instantly without any setup or menu adjustments--very nice! You are also provided a USB-A to female USB-C cable that gives you a connection point in case you don't have an open USB-C port. Wireless range was about 25-30 ft around a corner before I noticed the first bit of signal degradation; range was even better (~50 ft) while I maintained direct line of sight to my PC. The headset can also operate in passive/analog mode using the provided 3.5mm combination (stereo and microphone) cable. Note that Razer did not include an audio/mic breakout cable, so you'll need to provide one of your own if your PC, laptop, or other device has separate analog jacks for audio output and mic input. The headset will not function as an external sound card without the dongle--the additional USB-A to USB-C cable is for charging only. The removable microphone (thank you!) features a foam windscreen and an idiot-proof, one-way insertion design into the earcup. The boom is long enough to position the mic well inside the outer edge of your mouth, and it nicely stays in place once bent into position (that has not always been my experience with other boom-style mics!). It would have been nice if Razer had included a small bag or case with the headset (though the earcups do swivel flat for low-profile stowage), and the analog cable is only about 53" tip-to-tip so you can't game in wired mode very comfortably if your PC is situated quite far from your seat. But aside from those observations, the Barracuda X comes very nicely appointed. Finally, let's talk about performance. I didn't find mic recording quality or levels to be problematic at all; my teammates online had no trouble hearing me in the heat of battle, and my voice was devoid of any extreme distortion or tinny/metallic tones that I've experienced with lesser quality mics (YMMV depending on your setup/software support). As indicated up front, this headset does NOT require Synapse, but Razer's simulated 7.1 audio application is a separate (though mercifully small) client/download. Once you register your headset, you'll get a code to activate the program; but frankly, it doesn't seem all that necessary, at least on a Windows machine. The Razer 7.1 virtual surround solution isn't integrated with the OS like Windows Sonic or Dolby/DTS--you have to select a virtual 7.1 device (from the 'Sounds' settings page, or from the system tray) and then turn on 7.1 surround processing using the separate Razer 7.1 app (and then leave it running). The effect does add some depth/reverb, but it sounds pretty close (if not slightly inferior) to Windows Sonic IMO--Dolby & DTS are far more immersive and provide much greater realism in terms of a wide soundstage and convincing sound-source panning/localization. Once installed, you may upgrade to THX's Spatial Audio app (and are given a 50%-off code as incentive), but the number of supported games is currently somewhat limited so I eventually uninstalled Razer's 7.1 client in favor of the Dolby and DTS virtual surround processing solutions. Yeah, great...but how did the Barracuda X actually SOUND? In a word--fantastic (especially at this price point)! Overall, I found these cans to be very pleasant and non-fatiguing with just a bit of "gamer-appropriate" bloom in the low end. Transient response felt very accurate--instruments & notes on busier tracks didn't seem to be distorting or smearing into each other. Highs and mids seemed quite articulate with female vocals & acoustic instruments sounding clear and clean without getting harsh or sibilant at very high frequencies. Compared to the Acrtis Pro Wireless and Audeze Mobius headsets, the Barracuda X did feel just a hair less "airy" or "breathy"--it was only a subtle difference in detail retrieval, but still noticeable, especially during some quick A/B comparisons on a repeating loop. However, those headsets also cost 3x-4x more, so the fact that the Barracuda X turned in such a strong performance in comparison is more than admirable. In the low end, however, the Barracuda X definitely kicked things up a notch--mid-bass and deep bass (like bass guitars or kick drums) had some extra oomph and almost palpable heft over both of those higher-end gaming headsets. Fortunately, however, all that extra warmth and low-end body never sounded muddy or overblown, nor did it wear me down over time. If you favor a warmer/bass-tilting sound signature, I'm very happy to report that the Barracuda X felt like it delivered without overpowering everything else in the mix. Well done, Razer--this one is a keeper!Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Surprisingly (!!!) good multi-purpose headset.- October 16, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] When it comes to Razer headphones, I can't say I've ever been a big fanboy. For a variety of comfort, sound, and sometimes even software support difficulties, I've tried and passed on several wired/wireless incarnations of the Kraken, Nari, and Blackshark. The Barracuda X, on the other hand, came out of nowhere to completely exceed my expectations and deliver some outstanding gaming and multimedia performance on both the PC and Switch, all while resolving some of the comfort issues that plagued some of their past outings. All of this was available without the need for Razer's Synapse client, which can be bloated and resource-intensive at times. To be honest, I didn't think the Barracuda X would be a keeper. But it was a surprise and must keep for gamers , Strongly recommend this headset to all gamers.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great wireless headset.- October 6, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This headset was easy to set up right out of the box. It has a good range, I was able to go downstairs and still connect. It has a long battery life and the sound quality is great for a wireless headset.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Super versatile gaming fun!- August 3, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Razer Barracuda X I found in my time of use very solid PC headphones I would easily recommend but there is so much more that makes the price way more compelling. With these headphones, there is a USB-C Dongle that you can use with a variety of consoles as well. This making headphones with the Nintendo Switch / Android / and a Playstation 5 as easy as plugging it in. I like what they have done with these new Barracuda X: the ease of use and its design to be as versatile as your gaming limits. They come with a wireless USB-C Dongle for PC, Switch, and Android. For Playstation (and PCs without a USB-C) Don't worry, because you can still use these headphones with the provided USB-C to USB-A cord. There is an AUX cord for older devices with a headphone jack so your hardware is never left behind. Razer has taken care of every angle when it comes to your gaming needs for private listening. You have a detachable mic that is very clear with voice chatting, people were able to hear me clearly in matches of Overwatch. For PS5 users, it's a great option to have for 3rd party headphones, They seem to be on par with the PULSE 3D Wireless Headset from Sony. The sound and Bass aren't strong but it's clear with a wide range of sound to hear footsteps and gunshots in the game you are playing. but I found these headphones way more comfortable than PULSE 3D, Barracuda X is lightweight and feels so good on the head. Cushions are nice and padded with the earcup feeling plush. Big thumbs up in that department to razer; even with the on-headset controls all of the buttons feel naturally placed in position from the volume rocker to the placement of the mute button. I can't tell you the countless times game manufacturers get this wrong. USB-C charges the headphones pretty rapidly. For Switch Users, This is probably one of the best headphones to get. The USB-C dongle doesn't protrude out that far from the bottom part of the switch. As far as sound well it is as good as the Switch allows it to be. These are just a nice wireless option to have. I mainly used these headphones on a Switch and a PC (Asus ROG M16) with Dolby Atmos activated and it was an amazing experience. I just think they are really great headphones in this price range. They sound good and they don't break the bank at all. They also look great and aren't too flashy with RGB or a wild light show. Design-wise they don't stand out much but they look nice with Razer branding on the headband glossy black. After coming off using the Barracuda X, it's a headset that is or could be the only ideal multi-purpose headphones you'll need. They sound good, look fantastic, are lightweight, wireless, and work with many gaming devices. The bass is a little lacking but the headphones are overall just great if you are a gamer especially if you are using a Nintendo Switch. Razer made a good product and if you want great headphones that are affordable, these are a good model to start with.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.