Razer Kraken Ultimate Gaming Headset Overview
Taking a first look at the Razer Kraken Ultimate we can see we have an all-black pair of headphone, which is a change from the Razer green we saw on the Tournament Edition. As of right now black is the only color that the Ultimate is available in. Another difference between the Tournament Edition and the Ultimate is weight. The Ultimate weighs in at 322g, while the Ultimate is 390g. This makes sense as all of the hardware for the headset is in the headset itself rather than a controller.
Picking the headset up we can see that the headband has the Razer logo on it. The headband offers some cushioning, but not too much. From using the Tournament Edition I think Razer has figured out the right amount of cushioning for long gaming sessions.
Like most Razer gaming headsets you have some pretty large earcups. These have the Razer logo on them and the entire earcup will light up with RGB lighting when you have them plugged in. The ear cushions on the headset are also designed for long extended gaming sessions. First you have a cooling gel layer, which reduces heat build-up during long gaming sessions. Then you have the soft memory foam, which should contour to your head. The outside layer of the ear cushions uses heat-transfer fabric. There is even indented eyewear channels for those who wear glasses. Each earcup packs in 50mm Neodymium drivers.
As I mentioned your controls are on the headset itself, so on the right earcup you have a volume slider and a button to turn THX spatial audio on and off.
On the opposite earcup there is a microphone which can easily be pulled out for use and then put back into the headset when you are not using it. This microphone uses active noise cancelling, which we will be testing a little bit later. The microphone will be muted when you have it in the earcup, but when you pull it out it will turn on. You can actually squeeze the end of the microphone to mute and un-mute the microphone as well.
The earcups are connected by an aluminum frame, which is semi-flexible. It is good to see aluminum here rather than plastic, I’ve seen so many headsets that use plastic break. Each side of the headset is adjustable so you can get the perfect fit.
As I said this is a USB-only headset so you have a nice braided cable coming out of the left earcup that you’ll have to connect to an open USB port on your computer. The cable itself is two meters, which should be more than long enough for most people.