Razer Barracuda X Review
The Razer Barracuda X wants to inspire with surround sound and should also be fun on the go. The test clarifies whether this is successful.
When gamers used the stereotype of sitting in dark basements and isolating themselves socially, they are long gone. Whoever plays often plays with friends in multiplayer. Since the first GameBoys, the Nintendo Switch or phenomena like Pokémon Go! It is also great to play when you are out and about in the fresh air. To always have the best sound there and to be able to talk to other players, Razer supplies the Barracuda X, a headset that is not only compatible with all game platforms but also made for use on the go. The test shows what the device can do.
- Compatible with PC, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch
- Gaming and music performance are both excellent.
- Battery life of 20 hours
- 2.4GHz dongle with ultra-low latency and no need to install drivers
- Option for 3.5mm wired
- Charging using USB Type-C
- Excellent microphone
- There are no possibilities for modification.
- Design made of low-cost plastic
- Doesn’t function with Xbox (wirelessly).
- Detaching the microphone is inconvenient and can sometimes result in minor audio difficulties.
Razer Barracuda X: A lot of plastic
The Razer Barracuda X is optically based on the oval shape of well-known Razer headsets such as the Razer BlackShark or the Razer Opus. The case consists mainly of black plastic and is kept relatively simple. Only smaller highlights, such as the mute button, appear bright green, as usual from the brand. The headset sits securely on the head, is adjustable in size, and does not press uncomfortably even after long periods of wear. The overall package is coherent, but the plastic and the thin cover of the ear pads seem cheap. The manufacturer has given a lot of thought to the functionality – but unfortunately, not thought through to the end.
For plugging and unplugging
The flexible microphone of the Razer Barracuda X is detachable, turning the gaming headset into everyday headphones for buses and trains. The connection to the end device takes place either physically via the included 3.5 mm jack cable but optionally also wirelessly. At this point, Razer does without a Bluetooth connection, referring to the cumbersome pairing process, and relies on a high-speed adapter with a USB-C connector.
Thanks to the plug-and-play function, the Barracuda X connects to the adapter quickly and without problems. Switching between PC, PlayStation, Xbox, or Switch console works so quickly. In addition to the headset, you always have to have the adapter or cable with you on the go, which can quickly become annoying. Unplugging the adapter is also a nuisance on home consoles and computers. If you want to use the Razer Barracuda X with your mobile phone, you can only do so with an Android device because the adapter does not have a Lightning connector for Apple devices. Since many modern smartphones do without the 3.5mm jack socket, the phone case should also be as narrow as possible to not be in the way of the wide adapter.
Buttons, buttons, cogs
If you connect the adapter to a computer, you first have to select the headset as the active sound device in the system settings. To connect, briefly press and hold the small power button on the Barracuda. Quickly tapping this button several times also skips songs when playing music. A button to mute the microphone is also located on the same handset. In between, there is a very smooth wheel for the volume that you can accidentally nudge when you want to press one of the other keys. It is not uncommon for the sound to pop uncomfortably around the ears.
Razer Barracuda X: Clear and clear
The Razer Barracuda X is ideally equipped for listening to music or podcasts on longer train journeys, thanks to around 20 hours of battery life. The sound is good: The music playback is mainly clean, only the bass, which is a little too powerful, is a little too powerful now and then. Unfortunately, there is no app for individual sound settings or equalizers. The real purpose of the headset is not to listen to music but to communicate with other players. The microphone meets all requirements but does not knock anyone’s socks off with the voice quality. S-sounds get a bit dull and are swallowed, but otherwise, there is no reason for complaint.
This also applies to 7.1 surround sound. In thunderous battle, on the rushing high seas, creeping in rustling bushes – the Barracuda X lets players immerse themselves in action. Here, too, the bass is a bit too strong in places, which is absolutely to be tolerated. On the other hand, highs and mids are very clean in the sound, voices are easy to understand, and there is no background noise.
Unfortunately, to enjoy the surround sound, users first have to download separate software and register their product with Razer. The program is Windows-exclusive; Mac users take a deep look. But even without the additional program, the Barracuda X can convince in terms of sound and does a good job.
With its Barracuda X, Razer delivers an excellent headset. In terms of sound, you can be more than satisfied with the estimated 99 euros, but you shouldn’t expect a hi-fi miracle either. The microphone, quality, and functionality are good, and it sits comfortably on your head. However, the operation and the plugging of the USB-C adapter are annoying.