We go one-on-one with Razer’s Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds, and like what we hear.
We’ve reviewed a succession of earbuds over the last year, from the dirt cheap to the top end, with varying degrees of success. Depending on your audio preferences, which of course are totally subjective, it’s a matter of trial and error to find the right balance (no pun intended); some prefer bassy overtones whilst others lean towards the high end.
Our personal tendency is for something smack bang in the middle, and that’s exactly what the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds deliver out of the box.
Familiar in design to Apple’s ubiquitous AirPods, the Hammerheads come in a pillbox-shaped storage case with a USB-C port that will charge the earbuds when in situ. The earbuds hold around four hours of charge and the charging case 12 hours – if you do run them flat, they can be fully recharged in around 90 minutes.
For us (and of course your ears may differ), the Hammerheads are a great fit even without employing the silicon sleeves supplied, and remained steadfastly in place during a fairly robust gym session with the added bonus of being sweat proof, too.
The touch controls on the earbuds take a little getting used to, but practice makes perfect and after following the video tutorial on the accompanying Razer app, it becomes second nature. One tap controls play, pause, or will answer an incoming call; two taps will skip media forward, while three taps and a two-second hold will activate the Game Mode.
And it’s the Game Mode that differentiates these earbuds from competitors. Whilst we have been using these primarily for music, the Bluetooth connectivity means compatibility with not just smartphone gaming, but PC and PS4 too.
Here Razer leans on its rich gaming heritage and experience, delivering low 60ms input latency. What does that mean? Well, if you’re prone to lag delays at home, this will assist in ensuring a tighter match between what’s happening in your ears to what’s playing out on the screen.
But what about the all important sound? As already mentioned, these have been predominantly used for audio and here they deliver excellent performance right across the board that matches – and even exceeds – earbuds positioned in the premium price bracket. The Razer app allows users to augment the existing sound with one of three additional EQ presets, but the setting straight out of the box hit the mark for us, negating any reason to utilise the other options.
We couldn’t tell a huge difference between standard and Game Mode, but the big selling point here for gamers is the reduction in lag feature. And to be fair, if you’re a serious gamer then you’re much more likely to settle for a good purpose-designed gaming headset.
We’ve always been fans of Apple’s EarPods and were keen to trial the AirPods when they released, but ultimately baulked at the excessive price point. The stylish Hammerheads are an excellent alternative with an impressive feature set – and you’ll make a huge saving in the back pocket.