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The first thing that can be noticed when looking at the Hammerhead TWS is a certain similarity to regular AirPods, which starts with the device's general form and ends with the earphone design. The fact is that each earpiece is equipped with a 13-mm driver and is capable of delivering fantastic performance to most mobile gamers.
The headset received the Bluetooth 5.0 specification, support for SBC and AAC codecs (to the delight of Apple fans), as well as an exciting feature, “game mode,” in which the latency is minimized, which allows you to play online games with a minimum of delays and without an out-of-sync sound. The navigation is done via touchpads, and the proprietary Razer Hammerhead True Wireless utility for iOS and Android is used for further configurations.
Razer Hammerhead TWS Mobile Gaming Earphones Review
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Type: Over-ear Noise Cancelling Headphones | Bluetooth: 4.0 | Battery: 30 Hours | Charging: 4 Hours | Drivers: Dynamic | Drivers-Size: 45 mm | Weight: 385g
The device is packed in a very durable and tough, stylish box in the branded rich green and black colors. Inside are the two earbuds, a charging case, a wrist strap, a USB-A to Type-C braided charging cable, silicone ear tips, some papers, and a couple of stickers.
The experience begins with a relatively compact case in the form of an elongated oval pill. The top of the case is attached to one magnet, and the accessory’s quality raises questions and some concerns: the top is too flimsy, it crunches when opened, and it also slightly loosens on its hinges. There are no questions about the materials: the case is entirely made of smooth and non-marking matte plastic, and on the side of the case, there is a pair of holes for a very unusual accessory – a wrist strap.
The interior of the case is straightforward but well thought out due to a few reasons:
- Only 2 pins for each earphone are used for charging, but each earphone and each channel in the case have built-in magnets so that Hammerhead TWS stay locked while charging.
- Inside the case, a Razer silicone pad serves as a decorative role and protects the device from any scratches.
- The earpieces position in the case has changed places: the right earpiece is in the left slot, and the left one is in the right.
The Hammerhead True Wireless can be used as a headset; thus, you can listen to music and answer calls.
Whatever one may say, it is impossible to avoid comparisons of the headset with AirPods since they have a very similar shape, and their fit in places is very similar. As well as all other ergonomic features. Razer headphones simply fit into the ear, providing you with a decent amount of passive noise insulation. The silicone tips help the situation slightly since they improve the contact with the ear and allow TWS headphones to sit more tightly. However, I do not recommend shaking your head much even in this case – the headphones can simply fall out of the ears.
In short, although they benefit from IPX4 water protection, they are not suitable for sports.
For home use, the Razer Hammerhead TWS is good, but for the street or busy places such as shopping malls or subways, you’re better off with Airpods, Jabra Elite 75t, or Sony WF-SP800N with earhooks – none of these true wireless headphones are for gaming, but they’re fantastic for urban environments and daily activities. Sony WF-SP800N shares a few similarities with Razer Hammerhead, one of them being the emphasized bass response.
The headphone controls are touch-sensitive but not the most convenient – the front part of the headphones, where the touch panels are located, lies under your fingers. At first, you have to literally search for this panel with your finger to pause the track or answer an incoming call. Speaking of phone calls, the microphone is good for conversations, sending audio messages on the go and taking audio notes, nothing to criticize.
The gaming earphones do not have any unusual features such as active noise isolation, so it stably works for about 4 hours on a single charge. With the charging case, the headphones will last for another 12 hours, which in total gives about 16 hours of work – an excellent result for TWS gaming headphones. The case charges in about an hour and a half, so even with the most active use of the Hammerhead TWS, it will have to be charged well if every 2-3 days. It is clear that with active use of the device in conversations, the operating time is slightly reduced, so here you should expect only 14-15 hours of operation and about 3.5 hours of operation of the headphones themselves.
The game mode itself seems to be necessary, but it seems to be not the most useful one. For the most part, TWS headphones are used with mobile devices, PCs, and even consoles, although it is much more convenient to use full-size ears.
Now the main question: is this feature essential? I never tested it with a PC since I didn’t have a Bluetooth module at hand, but I tried to play on an iPhone and watch a video, and there were no delays. In network games like CoD: Mobile, I did not feel delays and desynchronization, but in fairness, I will say that I have not seen this on AirPods either. Perhaps the reason is the H1 chip, which connects the Pods without delay to the iPhone.
Compared with many other headsets with a similar price tag, this option may be in demand on the Razer TWS, but I would not say that this is a function of paramount importance. With a good connection (which I have repeatedly observed with several other flagship headsets), delays in games are almost imperceptible, and I’m not talking about video at all. So in comparison with many other headsets with a similar price tag, this option may be in demand on the Razer TWS, but I would not say that this is a function of paramount importance. With a good connection (which I have repeatedly observed with several other flagship headsets), delays in games are almost imperceptible, and I’m not talking about video at all. So in comparison with many other headsets with a similar price tag, this option may be in demand on the Razer TWS, but I would not say that this is a function of paramount importance. With a good connection (which I have repeatedly observed with several other flagship headsets), delays in games are almost imperceptible, and I’m not talking about video at all.
The connection stability of the Razer Hammerhead TWS did not give rise to any complaints from me, but in the current situation it is not possible to fully test them, so I believe that Razer has a decent margin of reliability, and they will not lose communication in difficult situations.
The sound struck me very pleasantly. I would even say that it’s beautiful! For Razer Hammerhead TWS’s class, of course. As befits a gaming headphone, the Razer Hammerhead TWS has a V-shaped frequency response, so both bass and treble are emphasized here especially clearly, but how they sound! No diagram will show you that. The bass plays softly and resiliently without banging on the head – compared to some more bassy earphones, this is a real discovery. But at the same time, they really rock! The main advantage of these earbuds is that you get incredible pleasure from them when you just listen to music. They do not hammer, they just pump, and for such a sound they can be forgiven a lot. The middle against all this background is a little shaded by bass and treble, but it is also heard well. The second big advantage is the presence of a fairly wide stage and good intelligibility when sounding. And Hammerhead TWS were distinguished by some insane volume reserve. Where on all other models 50% of maximum volume, 30% was enough for Hammerhead to achieve the same result.
The silicone ear tips increase the amount of bass by a bit, but also the sound itself, especially in the high frequencies, became a little cleaner and more detailed. Most likely, the silicone ear tips fill parts of the space in the ears better, due to which the Razer TWS sit more tightly and release less sounds outside – now all the music stream is concentrated in the ears which has a positive effect on the overall perception. Therefore, there was no need to touch the equalizer. Compared to the AirPods, the Razer has noticeably emphasized bass, but they still do not bulge as much as I expected, recalling my experience of listening to the Razer Hammerhead Pro v2. At the same time, Razer has slightly better detail and positioning, and this, as you know, can be used not only in music, but also in games. And yet I did not notice any real advantage in sound with AirPods – each pair of plugs just plays in its own way, and this is a matter of personal preference. But I liked the Razer’s sound more than regular AirPods.
The Razer Hammerhead TWS are excellent fully wireless earbuds with a fairly traditional earbud design and the same familiar performance. The price of this charm is under $100. For the price, all the most relevant technologies for gaming were integrated in the device. It’s equipped with powerful speakers that favorably emphasize not only electronic genres of music, but also various nuances in games, so they are suitable for any everyday tasks.
The most noticeable drawback, is the lack of any sound insulation. Therefore, in noisy places it will not be as comfortable to use them as any other plugs, but if we talk about headphones in general, they are distinguished by a decent assertive sound, decent autonomy, good ergonomics, and also a very impressive volume reserve.