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Razer may be known as one of the leading manufacturers of PC peripherals, but the company isn’t afraid to dig into console accessories either. Just check out the new Razer Kaira and Razer Kaira Pro gaming headsets for Xbox. With built-in Xbox wireless support, the headsets work natively with the entire suite of Xbox consoles – from Xbox One to the new Xbox Series X – and add another headset to gamers’ arsenal.
Regardless of what their names suggest, the only difference between the Razer Kaira Pro and the regular Kaira is that the former supports Bluetooth 5.0 while the latter doesn’t. This means that the Kaira Pro can connect to PCs, Macs and cell phones via Bluetooth. However, both of them require a separate dongle to connect to the Razer Headset Setup for Xbox app on PC and get full customization options.
Fortunately, the headsets have an exceptional detachable microphone that sounds great, and the RGB lighting on the sides definitely has strong visual appeal. They are also very comfortable thanks to their foam ear cushions.
Otherwise, they don’t have anything special: their 50mm drivers sound great, but they aren’t amazing. The construction is light, but mostly made of plastic. Those aren’t exactly deal-breakers – and even help make the Razer Kaira a decent alternative to competing Turtle Beach headsets – but they keep the Kaira and Kaira Pro from gaining top honors and a spot on our list of the best Xbox series get X headsets.
Price and release date
Razer released both Kaira and Kaira Pro in November 2020, around the same time as the launch of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles.
In terms of price, you see $ 99 (£ 99, AU $ 169) for the Razer Kaira, which only supports Xbox wireless connection, and $ 149 (£ 149, AU $ 259) for the Razer Kaira Pro, both of which Xbox wireless connections supported and bluetooth.
While that’s a great price for a wireless headset, the Razer Kaira is just the ticket for Microsoft’s new Xbox wireless headset, which we absolutely loved for its great audio playback capabilities. The Razer Kaira Pro is also good value for money, but we think other headsets like the Steelseries Arctis 9X offer more for just a little more money.
The Razer Kaira is pretty sleek … for a gaming headset. With a black and green color scheme and RGB lighting on the sides of the ear cups, it definitely has that gamer aesthetic – so much so that you won’t want to wear it anywhere else outside of your home – but it’s not a terrible sight to see any stretch of the imagination.
In terms of construction, the Razer Kaira is mostly made of plastic, with the exception of a thin metal strap that runs through the bridge of the headset. This means that the bridge is pretty sturdy, but the joints themselves are made of plastic and are more prone to cracking. That’s not exactly what you want to hear when you buy a headset for $ 149, but that’s exactly what Razer did here.
The good news is that since it’s mostly made of plastic, it’s a relatively lightweight headset weighing just 293g for the regular Kaira and 330g for the Razer Kaira Pro. This lightweight design, together with the memory foam padding and the fabric ear pad covers, make the headsets soft and comfortable to wear for a longer period of time.
Speaking of ear cups, each has its own set of controls. On the left side there is a microphone mute switch, a volume control and a power switch. On the right side are the Xbox pairing button, the chat / game volume balancer and the bluetooth pairing button (exclusive to Kaira Pro).
The only connection on the headset is a USB-C charging cable, which you can also use to connect the headset to your PC for firmware updates – but that’s it. Both headsets do not have a 3.5mm audio jack, so you cannot use them wired.
Last but not least, there’s the detachable, noise-canceling ambient microphone that will make you sound great. All you have to do is pull it off and you can put it back on whenever you want by simply plugging it back in.
In terms of sound balance and overall audio quality, the Razer Kaira and Kaira Pro are somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. So the headset doesn’t focus very much on treble or bass, but is in the middle to make the dialogue crystal clear. The result is a headset that sounds good, but is not dynamic, roomy, or rich in detail.
We played a couple of different games with the Kaira Pro, including Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from Xbox Game Pass and Overwatch. In both cases we could hear some nice detail in the ambient noise and some positional audio cues, but everything wasn’t as precise as we heard with other headsets.
For music and movies, Kaira and Kaira Pro are good, but not great. You’ll find yourself focused on the midrange range that you hear when paired with consoles and even a little bass, but it lacks detail that you would hear with proper over-ear headphones.
The good news is that while your audio playback skills aren’t great, you sound great to others thanks to Razer’s HyperClear Cardioid microphone. The microphone picks up your voice excellently and radically reduces the ambient noise at the other end. To put it to the test, we called someone whose music was playing in the background. The person on the other end surprisingly said they couldn’t hear anything but our voice coming through the microphone.
While the microphone was a particular highlight, the Kaira’s battery life is only mediocre. According to Razer, the Kaira can be played for up to 20 hours if you turn off the RGB lighting. To do this, you need the Razer Headset Setup for the Xbox app. You will likely get 15 hours at most. Worse, since there is no real battery gauge via Bluetooth, you can’t see how much battery the headset has drained until you hear low battery warning tones.
Speaking of beeps, when you plug the headset into both your console and a Bluetooth device, you may hear incessant beeps. Although the Razer Kaira Pro was charged and connected via Bluetooth, it made a beep every minute to let us know something was not correct when paired with both devices. As it turns out, the headset beeps because our Xbox was in the living room and the PC was in the office to let you know that you are almost out of range – which is apparently only about 20 feet or so.
This is a common problem with other Razer devices Razer forumsand was even noted in other reviews. Of course, not everyone will be affected by this problem – as long as you keep the Bluetooth device you connected near the Xbox and headset you should be fine – but it’s an annoying limitation.
Should you buy the Razer Kaira and the Razer Kaira Pro?
Buy them when …
You need a comfortable headset for the Xbox Series X.
The most important thing Kaira has to offer is that it is comfortable and specially designed for the Xbox. Synchronization with the Xbox Series X is easy and, thanks to the fabric ear pads, comfortable to wear for a longer period of time.
You need a headset with a great microphone
Razer did an exceptional job with the detachable microphone. Call quality is clear and background noise is practically inaudible. It’s one of the best microphones on any headset at this price point.
Don’t buy them if …
You are looking for surround sound or precise location cues
They’re great for talking to friends, attending a meeting, or even using them to make phone calls, but they leave a lot to be desired for listening to music or movies. They are also limited to stereo sound and do not produce a version of simulated surround sound.
You want to connect to a wired headset or to another system
While the Razer Kaira and Kaira Pro are premium Xbox headsets, they are nearly impossible to get them to work on other systems like your PC or, heavenly, your Nintendo Switch. That could have been fixed with a simple 3.5mm audio jack, but there’s no luck here.
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