In 2019, Razer launched the first pair of true wireless earbuds, with a low-latency mode that made them more suitable for mobile gaming being the main attraction.
Now the company is ready to go on sale today for $199.99 with its second pair, the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro, which adds active noise cancellation and THX audio certification to the mix.
Razer wrote in its press release for the new buds, ‘The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro uses hybrid ANC to nullify all external and unwanted internal noise by simultaneously producing inverse sound waves.’
There, passive noise isolation still helps, and unlike the AirPods-Esque open style of the original Hammerhead True Wireless, Razer has moved to a proper in-ear design. (When you want to hear what’s happening near you, there’s a “quick attention mode” for piping outside audio.)
The company offers a selection of medium Comply foam ear tips in the box along with the regular silicone options (six separate sets of them to help you get the best, sealed-off fit possible to improve sound quality better.
For water and sweat resistance, the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro is rated IPX4, and Razer claims they last up to 20 hours in total with the case factored in the earbuds will make it through four hours of continuous listening, which is around an hour below rivals such as the AirPods Pro and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds.
There’s still no wireless charging, which at this stage is surprising to see. With the touch-sensitive Razer logo button on each one, you power the buds.
As for the THX certification, Razer says “fine details are evaluated, such as frequency range and response, and the device must be able to deliver clear detailed vocals and deep impactful bass with zero distortion at high volumes.”
The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro features 10mm drivers and also includes a Game Mode that the company claims can reduce latency by half compared to other true wireless drivers”
The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro has a $199.99 price matching their name, which places them squarely in the upper tier of real wireless earbuds.
That’s marginally below the normal cost of the 1000XM3 earbuds from Sony or newer alternatives such as the 85t Jabra Elite, but holiday sales and discounts are likely to end up placing all of these on an equal footing.
Over the coming days, I will be testing them out to see how they match up for gaming purposes and everything else against the noise-canceling market.