Totally different from Razer’s conventional array of gaming merchandise, the Razer Opus is a pair of noise cancelling headphones. It’s meant to be a every day commute companion slightly than your go-to gaming headset. And for its price ticket, it’s far cheaper than another choices providing the same characteristic set.
Design and construct high quality
Razer has executed an incredible job with the Opus’ look. The headphones look trendy with a monotone design. However that’s not a foul factor. You discover Razer branding on each side of its headband alongside THX branding on its outer cups. The left cup is naked whereas the proper cup homes your entire controls.
The controls are specified by a easy method. You discover buttons for quantity and to pause and play tracks, a separate energy button that doubles as a method to toggle energetic noise cancellation (ANC) together with a port for a wired 3.5 mm connection and a Kind-C USB port for charging. There’s a good quantity of flexibility to the headset to assist greater heads and for storage. The Razer Opus can fold inward and be housed in a pleasant case that comes with the packaging.
The slight concern although is the dimensions of the ear cup. For myself, the dimensions permits for a comfortable match nonetheless for folks with bigger ears, this can be an issue. Furthermore, the ear cups are usually not consumer replaceable and can’t be customised in dimension. However if you’re like me, you’ll benefit from the Razer Opus in your head. The froth across the inside the scarf is gentle and matched with the ear cups, the headset makes for a really comfy expertise.
Connectivity and companion utility
The Razer Opus connects to any Bluetooth appropriate gadget with the pairing course of taking lower than a minute. One omission we discovered with the headset was its lack of ability to hook up with a number of sources of audio concurrently. With Huawei gadgets particularly, we may seamlessly swap between two gadgets, both mechanically or manually with a button press. We all know this isn’t widespread for almost all of headsets accessible in the marketplace. However it will be good if Razer may implement this characteristic within the subsequent iteration.
Whereas Bluetooth alone is sufficient to join the headset, there may be additionally a Razer Opus utility accessible for each Android and iOS. By way of this, you possibly can configure equaliser presets, auto shutoff timings and auto pause/resume choices. Except for the preset equaliser modes, there is no such thing as a method to make a customized one. However there are some greater issues. Each time the Opus is linked to the applying, audio unusually begins dropping. It makes the headset unusable so we needed to disconnect it from the applying when utilizing it. To be honest, you aren’t lacking a lot with out the applying anyway.
Sound high quality and ANC
That minor blip with the applying apart, the sound high quality on the Razer Opus is basically good. With THX certification, you possibly can get pleasure from something from music and podcasts to video content material. Except for the sound being barely bass heavy, we discovered the headset to do a incredible job, maintaining with a large style of music. However if you’re coming from costlier headphones or wired ones, you’ll discover that the Razer Opus doesn’t get as loud as you’ll anticipate. This isn’t an enormous deal although, because the headset presents some nice ANC assist.
Repetitive sounds equivalent to my fan within the room are simply negated and even one-off sounds don’t get in the way in which of your listening expertise. We additionally assume that the ANC shouldn’t be too overpowering making it comfy for long-term utilization. The fast toggle between ANC and ambient mode additionally helps when attempting to eavesdrop on conversations round you. Nevertheless, one of many Razer Opus’ most handy options is auto pause/play. Right here, merely eradicating the headphones and inserting them round your neck pauses what you have been listening to. And placing them again on performs it once more. This works so nicely and a small characteristic like this goes a great distance in ensuring utilization on-the-go is handy.
The great issues to say in regards to the Razer Opus don’t cease there. Actually, with regards to battery life, the headset is among the most dependable we’ve ever examined. All through our 2-3 week utilization interval, we solely needed to cost the Razer Opus twice. That is with common 1-1.5 hours of utilization on mid-volume with ANC enabled. A big a part of that is additionally due to Razer’s energy optimisation. When the headset stays unused for an extended time frame, it mechanically shuts off. In flip, when it’s good to use it, you at all times have sufficient energy to get you thru.
As an alternative choice to any high-end pair of headphones with ANC assist, the Razer Opus is spectacular. Not simply due to its nice characteristic set but additionally due to its pricing. That is Razer’s step away from core gaming in an try to draw a bigger viewers. And we expect the corporate has executed nicely. Except you notably need gaming headphones or have ears that will not match the Razer Opus’ smaller ear cup, these verify all the proper bins.