Razer’s Barracuda goes all-purpose and wireless with the new Barracuda X Wireless Multi-platform Gaming and Mobile Headset. The 4-in-1 wireless headset works with PC, PlayStation (it’s compatible with the PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech), Nintendo Switch and Android phones that support USB-C audio.
Its versatility is down to a compact USB-C dongle that enables a 2.4GHz wireless connection. Razer also includes a USB-C extension cable and a USB-C to USB-A adapter, along with a standard 3.5mm cable as options. However, there’s no Bluetooth onboard, meaning you will need to attach the dongle to your mobile phone. Razer eschewed the Bluetooth connection citing a preference for a plug-and-play approach to avoid potential Bluetooth connectivity issues.
While the dongle does add bulk to mobile devices, the upside is there is more data bandwidth available. While the 40mm driver headphones aren’t designed for high-resolution audio – it has a more conventional 20-20,000kHz frequency response – it does feature virtual 7.1 surround sound on the PC (Windows 10 64-bit). It supports THX Spatial Audio as well, albeit as an optional $29.90 upgrade, but you can get 50 per cent off the app by purchasing the Barracuda.
The cardioid microphone design excludes noise from the back and sides and features tweaks to improve low-frequency response and voice clarity. The boom is detachable so that it’s more portable, while the battery life is for 20 hours. For an improved fit, the Barracuda X features low-profile, angled ear cups on swivel joints. It also uses memory foam ear cushions to relieve pressure on the ears.
The Barracuda is available on Razer.com and authorised resellers for $154.90.