Razer has announced the Opus X, a new set of wireless over-ear headphones that offer active noise cancellation for just $100. Based on the small number of differences and seemingly no major compromises compared to the more expensive Opus headphones it launched last year, these could be a solid option if you have a little less money to spend on wireless headphones. It is now for sale on Razer’s site.
Overall, the design seems similar to the Opus. It’s hard to see from pictures how the build quality or materials have changed given the price drop. This model comes in one of three new colors – green, pink and white – which are a bit louder and more divisive than the black or midnight blue colors of the standard Opus. The layout of the buttons has been crammed onto the edge of the right earcup rather than splitting functions across both the left and right sides. The Opus X’s power button now handles cycling through active noise cancellation and “Quick Attention” mode that lets you hear more of your surroundings.
The Opus X has rotating ear cups so you can rest them comfortably around your neck if you need to remove them. However, this more affordable model lacks the feature that automatically pauses or plays your content when you remove or turn it back on. That’s one of the biggest omissions. As for what else ends up on the cutting room floor, there’s no 3.5mm jack – just a USB-C port – so you just need to plug it in via Bluetooth.
There’s actually one feature that’s exclusive to the Opus X: Razer’s low-latency “Gaming Mode” that reduces latency over Bluetooth to 60 milliseconds. We’ve seen this feature in other wireless headphones from Razer, such as the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro.
I reviewed the Opus last year and they exceeded my expectations given their original price of $200. They had surprisingly good sound quality and the active noise cancellation is a perk not often seen at this price (even better, they’ve been around since launch). significantly decreased in price). They also impressed me in terms of battery life, and I was able to use them for an entire work week without recharging. The new Razer Opus X claims to have even longer battery life with up to 40 hours of battery life with noise cancellation off, or up to 30 hours with on. If the Opus X sounds almost as good as the Opus, they could be a real winner.