One of the worst things about using wireless headphones while gaming on an Android phone is the latency. Whether the fault lies with the operating system or production (or both), I have noticed that most headphones – even expensive headphones such as the Sony WH-1000X M3s – cannot keep up with what's on the screen. It is furious and it is a situation that Razer's Hammerhead True Wireless $ 99 earplugs want to adopt.
These new truly wireless earphones, announced today by Razer, have a minimum latency of 60 ms once "Gaming Mode" is enabled via a special app for iOS and Android. The result must match what you hear with what is on the screen. Razer claims that his earbuds use a modified version of Bluetooth 5.0 to make this function work and to maintain audio quality and battery life in low latency mode. Tap the earphone three times to turn it on.
During a press briefing I had to try the Hammerhead True Wireless, and this low latency mode sometimes seemed to work and fell out of step at other times. My time with the earplugs was short and the press room was loud, so I cannot make a definitive judgment about the quality of the function (or the sound quality in general) until I have more time with them.
The Hammerhead True Wireless is somewhat similar in design to the AirPods, as they are not dependent on earplugs that fit in your ears, although they have a pair of silicone sleeves to help you find a better fit. As soon as you remove them from the cover, which is charged via USB-C, they rest in your ears. This is great from the point of view of usability, but it is not so great if you are looking for a set of wireless earbuds that can block external noise. If that's the case, something like the AirPods Pro might be a better choice.
The Hammerhead True Wireless offers IPX4 water resistance and three hours of use per charge. The supplied cover offers four charging cycles, with a total lifespan of 12 hours. (This is the low lifetime expectancy per charge compared to other competing models.) Basic tasks such as changing the number, answering calls or activating your desired voice assistant are handled with touch controls on the earphones. If you want to adjust the volume, you must do this from your phone.
The $ 99 price tag seems reasonable for what is on offer, but these earbuds can have a hard time catching the crowd if the game mode doesn't make a big difference when you're gaming on an Android phone. We will test them more to find out if the low latency mode makes or breaks these earbuds. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless are now available at Razer.com.
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