Razer Electra Headphone Review

9/7/2012 9:07:34 AM

Sound quality of Razer Electra headphone can satisfy users in game and energetic/youthful music.

Not only designed for gaming, Razer Electra is also for playing movies and music. This headphone has a robust appearance with two cups, which are more in shape, and a thick headband. Beside green-blue version appearing youthful and characteristic, Razer Electra even has a pure black version looking strong.

Description: Razer Electra headphone has a grandiose design and weighs 299g.

Razer Electra headphone has a grandiose design and weighs 299g.

Unlike other models from the same brand, Razer Electra’s ear cups have trapezium shape covering entirely the ears. Each cup is not internally attached in plastic cabin but externally separate and linked to a small rotational joint. This design promises to comfort users because there’s no direct pressure from ear cups onto the helices.

Description: The cup is in trapezium shape with imitation-leather cushion

The cup is in trapezium shape with imitation-leather cushion.

Each cup also has a thick layer of imitation-leather cushion preventing outside noise. Inside, there’s a Neodymium driver which has 40mm diameter, 32Ohm impedance, supported frequency from 25Hz to 16,000Hz.

Description: Hard-plastic headband can be adjusted according to user’s head..

Hard-plastic headband can be adjusted according to user’s head.

Razer Electra is not installed with micro on left cup. Instead, a micro is integrated on a separate 3.5mm signal cable (TTRS) enclosed in the package. However, this cable is well compatible with mobile devices like Apple, HTC, BlackBerry and other laptop having TTRS connectors.

Description: Razer Electra uses separate cable for integrated microphone.

Razer Electra uses separate cable for integrated microphone.

Overall, we were pleased that the design allowed for detaching signal cable and folding two cups neatly, which seems convenient when taking the headphone with. Nonetheless, because this design aims at mobility so common laptop’s user may not be able to enjoy this headphone. Moreover, number of smartphones which the model supports is limited in three famous brands,

Description: Two ear cups can be neatly folded inward.

Two ear cups can be neatly folded inward.

The design is also available for small heads. In a test, we used Razer Electra continuously in 27 degree Celsius environment but we didn’t feel hot and uncomfortable. Though, due to the headband which is hard-plastic and difficult to dilate, pressure on helices was quite high.

Description: Headband is rather hard and difficult to dilate.

Headband is rather hard and difficult to dilate.

To just the performance, we connected this headphone with integrated sound card ALC887 via 3.5mm connector and used for 10 hour continuously. Practical tests had shown that Razer Electra could support frequency from 25Hz to 15,500Hz. Trying this headphone with popular action-shooting games, like Call of Duty: Black Ops, Batllefiled: Bad Company 2 and Left for Dead 2, we seemed to be fascinated by fierce battlegrounds.

With 50% volume, we could feel the surprising rumbling of guns, explosives and engines. In scene Upriver (chapter 3) of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, weather effects were vividly generated. In the clap of thunder, we could clearly recognize bullet’s glacial falling on the ground from the sniper rifle of character Marlowe.

Description: Our test version is blue-green, youthful and characteristic.

Our test version is blue-green, youthful and characteristic.

Razer Electra succeeded in reproducing sounds in spacious battlefields. Separate sound channels remarkably helped players estimate bullet’s trajectory as well as recognize opponent’s flight heading. Although the sound of shutter glass and whizzing bullets were not so sharp, this did not matter much when playing game.

Trying the headphone with music, bass quality in song "THX - Jurassic Lunch (Major Bass)" was still warm at low volume. Middle and high ranges of sound were pretty smooth though the vocal of Chloe Agnew in song Vincent (Starry starry night) and saxophone sounding in Album Kenny G Songbird CD 1 were not so clear.

In general, Razer Electra is able to satisfy demands for gaming and entertainment even with integrated sound card. However, audio quality is fairly good for honoring the beauty of singer’s vocal.

Remarkable points

Size of speaker’s membrane: 40mm

Component: Neodymium driver

Response frequency: 25Hz – 16,000Hz

Removable signal cable with gold-plated aluminum core having great endurance

Weight: 299g


Fair audio quality

Strong bass

Good support for gaming

Separate audio cable and micro cable


Sound quality designed for exciting music

Not smooth treble

Rather small design for big heads

Ratings: 6.8/10


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