Number two on our list of the Top 5 Wireless Headests found here is the Razer Barracuda X.
The Barracuda in its essence is a simple gaming headset with plug and play capability thanks to its wireless receiver USB dongle.
The Barracuda connects with PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and Android through its hyper-speed 2.4GHz and wireless with USB C compatible devices.
Overall the Barracuda X is a good headset with decent audio and it does a lot for its relatively low price.
Aesthetically the Barracuda X looks very simple, it’s all black plastic frame and black oval cups. The Razer logo and name are etched into the top plastic and steel cored band and both ear cups. The etching is very subtle being in black rather than the usual green.
All of the controls for the Barracuda X sit on the left ear cup, With the power button offering single, double and triple press each doing its own function. Following the volume and power button, you also have a mute button, 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C charging port all on the left ear. As most wireless headsets having all the controls in one place seems clumsy and several times a different button was pressed than was planned.
Following all of the volume controls on the left ear cups is also the detachable microphone- It is easily moveable and stays in place well. The sound quality sounds very muted and there are no controls to change the noise.
Weighing only 250g, this headset is incredibly light, that paired with the padded headband and ear cups makes it a very comfortable headset that can be used for hours.
While the audio quality is not amazing, it delivers well for its price range, The sound produced from its triforce driver creates deep and balanced sounds which immerse the user. There is an option to upgrade the standard 7.1 surround sound to THX spatial audio. Identifying sounds like enemy footsteps comes through clearly with the Barracuda but it does not do well when playing audio over the top of other audio such as dialogue during combat.
The Barracuda X does not work with Razer Synapse so there is no way of changing settings.
The battery life stated by Razer is 20 hours- this seems to be the case, lasting long enough for even the serious gaming session. The lack of fast charging is disappointing but charging is done via USB.
Connectivity to the headset is done via a low latency 2.4GHz USB C dongle that provides wireless connection across PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and Android. This basically makes the Barracuda X a plug and play headset.
The quality of the connection is great delivering a consistently stable connection across all distances- The USB C is rather a big boy though which has its downsides for plugging into PC ports where it covers the other ports. On the plus side, it is hard to misplace!
The microphone set-up is detachable which makes this a headset that can be taken on the go if you want to move your gaming to mobile. The sound quality provided by the foam windshield guard microphone is not the best with the voice sounded muffled and distant. That coupled with the being no way to adjust the settings makes it disappointing.
If you are looking for a headset for the audio aspect though the microphone is a bonus.
While not providing the best audio or voice controls, for a lower price range wireless headset it performs well enough for most people and is arguably one of the best in its price range.