Review: Kraken 7.1 v2 Mercury, Razer USB headset

Razer has a wide range of headphones, and all are comfortable and have good sound quality, although there are significant differences between the different models. The Kraken 7.1 v2 Mercury also have the benefit of being the first to reach the market made by the company in white (Also available in Black), abandoning the traditional black color of its peripherals.


The presentation of the Kraken 7.1 v2 is simple, inside a white box to match the color of the headphones, and in a plastic tray. Additional product information is in the lower slot, including a quick guide, the warranty and some stickers of the Razer logo. Because these headphones are very audio oriented without great rimbonbantes features, it uses a USB 3.0 connection and does not need any kind of extra.

These headphones are aimed at comfort, and it is noticeable from the moment they are taken out of the box. In its design, Razer combines the colors white and silver to give them an exceptional look inside the world of gaming peripherals, and the wide headband, well padded and covered with fabric, is the starting point for your comfort. It provides a good distribution of its weight, which stands at 346 grams. They are connected by a 2 m cable, and is compatible with both PC and PlayStation 4.

The cups of the headphones are designed with a grid, although they are closed circumaural type. A thick pad will comfortably surround the ears, and a cloth covers the 50 mm neodymium transducers, although the internal diameter of the cup is 56 mm, and total of 98 mm. That brings 21 mm of pads around the headphones, and it shows a lot in your comfort. They have a frequency response between 12 and 28,000 Hz, with an impedance of 32 Ω, a sensitivity of 123 dB and a maximum input power of 30 mW. It has surround sound 7.1, which will locate more accurately the location of origin of the sounds within the games.

The microphone is retractable type, which can be bent to adjust its position to the user’s tastes. It has a frequency response between 100 and 10,000 Hz, with a signal noise ratio greater than 55 dB, and a sensitivity of -38 dB. It has active noise cancellation to provide maximum voice clarity in its use, with a unidirectional recording system, although some of these features are only available on PC.

Comfort and use

These headphones Kraken 7.1 v2 Mercury are a great addition to the new range of peripherals of Razer with variations of tonality. The company has added versions of certain peripherals in white (Mercury series) and gray (Gunmetal series), in addition to the usual ones in black, and the result is a breath of fresh air to Razer’s peripheral line. The Kraken 7.1 v2 Mercury are really attractive in their combination of white and silver, and it is a great point in their favor.

On the other hand, these headphones are somewhat advanced, with RGB illumination of the logo of their glasses, although they do not have several connection modes such as a 3.5 mm connector in addition to USB, and they are not wireless. But in return you get headphones very oriented to what they are: comfort and surround sound 7.1.

These headphones are especially comfortable to wear for hours, and it shows in the first moment you wear them. As in all this type of headphones, there will be some users who feel more or less comfortable, but you have to spend some time to regulate them. In this aspect, the extenders have notches to be able to know in what perfect fit they had been left, in case they lend themselves to another person or they want to be transported. The pads of the cups and the headband are very comfortable, distributing well the weight, and avoiding that there is more pressure of the due on the top of the head or the sides, as with cheaper headphones.

7.1 sound requires some calibration through Synapse 2.0, although it can also be deactivated completely if the effect is not convincing in any game. But in general, the implemented 7.1 sound of Razer itself does a great job to accurately position the origin of the noises. In addition, in general the sound quality is excellent, which greatly benefits the simplistic orientation of these headphones to two factors, as I have already indicated: comfort and sound quality.

As usual in a gaming headset, they improve the bass -with a dedicated option in Synapse 2.0 for it- and the treble is lost a bit, but it is usually nothing that with some equalization in the program itself can not be improved greatly, so it should never be an excessive problem to use a headset for games when listening to music – although it is not ideal. It is simply an inconvenience that it does not have a flatter answer, but it is not the one that will ever provide a headset for gamers. In short, the sound, as it comes, is very good.

If you are one of those who prefer to have a PC in white and peripherals to match, the Kraken 7.1 v2 Mercury will be one of the first options to choose. And if you do not want them in white, the other two models in black and dark gray are exactly the same and just as impressive. They are very good headphones, not excessively expensive, around INR 8,000, for what they contribute.

Show More

Vaibhav Mishra

Fan of new technologies and player since small, I do not move without at least one smartphone in the pocket to always stay connected ... and keep some games at hand.