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Razer Updates Kraken Pro Headset With Volume And Mic Controls

Razer boasts a huge lineup of headsets — six different series, to be exact — to please its numerous fans. With only a few days to go until E3, the company announced an updated version of one of its Kraken headsets, the Kraken Pro.

In order to make the headset more convenient to users, the new model now features inline controls to adjust volume and mute the microphone. The volume control itself is a grooved wheel with the microphone on/off switch located beneath it.

Other than that, the Kraken Pro has the same features as before, including a retractable microphone and a closed ear cup design, and Razer claimed that the headset's weight has been optimized so that you can wear it comfortably for an extended period of time.

The inclusion of volume and mic controls is a bit late for the headset, as the feature is a must-have on most of today's headphones and earphones because it removes the need to adjust the volume via the taskbar. Additionally, some of today's keyboards feature media controls for music, which might include a knob to adjust the volume. Still, it's a feature that's better late than never.

The Kraken Pro comes in three colors: black, green and white. The updated version will be out this month for $79.99 — the same price as its predecessors.

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  • canadianvice
    I wonder if they've updated the build quality any? My brother had one and it broke in some 2 months of use. Mic snapped in half.

    The only brand that's worse is TurtleBeach it seems.
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  • stoned_ritual
    I wonder if they've updated the build quality any? My brother had one and it broke in some 2 months of use. Mic snapped in half.

    The only brand that's worse is TurtleBeach it seems.

    The build quality on both of my razer headsets is what I would expect for something in their price range.

    You probably already know this, but your brother's snapped microphone is not indicative of a company wide scam to build poor quality products. Anecdotes aside, I've never had trouble with any razer product. This is a case of YMMV. I tend to take very good care of my electronics, as I spend my money on them and would like to get a good return on my investments. I've had my razer kraken 7.1 for 2 years now, being used for several hours a day. I'm not going to sit here and claim that razer is the greatest company to ever grace us with their presence because of that though. This reminds me of when people bring in a broken laptop to my shop that has very clearly been abused and they say "i don't know what happened, i was on facebook and all of a sudden my screen cracked into a million pieces"
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  • canadianvice
    16042970 said:
    I wonder if they've updated the build quality any? My brother had one and it broke in some 2 months of use. Mic snapped in half.

    The only brand that's worse is TurtleBeach it seems.

    The build quality on both of my razer headsets is what I would expect for something in their price range.

    You probably already know this, but your brother's snapped microphone is not indicative of a company wide scam to build poor quality products. Anecdotes aside, I've never had trouble with any razer product. This is a case of YMMV. I tend to take very good care of my electronics, as I spend my money on them and would like to get a good return on my investments. I've had my razer kraken 7.1 for 2 years now, being used for several hours a day. I'm not going to sit here and claim that razer is the greatest company to ever grace us with their presence because of that though. This reminds me of when people bring in a broken laptop to my shop that has very clearly been abused and they say "i don't know what happened, i was on facebook and all of a sudden my screen cracked into a million pieces"

    Eh, I guess. I tend to find one is representative of the lot with headsets. IE: TurtleBeach breaks reliably within a 2 year span, whereas my Siberias have been going strong since I bought them. Sadly, the gold chrome is rubbing off now, but w/e.
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  • clonazepam
    I benchmarked the previous version of these headphones and hated them.

    Test Bench:

    1 beanie
    1 hoodie over beanie (overclocked the ear protection)

    Results:

    2 pretty sore ears (might be a bit big)

    Conclusion:

    Replaced, the headphones, not the ears, stuck with those =/

    Sound quality was fine for the price, and the build quality seemed ok to me.
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  • Narcissistic_Martyr
    Personally I think the Tiamat 2.2 is a better choice in that price range.
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  • convertedconsolegamer_92
    Gamer headsets smh.
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  • BulkZerker
    And for the same money you can buy a zalman ZM?MIC1, and a kickass set of open ear headphones like Sennheiser's HD 249s. And you won't sound like shit on the moc and have a decient entry level set of headphones that can be replaced independently of each other.
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