Razer released its first set of real wireless earbuds in 2019, with the main appeal being a low-delay mode that made them better suited for mobile gaming. Now the company is ready with its second pair, Hammerhead True Wireless Pro, which goes on sale today for $ 199.99 and adds active noise reduction and THX sound certification to the mix. “Hammerhead True Wireless Pro uses hybrid ANC to cancel both external and unwanted internal noise by generating inverse sound waves simultaneously,” Razer wrote in its press release for the new knobs.
Passive noise isolation also helps there, and Razer has switched to a proper in-ear design ̵
Hammerhead True Wireless Pro is classified as IPX4 for water and sweat resistance, and Razer says it lasts up to 20 hours in total with the case recessed; The earbuds can do that through four hours of continuous listening, which is about an hour below competitors like the AirPods Pro and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. There is also no wireless charging, which is disappointing to see at this level. You control the knobs with the touch-sensitive Razer logo button on each one.
In terms of THX certification, Razer says “fine details such as frequency range and response are evaluated, and the device must be able to deliver clear, detailed vocals and deep, impact-resistant bass with zero distortion at high volumes.” Hammerhead True Wireless Pro has 10 mm drivers and still includes a game mode that the company claims can reduce latency by two “compared to other true wireless earbuds that support SBC / AAC codecs.” Razer is not alone in offering a low latency mode; Samsung and OnePlus also reduce the response time for sound effects in games when using their respective earbuds and phones together.
Hammerhead True Wireless Pro has a price customization of their name, $ 199.99, which puts them firmly in the upper tier of genuine wireless earbuds. It’s a little below the usual cost of Sony’s 1000XM3 earbuds or newer options like the Jabra Elite 85t, but holiday deals and discounts will likely end up putting all of these on equal footing. I’ll be checking them out in the next few days to see how they stack up against the noise reduction competition for gaming purposes and everything else.