With gamers either just acquiring or still hunting for their own Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X consoles, the next accessory to look for is usually some form of gaming audio. While there are plenty of wired and wireless headset options out there, Razer recently released a pair of their own options. The Razer Kaira and Razer Kaira Pro are wireless headsets that connect directly with the Xbox family of consoles without the use of a USB dongle. Where they differ resides in the additional features one offers over the other.
Let’s dive into the Razer Kaira and Razer Kaira Pro, wireless headsets for the Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.
Razer Kaira and Razer Kaira Pro Base Specs
|Frequency response:||20 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Impedance:||32 Ω at 1 kHz|
|Driver:||Razer™ TriForce Titanium 50mm Drivers|
|Earcups:||Breathable memory foam cushions|
|Inner Earcup Diameter:||2.2″ x 2.64″ (56 mm x 67 mm)|
|Earpads Material:||FlowKnit memory foam ear cushions|
|Wireless Range:||10 m / 30 ft|
|Wireless Frequency:||2.4 GHz / 5 GHz|
|Microphone Frequency Response:||100 – 10,000 Hz|
|Microphone Sensitivity (@1khz)||54 ± 3 dB|
At their core, both headsets provide the same audio experience, both inbound and out. Each headset feature Razer’s TriForce Titanium 50mm Drivers with FlowKnit memory foam ear cushions. They also use a variant of Razer’s Hyperclear Cardioid mics.
Their frames, at a glance, also sport the same style and overall appearance. You have a mesh-skinned padding under the headband in “Razer” green, the Razer triple-headed snake on the outside of each ear cup, and the Razer logo across the top of the head band.
The left ear cup houses the boom mic, USB-C charging port, power button, master volume dial, and a mic mute toggle switch. On the right ear cup, you have a button for EQ-toggling and Xbox pairing as well as a game and chat balancer dial. On the Kaira Pro, this earcup also houses a Bluetooth pairing button.
Both Razer headsets give you wireless audio and chat with your Xbox. The each come with EQ toggling and customization options, with neither having to use a USB dongle receiver. So then, why have a Kaira Pro then? The answer is gaming and media consumption on the go. The Kaira Pro gives you everything that the Kaira headset gives you, but now with customizable LEDs on the sides and Bluetooth connectivity with your mobile device.
|Razer Kaira||Razer Kaira Pro|
|Xbox Wireless||Xbox Wireless and Bluetooth 5.0|
|Bendable Razer™ HyperClear Cardioid Mic||Detachable Razer™ HyperClear Supercardioid Mic / Dedicated mobile mic|
|Razer™ TriForce Titanium 50mm Drivers||Razer™ TriForce Titanium 50mm Drivers|
|FlowKnit memory foam ear cushions||FlowKnit memory foam ear cushions|
|Windows Sonic – Surround Sound||Windows Sonic – Surround Sound|
|On-earcup audio controls||On-earcup audio controls|
|Battery life: Up to 15 hours||Battery life: Up to 15 hours (with Chroma Lighting) / 20 hours (without Chroma Lighting)|
|Weight: Approx. 293g||Weight: Approx. 330g|
|Price: $99.99||Price: $149.99|
The Kaira Pro offers you the option to use it as a fully mobile wireless headset. The boom mic on the Kaira Pro is removable, which when removed, activates the onboard mobile mic. The Kaira Pro can then be used to listen to music, watch movies, or even handle phones while connected to your mobile device. The Bluetooth button handles both wireless pairing and media controlling. Single-presses play and pause your media, double-presses trigger a back track and triple-presses trigger a forward track.
Speaking on comfort, the Razer Kaira and Razer Kaira Pro are lightweight and comfortable. The FlowKnit memory foam ear cushions allow for a good degree of breathability thanks to their mesh exterior. This exterior has a slick and soft feel that allows the headsets to play nice with glasses frames. Interestingly enough, this is not at the expense of sound isolation. The interior of each ear cushion features a leatherette layer which help form the headset’s acoustic seal. This provided a good degree of sound isolation.
Thanks to their cushioning and weight, both the Kaira and Kaira Pro allowed for comfortable and long term game play, without any noticeable fatigue even after 5 hours of continuous play. As a bonus, each headset is also pleasant to look at, while they maintain that familiar Razer peripheral look. This bodes well for the mobile-geared Kaira Pro, making it a headset that is attractive enough to take out of the house.
Features and Performance
Beyond the default sound presentation of the Kaira and Kaira Pro headsets, you get three additional canned EQ’s in each headset. By tapping the Xbox pairing button, you can hop between Default to Bass Boost, FPS, and Custom. All of these and more can be customized to the user’s liking through the free Razer Headset Setup app for Xbox. Through the customization app, you can toggle mic settings, tweak both driver and mic EQ’s, and fiddle with power options. If you are specifically using the app with the Kaira Pro, you also get an extra menu for controlling the LED’s color, brightness, and behavior.
The app keeps it simple, allowing you to easily dive right into specific features that you want to tweak. You can make changes to the default profile or create a completely new profile of your own. I particularly like how the app gives you full reign to customize the ranges within the EQ’s that you toggle between as you press the Xbox pairing button. Although, I would have liked a better indicator as to which EQ I was toggling between whenever I pressed the EQ toggle button. Whenever you shift between EQ’s on the fly, the transition was quiet, causing you to simply listen if you landed on the EQ you were searching for. This UI snag is one that could easily be rectified by adding a series of beeps that count with the EQ you swap to.
That said, the app is user friendly and inviting, making the customization of the Kaira and Kaira Pro headsets both interesting and fun.
Diving into audio performance, the Razer™ TriForce Titanium 50mm Drivers in the Kaira and Kaira Pro headsets deliver solid in-game sound. You a nice and balanced sound presentation that plays well with the Windows Sonic virtual surround sound experience. At the default setting, you get nice environmental awareness with immersive explosions and clear spoken word. I spent the bulk of my playthroughs with the default settings without ever having to change EQ’s. I was not disappointed.
That said, the Bass Boost and FPS EQ’s were also nice yet simple touches as listening options. Bass Boost enhanced rumblings, vehicle sounds, and explosions. It was a nice EQ if you care more about general action immersion over the picking up of enemy footsteps. However, FPS offers a direct counter to that, removing the bulk of the bass and low range sounds, allowing you to focus better on footsteps. This was a solid EQ to swap to in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. You may not get the sensation of satisfying cinematic explosions, but you do get what you truly want here: your enemy’s position.
As far as movie watching or music listening goes, the default EQ also does a good job at giving you a clean and mostly balanced sound presentation. Percussion is clean, with vocals and bass taking just a pinch of step farther into the forefront. Bass Boost plays nicely here as well, adding the thump you would want in a boosted bass without being muddy or overbearing.
This experience plays well with the mobile-centric Kaira Pro. The Kaira Pro transitions cleanly into an outdoor mobile headset. This is thanks to its removeable boom mic as well as its ability to fully control your mobile device’s media. It was easily to finagle soundtracks and handle phone calls thanks to the Bluetooth button’s traditional single button controller scheme.
Diving into mic performance, the boom mics found in each headset do a respectable job at focusing in on the wearer’s voice. The speaker’s voice projects cleanly and clearly to the other side. While the mic can occasionally pick up background sounds and voices, it does a decent job at suppressing those sounds, causing them to project at a much lower volume than the wearer’s voice. Thanks to this, I did not find much need in using the Mic Boost, which cause the mic to listen to a much larger range of background sounds. As per usual, I did turn on Mic Monitoring since it helps to keep me aware of my usually booming voice.
The dedicated mobile mic on the Kaira Pro was good enough for what it offered. You are indeed able to handle phone calls well with the Kaira Pro, with parties on the other end being able to understand you well enough. It does pick up outdoor background noise as most mobile mics do, but it gets the job done.
I do like that Razer offered two avenues for wireless gaming audio on the Xbox. We have reviewed several headsets which offer you wireless audio with the Xbox One while doubling as a mobile Bluetooth headset. Instead of assuming whether you wanted a home and outdoor combo product versus a straightforward home gaming one, Razer opted to offer both flavors here. With a $50 difference in price between them, you can decide for yourself how much you want from your wireless Xbox headset.
While you make that decision, you do not have to worry about differences in audio quality. Both the Razer Kaira and Razer Kaira Pro use the same driver and mics while offering practically the same customization options. While each headset offers you a solid and straightforward wireless gaming solution, the Kaira Pro takes it a step further in versatility. If you are looking for a headset to pair nicely with the Razer Kishi for Xbox Cloud gaming on your mobile device, the Kaira Pro is a strong headset to start and possibly end your search with.
In a gaming market saturated with wireless headsets, Razer offers two solid contenders for you to choose from. If you are looking for a straightforward wireless gaming headset, complete with audio customization features, check out the Razer Kaira Wireless Headset for Xbox by clicking here. If you need a headset that does the same but also handles your outdoor listening needs, then check out the Razer Kaira Pro wireless headset for Xbox by clicking here instead.
† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided Razer Kaira and Kaira Pro wireless headsets for Xbox for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.