After reviewing so many Xbox headsets recently, it is a little a refreshing to tackle a Nintendo Switch headset for a change of scenery. However, Razer’s new hybrid wireless headset goes a bit beyond that. The Razer Barracuda X sports compatibility with the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation (4 & 5), Android devices, and PC. A wireless USB-C dongle, an assortment of cabling and 2.4Ghz wireless connectivity powers this headset’s versatility across various platforms.
Let’s dive right into the $99.99 Razer Barracuda X to see what it brings to the table.
Razer Barracuda X Base Specs
|Frequency Response||20 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Impedance||32 Ω (1 kHz)|
|Sensitivity||96dBSPL / mW@1KHz by HATS|
|Driver Size||40 mm|
|Driver Type||Razer™ TriForce|
|Inner Earcup Diameter||60 mm x 40 mm|
|Connection Type||USB-C Wireless (2.4GHz), 3.5mm Analog|
|Cable Length||1.5 m / 4.92 ft|
|Weight||250 g / 0.55 lbs|
|Microphone Type||Detachable HyperClear Cardioid, Unidirectional|
|Microphone Frequency Response||100 Hz – 10 kHz|
|Microphone Sensitivity (@1khz)||-42 ± 3 dB|
|Battery Life||20 hrs|
A Razer Barracuda X wireless headset purchase comes with a wireless USB-C dongle, a USB-A to USB-C charging cable, a USB-A to USB-C extender cable, a removable boom mic, and a 3.5mm cable for wired use.
Build, Features, and Comfort
The Razer Barracuda X features a silhouette that resembles that of the Razer Opus, with differences in ear cup padding and logo style. This headset features Flownit memory form ear cushions, a leatherette headband cushion, and swiveling ear cups. All of the headset’s controls and ports sit on the left ear cup. Starting from the rear, you have the mic mute toggle button, the main volume wheel, the power button, a 3.5mm jack, the USB-C charging port, and the slot for the removable boom mic.
The Razer Barracuda X tackles a wide variety of platforms and use cases. The USB-C wireless dongle offers wireless connectivity with the Nintendo Switch and Android mobile devices. No software is needed for these devices as audio begins to transmit wirelessly as soon as the dongle is connected. On Android devices, the Razer Barracuda X’s power button doubles as a media controller. Single presses play and pause your media, double presses move to the next track and triple presses move to the previous track. Holding the power button switches the headset’s main power between on and off.
The USB-A to USB-C extender cable lets you continue to use the Razer Barracuda X wirelessly with the Nintendo Switch when the system is in its docking station. Beyond that, this cable also lets you use the headset wirelessly with a PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. In these scenarios, the headset and dongle continue to be plug and play with no software installations necessary. However, with the PC, you have the option of installing Razer’s free (with product purchase) 7.1 Surround Sound add on, which you can toggle on and off at will. If you want to take the surround sound experience even further, you have the option to separately purchase the THX Spatial Audio Surround Sound application for use with the Razer Barracuda X. Lastly, the 3.5mm cable connects the Razer Barracuda X to any audio source with a 3.5mm jack.
It is worth noting that the headset’s mic will not work with the Nintendo Switch or Android devices, specifically when connected with the USB-C dongle. That is mainly because those devices are not set up for mic input via USB-C. Otherwise, the mic works as expected with any device that supports mic input via USB or a 3.5mm cable.
The Razer Barracuda X utilizes a simple and sleek look while covering a wide variety of use cases. The USB-C dongle has a noticeable bit of a presence to it when it is connected to your mobile devices or the Nintendo Switch. However, its presence is not at all cumbersome whenever you try to use those various devices with the Razer Barracuda X. I found no issues with keeping my Samsung Galaxy S20 in my pocket with the dongle attached whenever I listened to music on the go. This is even less of an issue with console or PC use, whether you use the USB-C to USB-A extender cable or not.
This headset knocks comfort out of the park. Coming in at a little over half a pound in weight, and coupled those highly breathable air cushions, the Razer Barracuda X truly is a headset you can wear all day before noticing the slightest bit of wearing fatigue. Despite its gentle grasp on your head, the hold is quite secure. Given that this headset is also for on-the-go mobile use and media consumption, that is good to see. The Razer Barracuda X is headset that encourages you to wear it outdoors.
The Razer Barracuda X produces a solid and balanced sound, with clean highs, strong mids and a vibrant and non-muddy bass. In gaming, the highs were clear enough to allow me to pick up enemy footsteps, whether I played Apex Legends on the Nintendo Switch or PC. Vocals were clear and the explosions and ground rumblings were nice and deep. The Razer Barracuda X was particularly helpful on the Nintendo Switch as playing Apex Legends on that platform is not nearly as smooth as it on every other platform. Therefore, I was happy to get any edge that I could. If that edge came via solid audio feedback from my enemies, then that was just what I needed.
On PC, where Apex Legends plays as well as it possibly could, I took out enemies at the same rate that I was normally used to. However, using the Razer Barracuda X on PC allowed me to try out that free 7.1 Surround Sound add-on. When I switched on 7.1 Surround Sound with the Razer Barracuda X, I noticed a distinct change in the various sound ranges. Now, the lows & bass projected much stronger than before, coming across more prevalently than the mids and even more so than the highs. However, that directional sound output was still helpful in picking with enemy locations.
With 7.1 Surround Sound on, the highs that normally encompass footsteps and gunshots, were a little weaker. However, the added directional sound feedback and a more immersive bass still allowed the Razer Barracuda X to flourish throughout my Apex Legends playthroughs. It was only a matter of preference of whether or not I wanted to use the 7.1 Surround Sound feature. I can only wonder how different this experience would be with the optional THX Spatial Audio Surround Sound application.
Using the Razer Barracuda X with my mobile device was an enjoyable experience. Using the power button to control media tracks is simple and par for the course when it comes to single-button media controls. As comfortable as those ear cups are, do not expect much sound isolation in noisier outdoor scenarios. Just taking the train to the office, I was still able to enjoy my media with ease, but with noticeable inward sound leaks from the train and passersby.
Diving into media consumption such as movie-watching or music-listening, the Razer Barracuda X’s naturally balanced sound played nicely here as well. You are treated to crisp percussion, solid vocals and instrumentals, and a vibrant but not-too-strong bass. If you are consuming media on a PC, and you turn on Razer’s 7.1 Surround Sound, the bass and some of the mids come across much stronger, noticeably suppressing percussion. If you are looking for a “bass boost” in your listening experience, the 7.1 Surround Sound will definitely give you that effect on PC.
Last but not least, the mic on the Razer Barracuda X broadcasts your voice nice and clear. Whether it was just socializing in a Discord voice chat or frantically making call-outs during Apex Legends matches, teammates expressed no issues with my voice transmissions.
Coming in at a very approachable $99 price point, the Razer Barracuda X is a great purchase for gamers that dabble in multiple gaming platforms. It is an even better purchase for Nintendo Switch users that want a wireless audio solution for gaming on the go. This also goes well for Android gamers that want a wireless audio solution that transmits sound at a better quality than Bluetooth can currently provide. The Razer Barracuda X sounds great, feels great, and has an impressive assortment of applications. Having a removable mic further only strengthens its versatility when used outdoors.
Looking for a solid wireless audio solution for your Nintendo Switch or mobile device which you can also use on PC or PlayStation? Then the Razer Barracuda X is definitely a product that you should check out for yourself by clicking here.
† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided a Razer Barracuda X hybrid wireless headset for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.