With so many options to buy with just about as many different designs, styles, and features, buying a new headset has turned into a bit of a headache. Especially since there are so many headsets out there that seem to do what you want them to do, and that do them well.
One such headset that will do what you need it to, and more, is the Kraken V3 Hypersense from Razer. With a name like the Kraken, you must know that this thing is a gargantuan monster when it comes to dominating the ocean of sound waves that you expose yourself to when gaming, listening to music, or simply streaming and chilling.
And coming from a company like Razer, a company with a reputation the same size as the mythical creature they named their headset after and with a boat load of experience and gear to prove why they live up to the reputation, you know you’re in for a treat with them.
Razer has recently dropped the Kraken V3 range of headsets and, in that, have given you four options for some really impressive headsets. Included in the range are the Kraken V3 X, the Kraken V3, the Kraken V3 Hypersense, and the Kraken V3 Pro. While all four models boast the same design, the Hypersense and Pro models are the only two of the range that have the Razer Hypersense Haptic feedback.
We were given time with the Hypersense model and so, this review will be focused around that one but for more info on the range, follow this link:
You may be asking yourself what gives you that extra edge when it comes to the Kraken V3 Hypersense headset from Razer, well, let’s take a look.
Design and Performance
Razer opted for the more traditional design with the Kraken V3 Hypersense, as they have with all their headsets. This traditional design consisted of a padded headband, cushioned over-ear cup and a detachable mic.
This design is made better using memory foam cushions in the ear cups that are made from a hybrid of fabric and leatherette to increase comfort, as well as durability. These cups are made to last, to feel good and help to isolate sounds within the headset, as well as reduce external sounds and assist in haptic transfer (more on this later).
The headband itself is steel reinforced which increases its resilience and durability, while remaining lightweight and flexible to ensure comfort, even in those extended gaming sessions. The cushion in the headband is soft and thick and helps to negate pressure and weight on the top of the head, preventing that ever-annoying band-sensitivity that some other headsets cause from extended use.
The overall design of the Kraken V3 Hypersense is focused on being equal parts robust and comfortable and Razer have managed to pull that off spectacularly, while still producing a good-looking headset.
The look of the Kraken V3 Hypersense is made even better through the addition of Razer’s very own Chroma RGB in the logo on each of the ear cups. The options for colour and light sequence seem endless with this headset and I can guarantee that even the pickiest of RGB enthusiasts, or the most pedantic on set up colour coordination (like me), will find exactly what they’re looking for in the wide range of options.
One very cool feature that Razer has with the RGB lighting is their Ambient Awareness setting which basically allows the Razer Synapse software to choose the lighting of your Razer products based on what you are playing. As Razer puts it, Ambient Awareness will transform your gaming experience and allow for deeper immersion in your favourite games.
The sound on the Kraken V3 Hypersense is delivered through Razer’s patented Triforce 50mm drivers and is fully customisable within the Synapse software. Razer also has some pretty incredible pre-sets that you can start with and adjust exactly where in your cup you are hearing things sounds. These can also be very simply changed, as well as other sounds levels to gaming, music, movies and others using the Synapse software.
Communication is key in any gaming situation and the Kraken V3 Hypersense has been given the tool to make sure that yours is crisp and clear in-game, on Zoom or anywhere else you need to talk with the Razer Hyperclear Cardioid mic. This mic actively works to suppress background noises from the sides and back of the mic and enhances the clarity and natural representation of your voice. The mic is also detachable, so it can be easily stored somewhere safe when not in use.
The talk of the town with this headset is what’s in its name. Hypersense.
Hypersense is Razer’s very own way of providing haptic feedback to the user to allow for the next level of gaming immersion. Haptic feedback is the inclusion of the touch sense, usually through vibration in gaming, to allow for quicker decision making and information relay intense situations.
The Kraken V3 Hypersense allows for quick changing between three levels of haptic feedback, from subtle and barely there to basically vibrating your skull – each to their own and each has its place. This can be adjusted through the Synapse software or by clicking the Hypersense button on the bottom of the right ear cup, just above the volume control wheel.
The Razer Kraken V3 Hypersense is powered through a 2m long, braided USB-A cable. Again, wired vs wireless will always be a point of contention but I personally have no issues with wired and the cable was more than long enough to comfortably suit my set-up and give me enough space to move while wearing the headset with no pulling. The Kraken V3 Pro is the only wireless model in the new Kraken range but otherwise features all the same things as the Hypersense with the only other difference being the mic on the Pro model.
With the use of a USB cable, it does mean that the Kraken V3 Hypersense is usable on every platform except for Xbox. Once again, this is at no fault of Razer’s, but the blame lies solely with Xbox which has still not allowed for USB headset support.
It was abundantly clear from the first instant I used the Kraken V3 Hypersense why Razer is calling this set their flagship haptic headset. Everything about this headset oozes excellence. From the comfort to the performance, this headset is definitely one of the best that I’ve had the pleasure of putting on.
Personally, it took me some time to get used to the haptic, and I still can’t really say if I’m a big fan of vibrating ears, but I can see the use of it. When I did use it, I had the vibrations set on the lowest setting and, once I was used to it, didn’t even realise it was on – which for me is the best. The vibrations were only felt in crucial moments that helped me gain an edge over my opponent in 1v1 situations. I can see the value of the highest setting of the haptic feedback but, for the games, I play (Valorant, Splitgate, Battlefield and Halo Infinite), I found that setting to be a little too much.
The sound even without the haptic feedback was crisp and I was easily able to pinpoint the direction of the footsteps or gunfire and reacted on instinct, more than thought, because of the accuracy of the sound feedback.
The headset ear cups were exactly big enough for my big ears, which means more than enough for the rest of you with normal-sized ears, and I was able to enjoy hours of game time with the Kraken V3 Hypersense, often feeling like there wasn’t even a headset on my head – fantastic!
One minor issue I experienced wasn’t with the headset itself but more the combination of the Razer Synapse and Cortex apps running simultaneously on my PC. It needs to be said that my PC is not a beast by any judgement but the two apps running together sometimes resulted in less than normal performance as the PC was put under strain. Not by much but I did feel a dip in performance. For those of you running your 3000Gb ram and a billion thread setups with DDR500, this shouldn’t be an issue at all, and even if you aren’t running a NASA spec PC, an average set-up should cope fine. It just served to remind me that I need to upgrade.
With all the Kraken V3 Hypersense from Razer has to offer, it really is well-deserving of its name as it will, and does, sink all the other competition around it. This headset is a ruler in its own right and definitely deserves the recognition it gets as the flagship of the Kraken range.
If you are in the market for an upper-tier headset, you cannot go wrong with the Kraken V3 Hypersense and the customisation options seem infinite making this the perfect headset for almost everyone. A one-size-fits-all, in a way.
We award the Razer Kraken V3 Hypersense the following rating:
With an overall EAX rating of 4.5!
A big thank you goes out to the legends over at Apex Interactive for giving us a chance to experience the sheer power of the Kraken V3 Hypersense.