With the Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft has already entered the 4th generation of consoles. Since the distinction between the generations is no longer so clear and Microsoft is also available on Android with their subscription service “Gamepass” thanks to “Project xCloud”, Razer has released the Kaira Pro for Xbox, a headset for all uses that have something to do with Microsoft’s gaming consoles. So it doesn’t matter whether you’ve already arrived at the current generation (Series X or S), are still in the last generation (One, One S and One X) or play via the cloud on a mobile device, the new headset from Razer works everywhere. Of course, this also applies to Windows 10, after all, it’s essentially all about Microsoft.
All consoles connect via Xbox Wireless, for mobile devices, the Kaira Pro supports Bluetooth 5.0, which is also the most important difference to the Kaira without Pro, as they lack the wireless standard.
In order to get the ideal sound from the 50mm drivers, it is recommended that you install the “Razer Headset Setup App” directly on the console. We’re already familiar with the TriForce Titanium 50 mm drivers from the BlackShark V2, which impressed us in our sound test. In the app, all adjustments that are usually accessible on the PC via the Synapse software can be made. For example, the lighting, the sound of the headphones and the microphone can be adjusted directly on the console. This reveals that the manufacturer’s logo lights up in various colours on the Kaira Pro if desired.
Probably the most important feature, for the sound, is a 5-band equaliser. In addition to three presets, which can be changed, there is another space reserved for a user preset.
The microphone can also be improved via the app: The HyperClear super-cardioid microphone is also equipped with a 5-band EQ that comes with four predefined profiles + user profile. In addition, a microphone gain can be activated as well as volume normalisation. All microphone settings can be listened to directly through the headset by pressing a button. So you can hear for yourself how the microphone sound can be heard by your fellow players.
One disadvantage may be that you have to keep switching from game to app to adjust the audio, and you won’t hear the sound of the game as a reference. Nevertheless, even with the presets from Razer, gaming is very good. What is great, however, is that there is a button on the right earpiece with which you can switch through the four presets with a double click. If you’re looking for depth, double-click to access the “Bass Boost” preset. After the next double-click, there is the “FPS Preset”, where bass gives way to treble, so that you can better hear the footsteps of your opponents in the game. Click once more, and you reach the User Preset before it goes back to the default setting.
Under the EQ button, the balance between game sound and chat can be adjusted directly on the headphones. The Bluetooth button is a little lower down. It is not only used to activate Bluetooth, but also to control song titles, start and pause, to accept or reject calls and to activate voice control – making it a multifunctional button.
On the other side are the on/off switch, a volume control and a switch that mutes or activates the microphone. This side also houses the microphone and there is a USB-C port to charge the headset.
The PC has a purpose to serve, updates are carried out via a special Kaira software on a Windows computer. To carry out updates, the headset needs to be switched on and connected via USB using the supplied charging cable. If there is a new firmware version, it can be quickly transferred to the headset.
The Kaira Pro does without a lot of bells and whistles, such as virtual surround, or Dolby anything. Nevertheless, you can hear the quality of the drivers, which, as mentioned, had already impressed us in another headset. The bass preset, for example, sounds great in the prologue of “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order”. In sequences with speech, however, another preset or your own is better. So: double-click and get rid of the bass. Even though the EQ only has five bands available, Razer has hit the right frequencies here to intervene in the sound in a user-friendly but also effective way. The hardware always has the sound under control, because even with extreme settings, the sound remains detailed and clear. The microphone via Bluetooth on a Windows laptop sounds, despite the similarity to the in-house product, more bass-heavy than the microphone of the BlackShark V2. However, speech intelligibility is good and noise is pleasantly restrained. If you find that there’s too much bass, you can adjust the EQ on the console. If you use the microphone settings, noise becomes clearly audible – but this is not an unusual result when the sound source is amplified or normalised.
Long nights with the Kaira Pro are no problem. The memory foam earpads fit comfortably and provide good passive noise cancellation. The structure ensures that there is as little skin contact as necessary so that heat does not build up.
The headband is also nicely padded. The adjustment to the head size is unusually “old-school”, because you have to pull it yourself. Self-adjusting alternatives, such as the Kraken or Nari, perhaps offer a little more luxury. The detachable microphone is also a matter of taste. If you don’t need it, it can of course be stored separately from the headphones. But here, too, other headsets from Razer offer solutions that you might find work better. Visually, however, the black/green headphones fit perfectly into the Xbox universe.
For Xbox gamers who do not just sit exclusively in front of the console, the Razer Kaira Pro for Xbox is perhaps the best choice in the crowded large headset market, thanks to Bluetooth 5.0. With the direct adjustment via app on the console, you are almost completely independent and mobile, apart from needing to install firmware updates on a PC. The detailed sound of these headphones leaves hardly anything to be desired if you are satisfied with stereo sound. The microphone also does its job well. Away from Xbox, Cloud and Windows 10, however, the Kaira lacks options: A 3.5 mm connection is missing and the stubborn competiton refuses to connect via Bluetooth. But then again, it does explicitly say “for Xbox”.
- Ear couplingOver-ear
- Transducer principledynamic
- Frequency response (headphones)20 - 20.000 Hz
- Impedance32 ohms
- Sound pressure level (SPL)108 dB
- Weight without cable330 g
What's in the box
- Detachable microphone
- USB-C cable
- BT codecs: aptX, AAC, SBC
- BT version: 5.0
- Runtime: Up to 15 hours (with Chroma lighting); 20 hours (without Chroma lighting)