Razer Opus Review: The Nomadic Noise Canceling Headset and Pro Gaming News

Razer, a brand specializing in devices for gamers and manufacturer of several benchmark headsets, is venturing to the general public with the Opus model, a noise-canceling headset for use with your smartphone, your computer, but also your console . We tested it daily for several days. Here is our verdict. Technical dataCompatibilityWindows, MacOs, Smartphones, Tablets, Xbox On and series, Playstation 4 and 5, SwitchTransducer2x40 mmFrequency response20Hz – 20 kHz impedance12 OhmSensitivity105 dB / mW Microphone type1 x omnidirectional attenuation microphone Noise No Illuminated areas No 7.1 / 3D rendering No Illuminated areas No 7.1 / 3D rendering No Cable Connections available Bluetooth 5.0

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Especially nomad

It comes in a semi-rigid case with a fabric surface on the inside and synthetic leather on the outside, which is the same as that of the Bose Headphone 700 and in which you can store the headset and its accessories. Protect it from dust and knock. Once in the bag, the bag measures 20 x 18 x 6.5 centimeters and is quite massive, but also very protective, especially against blows. Ideal for everyday use in your pocket or in a larger suitcase, in the middle of all your mess. It’s definitely a lot more efficient than the Apple AirPods Max smart case we tested a few days ago. The only downside is that you have to fold the headset precisely enough to fit inside, with one headset folded over the hoop rather than the other, which often takes a little thought (or even a few tries) before you’re successful. A habit. The headphones also come with a small pouch a few square centimeters that holds the 50 centimeter USB-A / USB-C cable required for charging, the 4-pin mini-jack cable of four feet and the fourth – Inch cables can be stored – Mini pin jack to mini jack 2 pin adapter. Chipotons a little more with the size of this little bag that, due to a lack of space, wastes some time on those who want to keep their cables inside. In any case, the Razer Opus shows its main functionality here, namely a nomadic headset that you take with you when you transport it.

It will still be necessary to pay attention to it

All this protection is not there for nothing. Without being particularly fragile, the Razer Opus doesn’t show any foolproof solidity. We are more on a small hi-fi headset than on a large gamer or PA model. The hoop is thin, as are the ball joints, and it is indeed the plastic that acts as the structure, with the exception of two metal bars to reinforce the auricle extensions. It is therefore a model that needs to be handled with a certain degree of caution, but the quality of the surface is there: no visible screws, sober and flawless semi-matt plastics. We’re obviously not up to date with what the Apple AirPods Max has to offer, but the headset is also much lighter at just 270 grams on the scales. It is therefore less heavy on the head and neck in the long run and is more quickly forgotten. With its simple arch, it comes to rest over a foam on the head that is fine enough but dense enough that the rod doesn’t press down on the top of the head. And in terms of size, we were able to install it on both a child’s head and a large adult’s head, with space to either increase or decrease the spacing in either case. Comfort is at the rendezvous, with fairly firm support and a helmet that moves very little with the movements of the head. And then we appreciate the high mobility of the various elements thanks to the rotation of the auricles around a vertical axis from -15 ° to + 90 ° and a slight rotation around a horizontal axis of only 10 °, which allows the helmet to position itself well, regardless of the shape of the head.

The double connection that makes it cross-platform

On the connection side, the Razer Opus relies on two largely compatible protocols: on the one hand, Bluetooth 5.0 for a wireless connection with smartphones, tablets, computers and televisions and, on the other hand, a classic wired mini-socket for everything that is not Bluetooth-compatible. This means that the headset can be used on all of our current consoles, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series or One, but also on Switch if we accept wired gaming. Knowing that in this case the headset will work without the use of a battery, unless you activate active attenuation of external noise. Of course, Opus isn’t the first company to offer this dual connectivity, and it’s clear that that’s not enough to add the gamer label to an everyday headset. Apart from the fact that we benefit here from a low-latency mode for Bluetooth, in which audio processing is reduced to a minimum and the microphone is managed both wirelessly and wired in all cases. The Opus can therefore be used both for answering the phone and for chatting on a console (except of course via switch). The only thing missing is the included dongle in the ETW 270 hybrid style in order to fully fulfill the characteristics of a general public gaming headset and offer us wirelessly on consoles. In terms of ergonomics don’t mind, Razer could do better. In fact, we have four thin buttons in the right atrium that are not very differentiable (despite a little effort to create a difference in relief between the first three). In addition, the headset combines the multifunction button at the touch of a button with an on / off button, which can also be used to change the damping mode, and a special button for answering the phone, rejecting a call, activating game mode. or control the playback of tracks. A lot for such small buttons. Well, it’s no worse than the Bose 700’s touch, but no better than Apple’s suggestion.

Simple and welcome software support

Razer offers us to support the Opus headset with a special mobile application that can be downloaded for free on iOS and Android. In contrast to the Bose 700, the application is not mandatory and it is entirely possible to use the headset directly in Bluetooth. But the bonuses it brings are considerable: headphone battery indicator, equalizer with presets, management of automatic standby and automatic shutdown when you put the headphones around your shoulders, but also direct access to the user manual. This is very handy given the complexity of certain controls. We’ll just regret that it’s impossible to create your own preset. The visualization of the equalization is just a simple picture and not a module for adjusting the different frequencies. It is clear that it will be necessary to do what is proposed, namely a flat equalization called THX (for partnering with the audio protocol), an “amplified” mode that amplifies the media, a vocal mode with one slightly higher medium to bring out the vocals, the “Enhanced Bass” mode, which lowers the medium and small highs to emphasize the bass, and the “Enhanced Clarity” mode, which functions as a low cut below 800 Hz. Presets that are more relevant, more or less useful, and which unfortunately we cannot select without using the application.

Sound side, it’s very good

Switching from the Airpods Max to the Opus should have got us quite a big shock, as the Apple headphones were particularly successful on the sound side (and even for their price). We have to admit, however, that the Razer’s model does really well, with good definition across the spectrum and a balance that is good to hear. So the Opus is obviously not an audiophile headset, and we’re not going to be looking for the little beast for its little excesses in the lower midrange or the precision of its highs when you turn up the volume. Overall, it’s very good, with good dynamics and a nice volume amplitude, perfect for a musical ride in a noisy environment. Especially since the headphones add an anti-noise component with 3 isolation modes to the equation. The “passive” mode, in which the ANC (Active Noise Canceling) is deactivated, whereby the thickness of the auricles and the plastics are retained in order to protect the eardrum from outside noise. In this case, the highs of these noises are attenuated, and a fairly thick layer of vibration remains in the middle bass. As soon as the ANC is activated, these mid-basses are almost forgotten and allow some mid-range to appear again in the background. The effect is effective for transport, train, plane or car, as the noise of motors or bearings becomes almost inaudible. There is still a little blasting effect in the background and the impression of being very divided (claustrophobics will appreciate it moderately). It also remains a notch below Apple’s suggestion, especially with the surrounding voices, which aren’t as well muffled. Ambient mode also suffers from the quality of the microphones this headset is equipped with, especially when compared to the AirPods Max. We are very far from the “transparency” effect, with simply more limited treble attenuation, but undefined . You can’t have a normal conversation with someone who has the headphones on. But overall it’s fine, comparable to suggestions from Bose or Sony, with a sound signature that stays consistent regardless of which damping mode is activated.

Overall a great success

The Razer Opus is certainly a nomadic headset before it is a gaming headset, but we appreciated its use in both situations. The fact that it can be used for calling or chatting with its microphone, with correct and intelligible sound (which we also do not recommend for streaming) makes it a very pleasant companion, especially since its battery lasts well. The shock with more than 20 hours of continuous use at full volume and the option of being wired if necessary. It’s also easy to store, comfortable to wear, protect you from ambient noise, and sound great. Few regrets in the end aside from its obvious fragility which requires some precautions to be taken to handle and keeping it in its case for shipping to avoid scratches. For just over € 200, which is still quite expensive but inferior to its most prestigious competitors, Razer signs a beautiful model, light and efficient, that we love to use every day. Light and elegant A very good sound, balanced and without aggressiveness 20 hours of autonomy Noise insulation during transport very effective Broad compatibility Use not mandatory, but welcome – negatives A headset that needs to be kept in mind Ergonomics of the buttons can be perfected Insulation is missing A little air Bravo to Razer for this first test on noise headphones. The Opus is comfortable to wear, practical and perfect for listening to music, watching movies or playing video games, thanks in particular to its compatibility with many Bluetooth and cable platforms. The price is certainly a bit high, but it’s the price you have to pay to have a high performance headset with a beautiful sound signature. The Opinion of oliveroidubocal Redaction March 06, 2021 at 6:14:00 PM 17/20 Buy the Razer Opus directly from the Razer website

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