I’m not sure if it’s the shape of my head or the look of my ears, but lately, I’ve been getting A LOT of headsets to review. Honestly, I don’t mind, it really lets me compare apples with apples and I feel like with each headset reviewed I can offer a better opinion. So, without further ado a headset review:
This time around, I was blessed with a set of the Razer Kaira PlayStation Edition. The Xbox Edition of the same headset has been around since late 2020 and the PlayStation Edition is essentially the same, with a few tweaks and changes. Notably, the PlayStation Kaira has a snazzy white look to match the design of the PS5 and the logos are that classic PlayStation LED blue. Secondly, they’ve boosted the battery life from 15 to 30 hours, magic, or better batteries, you decide.
With that out of the way, let’s chat about the headset itself. I know most people these days have their consoles set up on their desks, where they have an upright, lumbar supporting chair and your head is perfectly level to the ground. This works well for headsets because then they don’t have to cling for dear life to your head as gravity tries to pull them off. Me, on the other hand, I like to play my console from the couch, starfishing with a bowl of chips on my belly and my neck tweaking every 25 minutes. Large headsets tend to be squished up against the couch, pushing against my ears at an 87-degree angle that just makes me uncomfortable, so I tend to go with in-ears when it comes to console. The Razer Kaira told me otherwise. I popped this, quite stunning, headset on my head and then proceeded to forget it was there. They’re lightweight, quite comfortable and stuck to my head, no matter what yoga pose I was attempting to do while killing a few dragons.
I found the sound quality to be pretty good, but I mean, it’s Razer here, they shouldn’t be slacking on things like sound quality. Also, I was going from a tiny little in-ear bud to a full 50mm driven cup, so there was an expectation of much better sound quality. I did switch out my daily PC set for the Razer Kaira as well and was still not disappointed with the sound. The headset offers a slightly warm and very full sound experience. Whether paired up with the PlayStation console or my PC, I felt fully engrossed in the soundscapes that the games on hand had to offer. The Bluetooth also offers the same sound quality, whether it be on a call or listening to my favourite playlist. Although great in the cup, the microphone was slightly too soft for my liking. I have a soft and gentle voice, like that of an angel, and I had to add quite a lot more boost than I usually do when it came to the mic on the Kaira.
The Kaira also offers a full control panel on the headset itself, the volume control, power switch, EQ switch and Smart switch are all easy to reach and easy to feel out, so you won’t be mixing them up when you get a little flustered.
What I really enjoyed with this headset though, was how versatile it was. One minute I’m exploring open spaces on my console, the EQ set to Amplified, and simply by unplugging the dongle and moving over to my PC, I’m suddenly taking down some Counter-Terrorists, EQ set to FPS. Phone call? No problem, the headset was paired to my phones Bluetooth and automatically switched to the phone audio when I answered the call and back again when the call was over. I felt like I had the one ring to rule them all, simply by connecting the little USB-C dongle, to whatever thing I was moving on to next in the house. (They do ship with a USB-A to USB-C converter cable, so no need to worry there, and yes, I did lie, one minute on my console? lol)
The headset does also connect to the Razer Audio mobile app, where you can create a custom EQ that can be switched to via the EQ switch, but other than that and the ability to see the charge on the headset, I didn’t find I needed it.
Overall, the Razer Kaira was a great headset to play around with. It has great sound quality and its ability to connect to almost anything from my PC to my Switch to my PlayStation and even a sneaky little phone call now and then made me feel like I really had a smart piece of tech on my head. Both the Bluetooth and wireless ranges covered my whole house and they offered comfort, a huge deal considering I’m going to be wearing them all day every day. Barring the soft, non-detachable mic, they were welcome to stick around.
The Razer Kaira PlayStation Edition is a sleek, quality headset, more versatile than a pair of black jeans. Its only downfall is its mic.
Good looking headset
Good quality sound
One headset fits all (almost)
Mic is soft and non-detachable
The Bluetooth is not simultaneous to the wireless connection
Is it K-eye-rah? Is it Care-ah? Is it Kay-rah? Somebody tell me!