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Razer Barracuda Pro Review | Reliable reviews

Razer Barracuda Pro Review |  Reliable reviews

Razer Barracuda Pro is a great gaming headset, with the inclusion of ANC technology that makes it ideal for anyone who wants to immerse themselves completely in a game. This is a versatile headset with a streetwear design and provides great music playback – especially since it can be paired using either Bluetooth or a USB-C dongle.

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Bland design
  • Buttons can be confusing

Availability

  • Great BritainGuide price: £ 249.99
  • USARRP: $ 249.99
  • EuropeGuide price: € 289.99
  • CanadaRRP: CA $ 349.99
  • AustraliaRRP: AU $ 438.95

  • ANC technology:You can switch between ANC (to block external noise) and ambient mode.

  • Carrying case:The carrying case that comes with the Barracuda Pro is super durable

  • Compatible with PC, PS5, Nintendo Switch and mobileYou can use the Razer Barracuda Pro for gaming or as a street headset, as it can be connected to phones via Bluetooth 5.2

Introduction

The Razer Barracuda Pro is a wireless headset that can be used for gaming or music playback, with the new Easy-Switch feature that lets you switch between devices in an instant.

It is the latest premium headset in the new Barracuda series, supplied with a Razer-branded carrying case for protection. Including a USB-C adapter and Bluetooth 5.2, it is a good choice for multi-platform players.

I have been using Barracuda Pro for the past few weeks with my PS5, Nintendo Switch and iPhone 13 Pro. Here’s how I got on.

Design

  • Minimalist design
  • Robust carrying case
  • Integrated microphone

Razer Barracuda Pro is one of the more mature Razer headsets available, replacing RGB lights and bold colors for a sleek black look.

The design is minimalist, probably because Razer also pushes this headset as one that you can use for music playback on the go. The lack of an external microphone further confirms the streetwear design.

Razer Barracuda Pro carrying case in black
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Although I am a fan of the aesthetic whole, I would like to see it in several color options – the previous Razer Barracuda X is available in, for example, Mercury and Quartz. Still, the Barracuda Pro is well built and feels very durable.

The included carrying case seems quite robust, which makes it easy for me to throw the headset in the bag without worrying about damage. Inside the carrying case you will find the included USB-C dongle as well as two USB-C cables that can be used to connect the headset to different devices.

Despite getting a little big for my head, I thought the Barracuda Pro was one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve used in a while, on par with the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid. It did not weigh heavily on my neck, and I could use it for hours without any problems – even while wearing the glasses.

Buttons and earbuds
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On the right earpiece you will find the mode change button, while on the left are the power button, microphone mute button and a volume scroll. Although I appreciate the streamlined design, I reckon the Razer has dedicated too many controls to too few buttons, with the power button alone performing several functions depending on how many times it has clicked.

This led to occasions where I turned off the headset while trying to switch tracks, or ignored a call I actually wanted to accept. This has improved over time – I now feel more confident navigating the headset – but I would warn that anyone who chooses to buy this headset will probably need to study the controls more carefully than they might think.

Features

  • Active noise reduction
  • Great battery life
  • Easy-Switch function

Given the high price of the Razer Barracuda Pro, I was happy to find so many features available. Although I would have liked to have seen a 3.5mm audio jack, I was impressed with the wireless connection, and found that I managed to get quite far from the phone or laptop before the sound cut off.

The Easy-Switch feature was also very useful, enabling the ability to switch between two devices at the touch of a button. The only limitation here is that one device has to be connected via Bluetooth and the other via the USB-C dongle, which meant that I could not switch between the portable Nintendo Switch and the phone without a manual connection.

Razer Barracuada Pro Cable Cover
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However, I was able to seamlessly switch between my phone and PS5 or PC, which was ideal for the occasions I got a phone call. The process of switching was largely simple, and would be ideal for anyone who is constantly jumping between devices.

The other main feature is active noise reduction, which uses smart technology to block background noise so that it does not interfere with music playback. Since this is also marketed as a streetwear headset, you can also switch to an Ambient mode, which allows background noise to filter through, allowing you to hear the roar of a car engine when crossing a road.

The mark on the headband of the headset
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Battery life also proved to be impressive, and the headset rarely needed to be charged during the test process. I used Barracuda Pro daily for about a week and a half before it required refilling, making it ideal for long train rides when an outlet is not always available. Razer claims that the headset has a battery life of up to 40 hours, but expect the number to drop with ANC activated.

Sound and microphone quality

  • Great game sound
  • Integrated microphone worked well

The sound quality impressed when you played Cuphead on PS5 with the Razer Barracuda Pro. The cheeky music sounds balanced, and I could catch the little jingles every time I got hurt. It was easy to connect the headset to the PS5 via the USB-C dongle, and I experienced no waiting time or disconnections during gaming.

I also played God of War on the console, and here I could hear the waves crashing ashore as I rowed Kratos around the map. It was easy to track enemies thanks to the developed soundscape, and created a generally more immersive experience than if I had played the game with my usual TV sound.

Barracuda Pro in the carrying case
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Since this headset works well when I’m on the go, I used it most often with the Nintendo Switch, and switched between the laptop console and my phone. By playing Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, the character’s dialogue sounded clear and sharp, and showed greater clarity than Switch’s usual sound. I could hear the character’s sword sweeping through my enemies and the satisfying sound of combinations being looted.

For music playback, the headset produced a natural sound that worked well with most genres. The tracks with heavy bass sounded better than music with a higher tone, and seemed to show more depth and clarity than I had expected.

The Razer Barracuda Pro lay flat on a table
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The Razer Barracuda Pro has a microphone built into the ear cup. Although I appreciate the sleek design of the headset, I do not think that the microphone provided the same level of accuracy as the external microphone on the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense. Although I did not experience any disconnections, people on voice calls said that the microphone sounded a bit thin – although comments did not come often enough to mark it as a real problem.

Those who use the microphone for phone calls or casual game calls over Discord are likely to do well, although competing players who need to communicate quickly with teammates may want to consider a headset with an external microphone, such as the EPOS H6PRO.

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Should you buy it?

You want a versatile game headset that can be used for music playback
The Razer Barracuda Pro headset comes with an Easy-Switch feature, making it ideal for those who want to play on multiple platforms. The design means it can be used on the go, and the ANC is ideal for creating an immersive gaming experience.

You want a high quality microphone
Although the internal microphone on the Barracuda Pro is definitely usable for phone calls, it may not work for competitive group play. Consider headsets with external microphones instead.

Last thoughts

The Razer Barracuda Pro headset has ANC technology, which helps to create an immersive experience while playing, and blocks ambient noise during music playback. The Easy-Switch feature makes it easy to switch between devices and is ideal for those who like to play on different platforms, with only the Xbox not supported.

The headset’s solid carrying case and streetwear design allow it to be used for music playback on the go, with long battery life which means you do not have to worry about it dying on the train.

Although the internal microphone is not the best we have seen, it is still perfectly usable and worked well for me during phone calls and job chats. Barracuda Pro’s high price is the biggest mistake, even though it’s worth it for its huge features and great sound.

How we test

We use every headset we test for at least a week. During that time, we will check it for ease of use and put it through the pace by using it in a variety of games, as well as playing music to get the full experience.

We also check the software of each headset (if applicable) to see how easy it is to customize and set up.

We use as our primary game headset for at least a week.

Use on as many platforms as possible to test versatility.

Judge sound for both games and music playback.

Use with multiple games to test sound.

Frequently asked questions

Does the Razer Barracuda Pro come with any advanced audio features?

Yes, the headset is equipped with hybrid ANC and comes with THX AAA technology.

Does the Razer Barracuda Pro have an external microphone?

No, it has an integrated microphone that cannot be removed.

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ANC

ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) uses a series of microphones in a headphone to detect the frequency of the sound coming to the listener, with the ANC chip creating an inverse wave (ie opposite sound) to suppress unwanted external noise.

USB-C

The modern USB connector found on most Android phones, new laptops, cameras and game consoles. It is reversible and is used for charging with data transfer.

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