Razer Hammerhead Duo Review

The Razer Hammerhead Duo is a solid wired option for listeners who want a fairly accurate frequency response from low-profile earbuds. Angled nozzles allow the earbuds to lớn rest comfortably in the ear canal, và the braided cable resists undue tangling.

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The Razer Hammerhead Duo is a solid wired option for listeners who want a fairly accurate frequency response from low-profile earbuds. Angled nozzles allow the earbuds khổng lồ rest comfortably in the ear canal, và the braided cable resists undue tangling.
Razer is known for its gaming peripherals, but the company steps away from its typical ESports lineup with the Razer Hammerhead Duo wired earbuds; these in-ears aren’t just limited lớn gamers. While this offers little in the way of features, you’re making an investment in sound quality, rather gimmicky add-ons.

How does Hammerhead Duo fare as a phối of everyday earbuds for mobile gamers? We spent a week with the Hammerhead Duo buds to find out.

Editor’s note: this Razer Hammerhead Duo đánh giá was updated on July 18, 2022, khổng lồ update the format và Alternatives section.


The Razer Hammerhead Duo is a basic pair of wired earbuds, which isn’t said lớn disparage it: aluminum housings keep them lightweight and durable, while the braided cable combats tangling. Due to the angled nozzles và soft silicone sleeves, wearing the earbuds for extended periods is comfortable. Be warned, though: the ear tips are dust magnets.

The omission of any cable management at the Y-splitter is disappointing, though, especially for $60 USD earbuds. What’s more, the găng relievers, particularly the one at the base of the L-shaped 3.5mm jack, aren’t very effective. Instead of ending in a plastic nub, it would be beneficial for a softer material like silicone to lớn taper off and give the cable more support without sacrificing flexibility.


The Razer Hammerhead Duo (left) earbud housings are slightly larger than the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 housings (right). The latter, however, contains three drivers rather than two.
Other than that, the Razer Hammerhead Duo is a pleasure to use. The name is derived from the dual-driver system inside each earbud. One driver handles bass frequencies while the other is responsible for mids & treble reproduction. Listeners reap the benefits of this giải pháp công nghệ by enjoying clear, accurate playback.

An integrated mic and remote unit breaks up the right cable. Its sleek thiết kế is at the detriment of functionality since the buttons rest nearly flush against the module và are hard lớn identify. Although it takes one or two tries lớn find the correct button, the option to lớn skip tracks, adjust volume, take calls, and access your respective virtual assistant is convenient.


Since these are wired earbuds, there’s no need khổng lồ pay attention khổng lồ high-quality công nghệ bluetooth codecs. The Razer Hammerhead Duo returns users to simpler times of plug-and-play. Of course, you’ll need a dongle if your phone doesn’t have a tai nghe jack.

This is a good frequency response và doesn't have the bass-heavy sound I expected.
The earbuds don't isolate very well, so external noise may mask your music.
If you came khổng lồ Razer looking for bass-heavy earbuds, look elsewhere. The Hammerhead Duo outputs mids và bass frequencies at about the same loudness. This kind of frequency response works well with various musical genres & podcasts. As good as sound quality is, isolation falls short. Ambient noise easily penetrates the earbuds barrier, which can degrade audio quality, bass notes in particular.

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Lows, mids, & highs

The Backseat Lovers’ tuy vậy Pictures features reserved vocals and a controlled drum beat interspersed with guitar riffs. It opens with a single strum of an F chord to lớn underscore Josh Harmon’s vocals. The first verse is relayed clearly. Notes picked off the bass guitar are easily distinguishable from the accompanying electric guitar.

The second chorus at 2:24 highlights the Hammerhead Duo’s shortcomings: when multiple loud instruments are introduced, the headset can’t quite relay everything clearly. At this point, Harmon’s voice is hard khổng lồ hear over the electric guitars. This is pretty nit-picky, though, & not something you’re likely lớn notice if you listen to a tuy vậy for the first time.

Hold up! Something’s different:

This article’s frequency response and isolation charts were measured with our old testing system. We have since purchased a Bruel và Kjaer 5128 kiểm tra fixture (and the appropriate support equipment) to lớn update our testing và data collection. It will take a while to lớn update our backlog of old kiểm tra results, but we will update this đánh giá (and many others!) once we’re able with improved sound quality measurements và ANC performance plots. These will be made obvious with our new chart aesthetic (black background instead of white).

Is the Razer Hammerhead Duo good for phone calls?

The Hammerhead Duo is fine for phone calls as long as the microphone doesn’t brush against any clothes. This happens intermittently due lớn its low placement. What’s more, it doesn’t effectively cancel wind noise. If you happen to lớn take calls while sedentary, though, voice transmission is clear with minimal echo.

Razer Hammerhead Duo microphone test (Non-standardized):

Should you buy the Razer Hammerhead Duo?

For $60 USD, the Razer Hammerhead Duo is a great pair of wired earbuds. Clarity is generally good và the understated kiến thiết is appealing.


The integrated mic và remote module looks sleek but it can be difficult to find the buttons on the first try.
I wish there was some way lớn cinch the left and right cables together & that a carrying case was provided. Those are small features to forfeit for the sound chất lượng afforded by these, though. Currently, only the Nintendo Switch edition of the Hammerhead Duo is well stocked. If you want a pair of earbuds with greater clarity & a louder bass response, get the Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX.

The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro and Hammerhead True Wireless look very similar to the wired Hammerhead Duo, & their USB-C Hammerhead alternative, but the technology is completely different. Razer’s true wireless earbuds connect via Bluetooth, which is great if your phone lacks a tai nghe jack. Rather than the button controls of the wired Hammerhead Duo, the true wireless models boast cảm ứng controls that work reliably well. The charging case is portable và makes it easy lớn stow the buds when inactive.


Not all is well and good with the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless & True Wireless Pro, though: the build chất lượng is lacking, and sound isolation is just okay. The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro has an advantage over the Hammerhead True Wireless because the Pro variant features ear tips that seal to lớn the ear canal. This is necessary because the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro also has noise cancelling, which is dependent on effective passive isolation performance.

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Razer’s wireless earbuds tư vấn Gaming Mode, which is nice but it doesn’t make much of a difference in latency. It may be noticeable for đoạn clip playback though, especially if you own an android phone that performs poorly when streaming over the AAC bluetooth codec. We highly recommend springing for the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro model if you must go the true wireless route. Even still, there are better true wireless options around.

All prices listed in USD unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, và vary by region. Unfortunately, we cannot list Amazon prices on the site, as they vary greatly by currency.

What should you get instead of the Razer Hammerhead Duo?

The most direct competitor lớn the Razer Hammerhead Duo is the JBL Quantum 50. This mix of wired gaming earbuds costs about half as much as the Hammerhead Duo và has a more ergonomic kiến thiết with a better control và microphone layout. Listeners who want a pair of earphones that they can take anywhere, and that sound pretty good for $29 USD, should read up on the JBL gaming earbuds.

Consider the ROCCAT Syn Buds core if you want something cheaper than JBL’s earbuds with a louder bass output. This no-nonsense pair of earbuds comes with three different sized ear tips (small, medium, large), so you can find the best fit for you. Be aware: those with exceptionally small ear canals may find the Syn Buds vi xử lý core uncomfortable, even with the smallest tip option.

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Seeing how this is a wired pair of earbuds, there’s no true mono mode. Instead, you can just listen with one earbud in and keep the other out. Since Razer doesn’t include a way to manage the cable, you may need to tuck the other earbud cable into your shirt khổng lồ keep it out of the way.

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