Razer’s Barracuda Pro headset combines ANC with go-anywhere looks

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Wearing a gaming headset away from your PC or console was once a major faux pas, but now peripheral expert Razer is all about the outdoors. The Barracuda Pro is its new set of flagship phones, designed to please anywhere, not just while you game. It’s part of a three-stage revamp of the Barracuda lineup, with the mid-range Barracuda also making its debut alongside a refreshed Barracuda X.

The Barracuda Pro features hybrid active noise cancellation to silence the outside world, plus 50mm drivers made from eco-friendly bio-cellulose that promise punchy, detailed sound. It also packs a dedicated THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier, which increases signal-to-noise ratio, reduces distortion, and should deliver more dynamic range to your music. THX spatial audio is also available for better in-game position tracking.

Razer ditched the ugly external microphones in favor of a pair of stealth built-in microphones that use beamforming and noise cancellation for clearer voice pickup. The rest of the headphones are extremely subtle, with leatherette memory foam ear cups and minimal branding. The RGB-obsessed firm even managed to hold onto color-changing LEDs.

The headset uses dual wireless technology, with 2.4GHz to USB-C dongle for PC and console gaming, and Bluetooth for your other gadgets. It can switch between the two with a single button, which could be useful for taking calls on a phone while you’re in the middle of a game. Battery life should top out at 40 hours away from the mains, with USB-C charging at your fingertips when it’s time to recharge.

The regular Barracuda rounds out the lineup, sitting between the more expensive Pro and the entry-level X. The main changes are to the 50mm drivers, which here are made of titanium, and the memory foam ear cups, which replace the leatherette with a FlowKnit material. to end. ANC doesn’t make the cut, but the two built-in microphones remain for maximum style points.

It boasts the same SmartSwitch dual wireless connectivity, with a promised 40-hour battery life between charges. Support for THX spatial audio remains, but it dispenses with the Barracuda Pro’s THX achromatic audio amplifier.

The Barracuda X now has 50 hours of battery life, up from 20 hours on the first-gen model. It finally gets Bluetooth as well as 2.4 GHz wireless, for cable-free listening on a smartphone. It retains the same 40mm speakers and detachable cardioid boom microphone as before, along with USB-C charging and a 3.5mm wired input.

The Barracuda Pro is the latest gaming headset trying to break out of the bedroom/office/man cave, landing just behind the Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro. Razer’s version lacks any kind of base unit, but costs a lot less.

The new Barracuda family is on sale now, direct from Razer and all the usual online/bricks and mortar retailers. Prices start from £100 for the refreshed Barracuda X, rising to £160 for the Barracuda and reaching £250 for the Barracuda Pro.

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