Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds Review
I haven’t had much luck with earbuds over the years. As someone who wears them religiously when working out, going for a hike, or just mowing the lawn, they never seem to last long. Mainly because I sweat profusely, to the point where even the best “sports” and “water-resistant” earbuds eventually get moisture in them and die. As a result, I never want to spend a great deal of money on a pair, unless I know they’ll last. Are Razer’s Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds the answer? Likely not, but when it comes to gaming and listening to tunes when you aren’t dripping wet, the Hammerhead delivers a fantastic audio experience.
My inability to find buds that can handle a torrential downpour of perspiration aside, the Hammerhead is perfectly designed for gaming on the go. For the purpose of this review, I primarily tested the set on my iPhone, and Surface tablet. The Hammerhead would be perfect for the Nintendo Switch; however, Nintendo does not allow Bluetooth connectivity for wireless earbuds, which is unfortunate.
Similar to Apple’s AirPods, the Hammerhead includes a snappy portable case. It’s clean-looking but does smudge easily. The earbuds do fit nicely in the case as they act as a great little storage and charging center. The case does not feature wireless charging; however, once you change up the case, it does net you over 32 hours of charge life. More on that battery life below.
In addition to the earbuds and case, you get the braided USB-A to USB-C charging cable, a wrist strap, a package of silicone ear tips, warranty information, and an instruction booklet. You get all that for the suggested retail price of C$169 CAD/$129 USD. A price point that isn’t bad and cheaper than EPOS GTW 270 wireless earbuds I reviewed, but a little more than I’d like to spend on wireless earbuds.
I will say, don’t lose that case! You cannot charge the earbuds without that case. If you are the type of person who misplaces and loses things easily, take note.
Connecting The Dots
Connectivity to my iPhone and Surface was surprisingly fast and seamless. If you have an Android, you can take advantage of the quick pairing feature. My iPhone quickly picked up the Bluetooth signal and connected in a flash. Unlike a lot of other devices I have used over the years, the Hammerhead didn’t have any issues pairing. The earbuds also automatically turn on when you pull them out of the case, which is a neat little feature. Yet they don’t pause when you pull them out of your ears which is a bummer.
The earbuds themselves don’t seem cheap at all and light up wonderfully with the Razer logo on each ear. This is something I have never experienced on any set of earbuds and the result is pretty cool. You can also customize the lights with the Chroma RGB app. It’s easy to use and I loved the various lighting effects. It’s fun to play with the app and check out the various settings and colors. The best part of the lights, if you drop an earbud, you’ll find it easily.
They are quite comfortable in my ears as well. I typically find earbuds a tad uncomfortable but the Hammerhead fits snug and I never worried that they’d drop out. I went out for a walk with them and mowed my lawn. In each instance, they sat firmly in my ears and never fell out. I didn’t have to swap out the tips for a different size either as the default ear tips effectively did the job.
Razer says the Hammerhead will last approximately 32.5 hours per charge, which sounds impressive but that involves throwing it into the case every time it dies. I found I was getting around 4-6 hours per charge. I store the buds in the case, so it was difficult to tell if I was indeed getting over 30 hours of charge time before I had to plug in the cable. I should note if you turn off the lights and noise-canceling features you will get more mileage out of your charge.
As for how they sound is concerned Razer’s Hammerhead delivers in a big way. Even better after you download the Razer audio app. Here I adjusted the equalizer any way I wanted to. I’ve always been a bass guy so the “enhanced bass” option was right up my alley and it was impactful. Songs from the Spotify app sounded outstanding. The clarity is impressive. The clear highs and rich lows made for an impressive audio experience. The noise-canceling feature also works great too. While I have zero complaints, the true test for me will be when I can wear them in an airplane, whenever that happens again.
When playing mobile games, the audio quality was excellent and rivals any headset or earbuds I have ever experienced. The low latency (60ms) gaming mode makes these the ideal earbuds for gaming. I never noticed any kind of audio lag or delay in any games I played. Just like the earbuds audio, I have no concerns with how well they performed while gaming.
The touch sensors on the earbuds; however, are problematic. I found myself constantly touching my left earbud stopping the music or skipping songs unintentionally. It’s finicky and there is a steep learning curve. Even at the time of review I still mess up the gestures. They simply don’t respond the way they should. It’s a system that is a bit cumbersome.
At their core, Razer’s Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds sound fantastic, are comfortable, and have a lot of things going for them. For gaming and listening to music on the go, you won’t be disappointed and you’ll look good as the RGB lights are eye-catching. Despite some of its shortcomings, the Hammerhead is a rock-solid option for those looking for premium noise-canceling earbuds for gaming on the go.
***The Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds was provided to COGconnected for the purpose of this review***
• Fantastic Sound
• Reasonable Price Point
• It Lights Up
• Touch Sensors Suck
• Don’t Lose The Case
• Cannot Be Used on Consoles