It feels like everyone is completely revamping their headset range right now, with SteelSeries and Sony both introducing high-end noise-cancelling models. Now it’s Razer’s turn to do the same with the brand new high-end Razer Barracuda Pro.
Like the SteelSeries Arcos Nova Pro Wireless, Razer’s very clear goal with the design of this headset, both aesthetically and in terms of functionality, was to make it a great gaming headset, but also one that would double as the perfect headset for work, play or travel.
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The headset’s design is all black and looks quite sleek, although a lot thicker and heavier than some of the counterparts I’ve used, but I really love the design. The stainless steel headband can be extended to accommodate a wide range of head sizes, the headband has a good amount of cushioning, and the memory foam cushions are not only comfortable but do a great job of blocking out noise (even without nose suppression). It felt big on my head, but not necessarily in an awkward way.
The Barracuda Pro comes with a USB-C dongle and is compatible with your PC, PS5/PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Like both Sony/SteelSeries headsets, it can also connect to a Bluetooth device, but it’s treated a little differently than these two devices. Razer chose to make it so that while you can connect to both your game console and a Bluetooth device (like your phone) at the same time, you have to switch between them and not listen to both at the same time. You can also set it up so that a call can be switched automatically, which you love or hate.
While it sounds like a trifle, I would actually have liked the option of having audio sources via Bluetooth and dongle at the same time. With other headsets that have dual simultaneous connections, I like being able to watch a few Tiktoks between games, listen to quick audio memos, or listen to music without taking off my headset. It’s pretty obvious the tech is there, as the headset can do both connections at once, and thankfully it’s very easy to switch between them (with a button on the headset), but it feels like a missed opportunity to me.
I love active noise cancellation on a gaming headset, and the Barracuda Pro actually does a pretty good job with its noise cancellation. While it’s still not up to the level of a good Bose headset or the Sony XM range, I actually think it blocked out certain sounds a little better than the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless did (not sure if this is due to a better isolation of noise from the cups or noise reduction technology), but I also really enjoyed the ease of use when switching modes. Unlike the Arctis Nova Pro, which I found finnicky, there is a very clearly audible voice to tell you which mode to switch to, and also a dedicated button to do so. There is also an ambient mode that lets in outside noises and amplifies them using the headset’s microphones.
Another thing I really liked about this headset over the others is Razer’s companion smartphone app that lets you quickly switch between noise canceling modes, equalization modes, the ability to mute incoming calls by switching the headset to Bluetooth modes. and update the headset. Another little thing that I found weird, though, is that even when you’re connected via Bluetooth, you actually have to be in that headset mode to control the headset, which isn’t as convenient when you’re using your PS5.
When it comes to the microphone, the Barracuda Pro doesn’t have a boom microphone, opting instead to use beamforming noise-cancelling microphones. To be honest, I was surprised at how good the mics sound and how well they do their job at cutting out the outside noise. I don’t think it really competes with other high-end boom mic headsets, but it does a really good job for what’s in the cans, and I can fully understand how the design was more what they went for with this headset.
Battery life on the Barracuda Pro is advertised as about 40 hours and that was about my experience (maybe a few hours less). One thing I did find odd is that the headset starts to audibly warn you that the battery is low hours and hours before they actually die, which is super annoying as it interrupts everything you’re listening to. It’s worth noting that there’s no 3.5mm jack, so there’s no option to use this headset in wired mode, so if the battery runs out, that’s all. If you want to use these on an airplane as well, you’d be out of luck without some sort of Bluetooth attachment.
The headset doesn’t fold down at all, but the box comes with a sturdy case for your Barracuda Pro, which is certainly appreciated, as this headset is definitely designed to be used outdoors and used on your commute. your investment protected is a great shot. It even has a place for your cables, which is appreciated.
Both when gaming and listening to music the Barracuda Pro sounded clear in all the right places with a good amount of bass, but I couldn’t help but feel like there was a bit of a lack of punch, especially in comparison. with the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, although this is a cheaper $250 headset, so that needs to be taken into account.
All in all, the Barracuda Pro Wireless gaming headset feels like a solid step for Razer. It doesn’t quite reach the heights of the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless which can connect to two devices at the same time, has dual batteries and can also connect to both consoles, but it does a lot of good and comes in at a decent amount below the price – sensible.
The Razer Barracuda Pro gaming headset offers a fairly full-featured experience with some new and exciting features, but ultimately falls a bit flat compared to other recent high-end offerings in the headset space.
Noise reduction is reasonable
The Companion app is great
Bluetooth Smart Switch works well
Simultaneous Bluetooth connection would be better
No wired connection