Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset

Last updated date: March 1, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 76 expert reviews, the Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 26, 2019:
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Expert Summarized Score
8.3
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
988 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The new ear pads are great for glasses wearers.
- Medium
October 1, 2016 | Full review
The all-black headset features huge, extra-cushy ear cups, which rest on an aluminum frame that feels surprisingly sturdy given the peripheral's light weight.
- Tom's Guide
December 12, 2016 | Full review
However, the mic is retractable, which makes them a bit more appealing for outdoor use.
- RTINGS.com
February 16, 2018 | Full review
It sounds excellent in-game, and the microphone is crystal clear.
- Digital Citizen
August 13, 2018 | Full review
The Kraken Pro V2 is a well built, great-sounding gaming headset at a price that seems just about right.
- IGN
March 6, 2017 | Full review
It’s comfortable to wear, and the 322g weight never felt particularly heavy on my head.
- Trusted Reviews
February 7, 2017 | Full review
Simple, sturdy design and Lightweight and comfortable.
- Tech Spot
Now the Kraken’s folded in many of the Man O’ War’s improvements, but with a durable aluminum design and much more affordable $100 price tag.
- PC World
December 22, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The new V2 is not as fun and stupidly bass-heavy as the old model.
- Medium
October 1, 2016 | Full review
though it lacks the customizable ear-cup lighting of its pricier sibling.
- Tom's Guide
December 12, 2016 | Full review
The Razer Kraken V2 have a durable design that's a bit too bulky and cumbersome.
- RTINGS.com
February 16, 2018 | Full review
The ear cups are covered in faux leather and can make your ears sweat fast in a warm environment
- Digital Citizen
August 13, 2018 | Full review
They don't breath particularly well though, and after a short gaming session in a warm room I found the cushions were toasty and a bit sweaty.
- IGN
March 6, 2017 | Full review
The degree of grip around the head is somewhat weak however, and while many people will thank Razer for this, I’d personally have preferred a tighter grip for less slippage when moving my head.
- Trusted Reviews
February 7, 2017 | Full review
Ear cups take some adjustment and Low microphone volume.
- Tech Spot
No decorative ears, which is fine, but sadly no mute indicator, either.
- PC World
December 22, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Overall Product Rankings

1. Logitech G930 Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Sades Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
3. HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
4. HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
6. HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
7. VersionTECH. Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 3
8. PlayStation Gold Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 10
9. beyerdynamic Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Sennheiser GAME ONE Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Gaming Headsets

Gaming has come a long way in recent years. You’re not only playing while watching on a screen, but it’s a fully immersive experience in which you experience the sounds and sensations through headphones and your controller. But to truly get the most out of the experience, you need all the right hardware, including a headset that helps you shut out the world around you.

When you’re looking for a gaming headset, it’s important to note that you’re buying more than just a pair of headphones. Although typical headphone features like sound, comfort and noise cancellation are important, you’ll also need to be able to provide good audio as well. The microphone’s quality, as well as its position, are important. You’ll also need to consider compatibility, especially if you plan to play using a gaming console rather than a computer.

When it comes to sound, though, what you hear through the headphones is only part of it. If you game in noisy environments, you’ll also want to make sure your gaming headset features noise cancellation capabilities. You don’t want to be pulled out of your game by a passing emergency vehicle or a roommate watching the big game.

Comfort definitely comes into play when choosing a headset. You’ll often be wearing them for long gaming sessions, so it’s important that they don’t fit too tightly and that the earpieces have plenty of cushioning. Comfort can differ from one person to another, but there are some gaming headsets that are known for being more comfortable than others.

For those long gaming sessions, battery life also matters. If your headset dies midway through a game, you’ll have to wait for it to recharge. Look around for a gaming headset with a battery life that will get you through each session before you have to put it back on the charger.

DYWM Fun Fact

Nathaniel Baldwin is credited with inventing the product that would become the headphones we know today. In 1910, he came up with the idea to place small speakers over the ear, effectively shutting out external noise. But the technology didn’t make much further progress until the 1950s, when the Koss SP3 stereo headphones hit the market. However, they really took off starting in the 1960s, when Plantronics began designing headsets for NASA missions. In fact, Neil Armstrong’s famous first words from the moon were spoken into a Plantronics headset.

The first gaming headset was introduced in 1995 to allow players to challenge each other during gameplay. While playing a game of poker in 1997, a group of friends came up with the idea to communicate online while they were playing. Soon after, the first real-time online voice communication software was born.

The Gaming Headset Buying Guide

  • The first feature you’ll likely research when headset shopping is sound. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset uses 7.1 Dolby Surround and seven audio channels for impressive audio clarity. The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset also features rich audio quality, but without surround sound.
  • Outside noise elimination is even more important in a gaming headset than a standard set of headphones. If you really want to eliminate distractions and focus, consider the Logitech G930 Gaming Headset or the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset, which both do a good job of muting the world around you.
  • Sometimes it’s not about the sound you’re blocking, but the noise you’re emitting. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset has a small amount of audio leak, which will be relevant if you game in public places.
  • Within seconds of hitting the next level of your favorite game, your headset dies, totally throwing off your game. To keep that from happening, you’ll need a headset with enough battery life to get you through even your longest gaming session. Top in this category is the HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset, which offers up to 30 hours of battery life before needing a charge. To achieve that time, though, you’ll need to turn LED mode off. You’ll get a full 10 hours of battery life from the Logitech G930 Gaming Headset, and the Sades Gaming Headset also promises up to 10 hours.
  • Unless you’re on a strict budget, your headset will cost between $100 and $300. However, those looking to pay a fraction of the price can get the Sades Gaming Headset for well under $50. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset is at the higher end of the price spectrum, retailing for more than $200, but the great audio quality and long battery life make it worth it for the most passionate gamers.
  • For those long gaming sessions, you’ll need a headset that doesn’t irritate your ears. Part of that is finding a headset that’s lightweight. The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset is a light 11 ounces, followed by the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset, at 12 ounces. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset weighs 1 pound, with the Sades Gaming Headset coming in at 1.05 pounds.
  • Cushioning also makes a difference, even in heavier headsets. The Sades Gaming Headset features leather cushioning on both the earpads and headband to keep you comfortable. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset’s earpads include memory foam for extra comfort without sacrificing noise isolation.
  • Listening to audio is only part of the gaming experience. For a good gaming headset, you’ll need a reliable microphone, as well. The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming includes a noise-canceling microphone that provides crisp sound. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset also includes a high-quality microphone. Both microphones are detachable. But with the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset, you’ll get a built-in mic so that you can operate in Bluetooth mode when the microphone isn’t in place.
  • Wires can get in the way when you’re gaming. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset and HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming are both wireless headsets, while the Sades Gaming Headset and HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset are both wired.
  • As convenient as going wireless can be, though, latency can be a problem, so it’s important to make sure your sound won’t lag while you’re gaming. Both the Logitech G930 Gaming Headset and HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming keep up with a game’s audio well, so you won’t have to worry about latency.
  • Compatibility is essential if you want to go beyond playing games on a computer. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset only works with a PC or Mac, but the Sades Gaming Headset works with an Xbox, thanks to an included adaptor. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset is compatible with a PC, Mac, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.