Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset

Last updated date: March 1, 2019

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8.4

Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset

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We looked at the top Gaming Headsets and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Gaming Headset you should buy.

Update as July 2, 2021:
Checkout The Best Gaming Headset for a detailed review of all the top gaming headsets.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 86 expert reviews, the Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset placed 10th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.3
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.7
988 user 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

Our Expert Consultant

Doug Brennan   
Tech writer for Digital Addicts, avid PC/console gamer

Doug Brennan is an avid PC/console gamer for the past 20+ years, and writer for Digital Addicts. In his spare time, he’s an active member on a number of computer peripheral forums (overclock.netgeekhack.orghead-fi.org), so he’s always up to date on the latest products.

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.

You really want to make sure your headset is comfortable, particularly if you plan to spend hours gaming, says Doug Brennan, who’s been a gamer for the past 20 years and a writer for the blog Digital Addicts.

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.

You’ll also want to turn your attention toward sound staging, which gives you audio-directional cues while you’re playing. In other words, Brennan says, the right headset can make you a better player because you’ll know exactly where a noise is coming from. “You can’t always see where opponents are, but you can still hear their actions which can give you the advantage,” he says.

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.

The Gaming Headset Buying Guide

  • The first feature you’ll likely research when headset shopping is sound. Look for a gaming headset that uses 7.1 Dolby Surround and that has seven audio channels for impressive audio clarity.
  • 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 a headset that does 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.
  • 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 are headsets which offer 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 certain headsets, so make sure you check this before purchasing.
  • 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 budget-friendly options for well under $50. Headsets on the higher end of the price spectrum, retailing for more than $200, often have great audio quality and long battery life that make them 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. In fact, there are headsets as light as 11 ounces.
  • Cushioning also makes a difference, even in heavier headsets. Look for a model that features leather cushioning on both the earpads and headband to keep you comfortable.
  • Listening to audio is only part of the gaming experience. For a good gaming headset, you’ll need a reliable microphone, as well. A noise-canceling microphone that provides crisp sound is best.
  • Wires can get in the way when you’re gaming. You may wish to opt for a wireless headset, which provides more freedom of movement.
  • 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.
  • Compatibility is essential if you want to go beyond playing games on a computer. Some headsets only works with a PC or Mac, but others work with an Xbox, thanks to an included adaptor.