We’ve reviewed the previous Razer Kraken Kitty Edition before, and it now returns as the Razer Kraken BT Kitty Edition, with “BT” meaning Bluetooth. As with its predecessor, it sports the signature cat ear attachments for you to live your Nyan Nyan Sugar Cats dreams, with 16.8 million colours and lighting effects suite via Razer Chroma.
A CAT’S EYE LOOK
Appearance wise, it has not changed much from the previous Razer Kraken Kitty Edition, with most of the difference being in the adjustable padded headband. The BT version’s sponge only covers the top of the head instead of covering the entire band, but generally does not drastically affect comfort levels. Granted, comfort is subjective, so in testing this headset, the comfort level is passable, with the bottom of the ear cushions not fitting the head perfectly. This affects the sound quality to a degree, so you would want to gently nudge the cushions closer to your ears for better sound. The entire headset is light, so it won’t weigh too much on your head.
The cat ears look sharper but that might just be just how it appears. The build doesn’t feel especially luxurious, even coming off seeming like cheap plastic. It has a built-in microphone, so besides the cat ears, it has the functions of a regular headset. The right side is where the power button and volume dial is placed, alongside the status indicator and charging port. The lighting will have to be adjusted through the companion apps.
There’s no companion software on the PC, the BT Kitty headset is entirely adjusted through mobile apps. The Razer Audio App is where you fiddle with the equalizer, auto shut off timing, and gaming mode. The Razer Chroma RGB is another app you’ll need to play around with the lighting. The Chroma app can also adjust lighting for notifications, calls, and such, but that seems rather moot since you won’t be seeing those lights when you’re wearing it, but it’s there.
|Accept incoming call or end current call|
|Put call on-hold and accept incoming call|
|End call and swap to on-hold call|
|Press and hold for 2 seconds||Launch voice command|
|Reject incoming call|
|Press and hold for 4 seconds||Activate pairing mode|
|Double press||Skip track|
|Triple press||Previous track|
|Triple press then hold the last press for 2 seconds||Enable / disable Gaming Mode|
The headset itself can last for about 23 hours of continuous use, and will inform you when it’s getting low. It’ll charge back up to full in about two hours.
THE HEADSET IN USE
In extended use, it’s not uncomfortable, so you can sport those stylish cat ears for as long as you want. There’s no reason to not use them too, as the sound quality is pretty good: with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the footsteps, echoes and ambient sounds are quite clear. The bass seems lacking though, which could make or break it for some of you. Gaming Mode doesn’t seem to be much different, but that’s probably also something that could differ from person to person.
You’d at least be a looker with the cat ear headset, and there’s no wire in your way. The Bluetooth connection is pretty good, but the actual distance is inaccurate, so yet another thing that depends on your usage. It does come with wires, like when you plug it into the PC for charging, but it’s best not to use while it’s on low battery as it’ll keep bothering you with the Low Battery notification.
As mentioned about the ear cushions, it’s not really a one size fits all, and it can slip off your head depending on the person especially if you shift your head around a lot, besides varying levels of issues of the sound quality itself.
In any case, the Razer Kraken BT Kitty Edition would be something you’d get more for style points. You can check it out for yourself on the official website.
|Wearing Style||Wireless Over Ear (Bluetooth)|
|Mic Setup||Internal Beamforming Mics (2)|
|Kitty Ears and Earcups Powered by Razer Chroma||Yes|
|Frequency Response||20 – 20kHz|
|Battery Life||Up to 20 Hours w/ Lighting
Up to 50 Hours w/o Lighting
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20 Hz – 20 kHz (44.1 kHz Sampling)|
|SENSITIVITY||96 dB/mW at 1 kHz|
|DRIVER SIZE – DIAMETERS (MM)||40 mm|
|DRIVER TYPE||Dynamic Driver|
|DRIVER TYPE||Over-Ear (Circumaural)|
|INNER EARCUP DIAMETER||Major Diameter 102 mm, Minor Diameter 88.5 mm|
|EARPADS MATERIAL||Plush Leatherette with Foam|
|NOISE CANCELLING||Dual Mic Noise Cancelation|
|CONNECTION TYPE||Bluetooth 5.0 connection|
|WEIGHT||0.66 lbs / 298 g|
|MICROPHONE FREQUENCY RESPONSE||100 Hz – 10 kHz|
|MICROPHONE SENSITIVITY (@1KHZ)||-38 dBV/Pa (1 kHz)|
|VIRTUAL SURROUND ENCODING||None|
|VOLUME CONTROL||Yes (VOL + and VOL – Wheel)|
|OTHER CONTROLS||Power On / Pairing / Multi-Function Button|
|BATTERY LIFE||Up to 20 Hours with Lighting On
Up to 50 Hours with Lighting Off
|LIGHTING||RGB LED for indicating power, pairing and charging status|
|COMPATIBILITY||BT Connection: Mobile / System|