Razer Opus X Review
Razer recently released the Razer Opus X headphones, which are a more affordable version of last year’s release, Opus. The Opus X headphones hit the market at roughly half the cost of the former model, and are extremely similar with only a couple differences. While not solely targeted towards gamers, the Opus X does feature a low-latency ‘Gaming Mode’ that ensures there is minimal lag for in-game sounds. Anyone who has tried to use a pair of all-purpose headphones for gaming knows just how big of a deal that really is. At half the price of their predecessor, can these affordable gaming alternatives maintain the level of quality that Razer is known for?
At first glance, it may be difficult to differentiate between the Razer Opus X and its predecessor, the Opus. Indeed, they are quite similar in appearance and comfort, featuring a well-cushioned headband and nicely sized earcups. There are, however, some key differences in functionality (and cost) that may play factor into your decision on which are right for you. The original Razer Opus are geared to the audiophile all-purpose user, while the Opus X certainly lean closer to a gamer’s headset, while still maintaining the versatility to take on the go and pair with any Bluetooth device.
The sound quality of the Opus X is enjoyable, but does not compare to its THX-certified sibling. It simply does not enjoy the same dynamic range and depth of sound, but unless you are directly comparing them you won’t notice a lack of fidelity. The Opus X is also lacking a 3.5mm audio jack but honestly, those are becoming less and less relevant as more of our devices are Bluetooth enabled. The microphone offers clear sound more than suitable for work calls or in-game chat but would not be my first choice for any type of recording or streaming.
While it may not sport the auto-pause/play of the previous model, the controls on the earcup are very intuitive and easy to use, and the Gaming Mode is a true advantage. Available in Mercury, Quartz and Green, the Razer Opus X checks our box when it comes to style – and we couldn’t be happier that it does not feature RGB lighting. Considering it’s all-purpose nature, RGB lighting just would not fit the vibe that these headphones execute flawlessly.
In addition to the low-latency Gaming Mode, these headphones also feature a Quick Attention Mode that alets in more outside noise. We found so many uses for this mode that we don’t even have space to name them all. Driving, listening to the doorbell, listening for kids yelling, waiting for a timer and being able to hear the boss call out are just a few of the ways in which the Quick Attention Mode can save you from an unfortunate encounter.
Overall, the Razer Opus X is a solid headset that offers exceptional value to anyone looking for headphones that offer low-latency gaming performance while maintaining the versatility of an everyday headset. With clean style, great comfort, intuitive buttons and a clear microphone, it is hard to find any flaws in this strong release from Razer.
For more information on the Opus X, visit: https://www.razer.com/ca-en/mobile/headsets/razer-opus-x