one minute review
The Razer Kaira Pro is a competent enough headset, offering a bunch of high-end features and some fun new features like haptic feedback that lets it stand out from the crowd.
However, it’s not cheap, and it sells at a higher price than many of the best wireless gaming headsets we’ve reviewed. That high price tag is largely driven by the headset’s excellent build quality and unusual features like the aforementioned HyperSense haptics.
In terms of design, the Razer Kaira Pro offers a nice white-on-black aesthetic to match its PS5 and PS4 compatibility. However, it’s worth noting that the headset can also connect to a PC, so you’re not limited to using it exclusively on Sony’s flagship consoles.
Some light RGB features are also on display. Razer logos stamped on both sides of the earcup light up when turned on. By default, they will pulse in a wide spectrum of colors. It’s a nice effect, but a bit understated, and you obviously won’t see it while wearing the headset.
This is a wonderfully comfortable pair of cans, thanks in no small part to the ear cushions made of soft faux leather and refreshing fabric. We’ve also found the self-adjusting headband to be very effective and is padded with a soft foam for another layer of comfort. All these concessions combined ensured that the headset never got irritated during game time with them.
Toggles for various features are located on the headset itself. And once you get used to their placement, reaching out to adjust settings on the fly is a breeze. There’s a toggle button to mute your microphone, a button to enter Bluetooth pairing mode, and another to adjust one of three haptic feedback settings. Sliders for volume control are also here, but they feel a little loose. As a result, we prefer to adjust the audio via the sliders on PC and PS5.
As for sound quality, the Razer Kaira Pro headset does the job. It has clear, mud-free sound – not exactly groundbreaking, but that clarity means the headphone works great with wide dynamic range options, letting you easily pick up loud, quiet sounds.
price and availability
The Razer Kaira Pro is available to buy now for $199 / £199 / AU$345 directly from Razer’s official online store.
Razer Kaira Pro: design
- Excellent build quality
- extremely comfortable
- Headset buttons are touch identifiable
We have very few complaints about the Razer Kaira Pro’s design. Fitting in with its hefty price tag, the headset has excellent build quality and doesn’t skimp on fancy materials.
At first glance, it’s an aesthetically pleasing headset that features a white-on-black finish that evokes thoughts of its target console: the PS5. Stainless steel links connect the top to the cups, which rotate freely, allowing them to better fit the sides of your head. Although this makes them a little apathetic when you’re not using the headset.
The immediate benefit of the cups’ soft faux leather is that the Kaira Pro scores highly in the comfort test. The headset just looks brilliant to use. This level of comfort also lasts longer gaming sessions. In our tests, we never once felt irritated when wearing the headset – physically, at least – nor did we feel the need to take them out to give our ears a rest.
The headband is just as comfortable, boasting soft, padded foam that rests lightly on top of your head. User comfort, then, is arguably the best thing about the Razer Kaira Pro headset, and it’s one we’d recommend if a non-irritating headset is a priority for you.
Razer Kaira Pro: features
- 50 hours of battery life
- robust options
- Haptics are good but enigmatic
The first thing you’re likely to notice about the Razer Kaira Pro headset when you turn it on is the RGB lighting featured on the outside of both cups. The Razer emblem slowly pulses through the full RGB spectrum. It’s a very simple effect and works more as a light flourish than a catchy selling point.
The headset is turned on by long pressing the power button found on the left cup. A short vibration of the headset’s haptics will activate, followed by an integrated voice letting you know that you have turned it on. Fortunately, the power button and others are easy to locate. This includes a mic mute switch found on the left cup, as well as a Bluetooth toggle for 2.4GHz and tactile force adjustment on the right.
The headset also has a USB-C port for charging, a 3.5mm jack for the detachable microphone, and two wheels for volume control and side tone adjustment. It’s a robust set of easily accessible options. However, we thought the volume sliders felt a little finicky and flimsy.
The headset connects wirelessly via a small USB-C dongle, and as long as it’s within range, it can connect to up to four devices. This means you won’t need to move the dongle once it’s connected to a source.
The Razer Kaira Pro’s most fascinating selling point, however, is the HyperSense haptic feedback. This optional component is off by default, but can be adjusted to three different intensity settings.
When listening to music, HyperSense haptics do a great job of vibrating along with the beat. The headphones typically pick up drum pedal beats and deeper bass notes, making listening to instrumental tracks great fun.
The feature sours when vocals are taken into account, however. Haptics have a habit of springing into action during singing or spoken dialogue. It definitely took us out of the immersion of a particular performance or scene.
Haptics also drain battery life much faster than if they were turned off. Typically, you get an impressive 50 hours on a single charge. With the haptic activated, however, this drops to around 10-11 hours. That’s still not terrible for a day of audition, but it’s still a substantial hit for a feature that’s something of a gimmick. After just a few hours, we prefer to keep HyperSense haptics off in favor of much longer battery life.
Razer Kaira Pro: sound quality
- great for music
- Detailed game audio
- Microphone quality is bad
Overall, the audio quality of the Razer Kaira Pro is very solid. Musically, the headset performs well, featuring a rich, clear soundscape that highlights heavy instrument tracks with great clarity. The vocals come along just as well. If you’re looking for a detailed audio profile, you can do a lot worse than the Razer Kaira Pro.
In-game performance is equally great. The headset really takes advantage of the wide dynamic range options. In Resident Evil 2, for example, with headphone mode and wide dynamic range enabled, we were able to significantly increase the immersion of this tense horror title. The moans of zombies beautifully complemented the subtly intense atmosphere of the Raccoon City Police Department.
The Razer Kaira Pro is also a great choice for multiplayer gaming as the headset picks up directional audio very effectively. In PUBG Battlegrounds you will be able to more accurately identify the direction of distant shots and the roaring engines of approaching UAZs, for example.
While the audio quality is great across the board, the headset mostly suffers in one key area: microphone quality. In our tests, recipients in our group noticed the small audio output of the Kaira Pro. While the mic performed consistently, very rarely cutting our voices off abruptly, it was still a less than ideal experience speaking at a party with friends.
- Sound Quality Score: 3.5/5
Should I buy the Razer Kaira Pro for PlayStation?
You want clean, clear audio
The Razer Kaira Pro excels at providing a clean, detailed audio profile that captures even subtle instrumentation and sound effects.
you want comfort
The Razer Kaira Pro headset might be one of the most comfortable on the market, with well-padded cups and an overall lightweight design.
You want a lot of battery life
At around 50 hours from a single charge with no haptics activated, you can go a long time without needing to charge the headset.
Don’t buy if…
You want good microphone quality
The Razer Kaira Pro’s microphone quality is one of its biggest disappointments, delivering weak, metallic audio to whoever you’re talking to.
You don’t mind tricks
HyperSense haptics sound great on paper, but you’ll probably want to turn them off after a short period of use.
You’re on a budget
The Razer Kaira Pro is an expensive headset. And while their features somewhat justify the price, you’ll find cheaper headphones elsewhere that are just as effective.