Razer unveils the Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds and the Junglecat Gaming Controller
Razer has announced two products today. The first of these is the Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds and the second is the Junglecat gaming controller. Besides the oddly aggressive names, these devices have some interesting features to offer. Let’s take a look at both of these announcements, starting with the true wireless earbuds.
Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds
Truly wireless earbuds are becoming more and more popular in the market. The category was popularized by Apple’s AirPods, while Samsung jumped in the fray with the well-received Galaxy Buds, with Google being a late entrant with the new Pixel Buds. Sony also has a product in the category with the WF1000XM3 earbuds that have ANC (active noise cancellation). The one thing that held back this product category was the audio lag in wireless earphones and headphones, which meant they weren’t great for gaming. Razer’s Hammerhead true wireless earbuds aims to solve this problem.
The Razer Hammerhead wireless earbuds have an ultra low-latency Bluetooth 5.0 connection. They come with a gaming mode that reduces latency to just 60ms, which is less than competing products. This will lead to immersive audio for games, etc, without the annoying lag and stutter that affects other Bluetooth earbuds, according to Razer.
The earphones are not in-ear unlike the Apple AirPods Pro and the Galaxy Buds, which means that background noise will be a significant issue as there is no sealing design. The design is more similar to the original AirPods.
Razer’s earphones have a 13mm driver and a 20-20kHz frequency response to deliver a “broad soundscape with beefy bass through to top-end clarity” for a great audio experience. When Gaming Mode is enabled, the sound and video on the user’s device will stay fully synced – that is, there will be no delays.
The Hammerhead true wireless earbuds have a three-hour battery life, with up to four charges from the included battery/carry case, for 15 hours in total. The case is charged via USB-C, and it will automatically charge the earbuds when not in use.
The earbuds have a mobile app that allows users to pair and customize it, change the voice prompt language or learn to use touch gestures. Once paired, the earbuds will automatically connect to the paired device each time they are taken from the case. They feature voice assistant compatibility and an IPX4 rating for sweat/splash protection.
Specifications of the Razer Hammerhead true wireless earbuds
Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20kHz
Impedance: 32 ± 15% Ω
Sensitivity: 91 ± 3 dB @ 1 kHz
Max input power: 8mW
Drivers: 13 mm
Approximate weight: 45.0 g
Frequency response: 300 Hz – 5 kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: ≥ 55 dB
Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -42 ± 3 dB
Pickup pattern: Omnidirectional
Music Controls: Play, pause, skip, previous
Call Controls: Answer, reject, switch, end
General: Pair, power, activate smartphone virtual assistant
Battery type: 275mAh rechargeable Li-Po battery Rated Capacity
Battery life: Up to 16 hours (with included charging case)*
Charge time: Up to 1.5 hours
* May vary dependent on usage
Bluetooth wireless range: Up to 10m / 30 ft
Devices with Bluetooth audio capability
Smartphone application available for Android and iOS devices
The Hammerhead truly wireless earbuds have a price tag of $99.99 / €119.99. They are available now from Razer.com.
Junglecat Gaming Controller
Razer’s Junglecat gaming controller doesn’t look like a traditional gaming controller. It’s actually a dual-sided mobile controller that works in two different configurations. The first one works by attaching one or both controllers to the included smartphone case. The user’s smartphone must be placed in the special smartphone case, making it look similar to the Nintendo Switch. The catch here is that the case only works with four phones for now: the Razer Phone 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and the Samsung Galaxy S10+ in the US. Globally, the Galaxy Note 9 is dropped in favor of the Huawei P30 Pro.
Alternatively, users can attach the controllers to the controller grip, and it can then be used as a handheld controller with other Android phones or tablets. In this configuration, it can also be paired with compatible Windows PCs.
The Razer Junglecat features twin analog thumbsticks and bumper buttons on each side. The left side has a four-way D-Pad while the right has four extra action buttons. The controller connects over low energy Bluetooth with a low latency response. A single charge via USB Type-C gives over 100 hours of use, according to Razer.
The Razer Gamepad app recognizes many of the most popular games, according to Razer, and they can be tuned to the user’s preference. The app gives players access to a “huge library” of controller compatible games, and settings can be tweaked for each game. Buttons and keys can be remapped, while the thumbstick sensitivity can also be adjusted.
Specifications of the Razer Junglecat gaming controller
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection (Android™ 7.0 Nougat or higher, Windows® 8.1 or higher)
100+ hour battery life
Dual-sided controller play
Razer Gamepad app (Android™ 8.0 Oreo or higher)
* Included smartphone cases:
USA – Razer Phone 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Samsung Galaxy S10+
Rest of the World – Razer Phone 2, Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10+
The Junglecat gaming controller costs $99.99 USD / €119.99. It is available now from Razer.com.
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