Razer Electra V2 review: Budget gaming/music headphones with decent sound

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The Razer Electra V2 analog gaming and music headset offers decent sound and comfort given the affordable price you’re paying for them.

TA-ratings-91We’ve been here before at Techaeris. If you want great gaming or music headphones, you expect you’d need to shell out a pretty penny. That’s not always the case and our Razer Electra V2 review takes a look at an analog gaming and music headset with decent sound that won’t break that bank.

Specifications

The Razer Electra V2 headset has the following features and specifications:

  • Surround sound immersion
  • Flexible and detachable mic
  • Adjustable headband for ultra flexibility
  • Plush ear cushions for greater sound isolation
  • Custom-tuned 40 mm drivers
  • Quick control buttons
  • Headphones
    • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
    • Impedance: 32 ± 15% Ω
    • Sensitivity: 105 ± 3dB
    • Max input power: 50 mW
    • Drivers: 40 mm with Neodymium magnets
    • Cable length: 1.3 m / 4.27 ft.
    • Approximate weight: 278 g / 0.61 lbs
  • Microphone
    • Removable boom mic
    • Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
    • Signal-to-noise ratio: >= 50 dB
    • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -41 ± 3 dB
    • Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional

What’s in the box

  • Razer Electra V2 analog gaming and music headset
  • Removable microphone
  • Audio/mic splitter extension cable
  • Product information guide
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What’s in the box…

Design

The Razer Electra V2 analog gaming and music headset looks like a lot of other gaming headsets out there. Featuring a suspended auto-adjusting headband design, the headset has the same aluminum frame as some of Razer’s higher-end models like the Tiamat and Thresher headsets.

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The Razer Electra V2 features the suspended headband design.

As such, the outer headband is aluminum with a split design. Underneath that is the auto-adjusting headband covered with a faux-leather finish on top stamped with Razer’s logo and a mesh fabric on the underside. When placing the headset on your head, the inner headband auto-adjusts to fit your head and is fairly comfortable.

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The underside of the headband is lined with mesh fabric.

The outer and inner headbands connect to rather large plastic earcups which are slightly elongated square in shape with rounded corners. Centered on each earcup is the Razer Snake icon. The left earcup houses the microphone mute slider and volume slider on the back. These controls are easily accessible and allow for quick microphone muting and on-the-fly volume control. The removable microphone and the Razer green 3.5mm audio cable are also attached to the left earcup.

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The volume and mic mute sliders on the back of the left earcup.

The foam earpads, also covered with a faux leather material, are attached to the earcups within a Razer green plastic housing. The housing rotates around, allowing the earcups to angle forward, back, up, and down for an optimal fit. The green also adds a nice thin accent colour to the black headset.

The removable microphone is about 6-inches long. It is also adjustable and bendable, making it easy to position it for the best voice sound when in use. As it is removable, you can disconnect it from the left earcup should you not require it or for when using the headset to listen to music while on the go. A small rubber plug is included to cover this port when the microphone isn’t attached but I could see this easily getting lost as it’s not attached in any way to the headset.

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Good luck not losing this small rubber plug…

Overall, the Razer Electra V2 look pretty decent, although the plastic earcups do lend to the budget look. They are pretty sturdy though and after a few months of daily use are still holding up well.

Sound Quality

Razer boasts virtual 7.1 Surround Sound with the Razer Electra V2. There is no software to control this (unless you get the USB version of the headset, our review unit was the 3.5mm analog version). That being said, during gaming there was definitely some enhanced surround sound taking place an audio was crisp and clear. The 40mm drivers are large enough for loud sound. Even when cranked to full volume, there was no indication of muffling or sound distortion.

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The 40mm drivers offer up clear, crisp, loud sound.

The box markets these as an “analog gaming and music headset” so of course we had to run these through some music listening as well. Throughout our test playlist, audio was, again, crisp and clear at all volume levels. Bass is pretty decent as well and, while punchy, wasn’t overbearing. It wasn’t as full as I normally prefer but it was definitely acceptable enough for listening to your music from your computer, smartphone, or other devices.

Speaking of devices, we tested these on an Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch, gaming laptop with a 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack, and a couple smartphones. In all cases, the audio was more than acceptable for gaming, music, and video consumption.

Microphone/Voice Quality

When playing multiplayer games and communicating with the rest of the team, there were no complaints on the other end with regards to how clear my voice was.

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The removable microphone works great for multiplayer chat.

Price/Value

With an MSRP of $59.99USD/$79.99CAD, the Razer Electra V2 is definitely worth the price if you’re looking for a decent sounding, comfortable headset and are working with a limited budget. The headset is currently on sale on Amazon for just over $50 right now, which makes it a fantastic deal.

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The Razer Electra V2 analog gaming and music headset offer great value given the price.

Wrap-up

The Razer Electra V2 analog gaming and music headset offers decent sound and comfort given the affordable price you’re paying for them.

*We were sent a sample of the Razer Electra V2 for the purposes of this review.

Razer Electra V2

$59.99USD
9.1

Design

8.5/10

Sound Quality

9.0/10

Microphone/Voice Quality

9.0/10

Price/Value

10.0/10

Nailed it

  • Fairly comfortable fit
  • Decent sound
  • Removable/adjustable microphone
  • Affordably priced
  • Long cables
  • Multi-platform use

Needs work

  • Could use more bass
  • Budget headphone looks
  • Rubber microphone port plug can easily get lost
  • Headband could use a tad more cushioning
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