PC gaming hardware and lifestyle specialist Razer has launched a pair of new headsets. The Razer Hammerhead BT and Hammerhead iOS headsets are compact in-ear headsets: one a wireless version (using Bluetooth 4.1), and the other wired and aimed at Apple iOS device users.
"The Razer Hammerhead line of in-ear headphones and headsets are lauded for their big sound in a highly portable form factor," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. "We are excited to expand our Hammerhead audio experience with a Bluetooth wireless option for increased mobility and a Lightning Connector version for iOS device users."
Looking first at what these headsets have in common, they both feature 'class leading' custom-tuned 10mm Neodymium dynamic audio drivers. Inside the driver units are aluminium acoustic chambers, enhancing music reproduction while adding to durability, says Razer. Whichever you buy you will receive a carry case containing additional ear bud sizes.
Razer Hammerhead BT uses the Qualcomm aptX codec for low-latency, high-quality audio. An in-line remote and microphone is included in the design for phone call pickup and music track selection. Compatible with both Android and iOS devices, the Hammerhead BT offers up to 8 hours of battery life and takes about 2 hours to charge up. (160mAH rechargeable Li-Po battery.)
Razer Hammerhead for iOS connects via Apple's Lightning Connector to provide clear audio via a custom-tuned, digital-to-analogue converter (DAC). In this case the in-line remote/mic can invoke and command Siri, in addition to the Hammerhead BT standard functionality. An iOS companion app facilitates customizable or pre-configured equalizer settings.
Razer says both headsets are available now online at Razserzone.com in the US. (I noticed that the iOS version wasn't purchasable for me, instead there was a 'Notify Me' button.) Pricing is set at US$99.99 / €109.99 for either headset model. Worldwide availability is scheduled for later this month.