With the Opus model, Razer is entering new territory for gadgets, not only for gamers but also for a different audience than values convenience, comfort and is more relaxed about bright design. The Razer Opus has a very tough challenge to compete with Sony and Bose, which have long been firmly established in the wireless noise-cancelling headphones segment. Let’s see how much Opus will be able to fight against tough competitors.
Razer Opus review – Equipment
The Razer Opus comes with a hard carrying case, a USB Type-C cable for charging, a mini-jack cable for wired connections, and a splitter for connecting to the two mini-jacks commonly used on airplanes. The case turned out to be of high quality and pleasant to use; with it, you can not worry about the headphones in your bag or backpack.
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Razer Opus review – Design
I will not hide, but the Razer Opus does not look like something new and original. The design is very similar to the Sony WH-1000MX3. Perhaps a particular distortion still plays a role here because, from Razer, I’m used to seeing mostly something bright, with my handwriting, or at least with an acid-green insert. No, except for the bracket’s silver logo and the THX inscription, belonging to a strictly gaming brand, does not give anything away. With this, Razer emphasizes targeting for audiences looking for more discreet peripherals. And the headphones do precisely this task.
Austere design, no flashy elements, and practical matte plastic make the Razer Opus neutral in design and suitable for any occasion or clothing. There is a minimum of glossy details – only inserts in the bracket, but prints on them are almost invisible. The design is of high quality; for two weeks of nearly daily use, there was no backlash or squeak.
Razer Opus review – Ergonomic
In terms of wearing comfort, the Razer Opus deserves only high marks. For its size, the headphones are relatively light, with a weight of 265 grams. With several hours of wearing, they do not burden the head or squeeze it.
All controls and connectors are concentrated on the right bowl. In the area of action of the thumb of the right hand is the power button, which also acts as a switch for noise-cancelling modes. Separately from it is a group for volume control and playback. All keys are made in a comfortable shape and are well felt when blind.
Razer Opus review – Sound, noise reduction, and tuning
I’ll start with the overall sound quality. It is perfect, detailed, and low frequencies are pronounced but not excessive. The sound quality is very similar to that of one of the main competitors I mentioned above. The difference lies in the other – the customization options and the supported codecs. The Razer Opus works with AAC and SBC, but unfortunately, there is no support for LDAC and Apt-X, for there is a suspicion that the headphones only benefited from their presence. But even without advanced technologies, the sound situation is quite good.
Additionally, the sound quality can be adjusted in the smartphone app that was released specifically for these headphones. In them, you can turn on the bass boost mode, THX-preset and others. With THX turned on, the headphones sound a little more detailed and the bass a little harder. But not in all compositions. Also, in the application, you can set the shutdown timeout and enable the automatic pause function when removing the headphones from the head. The latter is realized thanks to the proximity sensors in the bowls.
The Active Noise Cancellation function is simple enough. It has two modes of operation – “on” and “off.” No, squelch strength setting. When switched on, you get almost complete silence around you. The Razer Opus does an excellent job with this. There is also a mode for enhancing ambient sounds – it allows you to talk to someone without removing your headphones or to be attentive on busy streets. The dedicated button quickly switches these modes.
Since the Razer Opus supports a wired connection, you can still use the noise canceling function connected to a mini-jack audio source.
Battery life is announced at 30 hours with noise cancellation on, which is roughly true. A full charge of the USB Type-C headphones is approximately 2 hours.
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Razer Opus review – Microphone
The Razer Opus omnidirectional microphone does not show any outstanding quality. It’s not bad, but no more.
Razer Opus review – Conclusion
Razer Opus is a high-quality and comfortable wireless earbud with a noise-canceling system and good battery life. Comparative disadvantages include the lack of LDAC and Apt-X. Overall, Razer’s first product, which targets more than just gamers, turned out to be good. But the company still has something to strive for. Except for the convenience during use, the headphones can outperform several competitors in this regard.
PROS: very comfortable design, good sound, good noise reduction
CONS: some secondary design