Windows 10 support ending in 2025 Hasbro, Niantic Transformers game Xbox at E3 Square Enix at E3 E3's PC Gaming Show Pre-Prime Day deals from Amazon
CNET editors pick the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.

Razer unveils $50 Kraken X gaming headset

Entry-level headphones from the maker of some of our favorite gaming rigs.


Razer has announced a new set of lightweight wired headphones for gamers. As the new entry-level model in the company's lineup, the Kraken X will cost $50 and be available starting June 6 on the company's website. 

Now playing: Watch this: Razer makes its Blade Pro gaming laptop future-ready

Though Razer's gaming laptops aren't cheap -- we're big fans of the Razer Blade Stealth from 2017 and this year's Razer Blade Advanced -- they're usually great. With the Kraken X, the company tones things down a bit to offer casual gamers a more affordable set of headphones.

Replacing the older Kraken Essential model, the Kraken X delivers some of the same features as its more expensive siblings, the $80 Kraken and $100 Kraken TE. The new Kraken X provides support for 7.1 surround sound (with Windows 10 64-bit) and has custom-tuned 40mm drivers and cups equipped with memory foam and leatherette rims. Razer is also releasing a version of the headphones for use on gaming consoles, which also cost $50.

Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.


The Kraken X for Console.


Here are the full specs for the Razer Kraken X:

  • Support for 7.1 surround sound (for Windows 10 64-bit)
  • Retractable microphone
  • Integrated volume controls
  • Frequency response: 12 to 28Hz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms at 1KHz
  • Sensitivity: 106 decibels at 1KHz
  • Drivers: 40mm 
  • Connection: 3.5 headphone jack
  • Weight: 0.55 lbs (250 grams)