Razer Hammerhead HyperSpeed Earbuds Review

The Razer Hammerhead HyperSpeed earbuds are unlike anything I’ve ever used for gaming – a completely wireless set of earbuds that sound great, fit well, and can be used on the go for listening to music, podcasts, and more. With the rise in popularity of Apple’s AirPods and other true-wireless earbuds over the past few years, it was only a matter of time before gaming headphones followed suit. And now, Razer has created a great pair of gaming headphones that can fit in your pocket.

Razer Hammerhead HyperSpeed Earbuds – Design and Features

The Razer Hammerhead HyperSpeed earbuds are a completely wireless pair of gaming headphones that are officially licensed by PlayStation and work across PS5, PC, and Mac, as well as any Bluetooth-enabled devices like smartphones, tablets, and more.

The AirPods-like design of the earbuds and case don’t deviate too much from the status quo. Inside of the slightly rounded, oblong flip-top case you’ll find both earbuds neatly tucked away, charging wirelessly through the magnetic nodes at the bottom of each stem.

The case itself is fairly nondescript, with a small gray PlayStation logo in the center, and Razer etched into the top. It also has a small indicator light on the outside that illuminates when opened, as well as when it’s plugged in to charge via the USB-C port on the bottom. It’s also very lightweight, weighing just 56g in total – or 44g without the earbuds.

The Hammerhead HyperSpeed earbuds contain 10mm audio drivers that deliver a full range of audio, while also offering optional active noise cancellation and ambient sound modes. At the base of each stem is a microphone that can be used for in-game chat, as well as audio input for phone calls over Bluetooth.

While there are no physical buttons on the earbuds, the outside of each one features a haptic sensor behind the Chroma RGB-illuminated Razer logo. By default, you can control the volume, switch audio modes, enable ANC, and more, by combining haptic taps and holds. Remembering all of these haptic commands can be a bit annoying, but you can customize them to make it a bit easier in the Razer Audio app, if you choose.

The earbuds will give you about 4-6 hours of battery life on a single charge, depending on whether or not you have ANC and the Chroma RGB lighting enabled, and can be quickly recharged by returning the buds to the case. The case should give you about four additional charges for the earbuds, placing your total expected battery life between about 20 and 30 hours.

When using the Hammerhead HyperSpeed earbuds with PS5, PC, or Mac, you simply need to plug in the USB-C adapter and the headphones automatically connect over a 2.4GHz wireless signal – no pairing required – allowing you to quickly and easily jump into your games.

Additionally, you can pair the earbuds to your smartphone via Bluetooth 5.2 to enjoy music, podcasts, videos, and more, while you’re on the go. And, swapping between the HyperSpeed Wireless and Bluetooth modes is simple – a quick triple tap on the outside of either earbud will automatically swap connections.

Oddly enough, your music doesn’t automatically pause when one (or both) of the earbuds are removed. Instead, you have to place them both back in the case and close the lid for the audio to automatically stop, or pause the music manually. Additionally, there’s quite a bit of audio bleed from the headphones at high volume.

This brings me to the haptics. While I appreciate the simplicity in the design, and understand there’s not a ton of room to add physical buttons, I did find the haptics control experience to be a bit frustrating. For instance, adjusting the volume up or down requires a ‘double tap and hold’, which takes just long enough for it to be annoying. It’s much quicker to adjust the volume on-device, which sort of defeats the point of haptic controls.

I also occasionally experienced the haptics simply not working, or performing a completely different command from what I intended as it tried to decipher the difference between a ‘double tap’, a ‘triple tap’, or a ‘triple tap and hold’, for instance.

Razer Hammerhead HyperSpeed Earbuds – Software

Downloading the Razer Audio app on iOS or Android will let you customize the earbuds when using them in Bluetooth mode. Once paired, you can check the individual battery life of each earbud, manually enable ANC or the Ambient audio modes, as well as turn on Do Not Disturb to block calls when gaming in the 2.4GHz mode.

Additionally, you can customize the Chroma RGB lighting on the exterior of both earbuds. There are only a few modes you can select though, such as a static lighting option, breathing mode, a spectrum mode that cycles through all 16.8 million colors, and an “Audio Meter” mode that tries to sync the lighting with your music but ends up being a sporadic pulsing and flashing of random colors that looks terrible.