One minute review
The Razer Kaira Pro is a competent enough headset that offers some advanced features and some nice novelties like haptic feedback that allows it to stand out from the crowd.
It’s certainly not cheap, though, and sells for a higher price than even many of the best wireless gaming headsets we’ve reviewed. That high price is largely driven by the headset’s excellent build quality and unusual features like the aforementioned HyperSense haptics.
In terms of design, the Razer Kaira Pro offers a pleasing white-on-black aesthetic to match PS5 and PS4 compatibility. It’s worth noting, though, that the headset can also connect to a PC, so you’re not limited to using it exclusively on Sony’s flagship consoles.
There are also some light RGB features on display. The Razer logos on either side of the headset light up when turned on. By default, these pulse across a wide spectrum of colors. It’s a nice effect, but somewhat understated, and of course you don’t see it at all while wearing the headset.
This is a wonderfully comfortable pair of cans, thanks in large part to the plush leatherette ear cushions and cooling fabric. We also found the auto-adjusting headband to be very effective and padded with soft foam for another layer of comfort. All these concessions together ensured that the headset never got irritated while playing with them.
Switches for various functions are located on the headset itself. And once you get used to their placement, it’s a breeze to reach for them to adjust settings on the fly. There’s a toggle switch to mute your microphone, a button to enter Bluetooth pairing mode, and another to adjust one of three haptic feedback settings. Volume control sliders are here too, but they feel a little loose. As a result, we preferred to adjust audio via the sliders on PC and PS5.
As for the sound quality, the Razer Kaira Pro headset gets the job done. It offers clear, undiluted sound – not exactly groundbreaking, but that clarity means the headset works great with a wide dynamic range, so you can easily pick up sounds both loud and soft.
Price and availability
The Razer Kaira Pro is on sale now for $199 / £199 / AU$345 direct from the official Razer online store.
Razer Kaira Pro: Design
- Excellent build quality
- Extremely comfortable
- Headset buttons are recognizable by touch
We have few complaints about the design of the Razer Kaira Pro. Matching its high price tag, the headset offers excellent build quality and doesn’t skimp on fancy materials.
At a glance, it’s an aesthetically pleasing headset with a white-on-black finish reminiscent of its target console: the PS5. Stainless steel links connect the top to the cups, which rotate freely, allowing them to fit better on the sides of your head. Although it makes them look a bit lethargic when you’re not wearing the headset.
The immediate advantage of the plush artificial leather of the cups is that the Kaira Pro scores high on the comfort test. The headset just feels great to wear. That level of comfort also lasts during longer gaming sessions. In our testing, we didn’t once feel annoyed wearing the headset – physically at least – nor did we feel the need to take them off to give our ears a break.
The headband is equally comfortable and has a soft, cushioned foam that rests lightly on the top of your head. User comfort, then, is arguably the best thing about the Razer Kaira Pro headset, and it’s one we’d recommend if a non-irritating headset is a priority for you.
Razer Kaira Pro: Features
- 50 hours battery life
- Robust options
- Haptics are nice, but gimmicky
The first thing you probably notice about the Razer Kaira Pro headset when you turn it on is the RGB lighting on the outside of both cups. The Razer decal slowly pulses across the full RGB spectrum. It’s a very simple effect and works more like a light bloom than an eye-catching selling point.
The headset is turned on by long pressing the power button on the left cup. A short vibration of the headset’s haptics kicks in, followed by a built-in voice letting you know you’ve turned it on. The power button and others are thankfully easy to find. These include a switch to mute the microphone on the left cup, as well as a Bluetooth to 2.4GHz switch and haptic strength adjustment on the right.
The headset also has a USB-C port for charging, a 3.5mm jack for the detachable microphone and two wheels for volume and sidetone adjustment. It’s a robust set of options at your fingertips. However, we found the volume sliders to feel a little finicky and flimsy.
Connected wirelessly via a small USB-C dongle, the headset can connect to up to four devices as long as it’s in range. That means you don’t have to move the dongle once it’s connected to a source.
However, the most compelling selling point of the Razer Kaira Pro is HyperSense’s haptic feedback. This optional feature is disabled by default, but can be customized with three different strength settings.
When listening to music, the HyperSense haptics do a great job with the beat. The headset usually picks up drum pedal kicks and deeper bass, making it really fun when listening to instrumental tracks.
However, the function sours when vocals are taken into account. The haptics have a habit of kicking in during singing or spoken dialogue. This definitely took us out of the immersion of a particular performance or scene.
The haptics also consume battery life much faster than if they were turned off. Usually you get as much as 50 hours from a single charge. However, with haptics on, that drops to about 10-11 hours. That’s still not terrible for a day’s listening, but it’s a substantial hit nonetheless for a feature that’s sort of a gimmick. After just a few hours, we preferred to keep the HyperSense haptics out in favor of much longer battery life.
Razer Kaira Pro: Sound Quality
- Great for music
- Detailed game audio
- Microphone quality is bad
Overall, the audio quality of the Razer Kaira Pro is very solid. Musically, the headset performs well, with a rich and clear soundscape that emphasizes instrument-heavy tracks with great clarity. The vocals come through just as well. If you’re looking for a detailed audio profile, you could do a lot worse than the Razer Kaira Pro.
The in-game performance is also great. The headset really takes advantage of the wide dynamic range options. For example, in Resident Evil 2, with Headphone Mode and Wide Dynamic Range enabled, we were able to significantly increase the immersion of this thrilling horror title. Zombie moans wonderfully complemented the subtly intense atmosphere of the Raccoon City Police Department.
The Razer Kaira Pro is also a great choice for multiplayer gaming, as the headset picks up directional audio very effectively. In PUBG Battlegrounds, for example, you can more accurately determine the direction of distant shots and the thundering engines of approaching UAZs.
While the sound quality is great throughout, the headset does suffer in one important area: the microphone quality. During our testing, receivers in our party noticed the tinny audio output of the Kaira Pro. While the mic performed consistently and rarely cut our voices abruptly, it was nevertheless a sub-optimal experience talking to friends at a party.
- Sound quality rating: 3.5/5
Should I buy the Razer Kaira Pro for PlayStation?
Buy it if…
You want clean, clear audio
The Razer Kaira Pro excels at providing a clean, detailed audio profile that picks up even subtle instrumentation and sound effects.
You want comfort
The Razer Kaira Pro headset is arguably one of the most comfortable out there, with well-padded cups and an overall lightweight design.
You want a lot of battery life
With about 50 hours on a single charge with no haptics on, you can go a long time without charging the headset.
Don’t buy it if…
You want good microphone quality
The Razer Kaira Pro’s microphone quality is one of its biggest downsides, offering weak, tinny audio to everyone you talk to.
You don’t like gimmicks
HyperSense haptics sounds great on paper, but you’ll probably want to turn them off after a short while.
You have a limited budget
The Razer Kaira Pro is an expensive headset. And while the features somewhat justify the price tag, you’ll find cheaper headsets elsewhere that are just as effective.