• Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Frequency Response: F0 ~ 20KHz
  • Connectivity: 1x 3.5mm audio jack, USB (On Sound Enhancer)
  • Ports: 2x 3.5mm input (On Sound Enhancer)
  • USB Sound Enhancer Specs: Sample rate 44.1KHz/48KHz @ 16bit
  • Weight: 250g
  • Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Say goodbye to headset hair
  • Cons:
  • Slightly annoying to put on

Summoning Up A Clear Voice

Over the years, streaming as a profession has garnered attention worldwide and it is considered as an actual job for many people. Popular streamers now dominate screen time on TVs and monitors, especially for the younger audience. Be it on YouTube, Twitch or more, you will have no issues finding someone streaming games, talking to viewers or drawing.
Oftentimes, wearing headsets will give you the infamous “headphone hair” that makes an indentation in your hair after wearing headsets or headphones, and Razer seeks to remedy this issue with a brand new product, the Razer Ifrit.

The Razer Ifrit can be easily described as a pair of earphones with a neckband but comes packaged with its own microphone. While regular earphones do come with an in-line microphone, the mics tend to sound slightly tinny, making it awful to tune in to for viewers. The Ifrit does sport a similar design to the Hammerhead – a round body with a textured edge. In our review of the Hammerhead, we mentioned that the edges could be uncomfortable for some depending on their ears, and it still rings true with the Ifrit.

The provided USB Audio Enhancer that allows you to plug in an additional headset for your co-streamer

The provided USB Audio Enhancer that allows you to plug in an additional headset for your co-streamer

When putting on the Ifrit, the easier way to navigate around is to know that the mic should be on the left side of your face. Simply wrap the neckband around your neck, plug in your earbuds, then position your mic and you are good to go. The boom mic is not extendable, but it should be able to reach your mouth with no issues and catch your voice. We also found it slightly annoying to put on due to the number of wires present. You have your two earphone wires, the 3.5mm audio jack, and the wire of the USB Audio Enhancer that plugs into your computer.

As mentioned, the headset comes together with a USB Audio Enhancer kit that plugs into USB ports of your PC and allows you to connect up to two 3.5mm jacks onto the kit. This lessens the hassle when you wish to add a co-streamer. Just plug in an additional headset to the kit and you are good to go! The Audio Enhancer, as its name suggests, improves audio quality to 16bit and has a maximum sampling rate of up to 48KHz.

The headset was pretty comfortable as it is not heavy and using it with glasses wasn’t too much of a problem. Using Discord, our friends noted that our voice sounded clear as day. When compared to regular earphones, the Ifrit isn’t all that different, aside from the addition of a neckband and dedicated mic of higher quality. While streamers will enjoy their hair being on point while they are streaming, regular users might not find it a worthy investment.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, a decent pair of earphones that acts as an alternative to headsets. But if you are not a streamer that streams with a camera, you might be better off with other products.

(to be published in issue February 2019)