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Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Aug 23, 2023 at 01:04 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Aug 29, 2023 at 09:29 pm
Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed True Wireless Picture
7.2
Neutral Sound
7.8
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
7.1
Office
7.1
Wireless Gaming
5.5
Wired Gaming
7.4
Phone Calls

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed True Wireless are cross-platform gaming earbuds. Thanks to their USB-C dongle, you can connect them to PCs and consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch with low latency. They also have noise cancelling (ANC) and have an improved isolation performance compared to other earbuds in this lineup. They even have customizable Chroma RGB lighting if you're into that kind of thing.

Our Verdict

7.2 Neutral Sound

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed are decent for neutral sound. They're well-balanced out of the box and deliver enough bass to ensure mixes have warmth, boom, and rumble, but vocals and instruments are a bit thin and hollow due to a dip in the mids. You can fine-tune their sound to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. That said, the soundstage they create feels closed-off and not very immersive.

Pros
  • Customization features like graphic EQ and presets available in app.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
7.8 Commute/Travel

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed are very good for commute and travel. These buds are lightweight, decently comfortable, and are easy to take with you on the go, thanks to their small and portable design. They're also noise cancelling buds and can block out the low rumble of bus engines well. Unfortunately, with only their ANC on (no RGB lighting), they last over five hours continuously, which may not be enough to get you through long trips. Their carrying case supplies four extra charges if you need more battery life.

Pros
  • Stable fit.
  • Very good noise isolation performance.
Cons
  • Five hour continuous battery life.
8.1 Sports/Fitness

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed are great for sports and fitness. They have a lightweight and portable design that's easy to take with you on the go. They're also certified IPX4 for resistance against splashes of water. Even though they lack stability fins, once you get a good fit, they're still stable enough for running or working out.

Pros
  • Stable fit.
  • Rated IPX4 for water resistance.
Cons
  • Five hour continuous battery life.
7.1 Office

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed are decent for office use. Although they have a gamer-centric design, you can turn off the RGB lighting to keep them office-friendly. They're also equipped with an ANC system to help cut down chatty coworkers and the hum of AC units around you. They don't leak very much audio at high volumes, either. That said, they don't support multi-device pairing, so you can't stay connected to your PC and smartphone simultaneously. With their ANC on (and lighting off), they also last over five hours continuously, which may not be enough to get you through your day. Their carrying case supplies an extra four charges, though.

Pros
  • Very good noise isolation performance.
  • Good overall mic performance.
Cons
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • Five hour continuous battery life.
7.1 Wireless Gaming

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed are decent for wireless gaming. These buds come with a USB dongle that you can use for a low-latency gaming experience on PCs and supported consoles like the PS5. If you're a mobile gamer, they also have Game Mode, which helps keep audio lag at bay via Bluetooth. Their balanced sound is adjustable using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. They also have customizable RGB lighting, though if you want to have this enabled with ANC simultaneously, then the buds will only last around three hours at a time. Turning off both features brings the battery life upwards of five hours. There are four charges in the case if you need it, though.

Pros
  • Customization features like graphic EQ and presets available in app.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
5.5 Wired Gaming

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed are truly wireless earbuds; you can't use them wired.

7.4 Phone Calls

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed are decent for phone calls. They have an integrated mic that does a great job of separating speech from background noise, so you'll be heard clearly, even if you're calling from a busy street. The mic's recording quality is decent, too, and while your voice sounds unnatural, it's still easy to understand. The buds are equipped with ANC, too, and can block out a lot of ambient sound across the spectrum, so you can focus on your call, whether you're calling from a train or an office.

Pros
  • Very good noise isolation performance.
  • Good overall mic performance.
Cons
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • Five hour continuous battery life.
  • 7.2 Neutral Sound
  • 7.8 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.1 Office
  • 7.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.5 Wired Gaming
  • 7.4 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Aug 29, 2023: Added a comparison to the Razer Moray in the Bluetoothbox.
  2. Updated Aug 23, 2023: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 18, 2023: Early access published.
  4. Updated Aug 15, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Jul 10, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Jun 23, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed come in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see our model's label here. If you encounter another variant of these headphones, let us know in the forums, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed are wireless earbuds designed for gaming. They join the Hammerhead lineup but offer a better noise isolation performance than sibling products like the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro and even have customizable Chroma RGB lighting. If you're a PC gamer, you can take advantage of their wireless USB-C dongle, but if you're into mobile gaming, they have a low latency Game Mode to help keep your audio and visuals in sync. They also have a better overall battery performance than the similarly intended EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Truly Wireless. Unfortunately, they're incompatible with Xbox consoles, so you'll need to look elsewhere if this is your preferred console.

Check out our recommendations for the best earbuds for gaming, the best wireless headsets for gaming, and the best Razer headsets.

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless 2021

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed True Wireless are better in-ears than the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless 2021. While both buds are decently comfortable, the Pro HyperSpeed have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC blocks out more background noise. They also come with a USB-C dongle for low-latency gaming.

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed True Wireless are better in-ears than the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro. While both buds are comfortable and well-built, the Pro HyperSpeed have a better noise isolation performance, customizable RGB lighting, and come with a USB-C dongle for lower latency.

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless

Depending on your preferences, you may prefer either the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless or the Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed True Wireless since they're intended for different uses. The Apple are designed primarily for casual use and are more comfortable, better built, and have a significantly better noise isolation performance. They also have Apple-centric features like an H2 chip for seamless pairing with your Apple devices and Spatial Audio support for a more immersive sound. Conversely, the Razer are well-suited for gaming. They come with a USB-C dongle for low latency, support RGB lighting, and have more customization features like a graphic EQ and presets to help you fine-tune their sound.

EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Truly Wireless

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed True Wireless have the edge over the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Truly Wireless when it comes to gaming. The Razer have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and noise cancelling, so they can block out a very good amount of background noise. Their overall mic performance is better, too, and so is their battery life. However, the EPOS are more comfortable and better built. They also support multi-device pairing, which is handy to stay connected to two devices simultaneously.

Razer Moray

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed True Wireless are better in-ears than the Razer Moray. While the Hammerhead aren't as comfortable as the Moray, their wireless design allows for a better range of movement, and their onboard controls are an added convenience when using them casually on the go or at the office. Their ANC feature can block out more ambient noise than the Moray does passively, making the low rumble of bus engines or passing traffic less of a distraction during an intense game. Their sound profile is also more neutral, which some users may prefer, and their companion app lets you customize their mix via graphic EQ and presets. Their latency on PCs and mobile devices is very low when their Game Mode is switched on, but they only last five hours on a single charge. In comparison, the Moray's wired connection means you don't need to worry about battery life or latency.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Transducer Dynamic

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed look a lot like the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro as they have a black stem design. They're mostly made of shiny black plastic but have Razer's RGB Chroma lighting on the face of the buds. You can customize the lighting to your liking via the companion app. The buds themselves only come in a 'Black' colorway, though.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

These headphones are decently comfortable. They fit and feel similarly to other buds in the Hammerhead lineup. The tips don't have a deep in-ear fit and are comfortable once you have a proper seal. They also come in three differently sized pairs to help you get the best fit. The stem is long, which can get in the way, especially if you wear long, bulky earrings. The shape of the buds can also press up against your outer ear after some time.

7.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Gaming Mode

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed have a good touch-sensitive control scheme. By default, most of the controls can be done by either bud, but you can change them independently if you prefer a different layout. There are voice prompts to let you know when you've registered a command and beeps to let you know when you've reached min and max volume. Unfortunately, if you want voice assistant support, you must swap out one of the other commands. Registering certain commands, like volume control, is also tricky, as the touch-sensitive surface doesn't always recognize the input. Tapping the buds seems loud in your ears, too.

On the left bud:

  • Double tap and hold: Lowers the volume.

On the right bud:

  • Double tap and hold: Raises the volume.

On either bud:

  • Single tap: Plays and pauses audio.
  • Double tap: Skips the track forward. Also answers calls or switches to a different call.
  • Triple tap: Switches between Bluetooth and the USB dongle.
  • Triple tap and hold: Activates 'Game Mode', which is a low latency mode via Bluetooth.
  • Hold for a few seconds: Activates ANC. Also rejects calls.

9.5
Design
Portability
L 1.6" (4.1 cm)
W 1.0" (2.6 cm)
H 0.8" (2.1 cm)
Volume 1.37 inยณ (22.39 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

These buds are pretty portable. They're lightweight and can easily fit into most bags or pockets without an issue.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.1" (5.3 cm)
W 2.5" (6.4 cm)
H 0.9" (2.4 cm)
Volume 4.97 inยณ (81.41 cmยณ)

The carrying case is good. It's mostly made of plastic and is easy to open and close. It feels sturdy enough to survive accidental drops and falls.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

These buds feel well-built. They're mostly made of plastic with silicone ear tips. They're also certified IPX4 for resistance against water splashes, making them feel durable enough for a jog in the park or walking in the rain. That said, the ear tips can rip over time.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed have a stable in-ear fit. It takes a bit of finessing to get a good seal, but once they're in, they're quite stable and won't fall out during a run in the park or exercise.

Design
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In The Box

  • Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed earbuds
  • 3x silicone ear tips
  • Charging case
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • USB extension cable
  • USB-C dongle
  • Razer stickers
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.51 dB
Treble Amount
-1.93 dB

Using the THX EQ preset, which is also their virtual soundstage feature, these buds have a somewhat balanced sound profile. They pack an even bass, but dialogue and instruments sound thin and hollow due to dips in the mid and treble range. Their sound is still versatile enough for various audio content, though. If you prefer a different sound, you can fine-tune them using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets.

7.8
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.44 dB

We had problems getting a good fit into our test rig's ears. As a result, the right five passes show a lot more inconsistencies in audio delivery than the left. However, we don't expect you to have nearly the same issues as us in real-life use. It can take some time to get a good fit, but once they're in, you'll experience consistent sound delivery each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.19 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
-1.93 dB
Mid-Bass
-0.59 dB
High-Bass
-0.51 dB

These buds have outstanding bass accuracy. The response is very flat and neutral. Although they lack a bit of thump and rumble due to the underemphasized low-bass, they still deliver adequate punch and warmth to help emphasize sound effects like footsteps.

8.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.39 dB
Low-Mid
-2.02 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.8 dB
High-Mid
0.01 dB

The Razer Hammerhead Pro Hyperspeed have great mid accuracy. The low to mid-mid are underemphasized, which results in a thinner sound with vocals and instruments pushed to the back of the mix. This isn't as noticeable with very dialogue-heavy games, like Disco Elysium, but if there's also a soundtrack and sound effects present in the mix, voices sound recessed. The high-mid is neutral, so vocals and instruments are still adequately bright.

7.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.6 dB
Low-Treble
-3.09 dB
Mid-Treble
-3.01 dB
High-Treble
-10.72 dB

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed have good treble accuracy. The response is underemphasized, resulting in veiled vocals and instruments, while sibilants like cymbals are dull.

7.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.51 dB
Dips
0.98 dB

The peaks and dips performance of these buds is good. For the most part, the peaks and dips are minor, which means that the headphones can reproduce their sound profile fairly well. That said, a dip in the low-mid affects the right driver more prominently and thins the mix, while a peak in the high-mid makes vocals and instruments sound harsh. A following dip in the low-treble veils vocals and instruments while a peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals piercing.

8.4
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.11
Weighted Phase Mismatch
4.34
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.34
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.94

Razer's products tend to have good imaging performances, although some over-ears we've tested, like the Razer Kraken V3, have had issues. Imaging varies across units and indicates a manufacturer's quality control and ergonomics. Our unit's L/R drivers are well-matched in group delay, ensuring tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. They're also matched regarding frequency and amplitude response, which helps ensure a stable stereo image. However, there is some phase mismatch present in the mid-range. This causes lower-range and deeper voices to sound recessed and further away from the center. Conversely, higher-pitched female voices and instruments with a higher frequency range, like pianos, are skewed to the right. The peak in the phase response's low-bass is less thumpy, too, but it's more difficult to spot with real-life content.

1.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.8

The passive soundstage performance of these buds is bad, but that's normal for in-ear headphones. Sound needs to interact with your outer ear to create a wide and immersive soundstage. By design, earbuds bypass your outer ear, so their soundstage seems closed-off and small.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
THX

These headphones are compatible with THX, which you can enable in the EQ presets found in the companion app. This feature helps simulate a 3D audio experience, which can be useful when gaming as it can help improve your ability to hear sound effects like footsteps in gameplay. Remember that this feature's performance depends on how the game is mixed, though.

7.5
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.338
WHD @ 100
0.145

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed's weighted harmonic distortion performance is good. All frequencies fall within good levels, producing clear and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.3.0.0
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default (THX)
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones; our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
7.8
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-19.29 dB
Noise Cancelling Yes
Bass
-17.59 dB
Mid
-20.16 dB
Treble
-20.41 dB

The noise isolation performance is very good. Like the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro, they have noise cancelling (ANC) but can block out more background noise. They can tackle the low rumble of bus engines, ambient chatter, and the high-pitched hum of an AC unit. It's not as powerful as popular casual use buds like the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless.

8.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
31.14 dB

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed's leakage performance is great. Audio bleed is mostly concentrated in the treble range, which sounds thin. That said, if you're listening to audio at very high volumes, it's unlikely that people around you will be bothered by it.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
Mic Yes
7.0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
164.69 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
5.04 dB
HFE
7,452.94 Hz
Weighted THD
0.42
Gain
-17.16 dB

The integrated mic's recording quality is decent. Your voice is bright and clear but sounds unnatural. You won't have an issue being understood clearly, though.

8.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
10.38 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
8.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
8.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The mic's noise handling performance is great. It can separate your voice from background noise. Even when there are very loud sounds, like a passing train, which can slightly muffle your voice, speech is still easy to follow.

Active Features
6.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
5.1 hrs
Additional Charges
4.0
Total Battery Life
16 hrs
Charge Time
1.1 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer and Standby Mode
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The battery performance of these buds is alright. The manufacturer advertises three hours of playback time with the ANC and RGB Chroma lighting on, but if you're looking to reduce battery drain, turning ANC and RGB lighting off can give up to four hours of playback time. We tested the headphones with ANC on but RGB lighting off; we measured just over five hours. Battery life varies depending on use, including what active features you're using and what volume you're listening to.

These buds have an auto-pause feature once you take the buds out of your ears. They also turn off after a few minutes of sensing no activity. Their carrying case supplies an extra four charges if you need it too.

7.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Razer Audio
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
Yes

The Razer Audio app is decent, and you can see a video of it in action here. The app can be frustrating as it took us some tries to pair our headphones with it. Switching between Bluetooth and the wireless dongle was also finicky at best, and sometimes, it wouldn't even reconnect to our Android device, causing us to have to unpair and re-pair our device. Re-pairing to a new phone is also unreliable.

This app allows you to adjust the ANC, access a graphic EQ and presets, and customize the RGB chroma settings. You can also access the Earbud Fit Test, as well as a Game Mode, which helps to lower latency via Bluetooth.

Connectivity
6.7
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.3
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
137.80 ft (42.00 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
278 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
71 ms
Android Latency
151 ms

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed have okay Bluetooth connectivity. Unfortunately, you can't use the dongle and Bluetooth simultaneously, as the headphones will drop one connection in favor of the other. By default, their Bluetooth latency is quite high on PCs and on Android, which can cause your audio and visuals to fall out of sync while gaming. As a result, using this connection to game isn't ideal. iOS latency is lower, though, which is handy if you want to stream video from your phone.

That said, if you're dedicated to using Bluetooth for gaming, these buds have a Game Mode that can help lower latency. With this mode on, they have pretty low latency on PC and Android, but their iOS latency is similar without the mode. However, their line of sight range is very short, so you'll need to be near your device to continue receiving audio.

If lower latency is a bigger priority than a wireless connection, consider the Razer Moray instead. These in-ear monitors have a wired connection and thus negligible latency. However, this limits their range of motion since you're attached to your PC or game controller via AUX cable.

8.0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
50.20 ft (15.30 m)
Non-BT Latency
39 ms

These headphones come with a USB-C dongle, which ensures a low-latency gaming experience.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These headphones have a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging the carrying case. They also come with an extension cable. Both cables are 23.6 in (or 60 cm) in length.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

The Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed can wirelessly connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs with full compatibility. You can also use their USB-C dongle for audio and mic compatibility.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

These buds can connect to your PlayStation console when you're using the USB dongle. You'll have full audio and mic compatibility.

Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle + Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

These buds come with a USB-C dongle for wireless compatibility. It doesn't have any inputs. They also come with a charging case that supports Qi wireless charging. It has a USB-C port for charging the case, which holds roughly four charges.