Razer Opus X Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Aug 03, 2021 at 10:19 am
Razer Opus X Wireless Picture
7.7
Neutral Sound
7.4
Commute/Travel
7.1
Sports/Fitness
7.3
Office
5.9
Wireless Gaming
5.7
Wired Gaming
6.4
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Razer Opus X Wireless are the more wallet-friendly sibling of the Razer Opus Wireless. Unlike the original Opus, these over-ears are designed for both casual use and mobile gaming and have a low latency 'Gaming Mode' to ensure your audio and video stay in sync on your smartphone. Out of the box, they have a neutral sound profile with a bit of extra boom, which should please fans of EDM and hip-hop. Their companion app also offers EQ presets to help you adjust their sound. That said, their ANC isn't very strong, especially when it comes to bass-range noise like the rumble of bus and plane engines.

Our Verdict

7.7 Neutral Sound

The Razer Opus X are good for neutral sound. They have a fairly neutral sound profile with a flat mid-range, ensuring that vocals and lead instruments are clear, present, and detailed. However, some users may find that the boomy high-bass also muddies their mixes. They're prone to inconsistencies in bass delivery, too, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or glasses.

Pros
  • Comfortable, well-built design.
  • Long-lasting battery life.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistencies in bass delivery.
7.4 Commute/Travel

The Razer Opus X decent for commute and travel. They have a comfortable, well-built design and a long-lasting battery life that should get you through many hours on the road. However, they're bulky and lack a carrying case, which can make it harder for you to take them with you on the move. Their ANC also struggles to block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, and their ear cups can trap in quite a bit of heat.

Pros
  • Comfortable, well-built design.
  • Long-lasting battery life.
Cons
  • Doesn't really block out bus or plane engine noise.
  • Not very breathable.
7.1 Sports/Fitness

The Razer Opus X are satisfactory for sports and fitness, although they're not designed for this purpose. They're comfortable and well-built, but their over-ear design traps in heat, which could make you sweat more than normal. They could also fall off your head with moderate physical movement. Although we don't test for it, they lack an IP rating for water resistance, too.

Pros
  • Comfortable, well-built design.
  • Long-lasting battery life.
Cons
  • Not very breathable.
  • No IP rating for water resistance.
7.3 Office

The Razer Opus X are decent for office use. They have a comfortable fit, and their battery should have no problem lasting through long days at the office. Although their ANC struggles to block out bass-range noise, they're much better-suited at reducing office sounds like ambient chatter and the hum of an AC unit. Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device pairing.

Pros
  • Comfortable, well-built design.
  • Blocks out ambient chatter.
  • Long-lasting battery life.
Cons
  • Not very breathable.
  • Prone to inconsistencies in bass delivery.
  • No multi-device pairing.
5.9 Wireless Gaming

The Razer Opus X can't connect to consoles and aren't recommended for wireless gaming on PCs as they have high latency. However, they're a suitable choice for mobile gaming. Using their 'Gaming Mode', they have low latency on iOS and Android devices, ensuring that your video and audio stays in sync. They also have a comfortable, well-built design and a long-lasting battery life. That said, while they have ANC, it barely blocks out noise like bus or plane engines. Their mic also struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you.

5.7 Wired Gaming

The Razer Opus X don't have an AUX port and can't be used wired.

6.4 Phone Calls

The Razer Opus X are acceptable for phone calls. They have an integrated mic, which does a fair job of recording your voice. However, it sounds a bit muffled and lacking in depth. The mic also struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise, so speech can be drowned out by sounds like bus or car engines. They also have a hard time blocking out bass-range noise, though they're better at reducing sounds like office chatter.

Pros
  • Comfortable, well-built design.
  • Long-lasting battery life.
Cons
  • Doesn't really block out bus or plane engine noise.
  • Sub-par noise handling.
  • 7.7 Neutral Sound
  • 7.4 Commute/Travel
  • 7.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.3 Office
  • 5.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.7 Wired Gaming
  • 6.4 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Aug 03, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 29, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style

The Razer Opus X have a very similar look to the Razer Opus Wireless and Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless. They have a sleek design with oval-shaped ear cups and lacking Razer's usual gaming logo. That said, they come in a flashy neon green color that stands out from the crowd. They also come in 'Mercury', which is bright white, and 'Quartz', which is pink.

8.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
1 lbs

The Razer Opus X are very comfortable. They're very similar to the Razer Opus Wireless and don't put too much pressure on your head. The padding on the ear cups and the headband also feels good on the skin. However, if you have big ears, they may touch the edges of the inner ear pads. Your ears may also feel warm after wearing them for long periods.

7.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
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 Multi function + Voice Assistant

The Razer Opus X have good controls. All of the controls are located on the right ear cup and are clicky physical buttons. A single press of the '+' or '-' button adjusts the volume up or down, respectively. Pressing and holding either button continually raises or lowers the volume. There's also a multi-function button. When pressed once, you can play or pause audio. For calls, this control allows you to answer a call, put a call on hold, end a call, or swap to a different call. You can press and hold this button for five seconds to enable or disable 'Gaming Mode', which offers low audio latency suitable for gaming or streaming video. A double press skips a track forward while a triple press skips to the previous track. You can use the power button to turn the headphones on and off when pressed and held. If you press it, you can also cycle between ANC on, off, or 'Quick Attention Mode', which allows you to hear your surroundings without taking the headphones off.

The multi-function button has an indentation to distinguish it from the volume buttons, and there are audio prompts when cycling between ANC and Quick Attention Mode, which you can enable or disable. There's also a chime to let you know when you've reached max volume.

5.6
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 7.8 °C

The Razer Opus X have sub-par breathability. They trap in more heat than the Razer Opus Wireless, and you can feel your ears getting warm after wearing them for a while. While they're not designed for sports, if you're using them during moderate physical activities, you may sweat more than normal.

5.9
Design
Portability
L 7.9" (20.0 cm)
W 7.3" (18.5 cm)
H 2.0" (5.0 cm)
Volume 112.42 in³ (1,842.30 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

The Razer Opus X aren't very portable. While the ear cups can lay flat, these bulky headphones can't fold like the Razer Opus Wireless. They also don't come with a case to help protect them when you've placed them in a large bag. You can see another photo of the headphones in their default position here.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Razer Opus X have a good build quality. They're very similar to the Razer Opus Wireless, but they're cheaper-feeling plastic. They have faux leather on the ear cups and headband, while the headband has metal reinforcement inside it. However, the yokes feel a bit weak and could be prone to breaking over time. Although we don't currently test for it, they also lack an IP rating for dust and water resistance, which is to be expected from over-ear headphones.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Razer Opus X have decent stability. While they shouldn't move on your head if you're at your desk, they could fall off with higher intensity movements.

Design
Headshots 1
Design
Headshots 2
Design
Top
Design
In The Box

  • Razer Opus X headphones
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • Cover for the charging cable ports
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.01 dB
Treble Amount
-1.11 dB

The Razer Opus X have a somewhat neutral sound profile, although the response isn't as flat as the Razer Opus Wireless. A bump in the high-bass adds extra boom to your mixes, while another peak in the low-treble makes vocals and lead instruments bright. Luckily, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers EQ presets to help you adjust them to your liking.

6.4
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.78 dB

The frequency response consistency is passable. They're prone to inconsistencies in bass delivery, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or glasses. They're also somewhat prone to inconsistencies in treble delivery. You may need to adjust their fit and positioning on your head to achieve more consistent treble delivery each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.8
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.28 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
13.54 Hz
Low-Bass
-0.48 dB
Mid-Bass
2.48 dB
High-Bass
5.38 dB

The Razer Opus X's bass accuracy is very good. The low-bass is fairly flat, so your mixes have adequate thump and rumble. A peak in the mid to high-bass adds intense punch and boom. However, some users may find they sound muddy.

These headphones are prone to inconsistencies in bass delivery. Our results represent the average response and your real-life experience may vary.

8.8
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.61 dB
Low-Mid
1.8 dB
Mid-Mid
0.19 dB
High-Mid
-0.4 dB

These headphones have excellent mid accuracy. The overemphasis in the bass range ends in the low-mids, but it can still slightly muddy mixes. The mid-mid and high-mid are very flat and neutral, though, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear, present, and detailed.

8.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.87 dB
Mid-Treble
1.26 dB
Low-Treble
0.84 dB
High-Treble
-2.56 dB

The Razer Opus X have great treble accuracy. The low-treble has a slight peak, which makes the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments bright. A slight overemphasis in the mid-treble can make sibilants like cymbals piercing.

They're slightly prone to inconsistencies in treble delivery. Our response represents the average, and your real-life experience may vary.

7.6
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.54 dB
Dips
1.09 dB

The Razer Opus X's peaks and dips performance is good. There's a small discrepancy between the left and right driver, and the right driver has a slight dip in the low-bass, resulting in less thump and rumble. A peak in the high-bass adds extra boom and muddiness to mixes, while a dip in the low to mid-mid thins out vocals and lead instruments and nudges them to the back of the mix. A dip in the left driver's high-mid also weakens these sounds, while a peak in the low-treble makes the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments harsh. An uneven mid-treble turns sibilants like cymbals alternatingly dull and sharp.

8.7
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.22
Weighted Phase Mismatch
4.09
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.46
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.99

The Razer Opus X's imaging performance is excellent. The entire group delay response falls below the audibility threshold, which results in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. The L/R drivers are also well-matched in amplitude and frequency response, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects like footsteps in the stereo image. However, there are a couple of peaks above the audibility threshold in phase response. The peak in the low-mid was audible during our sweep and could be heard in specific content. However, the treble-range peaks shouldn't be audible with real-life content. However, our results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

4.8
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.65 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
3.24 dB
PRTF Distance
9.32 dB
Openness
3.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.9

The Razer Opus X's passive soundstage performance is poor. While the soundstage seems natural, it's perceived as coming from inside your head, rather than from speakers placed around you. Since these headphones also have a closed-back design, their soundstage doesn't feel as open or spacious as open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
8.1
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.215
WHD @ 100
0.084

The Razer Opus X's weighted harmonic distortion performance is great. Although there are a couple of very minor peaks in the treble range, they can be very hard to hear with real-life content. Most frequencies otherwise fall within good limits, which results in fairly clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.1.2.0
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Razer Opus X. Our results are only valid when using them in this configuration.

Isolation
6.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-18.8 dB
Bass
-5.69 dB
Mid
-19.45 dB
Treble
-32.62 dB

The Razer Opus X's noise isolation performance is okay. Although they have active noise cancelling (ANC), they don't block out as much ambient noise as the Razer Opus Wireless. They struggle to block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, which is disappointing if you commute a lot. That said, they do a much better job of reducing ambient chatter and the high-pitched hum of an AC unit.

7.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
36.98 dB

The Razer Opus X have a decent leakage performance. Leakage is concentrated mostly in the mid to treble ranges and sounds somewhat thin. That said, if you like to listen to your favorite audio at high volumes, you shouldn't bother others around you if you're in a moderately noisy environment like an office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
6.7
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
306.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.25 dB
HFE
6,933.79 Hz
Weighted THD
5.971
Gain
15.62 dB

The recording quality is fair. Your voice sounds understandable, but boxy, somewhat muffled, and lacking in body. If you're looking for wireless over-ears with a better mic performance, you may prefer the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 Wireless.

5.9
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
15.85 dB
Noise Gate
No
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
6.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
5.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The mic's noise handling performance is sub-par. Your voice can be drowned out by moderate ambient noise like the rumble of cars passing by an open window around you. If you want to be heard clearly, you may want to take calls in a quiet environment.

Active Features
8.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
68 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
68 hrs
Charge Time
4 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Razer Opus X's battery performance is excellent. Although they're advertised to last 30 hours with their ANC on, we measured 68 hours, which far exceeds our expectations. We verified that the ANC was on and that the volume on the headphones was maxed out. That said, we are currently retesting the battery life to confirm our original measurements.

They're equipped with an adjustable auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. You can also receive audio while they're charging but they don't have an AUX port, so they don't support passive playback.

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

The Razer Audio app is decent. You can see the battery life, change EQ presets, and adjust the auto-off timer. You can also toggle between ANC on, off, and ambient. You can connect the app to the headphones without being paired to the same phone.

Connectivity
7.1
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
334.65 ft (102.00 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
188 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
153 ms
Android Latency
92 ms

The Razer Opus X's Bluetooth connectivity is satisfactory. Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device or NFC pairing. They also have somewhat high latency on PC and iOS. That said, they have a 'Gaming Mode', which is advertised to deliver low-latency audio. They have 12 ms of latency on iOS, 81 ms on Android, and 97 ms on PC, which makes them suitable for mobile gaming. It's worth noting that apps and devices compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may be different.

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Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
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 only come with a USB-C to USB-A charging cable. They don't have an AUX port, so you won't be able to use them with a 1/8" TRRS cable.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

The Razer Opus X can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs. However, they can't connect to PCs in any other way.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
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
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Razer Opus X come in three color variants: 'Green', 'Mercury', and 'Quartz'. We tested the Green variant, and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review. 

Compared To Other Headphones

The Razer Opus X are the simpler sibling of the Razer Opus Wireless. They're designed with mobile gaming in mind and, like the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro, have a low-latency 'Gaming Mode' to help keep your audio and visuals in sync. Unfortunately, their latency using this mode is still higher than devices with a dedicated non-Bluetooth wireless dongle like the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Truly Wireless. They also feel more plasticky than the Opus and lack extra features like an AUX port, THX support, and a carrying case. While they have an ANC system, it does an okay job of blocking out background noise, too.

Check out our recommendations for the best over-ear headphones, the best closed-back headphones, and the best wireless gaming headsets

Razer Opus Wireless

The Razer Opus X Wireless are the more wallet-friendly sibling of the Razer Opus Wireless, but the original Opus still perform better overall. The Opus are better-built, have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and they're able to block out significantly more ambient noise around you. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ so that you can adjust them to your liking. However, the Opus X are designed for mobile gaming and have a Gaming Mode, which helps reduce their audio latency on iOS and Android devices.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are better headphones than the Razer Opus X Wireless. The Sony are better-built, can block out significantly more ambient noise around you, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ so that you can tweak their sound to your liking. They also support multi-device pairing and can be used wired.

Razer Barracuda X Wireless

The Razer Opus X Wireless are more versatile headphones than the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The Opus X are better-built and more comfortable, and they have better noise isolation and leakage performances. Also, their continuous battery life is longer, and some users may prefer their more neutral out-of-the-box sound. There are even some presets so you can customize their sound. That said, if you're looking for wireless gaming headphones, the Barracuda X are a better choice. They have a better mic performance and they're compatible with more gaming consoles.

Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless

The Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless and the Razer Opus X Wireless have different strengths and depending on your usage, you may prefer either one. The Anker have a significantly better noise isolation performance, which is handy if you commute or travel a lot. Their integrated mic also offers a better overall performance, you can customize their sound profile using their companion app's graphic EQ, and they support multi-device pairing with up to two devices at a time. Conversely, the Razer are more comfortable, have a more neutral default sound profile, and their continuous battery life is longer. 

Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless

The Razer Opus X Wireless are somewhat better headphones than the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. The Razer are more comfortable, have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and a longer continuous battery life. However, the Anker offer a significantly better noise isolation performance, have multi-device pairing, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ alongside presets. 

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are better headphones than the Razer Opus X Wireless. While both headphones have a comfortable fit, the Sony are better-built, their companion app offers a graphic EQ to help you adjust their sound to your liking, and they're able to block out significantly more ambient noise around you. They also support NFC pairing. However, the Razer have a longer continuous battery life and a 'Gaming Mode' for lower audio latency. 

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Razer Opus X Wireless. The SteelSeries are better-built, have a significantly better microphone performance, and you can customize their sound to your liking using their companion software's graphic EQ. They also support non-Bluetooth wireless, though it's somewhat high. However, the Razer are more comfortable and have an active noise cancelling system to help block out more background noise around you.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC 35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the Razer Opus X Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC is able to block out significantly more ambient noise. They also support multi-device pairing with up to two devices at a time. However, the Razer have a 'Gaming Mode' for lower latency audio. 

Beats Solo Pro Wireless

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless and the Razer Opus Wireless are similarly performing headphones. The Beats are on-ears that feel better-built, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and are able to block out more background noise. They also have an H1 chip which allows you to seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices. However, the Razer are over-ears that are more comfortable, have a significantly longer continuous battery life and their companion app offers EQ presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking. 

JBL Tune 760NC Wireless

The Razer Opus X Wireless are better for commute and travel than the JBL Tune 760NC Wireless. The Razer are better-built and more comfortable with longer continuous battery life. Also, their companion app offers EQ presets to help you customize their sound. That said, the JBL have a better microphone performance, so they're a better choice for phone calls.

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro

While both headphones are designed for mobile gaming, the Razer Opus X Wireless are better for most uses than the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro. The Opus X are over-ears that are more comfortable, have a significantly better noise isolation performance, and have longer total battery life. However, the Hammerhead are in-ears that have a more stable fit, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ to help you adjust their sound.

HyperX Cloud Stinger

The HyperX Cloud Stinger and the Razer Opus X Wireless are designed for different uses, so you may prefer either pair. The HyperX are wired gaming headphones, and they have a boom mic that offers great overall performance. However, the Razer are designed for casual use and wireless mobile gaming. They're more comfortable, feel better built, and have an ANC system that can block out more passive ambient noise. You can't use them wired, though.

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