One of the worst things about using a wireless headset while playing on an Android phone is latency. Whether it's the fault of the operating system or production (or both), I've found that most headsets – even as expensive as the Sony WH-1000X M3 – are unable to support what's on screen. This is disturbing, and is a situation where the $ 99 Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds are eager to take advantage.
These new truly wireless earbuds, which Razer announced today, have a minimum delay of 60 millimeters after Gaming Mode is enabled through a dedicated iOS and Android app. The result should align what you hear with what is on the screen. Razer claims that its earphones use a personalized version of Bluetooth 5.0 to allow this feature to work and maintain battery quality and battery life in low latency mode. To turn it on, just tap the earpiece three times.
At a press briefing, I had to try out Hammerhead True Wireless and this low latency mode seemed to work at times until it dropped out another time. My time with the earphones was short and the press room was noisy, so I would not be able to make a final judgment on the quality of the feature (or the sound quality in general) until I had more time with them. [1
Hammerhead True Wireless offer waterproof IPX4 and three hours charge. The included case offers four recharges, totaling 12 hours of battery life. (This is the end of charge life over other competing models.) Basic tasks such as changing a song, answering calls, or activating your preferred voice assistant are handled with sensor controls on the earphones. If you want to adjust the volume, you will need to do it from your phone.
The $ 99 price tag seems to be fair for what's on offer, but these earbuds can have a hard time getting out of the crowd if game mode doesn't make a huge difference when playing on an Android phone. We'll test them more to find out if the low-latency mode makes or breaks those ears.
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