Razer pushes style over substance with the $99 Ifrit gaming headset
As game streaming becomes more and more popular, headsets are becoming popular products for gaming companies. However, there is one problem that streamers have to face with traditional gaming headsets: size. Most headsets feature large over-the-ear headphones and a bulky microphone that tends to obscure the streamer’s face. Razer is aiming to remedy this malady with the Ifrit headset, a minimalist piece of kit with designed for streamers.
The Ifrit traders the over-ear design of most headsets for a pair of in-ear buds connected via a flexible bar that wraps around the back of the user’s head. The condenser microphone is attached via a thin, adjustable arm designed to remain out of the way and out of our face. Razer also advertises the Ifrit as lightweight, allowing users to “stream for hours without even feeling it on.”
In typical Razer fashion, the Ifrit is marketed as the perfect audio solution for streamers. Razer’s own advertisements are focused heavily on design, leaving most of the actual sound quality to conjecture at this point. Razer has given a few specs, listed on their page. For $99, one would expect a decent set of cans, but this is Razer we’re talking about. The company tends to sell their products at a premium, and while they aren’t necessarily bad, the products tend to feel a bit overpriced.
An important note is that the Ifrit connects via a 3.5 mm jack, meaning that it’s compatible with PCs and the Xbox One. PS4 users will have to run the Ifrit through a 3.5 mm-to-USB audio interface. Don’t worry, though; Razer will happily sell you one for an extra $20.