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Razer pushes style over substance with the $99 Ifrit gaming headset

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Razer's new Ifrit headset is designed to be an unobtrusive audio solution for game streamers. While the headset looks sleek, there's little word on the actual quality of its earbuds and microphone. The Ifrit is on sale now for $99.

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.

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Sam Medley, 2018-09-23 (Update: 2018-09-23)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.