Razer’s Barracuda X (2022) is an upgraded version of the original Barracuda X, featuring improvements in battery life, sound quality, mic quality, and connectivity without a price increase. This review aims to determine whether the enhancements justify an upgrade for previous owners or if newcomers will find the previous model satisfactory for their multi-platform gaming needs.

Design and Comfort:
The Barracuda X (2022) sports a lightweight plastic build with foam ear pads covered in woven mesh fabric, ensuring comfort even during extended gaming sessions. The headband’s leatherette-covered foam further enhances comfort. However, the clamping force may feel a bit weak for some users, leading to occasional slipping when leaning forward. The design is simple and discreet, with three color options: Mercury White, Classic Black, and Quartz Pink.

Features and Control:
Equipped with a volume slider, mute button, and power button on the left ear cup, the Barracuda X (2022) provides convenient control. An LED indicator displays the connection type (Bluetooth or 2.4GHz). The headset supports multiple platforms, including PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, mobile, and more, making it versatile for various gaming setups. Users can optimize their experience through the Razer Audio app, offering EQ presets and gaming mode for lower latency over Bluetooth.

Connectivity Options:
The Barracuda X (2022) offers a USB-C 2.4GHz dongle and a USB-A to USB-C adapter, ensuring compatibility with different devices. Additionally, it includes a 3.5mm headphone cable for wired listening. While Bluetooth 5.2 support is an upgrade, it’s worth noting that the headset only supports the SBC Bluetooth codec, missing out on higher-quality codecs like AAC and aptX found in other Razer products.

Battery Life:
Impressively, Razer claims a 50-hour battery life, but objective testing reveals it exceeds expectations, lasting approximately 59 hours and 53 minutes at constant 75dB(SPL) music output. This battery life significantly outperforms its predecessor, the 2021 Barracuda X, which lasted only 25 hours and 22 minutes during testing.

Sound Quality:
The Barracuda X (2022) provides typical closed-back headset isolation, dampening higher frequencies while allowing some lower ones. Gaming experiences are enjoyable, with satisfyingly loud and boomy gunshots in first-person shooters like CS:GO, though sub-bass is under-emphasized. The headset’s frequency response aligns with most gamers’ preferences, focusing on more bass.

Microphone Performance:
The detachable boom microphone on the Barracuda X (2022) delivers clear voice transmission and effectively suppresses background noise, making it suitable for gaming, Discord, and Zoom meetings.

For users seeking alternative gaming headsets around the $99 USD price range, options like the Razer BlackShark V2, SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless, SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3, and HyperX Cloud Alpha offer various features and connectivity options, catering to different gaming preferences.

At its $99 USD price point, the Razer Barracuda X (2022) is a solid choice for multi-platform gamers seeking a comfortable, versatile, and functional gaming headset. With multiple connectivity options and decent sound quality, this headset satisfies the needs of most gamers without unnecessary premium features. However, if you already own the previous Barracuda X and do not require Bluetooth connectivity, the upgrade may not be essential due to minimal differences between the models.

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