A few weeks ago, Razer presented the “Ifrit”, a headset aimed primarily at streamers and video producers. It’s strikingly different from other popular headsets – the design hardly deserves the name and the headset is featherlight. With this device, Razer is primarily targeting a young and mobile target group that is constantly on the move and wants to produce content for social networks everywhere. But it should also be advantageous in your own four walls, because it is hardly noticeable in the stream and does not destroy the hairstyle.
We wanted to find out whether Razer’s unusual device was really convincing and tested it thoroughly for this purpose. The results of the test can be found below.
Design and Workmanship: Especially Functional
The most striking difference to other headsets is the design. While gaming headsets are usually large, heavy and eye-catching, the Ifrit is not. It’s tiny, easy and quick to overlook. At first glance, it is reminiscent of typical call center headsets. But even these should be more conspicuous than the Ifrit, which consists only of a thin hanger.
With its design, Razer proves that it has understood the needs of the target group addressed. The young broadcaster target group wants to be able to produce content anywhere and at any time, but without any effort. The Ifrit makes that possible. It can be put on easily and with just a short movement of the hand – without destroying the hairstyle. The light bow, which is placed around the back of the head, is hardly noticeable in practice. So if you’re afraid of oppressive and disruptive headsets, you don’t have to worry about Ifrit.
So the design is above all functional. Razer attaches very little importance to creative aspects, but this can’t be regarded as a point of criticism, since the device obviously doesn’t score with beauty, but with simplicity.
The device is processed very well despite the amazing lightness. Although it looks fragile, it proves to be sufficiently robust in the test. Once again, Razer demonstrates its understanding of the needs of the target group. Thanks to the good workmanship, the headset can be easily transported.
Applicability: Mobile in Use
The good transportability of the lightweight Ifrit immediately leads to the next test point. Our test showed that the Ifrit can be used excellently in certain areas. It is primarily designed for mobile use, which is evident in every respect. It is light, quick to attach, unobtrusive, small and robust. All these factors contribute to the fact that the Ifrit is very well suited for use on the road. If, for example, you want to stream from an event, the Ifrit is the perfect headset for you.
The headset can also be used with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in addition to a PC or smartphone. For this it must be connected only with the controller of the respective game console. The “Audio Enhancer” can also be connected directly to the PS4.
Equipment and Quality: High-Quality Recordings Are Possible Everywhere
In everyday life, however, it is not only the applicability that counts, but also – and above all – the quality. That’s why we tested the microphone thoroughly, of course. The Razer Ifrit is equipped with a condenser microphone that offers cardioid characteristics only. It also features headphones with a frequency response of up to 20 KHz and a nominal input power of 10 mW.
In the test, the sound quality is quite convincing. All recordings are of high quality and clearly understandable. Due to the cardioid characteristic of the microphone, hardly any noise is picked up, which is a decisive advantage in mobile streaming. In addition, the microphone is adjustable. It can therefore always be adapted to the wearer and the respective situation. Razer promises lifelike sound in his advertising – in fact, we were able to find a very realistic sound in the test. Interference to the sound recording is largely avoided by the cleverly positioned microphone. The quality is exceptionally good – especially in the mobile sector.
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In addition, co-streaming is possible with the enclosed “Audio Enhancer”. Who operates a stream in pairs can simply connect another headset to the converter. This brings the recordings together and reduces noise and background noise. This also works perfectly in the test.
The only pity is the lack of a USB-C port to connect the headset to a smartphone.
The Ifrit has very little to say about wearing comfort. As already mentioned, it is remarkably easy.
The bracket sits on the back of the head, which means that it neither visually disturbs nor pushes unpleasantly. It is quite rigid, but can be bent to fit the shape of the head.
The headphones are small and also inconspicuous. The microphone also has a restrained design.
Overall, the headset is hardly noticeable, which is very positive. Razer attaches particular importance to the needs of the young social media target group – the headset does not affect the wearer in any way. It is small and inconspicuous, does not disturb the appearance and can hardly be felt.
Conclusion of the Razer Ifrit Review
Ultimately, the Razer Ifrit is a headset that is best suited to its application.
Razer designs the Ifrit in a very straight line, making it ideal for mobile use. It is light, quick to use, easy to transport, almost invisible when streaming and delivers high-quality sound recordings without significant noise.
No real points of criticism can be found. Only the missing USB-C port can be criticized. All in all, it is a very high-quality headset that is absolutely convincing in its field of application.