The new Razer Ifrit headset cements itself as a streamer-ready, esports-hungry product.
Razer’s new line of products has started focusing less on pro gamers and more on the pro gaming scene itself. Broadcasting, commentating, and streaming have become a big part of Razer. We’ve seen the new desk microphones and streaming cameras. These have been high-quality and affordable. Accessible to full-time casters and casual streamers. Now Razer is adding a new headset to the mix — the Ifrit.
The Ifrit is designed as a light-weight, discreet in-ear headset. Its broadcast-grade microphone makes it ideal for streamers. Its cross-compatibility allows it to be used on PC, console, and mobile. Whilst this headset is compact, making it ideal for the traveling streamer, how does it stack up in esports?
Casters and commentators
As esports grows, casters and commentators become more important. Whilst the Ifrit is a consumer-grade product, its style and design is perfect for casting. We’re sure to see a growing line of products for professional casters stem from products like the Ifrit. It’s got audio enhancing, and even allows for two devices to be plugged in. Now you and your buddy can stream and cast together.
One of the best things about the Ifrit is its design. Like the Madonna microphones seen on stage hosts, the Ifrit sits underneath your hair. This ensures your perfect hairstyle is never messed up. For those with longer hair, the headset is neatly hidden under those luscious locks. Whether for streaming or casting, your audience can bask in the glory of your excellent hair. If you’re one of those people who get a sore head from streaming or casting all day long, you needn’t worry with the Ifrit. Without the headband, you can cast or stream for hours without getting a headache. Its discreet design also allows for your face to be seen. Let’s face it — when you’re streaming or casting, you want people to see you!
It’s not all about the commentators, of course. Whilst the focus is on broadcasting, the microphone is still great for gamers. The high-quality sound ensures sound-buffering earmuffs can be worn over the headset. This will help drown out background noise, especially at live events. Even the best noise cancelling headphones can let the roar of the crowd reach the players’ ears. It’s important to take all measures to reduce this risk. Large crowds can have an impact on the game, particularly at home-crowd games. There have been cases in the past. The Ifrit may be one step towards reducing the potential of these instances. Although the headset hasn’t been tested or designed for this purpose, it’s an interesting thought.
The quality of the sound is amazing. The Ifrit has beautiful, crisp sound from both the earpiece and microphone. Streamers and casters can easily pick up the background noise from games. If you’re someone for the technical details, here are the tech-specs you want to know about:
- Impedance: 32 ± 15% Ω
- Type: Dynamic speaker
- Diameter: Ø10 mm
- Nominal/Max Input Power: 10 mW / 20 mW
- SPL: 102 ± 3 dB
- Frequency Response: F0 ~ 20KHz
- Type: Ø9.7 mm, ECM unidirectional
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 100 ~ 10KHz
- Sensitivity: -41 ± 3dB
The Ifrit sounds pretty good, right? But every product has its advantages and disadvantages. The biggest asset of the headset is its discreet, simple design. This can also be its biggest flaw. The Ifrit is not ideal for people who aren’t a fan of in-ear headsets. It’s also not ideal if you like to shut off from the world and block out all noise. The Ifrit is not designed for these purposes. Thus, it’s just not everyone’s preference. Whilst the microphone and DAC are awesome, you probably won’t enjoy this headset if you don’t like putting things in your ears. If you don’t like earbuds, but you want the USB audio enhancer, you can just buy it separately. Neat!
If you’re looking to slim down your streaming setup, or purchase a product that gives you more freedom in movement, then the Razer Ifrit is your friend. You can buy it from the Razer Store or one of your local Razer suppliers. It costs $99.99 USD. You can also pick up the USB Audio Enhancer separately for $19.99 USD. Let us know in the comments what you think about Razer’s shift to esports streaming and casting. If you have the headset, let us know what you think of it.
Also, check out the review video below.
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