Razer Adaro Wireless review
The Razer Adaro Wireless is a step in a different direction for the gaming peripheral powerhouse.
Much like the in-ear, Stereo and DJ editions of the Razer Adaro lineup, the Adaro Wireless is aimed at non - gamers. In fact, looking at the stock images they display on their official website shows that Razer never has the intention of having its Adaro line up be associated with its gaming roots.
This did affect the final product in question. Firstly its the Bluetooth connectivity. Usually, wireless headphones meant for computers would come with a Bluetooth adapter, receiver or enhancer to make your computer capable of ensuring a lag free connection for a high quality audio experience.
Sadly, the Adaro Wireless lacks this.
Therefore you will need to buy a separate adapter if your computer does not have Bluetooth. Not only do you have to buy a separate adapter, but you will need to ensure that it is aptx-certified to enjoy that lag free CD quality experience.
A simple Bluetooth adapter that goes for cheap simply will not do. I bought 2 adapters, 1 at $8 and another at $19, the more expensive adapter having more reliable claims and features like Bluetooth 4.0 and what not, though both are not aptx-certified.
Both delivered poor results, in which I experienced lag and sometimes lost of connection. It is a frustrating issue, and knowing that I have to spend over $50 to get a true aptx Bluetooth adapter is something I find ridiculously after having paid $230 for the headset itself.
(EDIT: Upon trying another "cheap" bluetooth adapter, the Razer Adaro Wireless seemed to be working fine, thus I retract my statement that not having an aptx-certified Bluetooth 4.0 adapter will result in poor audio quality. That said, the Adaro Wireless will only be worth every dollar if you have that.)
So can you still use it for your computer or in other words gaming? Sure, but make sure that your computer is already aptx Bluetooth capable.
This is where the downsides end for me. After all, Razer has promoted this headset to be used away from your home battle station, so it's only fair that it is judged in this, nevertheless unfamiliar light.
When using it on the go with your phone or tablet, the Adaro Wireless does beyond okay. For one, it's bare bones style make it fit with pretty much anything you wear, but still retains that Razer identity.
That design also brings about comfortable in terms of its light weight and comfortable with cushioning pads in the headband and ear cups that are thin but adequate.
Use of it over long periods of time will still produce a slight discomfort due to head squeezing, but it is definitely at a minimal and better than many of the alternatives in the market.
Audio quality wise is also beyond average for the non-audiophiles, who will enjoy the music coming out of the 40mm drivers. Once again, this is more for music and less for gaming, so don't expect your playlist to be maxed out of the bass side of things.
Songs sound well balanced and smooth, with no one particular aspect being overbearing. As a non-audiophile, I don't find a problem about audio quality, and as a commuter, I am actually okay with having this around my neck when walking around.
Razer had put a good step forward into this new direction. While I am all in for them to diversify and make a name from themselves outside of the hardcore gaming world, I am still on the fence on Razer's decision to segment their gamer and non gamer fans that far apart.
I would like to see a Razer wireless headphone that works well when I am gaming and when I am not. But currently, the Razer Adaro Wireless seems to only pursue the latter point. If only they included a Bluetooth adapter with the headset.