The Razer Barracuda X ($99.99) is a wireless gaming headset with a USB-C transmitter that works with almost anything. You may quickly obtain wireless sound by plugging it into your PC, Android phone, PlayStation, or Nintendo Switch. It also has good sound quality, and the mic records voice communication with great clarity. The Razer Barracuda X receives our one of the best headsets for wireless gaming headphones because it offers a full bundle (save for iPhone and Xbox users) at a fair price.

Razer Barracuda X Wireless Gaming Headset

Light and airy

The headset is simple and black, having flat earcups rather than rounded ones, akin to the Blackshark V2. Except for the fabric- and faux-leather-wrapped earpads and headband padding, which are matte black plastic on the outside. The headset's light, 8.8-ounce chassis ensures a comfortable fit, even if the padding isn't very substantial. However, due to its light weight, the Barracuda X feels less substantial than the Blackshark V2 or Nari Essential. It's not inexpensive in any sense, but it's not as dense or robust as the other two.

The power button, mic mute button, volume dial, USB-C charging connector, 3.5mm wired connection port, and another 3.5mm port for the supplied detachable boom mic are all located along the left earcup's edge. The microphone is a cardioid capsule set on a flexible rubber-covered arm with a foam windscreen.

It Is Compatible With Almost Everything

The headgear connects to a 2.4GHz USB-C dongle that may be plugged into a variety of devices wirelessly. The dongle features a compact, black rectangular shell that sits perpendicular to the USB-C connector, allowing it to sit flat against your phone or Switch. It is pre-configured to work with the headset.

A male-USB-A-to-male-USB-C cable for charging, a male-USB-A-to-female-USB-C cable for connecting the dongle to devices lacking USB-C ports, and a 3.5mm cable for using the headset wired are included with the Barracuda X. Surprisingly, no carrying bag or even a fabric pocket for the headset and all of the components is offered. This is a pain because there is no place to keep the dongle on the headset (unless you want to just connect it into the USB-C port when you're not using or charging it). It's uncomfortable juggling three separate wires without a place to retain them, even with useful rubber loops to keep them neatly bundled up.

Thanks to its USB-C dongle and 3.5mm connector, the Razer Barracuda X is compatible with a wide range of devices. For wireless use, you may insert the dongle into your Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation, or Android phone. You may also use the 3.5mm cord to connect to any of those devices through a passive, analogue wired connection, which is the only method to utilise the headset with an Xbox. 

I had no trouble connecting the dongle to my Google Pixel 3a XL, PlayStation 5, or Nintendo Switch by inserting it straight into each device's USB-C connection or using the accompanying converter cable to connect it to my PC through a USB-A port. Because the headset lacks Bluetooth, you can only use it wirelessly with your phone by removing the adapter (which won't work if your phone doesn't have a USB-C connector, so iPhone users are out of luck).

Audio Processing is available as an option

Because of its versatility, the Barracuda X does not require any special programmes or integrated audio processing, like other PC or console-specific headsets do. It works as a stereo device by default. This doesn't mean you have to forego simulated surround sound; the Barracuda X, like almost other headsets, is compatible with any software-based audio processing, including Dolby Atmos, THX Spatial Audio, and Pulse 3D. The Dolby and THX applications charge extra for surround sound processing, but Razer includes a promotional code with its headsets that reduces the cost of THX Spatial Audio from $20 to $10.

Microphone with a Clear Sound

The Barracuda X's microphone is excellent, as is usual with Razer headsets. My voice was clearly recorded in the test recordings, albeit there was some background noise from my notebook's fan when I sat nearby (my notebook sits on my desk, so it was maybe 18 inches from the microphone). If you put some space between yourself and any sources of humming or buzzing, you'll get a pleasant, clear sound that'll work great for voice chat and podcasting and streaming (though we recommend getting a dedicated USB mic if you want to do any serious content creation).

Sound that is well-balanced and bass-forward

The Razer Barracuda X can handle music well and has a good bass response. The deep synth notes and kick drum beats in The Knife's "Silent Shout," our bass test track, come through with a lot of low frequency punch and don't distort even at maximum volume. They don't quite reach ear-splitting proportions, but they're close.

The Barracuda X's overall sound character is well-balanced, with a heavier emphasis on bass than upper frequencies. The initial acoustic guitar plucks in Yes' "Roundabout" have a lot of reverb and string texture, so they seem snappy. The bassline is a little more forward in the mix than the other parts as the music truly kicks in, but the guitar strums, high-hat, and vocals all have enough presence to be readily distinguished. It's a nice sonic profile for a reasonably affordable wireless gaming headset.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales on the PS5 sounds rich and detailed thanks to the Barracuda X. The orchestral sweeps' bass has a powerful presence, and sound effects are distinct (albeit Miles' webs' "thwip" isn't nearly as crisp as it might be). When rotating the camera towards chatting people and honking automobiles, the PS5's 3D audio processing works effectively through the headset, giving you a solid sense of directionality.

NEO: The World Ends With You's stylized melodies have lots of strength, with greater lows and low-mids than highs once again. The hip-hop and punk tracks in the game sound loud and lively, but the high-mids have enough presence to let the jokes and fight noises stand out against the music.

A Multipurpose Value

Thanks to its USB-C dongle, which works with almost anything, the Razer Barracuda X is a wonderful bargain. You may experience wireless audio by plugging it into your PC, Android phone, PS5, or Switch, however Xbox users are limited to a cable, passive connection. The Barracuda X provides a well-balanced, complete sound, but the highs could be a little crisper, and the microphone is great. Just make sure you remember where you put the dongle, as it's little and easy to misplace.

The $99.99 Razer Blackshark V2, despite being a completely wired gaming headset, delivers somewhat better sound and mic performance for the same price as the Barracuda X, as well as a more sturdy design. The wireless Astro Gaming A20 Gen 2 is a little more expensive at $119.99, but it comes in variants that operate with both the PS5 and the Xbox One (and PC, for both models). The $99.99 Xbox Wireless Headset is your best pick if you're searching for a wireless headset to use with an Xbox One/Series console (and it has Bluetooth connectivity so you can still use it with your phone).