With the new Razer Adaro –Art of Sound series, the Adaro wireless Bluetooth headphone aims to deliver a comfortable, lightweight and quality audio experience for music lovers.
An immediate noticeable trait you will is that the Razer Adaro Wireless is smaller and lighter than most other headphones. Despite its small size and design, I had no fear of leaving it in a bag with out a hard case. The only components that had me worrying were the Micro USB port and its flexible rubber cover—which are generally not known for their durability. The rubber cover feels pretty flimsy, as if it could come right off when trying to access the Micro USB, and there’s also the fear that over time the Micro USB port may come loose and cause problems when charging.
On the left speaker you will find a LED, the power button, a Micro USB port, playback and volume controls. The volume and playback are integrated—swipe forwards or backwards once to switch tracks or swipe and hold to increase and decrease the volume. Press down to pause or play.
With Bluetooth 4.0 you can connect to any device with ease. After a quick Bluetooth pairing, you’re ready to go. Despite its Bluetooth connection, it was quite hard to notice any audio lag or sync when watch YouTube videos. Over a 2-hour period of use, I found my smartphone (HTC One M8) battery percentage to have been reduced by 10%. The energy consumption might vary depending on your device. The only time the lag becomes apparent is when the battery runs low.
The lack of a cable offers you more freedom as you can roam wherever you want without the worries of your cable snagging on objects or having the headphone jack accidentally coming loose. Also, the Bluetooth connectivity is efficient for up to about 10 metres, meaning you could be listening to your music in one room while the device you are connected to is in another.
The Razer Adaro Wireless offers fairly good sound clarity—the same Razer sound quality we have come to expect: good but not all that amazing. The bass is, well, really “bass-y” as you get those nice and deep booms which don’t come at the expense of higher pitched tunes. This means that the bass is not overpowered, for example, like in a Beats headphone. While the audio is well balanced throughout most of my usage, I noticed significant drop in sound clarity if the music was more layered. Then again these are not designed for DJ’s or Audiophiles and is meant for casual consumers, mostly designed to compete against headphones like Beats by Dr. Dre, not Audio-Techica. Watching movies or YouTube videos with these headphones was quite enjoyable too as you get the same sound clarity.
For people who wear glasses, they would be familiar with the bitter experience of your ears beginning to hurt due to being compressed against the sides of your glasses. Well, let those worries slide away as these headphones eliminate with their plush leatherette ear cushions which are extremely comfortable even after prolonged usage. The head cushion also has the same leatherette cushion and at times, due to its lightweight and plush cushions, I actually forgot that I was wearing them. The only discomfort I had was when my ears got moist while using it outdoors. However in a relatively cool or in an air-conditioned place, that problem did not arise.
While an added bonus of it is that it does a good job with noise cancelation, the lack of a microphone made using the Adaro wireless feel cumbersome at times. You would have to remove it just to answer a call and put them back on after. This also means that you couldn’t game with these headphones on if you need to voice chat.
Another issue I had was with the LED. It flashes every 3 seconds to show you that it’s on or when battery is running low and there is not way to disable it. In a dimly light room, the flashes are a lot more obvious, especially if you wear glasses—the flashes reflect onto your left lens, and get slightly irritating. It is also noticeable when it reflects of the screen of your computer or laptop monitor. It would have been much better if Razer had developed an app that allowed me to check the battery percentage or gave me to option to disable the LED function.
Overall the experience I had using the Adaro Wireless was a positive one. Its long battery life allowed me a full days’ worth of use after a single charge and its build quality did not have me worrying about damaging it. Also, its sound quality made listening to music a lot more enjoyable.