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The holiday tech-product refresh season continues with Razer updating its take on the wireless earbuds. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro Earbuds are available now for $200. For that price, you get the familiar dual buds and charging case that is standard for this trendy style of personal-audio equipment. Razer is also including active noise cancellation and what it claims is low-latency wireless sound. That latter feature is a welcome addition — especially when it comes to video and gaming.

“The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds are a superior mobile accessory for everyday users and mobile gamers who demand quality audio and customizable fit,” Razer peripherals-marketing boss John Moore said. “Users will enjoy incredible fit, premium audio, and undisturbed low latency sound for movies, music, games, as well as voice and video calls — all in a tiny package that fits in your pocket.”

Other features include THX Certified tuning and improved touch-enabled controls. But it’s really the latency I’m curious about.

Razer is a gaming brand, but laggy Bluetooth audio can create a poor experience during gameplay. And standard Bluetooth using the SBC and AAC codecs is traditionally laggy. There are newer codecs like Qualcomm’s Apt-X, but Razer isn’t using Apt-X. Instead, the company says that it created a “customized Bluetooth 5.1 connection.” You can activate that protocol by engaging the Game Mode option. This reduces the latency to a very acceptable 60ms. Razer notes this is 50% faster than other wireless earbuds that rely on SBC or AAC.


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Bluetooth 5.1 does offer improved caching specifically to reduce latency, so this could work. And it might even be preferable on Apple devices that don’t support Apt-X.


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