It started as a cult. Then the world wanted more Kitty, and Razer delivered. This year’s RazerCon 2020 came with a host of new announcements. With it, the Razer Kraken BT Kitty Edition was released. It’s similar to the Razer Kraken Kitty Edition. There’s a few tech changes, but its defining feature is its wireless capabilities. We got the Razer Kraken BT Kitty to give you the ins and outs on which Kitty headset is right for you.
Kraken Kitty Edition vs. Kraken BT Kitty Edition
The Kraken Kitty Edition is essentially the Kraken Ultimate. All the tech on the Kitty headset is exactly the same. The only difference is the Kitty Edition is pink and comes with light up ears. Seriously, who doesn’t want light up cat ears that react to what you’re doing in game. Once the world heard about the reactive kitty headset, streamers went wild. The Kraken Kitty Edition could be seen on hundreds of streams and all over social media. Once the Kraken BT Kitty Edition was announced, it’s now a matter of which one is different.
Both headsets come in the beautiful, clean, Razer Quartz color. Each Kitty Edition also sports the RGB kitty ears and reactive light earcups. The difference on the BT edition, however, is less lighting on the earcups. Whilst the non-bluetooth headset lights up around the whole cup, the BT only lights up the Razer logo lighting. It’s not a deal breaker, but if you’re super into RGB, you’d probably consider the Kraken instead of the Kraken BT.
You can see the full light up ear cups on the Razer Kraken Kitty Edition. The BT Edition only features light up logo on the ear cups. Both headsets have light up independent RGB Kitty ears (Image: Razer).
The RGB on both however comes with Razer’s 16.8 million colors. Both headsets are fully customizable, including each individual ear. If you have other Razer products like the Viper or Huntsman, you’ll be able to synchronize them with Razer Synapse. Get ready for some really cool effect patterns. My personal favorite is emoting in Fortnite and having my whole desk light up rainbow colors. Now my headset lights up too!
As far as sound goes, this is where the headsets really start to differ. They both have the same frequency response and resistance. Since the BT edition is designed for wireless sound, the drivers on the BT are much smaller. This means the BT edition has lower sensitivity than the Kraken. The most notable change however is the Kraken Kitty Edition comes with THX Spatial sound encoding. The Kraken BT Kitty Edition however has no virtual surround sound. The feeling you get from listening to full surround sound versus not is noticeable. Check out our review of the Razer Blackshark V2 if you want to know what we’re talking about.
If you care about your sound above all things, then you’ll want to go with the Kraken Kitty Edition instead of the BT Edition. You’ll receive the full surround sound experience, which is perfect for first-person shooters. The Kraken Kitty Edition also comes with a retractable boom mic like any other Kraken. This, however, is lost on many streamers and content creators as most of them use a secondary microphone — I know I do. I found the Kraken BT Kitty Edition built in microphone was great for chatting on the phone and walking around the house.
Comfort and connectivity
Comfort and connectivity is probably where the Kraken BT Kitty Edition wins. While the BT edition doesn’t have those soft memory foam, gel earcups, it has a ton of other benefits. The BT Edition weighs in 110 grams lighter than the standard Edition. This might not seem like much, but when you have a small head like mine it makes a difference. The soft squishy headband and plush leatherette earcups are more than comfortable for me. I would forgo the gel earcups to have a lighter headset any day. Although I still miss the coolness of the gel against your skin.
Finally, the Kraken BT Kitty has one big advantage over the Kraken Kitty — bluetooth. As gamers, workers, and content creators continue to work from home with crowded setups, it’s important to keep your desk free of cables. Many people are switching their current peripherals in favor of fully wireless units. The BT Kitty delivers on great wireless capability with long lasting battery. It’s set to last approximately 20 hours with continuous lighting use, which obviously is a must. You definitely don’t want the extra 30 hours of battery life if you can’t have the funky lighting effects! My other favorite feature of the BT edition is that the sound controls are on the side of the headset. This makes it easy to control audio on the fly. Oh and how could I forget the Razer Quartz stickers. I would pay just to get the Razer stickers in pink!
Out of the box. There’s also a pink cable for charging up the headset, pink stickers, and cute pink kitty ears!
Which Kitty Kraken is right for you?
If you’re looking to upgrade your headset and you want the cuteness of Razer Kitty Quartz, then you only have one more decision to make. Do you want the Bluetooth Edition or not? If sound and RGB is your main concern and you don’t mind a cable, then go for the Kraken Kitty Edition. If you have a small head (like me), and you want to go wireless, then the BT Edition is perfect for you. This lighter headset shows off all your Kitty style without the added weight. Either way the final choice is yours to make.
Or you can simply default and choose the cheaper option. The Kraken BT Kitty Edition comes in $50 cheaper at $99.99 USD ($169.95 AUD). The Kraken Kitty Edition on the other hand is a bit more expensive at $149.99 USD ($289.95 AUD). Oh and finally, if you don’t like pink, then you’re stuck with the Kraken Kitty Edition. The BT Edition only comes with Quartz, while the standard Kitty Edition comes in both black and pink. Both are available on the Razer website, so grab them before all the Christmas stock runs out.
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