The pricier Opus stripped down with just a few minor features
Razer announced the Opus X, a new set of over-ear wireless headphones that offer active noise cancellation for just $100. With a small volume difference and seemingly no major compromises compared to the pricier Opus headphones launched last year, these can be a solid option if you have a little less money to spend on wireless headphones. It’s now available for purchase on Razer’s site.
Overall, the design appears to be very similar to the Opus. It’s hard to tell from the images how the build quality or materials might have changed given the reduction in price. This model comes in one of three new colors – green, pink and white – which are a bit louder and more divisive than the standard Opus’ black or midnight blue colors. The button layout is crammed onto the rim of the right ear cup instead of split functions on both the left and right sides. The Opus X’s power button now handles active noise cancellation and cycling through a “quick focus” mode that lets you hear more of your surroundings.
The Opus X has rotating ear cups so you can comfortably place them around your neck in case you need to take them off. However, this more affordable model lacks the feature that automatically pauses or plays when your content is removed or inserted. This is one of the biggest mistakes. What else hit the cutting room floor, there’s no 3.5mm jack—just a USB-C port—so you’ll absolutely need to connect these over Bluetooth.
There’s actually one feature that’s exclusive to the Opus X: Razer’s low-latency “Gaming Mode” that reduces latency over Bluetooth to 60 milliseconds. We’ve seen this feature in Razer’s other wireless headphones, like the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro.
I reviewed the Opus last year and they exceeded my expectations considering their original $200 price. They had surprisingly good sound quality, and active noise cancellation is an advantage you don’t often get at this price point (even better, their price has dropped significantly since launch). They also impressed me in terms of battery life, and I was able to use them for an entire work week without recharging. The new Razer Opus X claims to have even better longevity with a battery of up to 40 hours with noise cancellation or up to 30 hours with it. If the Opus X sounds almost as good as the Opus, they could be a real winner.