Razer renewed its portfolio of equipment for streamers in October this year, with announcements of new equipment aimed at this audience. Among the new features are the Seiren V2 Pro microphone and the KIYO X webcam.
To find out what is the capacity of these gamer devices and if they form the best combo for those who enjoy broadcasting their games, the brand gave a unit of each of the two to TudoCelular for this test. Check out the details below.
Razer Seiren V2 Pro
Design and construction
The Seiren V2 Pro has a pill layout, inspired by the Seiren Mini model, not the cylindrical shape of its predecessor. It has a black frame and matte paint, which helps not to gather fingerprints and makes cleaning easier. On the back of it, there’s a headphone jack and a USB-C jack to plug into your computer.
The only LED present on it is on the Mute button: when pressed, it changes from green to red. Below the button are two keys: one to control the earpiece volume; and another to manage the gain. There is no RGB LED on this product.
The product is separated into three parts: the capsule (1st) is already fitted to the arm (2nd), which has a pin to be screwed into the base (3rd). The package also delivers the USB-C to USB-A cable and a foam to filter noise – but later on we’ll talk about whether or not it really helps.
The mounted microphone weighs just over a pound. It looks heavier than it could be for the compact size, but it helps keep a very solid body on the surface wherever you are – it’s worth pointing out that it’s also possible to attach it to a boom pole in place of the base, but this doesn’t come with the box.
Configuration and software
One of the great advantages of Seiren V2 Pro is that it is plug and play, that is, you just plug it into a USB port on your computer to be identified by the system. When plugged in, automatically enters the installation of the Razer Synapse program, responsible for the more detailed management of the microphone.
Within the program, in the first tab (Mic) it is possible to manage its sampling rate between 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz or 96 kHz, in addition to turning on or off features such as the “High Pass Filter” – responsible for eliminating noise from background – and the “Analog Gain Limiter”. Here there are also two bars to control gain and volume – the digital versions of the physical keys present in the capsule.
Among the features of this microphone configuration is the presence of more than one input option. It can be confusing many times when using the product, but we explain to you so as not to generate doubts.
One of them is the Mix for Streaming, responsible for helping you to hear everything that is being played during the transmission. The other is Mix for Playback, which releases the return of essential elements in streaming, such as game audio, voice chat or any other sound effects.
There is a problem here, which is not hearing both audio at the same time. When enabling one mode, the other is automatically disabled. If you want to hear yourself through the microphone, just leave the Playback monitoring turned off, or open the general configuration “Microphone” below.
In the output part, the microphone creates a total of 10 channels, which can be adjusted according to your needs – voice effects, browser, voice conversation, system and auxiliaries, for example.
We come to the main topic of the review: sound quality. This is a 30mm dynamic capsule microphone with a maximum sound pressure of 120dB and a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz – the ultimate human ear capability.
As discussed above, there are three options for configuring the sampling rate: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz or 96 kHz. These will vary depending on the quality and clarity you want from the microphone.
We tested all three and we can say that our recommendation is to keep it on 48 kHz. The 96kHz can produce sound very close to the original, but will require more storage space for your recording. The middle alternative already manages to deliver high quality, without the need for major adjustments.
Let’s talk about gain now. This is a microphone that allows you to manually adjust how much sound it will pick up. And our suggestion is really not to leave it on automatic, because that way you would need to adjust according to each platform.
In manual mode, we don’t recommend going above 40% here. Up to this range, you’ll have a more directional pickup that sounds better the closer you are to the device. If you open more than that, neither the foam nor the software option will be able to prevent various ambient sounds from being picked up.
In an in-room video call test, the person on the other end could clearly hear the noise of the intercom on the side of the door – somewhere between 5 and 6 meters away – as well as the conversation when answering.
Since this key person lives on a busy avenue, the existence of cars and other street noises is considerable. The microphone can even handle better to reduce these sounds, but it’s still possible to have their feedback if you don’t know how to adjust the gain better.
Razer KIYO X
Design and construction
The KIYO X camera is a compact model in the family, with a design that follows the pattern of other models. The top is circular in shape, with lens information at the edges. Unlike the Pro variant, this one doesn’t come with the ring light integrated, to give extra lighting.
The clip has a good opening angle and attaches securely to the monitor – whether it’s a regular or a notebook. The bottom also has a standard tripod pin – which is not included in the package. Here you also won’t find any RGB LEDs, as is usual on a variety of gamer products.
In the box, there is only the webcam and its manuals. There are no additional accessories. Furthermore, the USB-A cable is built into the body of the accessory – in other words, you cannot separate the two parts.
Configuration and software
Here the features are similar to the Seiren V2 Pro. The Razer KIYO X is plug and play and, when plugging into your computer’s USB port, the Razer Synapse program starts installing automatically.
It recognizes the camera and provides a series of options for fine-tuning the image. You can configure categories such as brightness, contrast, saturation and white balance, for example.
Synapse even delivers some predefined settings for the image or allows you to configure your custom one manually. There’s also a preview screen, so you can check changes in real time, and a button to turn on auto focus.
These modifications are tied to your Razer account and can be incorporated into another device if you connect your KIYO X to more than one PC. However, here you won’t have a specific control for FPS or resolution choice – these options will only be in your capture program.
Image and sound quality
This camera boasts of being an option for anyone who wants a high resolution and clear image, even in low light places. The product supports Full HD (1080p) at 30fps or HD (720p) at 30/60fps.
Overall, the user will have a really satisfying experience, regardless of the light in the room. During the day or in bright rooms, you won’t have a lot of noise, with a satisfactory amount of detail for a webcam. At night, the lens is able to provide very decent clarity and makes images much clearer.
Just avoid backlit locations, as KIYO X suffers more to deal with this type of situation. Because it’s a wide angle, you also don’t need to be too far away from it to capture a good amount of information on the scene.
Here are some comparisons of Razer’s product with the ASUS Zenbook UX434FAC’s built-in HD camera:
Light in favor
Against the light
Autofocus takes some patience to find the desired spot, but it works well in blurring the background when it delivers functionality. On the other hand, the absence of Full HD at 60 fps forces you to choose between images with higher definition, or the fluidity of more frames per second. The two of them together, no way.
While it’s better to have a dedicated mic to do your broadcasts, KIYO X itself comes with a built-in mic, located in the hole in the bottom. It works well and captures a large range, with decent quality, but it doesn’t quite reach the level of a dedicated one.
economy and market
Razer has undoubtedly maintained the high level of its products with these two devices. The Seiren V2 Pro and KIYO X may not be perfect, but they will certainly meet most of the needs of gamers, or even those who want to conduct conferences with more quality.
The microphone has unquestionable quality of audio capture, but it fails to achieve the desired noise reduction. This is thanks to the very wide gain aperture. The user will need to manually control to achieve a compromise between a high volume of their voice and a low amount of ambient sound. Perhaps it is more advantageous to use it on a boom pole rather than the base itself. However, the part is not included in the box.
In turn, the camera pleases in quality and manages to capture a clear image with a good level of sharpness even in dark environments. Certainly, the KIYO Pro model with the ring light Integrated will give you an improved performance, however the X model is already able to satisfy the user without much problem.
Synapse software serves as the basis for both devices. It has many management options, but still has room for important features that have been missing so far.
If you want to see the performance in the practice of microphone and camera, you can check, at the end of this text, the interview with the director of Razer Gold for Latin America, Dennis Ferreira. The introduction and conversation were recorded in full by this journalist with the two branded equipment.
Razer Seiren V2 Pro
Razer KIYO X
It is worth it?
The Razer Seiren V2 Pro and KIYO X are expected to be available in Brazil for this December, at suggested prices of R$ 1,599 and R$ 829, respectively.
They may have prices considered high compared to other brands – such as Logitech or HyperX – but they offer the advantages of integration with the same software and in the Razer ecosystem – which is still Razer Gold. For those who want to complete the setup with these equipment, they will be pieces that will not disappoint.
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