The Razer Seiren X provides delightfully crisp voice audio, a sleek aesthetic, and a compact design at an entry level price point for professional microphones. It's an excellent grab for those in need of a high quality microphone for work calls, gaming, streaming, or content creation, though high level professional content creators may find themselves in springing for a more expensive microphone if they can afford one.
Razer Seiren X Overview
Compact Frame: The Razer Seiren X has a neatly compact frame that makes it an incredible option for those who need to travel with their microphone. The mic without the stand is just 5 inches tall and 2 inches wide. The stand adds another 2 inches to the height and the stand's base has a diameter of just 3.5 inches.
Supercardioid Pick-up Pattern: The Razer Seiren X uses a supercardoid pick-up pattern twhich just means it focuses on picking up the noise directly in front of the microphone, and reduces background noise coming from behind the mic or from the sides. This pick-up pattern is optimal for speech and is great for canceling out any audio that may be coming out of your speakers or computer.
Built in Shock Absorber: The Razer Seiren X has a built-in shock mount that dampens vibrations when the mic is accidentally bumped or moved, greatly reducing unwanted sounds.
Mute Button: Many professional microphones don't come with a physical mute button on them. For many, this is a very convenient, and important, feature.
Zero-latency 3.5 mm Headphone Monitoring Port: Easily plug in headphones to the Razer Seiren X via the 3.5mm headphone jack located on the bottom of the mic.
Razer Seiren X Audio Quality
The Razer Seiren X's tight supercardiod pickup pattern means that it is designed to only pick up sounds from directly in front of the microphone and avoid sounds that you don't want it to pick up such as your keyboard clicks or any background noise such as a tv, radio, or train.
The Razer Seiren X's audio quality is good. Not incredible, and nowhere near bad. Just completely satisfactory for the price. That being said, at this price point you really won't find anything with much better audio quality. If you're willing to spend an extra $30 to $80 you may find the audio quality of the Blue Yeti and AT2020 USB are a notch higher than the Razer Serien X, though their pricetags are also higher.
Here is an audio sample using the Razer Seiren X USB microphone:
Razer Seiren X Build Quality
The Razer Seiren X's compact form factor both feels and looks premium and features a built-in shock mount that reduces noise from unintentional bumps and movement. The volume knob is smooth and the mute button is satisfyingly clicky. The metal base feels very solid and has a firm, smooth pad on the bottom.
When screwed into the included stand, the mic can tilt roughly 30 degrees in any direction. The included power cable is a flexible braided USB to micro-USB cable that comes with an adjustable wrapping band so you can keep the cable bound at your desired length.
- The Razer Seiren Elite is a larger microphone that includes an extra control knob on the front for adjusting the microphone's gain.
- The Razer Seiren Elite is a dynamic microphone, while the Razer Seiren X is a condenser microphone. This basically means that the Razer Seiren Elite is optimized for capturing voice and not background sounds, while the Razer Seiren Elite is going to capture all sounds as accurately as possible, and is consequently better at capturing loud sounds without distorting them.
- The Razer Seiren Elite uses a cardioid pick-up pattern compared to the Razer Seiren X's supercardioid pattern. This means the Razer Seiren X focuses on capturing sounds directly in front of the mic, while the Razer Seiren Elite captures sound in a broader area in front of the mic.
Is the Razer Seiren X the Right Mic for You?
The Razer Seiren X is the right mic for :
- Gamers looking for a high quality PC gaming mic for clear voice communication.
- Content creators who need a professional mic for voice-overs, streaming, or video creation (YouTube).
- People who value aesthetically pleasing hardware design, especially when it will be in plain view on your desk.
- People who travel with their mic and need it to be compact, or people who just want a smaller, more compact mic that will have a smaller footprint on their desk.
The Razer Seiren X is not the right mic for:
- People recording music or vocals for music.
- Recording situations where multiple people will be speaking into the same mic.
- Professional-tier podcast recording. (That being said, you could certainly start an amateur podcast with the Razer Seiren X and you'd honestly sound just fine.)