Comfortable Kraken’s colourful kit: The new 7.1 Chroma

LIKE the Blackwidow's minimal changes coming into the Chroma series, the Kraken is a small step forward from the Kraken 7.1 Classic.

Both use a set of 40mm drivers to deliver 7.1 surround capabilities, much like that in the similarly priced Tiamat headset.

The sound quality in the new Krakens is good enough that you can make them your main gaming headset and still get all the benefits of premium- quality surround, such as accurately locating footsteps and gunfire.

The pads on the cups are some of the most comfortable out there, easily competing with the arguably better HyperX Cloud headset.

The Chroma function itself is somewhat limited. So far Synapse 2.0 will only allow you to control back-lighting on the logo and not the light at the end of the microphone (though the site makes it appear as though you can).

The headset connects to your PC/laptop with a USB connection, so you won't be able to run it through the default audio switching software.

The Razer Kraken Chroma 7.1 costs $169.95 from