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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize microphone quality and build for gaming and watching videos, the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless holds an advantage, especially with its low latency mode suited for these activities. For those who cycle through different Apple devices and desire seamless integration, the Apple AirPods (2nd generation) might be preferable, but their latency can be limiting for TV and gaming use. If having a sweatproof option is crucial for exercise, Razer is the better choice. While AirPods offer ear detection and wireless charging case, the Razer counterpart has longer battery life and an app that provides audio controls and customization. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple Airpods (2nd generation)
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for TV and video
  • Good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

5.8
Airpods (2nd generation)
Hammerhead True Wireless
6.6
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless is only fair for music, while the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is poor.

Gaming

4.8
Airpods (2nd generation)
Hammerhead True Wireless
8.6
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless is very good for gaming, while the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is poor.

Phone Calls

6.9
Airpods (2nd generation)
Hammerhead True Wireless
5.4
The Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is only fair for phone calls, while the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.1
Airpods (2nd generation)
Hammerhead True Wireless
5.6
The Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless is poor.

TV and Video

5.4
Airpods (2nd generation)
Hammerhead True Wireless
7.9
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless is good for TV and video, while the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is poor.

Noise Reduction

2.5
Airpods (2nd generation)
Hammerhead True Wireless
8.1
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless is very good for noise reduction, while the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is poor.

Battery

4.0 Hours
Airpods (2nd generation)
Hammerhead True Wireless
5.0 Hours
The Apple Airpods (2nd generation) has 4 hours of battery life. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless has 5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$129
Airpods (2nd generation)
Hammerhead True Wireless
$100
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The Apple Airpods (2nd generation) has a price of $129 and the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless costs $100.

Build Quality

7.6
Airpods (2nd generation)
Hammerhead True Wireless
8.7
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless has very good build quality, while the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) has good build quality.
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How the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) and the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple Airpods (2nd generation)Razer Hammerhead True Wireless
Apple Airpods (2nd generation)Razer Hammerhead True Wireless

GENERAL

Price
$129
$100
Brand
AppleRazer
Release Date
March 1, 2019August 1, 2021
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
5.9/106.6/10
Phone Calls Score
7/105.5/10
Gaming Score
4.9/108.7/10
TV and Video Score
5.5/107.9/10
Exercise Score
5.8/107.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
4 Hours5 Hours
Wireless charging
YesNo
Charging time
0.5 Hours1 Hours
Bluetooth version
55.2
Case Battery Life
2436

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/108.2/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
NoYes
iOS App
NoYes
Mic Quality
6.5/108.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
7.6/108.7/10
Comfort score
7.6/108.2/10
Size
SmallSmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
4 Grams5 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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The Verge

Chris Welch | August 2019
"This latest set is more “Pro” than not in both looks and features: they offer active noise cancellation, a low-latency gaming mode, and have switched to a in-ear design with silicone tips. Just like many of the company’s laptops and gaming accessories, the 2021 Hammerhead True Wireless include Razer’s full Chroma RGB system. It makes for what Razer calls “the ultimate wireless earbud flex.”"

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About Apple

Apple Inc. is an American technology company, founded in 1976, known for its wide range of premium products, including smartphones, computers, and audio solutions. Apple offers the very popular personal audio line AirPods, highly regarded for their wireless, smart capabilities and their seamless integration with the iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. They provide a high-quality sound, comfort and lifestyle features perfect for all users invested in their ecosystem.

About Razer

Razer is an American-Singaporean hardware manufacturer aimed specifically toward the gaming market. They manufacture a very wide array of gaming laptops, tablets, phones, peripherals and, of course, headphones and earbuds both wired and wireless. Since 2016, Razer has owned the THX suite, aimed at quality assurance of audiovisual systems such as speaker sets, video game consoles and even movie theaters.

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