Top critical review
Not as expected
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 12, 2020
So let’s start out with a few quick facts/disclaimers: this is my very first Razer item, I didnt exactly know what to expect besides that a lot of the YouTube’s I’m subscribed to use their products as well as online friends so I had high expectations at the same time. I do not have a gaming PC therefore I can’t utilize this to its pull potential by any means. I got it purely for aesthetic if I’m being honest since most of my gaming / pc stuff is black and pink already I thought it would match and it had pretty lights. Now that that’s out of the way let’s get cracking.
I had read a lot of reviews and asked if this had to be plugged into a computer or could I just plug it into my wall. Pretty much everyone said I could plug it into my wall, THAT IS FALSE. It MUST 100% be plugged into a pc to work at all which was frustrating because I wanted it next to my bed where I keep my headphones but now I had to move them so that was a HUGE let down. I thought I had a defective item until I did even more digging and had to find out it only works plugged into a pc which makes sense given the brand.
This leaves dents in my headphone cushion which its not a huge dent where it effects how it feels but ive never a headphone stand do that. It only works when your computer is on, so if you want to use it for charging anything or have the lights on your computer 100% must be on
I think putting the USB ports in the front make your setup look like a mess and not as clean but it’s not that big of a deal to me since I don’t really plan to use those besides here and there. Speaking of usb... USB 5v from PC does not “fast charge” anything so if you plan to use a phone charger or anything for gadgets this isn’t your best option. It will still charge but not as fast as pretty much anything directly into the outlet or something made for lightning charge.
Right when you plug this into your computer it will begin downloading a software which like I said: my first razer product I don’t know how it all works. I just wanted the option to control the lighting and it took forever to figure out which one of the 10 software's it actually was. I like how customizable it can be, you can use their color chart or create your own, it can do different light effects like, breathing, gradient, static, go with your music, Star light etc so I was impressed. You need to register your product and make an account for it to save your light settings or it will constantly reset.
When your PC is off, the lights turn off which is nice because I was low key worried it would just always be going when I was trying to sleep.
Overall do I think it’s worth $50? Absolutely not but I’m paying for a brand and I understood that when purchasing. This is a 100% treat yo self sort of thing for me. I just was slightly disappointed for price paid what it offered.
2021 UPDATE: 1 year later!
As i write this i semi cringe at my original review. Yes i still stand that this is a 100% treat yo self and this was my first razer product. I now own almost the entire quartz line (Huntsman, basilisk, Kraken, Kitty BT) As a more seasoned PC gamer because i now do have a gaming PC and stream on twitch I know a lot more about tech and should have realized that Razer is primarily PC so it would make sense for this to only work plugged into the PC but for those who dont know that much about the specs it will come as a shock bc like i said originally i asked if i could just plug this into USB box in my wall and was told i could and that is a lie. The Synapse software has been greatly improved since my original purchase and you dont NEED the other softwares unless youre really programming your colors which I dont really, if you just want to edit the colors you just need Synapse.
Overall I still wouldnt purchase this for face value but it really ties the whole setup together.