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Razer Seiren V3 Chroma Review – A Touch of RGBliss
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Razer Seiren V3 Chroma Review – A Touch of RGBliss

by May 6, 2024
Overview
Warranty

1-year

Price

RM689

Positives

+ Software features on Razer Synapse works well
+ Captures voice with warmth and depth
+ Plug-n-play
+ Good suite of onboard controls
+ Eye-catching, interactive RGB lighting
+ Solid build quality
+ Small footprint

Negatives

- Razer Synapse may cause issues with firmware update and detection
- Needs a scissor arm to unleash full potential
- Pricey

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Pokde Rating
Appearance
9.0
Features
7.5
Materials
8.0
Performance
8.2
User Experience
8.0
Value
7.0
Bottom Line

The Razer Seiren V3 Chroma might not be the best microphone around but it's certainly ranking quite high up there in terms of looks. It's no doubt a very attractive microphone and it still captures your voice well with a nice, warm tone.

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Unboxing the Razer Seiren V3 Chroma

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Razer Seiren V3 Chroma Review – Box

Starting off our Razer Seiren V3 Chroma review with the unboxing, this microphone comes in a surprisingly large box clad in their signature gray and orange color scheme. It made me wonder if the microphone is far bigger than the pictures seem to indicate or if it came with a lot of accessories as this is huge for what it is. Inside the box, we found the following items:

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Razer Seiren V3 Chroma Review – Box content

  • Documentations
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • Desktop stand
  • The Razer Seiren V3 Chroma microphone itself

Specifications

Frequency Response 20Hz to 20KHz
Sample Rate 96 KHz
Bitrate 24-bit
Capsules 16mm condenser capsule
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Power 5 V / 500 mA
Sensitivity -34 dB (1 V / Pa at 1 kHz)
Max SPL 110 dB
Dimensions 90 x 90 x 213 mm
Weight 600g
RGB Yes, customizable via software
Connection Type 1 x USB-C
3.5mm headphone jack

Mic Test

We got a few recordings down with the Razer Seiren V3 Chroma to show how well it performs. Above here is just your standard recording in a quiet bedroom. It may not be a treated room but the pillows and carpeting should provide adequate material to reduce reverberations and diffuse sound better much better than an empty room. Take it as your usual everyday scenario rather than a professional recording setup to better fit the average consumer.

For the 2nd recording, it’s with the Radio EQ setting on Razer Synapse enabled. While the standard recording sounded warm and with depth to the voice, this one sounded rather flat albeit still pretty clear. To me, this would be the ideal setting for post-processing your voice or to simply add some voice effects with the likes of the Voicemod software.

Moving on to our 3rd recording, this one has music playing in the background through speakers and with Noise Gate enabled via Razer Synapse. You can hear a bit of the song at the start, and it’s a bit more noticeable when I speak but other than that, it does its job fairly decently.

Lastly, we have a recording with music playing in the background but with Noise Gate disabled. Now the song feels more prominent here but your voice is still heard loud and clear. It does a decent job of not picking up background noise in general but I would enable Noise Gate to really make sure some of the lower sounds like an air conditioner or a PC to not be captured by the Razer Seiren V3 Chroma. If you’re the kind who would prefer listening to audio via speakers instead of headphones / earphones, you should get a dynamic mic as all condensers will inevitable be very sensitive to sound but this is one of the better ones in terms of noise rejection.

If you’re looking for a USB dynamic microphone instead, check out our Razer Seiren V2 Pro review by clicking right here.

The Good

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Razer Seiren V3 Chroma Review – USB-C port and headphone jack

There are a good number of reasons to consider getting the Razer Seiren V3 Chroma. For starters, it’s a simple plug-and-play USB microphone that doesn’t require any extras to use it. Simply install the stand into the mic, connect it to the PC via the included USB-C cable, and you’re good to go. If you need to adjust anything specific, you can use the Razer Synapse software but it is optional.

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Razer Seiren V3 Chroma Review – Touch-sensitive button

Next up, you get a good suite of onboard controls but only if you know how to use it. There are two things you can directly interact with; a dial and a touch-sensitive button on the top. A single tap will mute / unmute, double tap changes the RGB lighting, and a long press lets you switch between headphone volume and mic gain for the dial. This beats out a lot of other USB microphones out there while still retaining a single dial in terms of convenience. You can remap it via Razer Synapse if you wish.

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Razer Seiren V3 Chroma Review – RGB lighting

As we briefly mentioned earlier, one major attraction factor of the Razer Seiren V3 Chroma is the RGB lighting. It’s quite the eye candy and you can easily switch between different lighting modes to suit your taste / mood. Unsurprisingly, it supports Razer Chroma RGB but the best part here is that you can synchronize it with streaming apps and games that supports the RGB standard. This includes having it react to in-game sounds, streaming notifications, and more. This interactable nature brings another layer of immersion for personal use and entertainment if you’re a streamer.

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Razer Seiren V3 Chroma Review – Razer logo

The build quality of the Razer Seiren V3 Chroma is solid enough. It’s a mixture of plastic and metals with the grille and angle adjustment knobs being sturdy metal and the body itself mostly being made of plastic. The stand itself seems to have a hollow plastic case on top but inside is sturdy metal with a rubberized bottom, giving it more than enough weight to hold the microphone with complete stability. While I would have preferred a full metal build, it’s more than adequate and it’s definitely sturdy.

Lastly, it’s pretty compact so you don’t have to worry about it taking up too much space on your desk on its own. Of course, you can always opt for a boom / scissor arm to really save up space on your desk, and it supports them just fine. Just remember to keep it within frame if you have a webcam enabled for whatever reason, otherwise the RGB features would just go to waste.

The Bad

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Razer Seiren V3 Chroma Review – Razer Synapse

As good as the Razer Seiren V3 Chroma is, it does have its fair share of drawbacks. For starters, Razer Synapse isn’t exactly the easiest software to work with. While the user interface itself is simple and straightforward, it has a habit of not showing al the peripherals from time to time. Thankfully, it’s perfectly usable without the software so if you run into issues with it as well, either use it once just to get it properly configured or avoid it altogether and use it as is.

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Razer Seiren V3 Chroma Review – The firmware updater is a separate download

Speaking of software, updating it isn’t the easiest process as well as I had some trouble with it. It kept failing on me with mentions that I’m not connecting the USB directly to the PC. Basically, you will need to restart your PC after first connecting it to your PC, specifically after Razer Synapse has done its work updating itself to display the Razer Seiren V3 Chroma. If the update fails again, which is what happened to me, another PC restart will do the trick. It’s important to get the update as it adds Noise Gate and Mic Boost functionalities.

Lastly, the Razer Seiren V3 Chroma isn’t exactly affordable. Retailing at RM689, it’s quite an amount to shell out, especially considering that their own Seiren Mini retails for less than half of that at RM259 and the higher quality Seiren V2 Pro costs a little bit more at RM729. With that being said however, if you know you can make good use of a high pass filter, digital gain limiter, the eye-catching RGB lighting, and you prefer a condenser microphone over a dynamic one, then this will serve you well.

Razer Seiren V3 Chroma Verdict

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Razer Seiren V3 Chroma Review

The Razer Seiren V3 Chroma might not be the best microphone around but it’s certainly ranking quite high up there in terms of looks. It’s no doubt a very attractive microphone and it still captures your voice well with a nice, warm tone. For the best experience possible, I suggest doing some level of audio treatment in the room it’s being used in due to condensers being more sensitive to sound, and to invest in a scissor arm. You don’t need to do major soundproofing work as having pillows, cushions, and carpets can be good enough for most people.

At the end of our Razer Seiren V3 Chroma review, I award this microphone with our Silver Pokdeward.

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Big thanks to Razer Asia Pacific for sending us this microphone for the purpose of this review.

About The Author
Aiman Maulana
Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. YouTuber, video editor, tech head, and a wizard of gaming. What's up? :)