Razer Hammerhead USB-C vs. Hammerhead USB-C ANC: Should you spend the $20 extra on noise cancellation?

Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC

The cable tangles up far to much on the Hammerhead USB-C ANC, but for the extra $20 you get the noise cancellation, a better, more comfortable design, and Comply memory foam tips included in the box.

Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC

Noise cancelling

More comfortable that the regular version
Nice length cable
Memory foam tips included
Excellent ANC
No flat-tangle free cable
Case is too small
Quite expensive

Razer Hammerhead USB-C

The regular version of the Hammerhead USB-C has almost everything you get from the ANC version at a lower price, with matching sound quality, a better case and a superior, tangle free cable.

Razer Hammerhead USB-C

Tangle free

Less expensive
Flat, tangle-free cable
Superior case
Sound as good as the ANC version for less
Not as comfortable and well-fitting as the ANC version
No memory foam tips

If you're looking for active noise cancellation (ANC) in your in-ear headphones, the Hammerhead USB-C ANC is one of the better choices out there. They're easily worth the extra money, but you don't lose out on sound quality by getting the regular version. If you're rarely in situations that would benefit from full ANC, they're still a great choice and they won't tangle up, either.

The same, but different

There's a reason that the two different versions of the Razer Hammerhead USB-C headphones are only $20 apart in price. The regular version with the green cable has been on sale longer, in part launched to partner the Razer Phone with its lack of 3.5mm headset jack. The newer ANC version is more expensive because it has active noise cancellation.

That's the main difference between the two, and the big selling point for the new version. For a set of in-ear headphones, the noise cancellation is excellent, helped in no small part by the (optional) Comply memory foam tips included in the box. There's no charging or external battery required, either — it's powered by your phone over the USB-C connection.

You don't have to worry about emptying your phone battery with either of these headphones, though there is some small drain. Importantly both sound as good as each other, so you're not losing out on the most important part of any headphones by going for the cheaper option.

Design differences

There are a couple of design differences with each pair that could sway a decision one way or another. The Hammerhead USB-C has a striking green cable that's flat and tangle-free. The ANC version has a braided cable but coupled with a lesser case, it will tangle up a lot.

But, the ANC version of the Hammerhead USB-C is more comfortable in the ear. Instead of the dead straight design, the ANC version is angled slightly for a better fit in the ears and it won't fall out as often, especially during exercise.

Both have light up logos, though. Because that's important.

Ultimately both of these headphones are worth buying, but at only $20 more with a better design and excellent noise cancellation, the ANC version is definitely worth getting.

Richard Devine