At first glance, the Razer Seiren Emote looks exactly like the Razer Seiren X. After some closer inspection, there are some differences, but not many. The Emote doesn't have the word 'Razer' running down the side of it (a feature I really liked in the Seiren X), it also has a different kind of mesh running around it with smaller holes that are a lot smoother.
The Emote does have an advantage on the Seiren X in its design, as it comes with the detachable gooseneck extender. This optional piece is designed to give the Emote some extra height towards the user's mouth. It's not quite a boom arm, but it's a very nice touch and something that the Emote has over the Seiren X. What I would like to see Razer adopt if they are heading towards more gooseneck attachables is a wider base. Altering the lean of the mic can sometimes cause it to fall if the angle is severe - this would be solved with a wider base
Performance-wise, the Emote lacks a proper gain control dial on the physical microphone just like Seiren X does. What the Emote does have over the Seiren X is the fact that it uses a hyper-cardioid polar pattern, rather than the Seiren X's super-cardioid polar pattern. The Seiren X's super-cardioid polar pattern meant that no matter what you do in settings, the microphone would always pick up keyboard strokes. A significant downside.
Since the Emote switched to hypercardioid, I was hoping that due to the more narrow pickup and the increased height from the gooseneck extender that this wouldn't be an issue. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case. The Emote still suffers from the same keyboard stoke problem but does better in not picking up as much ambient sound.
The Emote does have an extremely crisp sound to it, but some of the higher pitch sounds do cut straight into the audio, which can be annoying. Is it a noticeable difference when compared to the Seiren X in pure audio quality? No, not really. I blind tested my friends over Discord with both the Emote and Seiren X, and not one of them could tell the difference in audio quality. I also listened to the playback of my voice through Windows, and I couldn't tell the difference when testing lows, mids, and highs.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT