Razor BlackShark V2 Pro gaming headset Review : OUR VERDICT
The BlackShark V2 Pro is an exceptional wireless gaming headset matching its premium price point. The build caliber, sound quality and battery life are all praiseworthy despite some small issues. THX Spatial Audio enhances the audio experience significantly, becoming a huge feature. Too bad the required app adds even more to the cost and isn’t readily compatible with major devices.
- Premium build that’s comfortable
- Great sound quality Razer’s THX Spatial audio app allows fine audio customization
- Works well as non-gaming headphones
- Battery quality
- Isn’t fully compatible with consoles
- Could use a better battery level indicator
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A short review Razer BlackShark V2 Pro
The Razer BlackShark gaming headphones are distinguished by three features: positional audio, communication clarity, and noise cancellation. Those attributes are extremely vital in keeping a competitive advantage during pro-level esports competition.
The TriForce Titanium 50mm drivers, detachable HyperClear Supercardioid Mic, Ultra-soft FlowKnit memory foam ear cushions, passive noise cancellation, and THX Spatial Audio for surround sound distinguish this new Razer BlackShark V2 from its predecessors. Wireless capabilities, as well as 24-hour battery life, are added to the feature-rich BlackShark V2 Pro. Because of Razer’s HyperSpeed 2.4GHz connection, audio latency becomes almost non-existent, and sound quality remains steady.
The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is an excellent wireless gaming headset for casual gaming or anybody with competitive ambitions. Because console support is a little shaky, this is only for PC gamers. This is because the THX Spatial Audio software improves the sound of games, movies, and music. This $19.99 (£19.99, AU$34.95) piece of software is, thankfully, included with the $179 (£179, AU$299) entry price. Nonetheless, the BlackShark V2 Pro is a premium wireless pc gaming headset for PC gamers who don’t mind paying a premium.
Featuring everything included in the standard V2 alongside the added wireless capabilities, the BlackShark V2 Pro weighs only 320g, 58g more than its wired sibling. The added weight isn’t noticeable at all. Wearing the headset feels great due to the adjustable frames that are solid in structure. Moving around with the BlackShark V2 Pro doesn’t require many adjustments as the pc gaming headset stays glued to your head. The FlowKnit memory foam ear cups and headband cushion allows both short and long gaming sessions to be comfortable experiences.
Set up is fairly easy, too. Once the Razer HyperSpeed 2.4GHz USB dongle is plugged in, just hold the power button until the headset connects. The left cup also features a volume dial that clicks at the halfway point making adjusting loudness more intuitive. A micro-USB port for charging, 3.5 headset jack, and microphone switch occupies the left cup as well.
A little status indicator light serves as both a connection confirmation and a battery condition indication. Unfortunately, there is no real method to tell how much battery life is left except for the LED turning red at 30% and flashing red at 10%. The only way to know how much battery is left is to use Razer’s Synapse app. It’s represented with a little image with no percentage indicator. Fortunately, the 24-hour battery life under vigorous usage can be fully charged in around three hours. There is also an automated Power Saving option that will power down the headset after a certain number of minutes.
The FlowKnit memory foam ear cushions’ passive noise cancellation especially reduces outside noise. The audio interface in the Synapse program may be used to alter audio parameters such as the equalization and bass boost. General music listening hits all the right notes, with crisp mids and bass that can take whatever listeners throw at it.
Those who are prepared to download the extra THX Spatial software will be rewarded because it is the only method to use the 7.1 surround sound. Games that offer the option directly, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Doom Eternal, sound even better. From the customized equalization to the surround sound collaboration tool, the amount of fine tweaking available is impressive. Support for additional audio output devices is a major benefit. Regrettably, it is only available on PC. Through the headset’s wireless receiver is compatible with the PlayStation 4, Xbox One players will have to rely on the audio jack.
The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is one of the best esports-focused wireless gaming headsets money can buy, with a premium price to match its premium packaging. From games to regular music listening, the sound quality is great. If people are prepared to pay the extra fee for it, THX’s Spatial Audio enhances the listening experience significantly. The battery life is more than acceptable for a wireless headset. PC gamers in search of a high-quality pc headset have discovered their audio champion.
Buy if you are looking for
You're looking for a high-quality wireless gaming headset.
The BlackShark V2 Pro is priced at $179.99 (£179, AU$299), so there’s a lot to expect, and it generally delivers. This fantastic audio experience is made possible by the high quality of the construction and the clarity of the sound. Enabling THX Spatial Audio improves the acoustic richness even further.
You require a gaming headset with a long battery life.
The wireless battery has a life of 24 hours and charges completely in three hours.
You want to be able to customise your audio experience.
The precise customization provided through Razer’s Synapse software is adequate. Using THX Spatial Audio expands customization even more.
BlackShark V2 Pro Review: Design
The Razer Blackshark V2 Pro has the same appearance and feels as the Editors’ Choice award-winning Blackshark V2 but without the wire. It features the same oblong matte black plastic earcups that are attached to the headband by Y-shaped strong wire struts with cylindrical mounts that let each cup travel freely up and down to adjust the fit. It has the same memory foam earpads wrapped in breathable fabric, as well as memory foam-covered cushioning on the bottom of the headband with fake leather on top. This produces a light, comfortable fit that is easy to wear for extended durations of gaming.
BlackShark V2 Pro Review: Connectivity
The BlackShark V2 Pro is a PC headset with a USB receiver that works with Windows 10 computers. THX Spatial Audio processing, the same simulated surround sound featured on the Blackshark V2 (or available on any headset or headphones with Razer’s THX Spatial Audio app), is enabled by using the receiver and Razer’s Synapse program. The headset comes with a fabric-wrapped 3.5mm cable for wired usage, and it is compatible with any modern gaming system (or computer, or mobile device with a headphone jack). However, the wired connection disables the THX surround sound and, of course, eliminates any wireless convenience.
BlackShark V2 Pro Review: Software
The Razer Synapse software allows you to conduct the same audio modifications as the wired BlackShark V2 and Razer Kraken Ultimate. It has a 10-band EQ with numerous presets, as well as separate, adjustable Bass Boost, Sound Normalization, and Voice Clarity functions. The microphone has its own EQ, as well as other features like Volume Normalization, Vocal Clarity, and Ambient Noise Reduction. It also features a Voice Gate that may be adjusted. Synapse also supports THX Spatial Audio and allows you to calibrate the surround effect by moving virtual speakers around your head. You may manually enable THX for each program and game that includes sound, let the software select which mode to use, or disable THX Spatial Audio completely.
BlackShark V2 Pro Review: Microphone
The microphone on the BlackShark V2 Pro is fantastic, as is the microphone on the original BlackShark V2. Our test recordings were clear and clean, with no fuzziness or sibilance. Razer has created another amazing microphone for a gaming headset, this time one that works well for streaming, recording, and podcasting. We recommend that serious users consider purchasing a dedicated USB microphone for audio capture, as these microphones nearly always outperform headset mics. Even so, the V2 Pro’s boom can suffice in a pinch.
BlackShark V2 Pro Review: Gaming Performance
The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro has a lot of power and a good bass response when it comes to music. The deep bass notes in our bass test track, The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” come through with a strong wallop, though they don’t quite go low enough to make you think you’re wearing a subwoofer. Even at the highest (and potentially dangerous) volume settings, the wireless headset does not distort.
On the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro, Doom (2016) sounds loud and strong. At higher intensity levels, the industrial soundtrack and explosions come through loud and clear, while other, higher frequency sound effects may be readily distinguished. The THX Spatial Audio in the wireless headset delivers a superb simulated surround sound experience, with highly realistic left-right panning to help you locate the source of demonic howls and gunshots around you.
Fortnite also sounds great on the BlackShark V2 Pro, and the THX Spatial Audio offers a tactical advantage with its realistic surround mixing. I could pick out the approximate direction of distant gunfire and close pounding footfall, which kept me alert to potential attacks.Razer BlackShark V2 Pro
BlackShark V2 Pro Review: Wireless contender
The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is a superb wireless headset built on the foundation of an amazing wired headset. It has all of the advantages of the wired BlackShark V2, such as great audio performance, an extraordinarily clean mic, and THX Spatial Audio, but with the added bonus of wireless connectivity. It’s up to you if the wireless benefit is worth an extra $80 over the BlackShark V2, but this is a very solid performer.
If you want wireless PC audio for a lower price, the Razer Nari Essential (an Editors’ Choice for budget wireless gaming headsets) delivers wireless sound with THX Spatial Audio for just $100, but it’s bigger, doesn’t sound as well-balanced, and doesn’t have a wired connection option. If you don’t mind spending a little extra, the $200 JBL Quantum 800 is a good option.