Razer Blackshark v2 Pro Review
The Razer Blackshark v2 Pro is a very good option if you’re okay with spending near $200 on a headset. If you’re not worried about wires, I’d suggest going with the much more budget friendlier option Razer Blackshark v2.
- THX Spatial Audio
- Removable Razer™ HyperClear Supercardioid Mic
- Ultra-soft FlowKnit memory foam ear cushions
- Advanced mic control features
- Removable Razer™ SpeedFlex Cable
- Battery Life – up to 24 hours
- Connectivity – Razer™ HyperSpeed Wireless Technology (2.4GHz) + 3.5mm jack
- Weighs 320g
- Razer Synapse 3.0 compatible
Design and Build Quality
KISS. Keep it simple stupid, is what Razer has done with the build of this headset. As with most of their newer gaming accessories, this one fits right in. The Razer Blackshark v2 Pro is an all-black headset that creates a sleek look.
The logo is very minimalistic that allows for an overall better flow of the look and feel. One might not even think it is a gaming headset at first glance. But, once you pick this up and put it on, it has a very premium lightweight feel to it. As expected at the steep price point of $179.99.
The Razer Blackshark v2 Pro features three buttons on the left side of the headset. A Volume knob that works well, dedicated power, and a mute button. Turning off the headset takes about 3 seconds so you shouldn’t accidentally shut it off. The mute button is more tactile and has an audible click when toggling. Unfortunately, there is no indicator letting you know your voice status.
Overall, there is nothing to brag about here. It is not flashy but you also won’t look silly wearing this.
This headset comes with a plug-and-play USB dongle that works as intended. While playing games with the Razer Blackshark v2 Pro there were not any connectivity issues. However, the range on this headset is far shorter than any other headset I have owned. Also, it beeps at you like you’re not wearing a seat belt while 20 or so feet way.
Coming equipped with THX Spatial Audio allows for a very rich audio experience. Not only does in-game audio sounds deep and immersive but simple voice calls or rooms also add that punch that you wouldn’t have expected.
The amount of customization to fine-tune the audio is unlike most headsets on the market. The Razer Blackshark v2 Pro is supported by Razer Synapse 3.0 that controls these options. Being able to adjust the EQ, Sound Normalization, Bass Boost, and Profiles for THX Spatial Audio is a huge bonus.
This is where I am torn. On paper (or screen), everything offered sounds great. The ability to add a voice gate and make voice enhancements through Razer Synapse great and works very well. However, This headset features Mic Monitoring (sidetone), which is a huge deal to a portion of gamers. It does not work at all. With the setting up to 100, you can hear it working, if you blow air into the mic pretty hard. Other than that, it does absolutely nothing. It is a bummer that this feature works on the wired version and is advertised to work on here when it clearly doesn’t.
Setup for the headset is made very simple with Razer Synapse 3.0. I did not experience any issues with the program recognizing it. The option to set up profiles is a nice feature in case you like to take advantage of that for music, work, or gaming.
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