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Razer BlackShark V2 Pro in review – Wireless Gaming Headset

Razer has already revived an older series with the BlackShark V2. With the BlackShark V2 Pro this series will be improved and it will even become wireless. A striking design with many features can definitely show Razer with the new headset, although we are curious to see how the THX Spatial Audio performs.

Technical Details

Weight: 320 grams
Diaphragm diameter. 50 mm
Impedance: 32 Ohm
Frequency range: 12 Hz – 28 kHz
Impedance (microphone): not specified
Sensitivity (microphone): -42 ± 3 dB
Frequency range (microphone): 100 Hz – 10 kHz

Scope of delivery

Razer is really not a manufacturer who saves on impressive packaging. The BlackShark V2 is really well prepared and comes with all kinds of accessories. To connect it to the PC, a USB receiver is included of course, since the headset is wireless. But if you don’t want to do without a cable or use the headset on your PlayStation or Xbox, a four-pin jack cable is included. To charge the battery, there is also a correspondingly long USB cable.

Design & workmanship

The BlackShark already had an iconic design among headsets for gamers at that time. With the BlackShark V2, the design was reworked again, and of course this also benefits the Pro version. The headset is completely black, here the green color of Razer was omitted, which is good for the eye. The ear cups are attached to thin metal brackets. At first glance, these seem unstable, but they are definitely not.

The earpads are covered with fabric and have a really good fit. The padding is comfortable and you don’t need to be afraid of sweaty ears in heated battles. The same goes for the head padding. Again, Razer relies on a fabric cover and good padding, nothing stands in the way of longer gaming sessions.

All supplied cables are sleeved throughout. Visually they are eye-catching and make a high-quality impression. There is no headset control on the cable at all, all controls are on the headset – really not surprising. The volume control is almost a little highlight, as it can be perfectly adjusted to the desired position and has zero play.

For the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro, mainly plastic is used, which makes the headset look a bit cheap, especially because of the haptic. But let’s face it, you don’t want to carry a kilogram of weight on your head, especially with a wireless headset.

Optically as well as qualitatively, the BlackShark V2 Pro scores well, even if the haptic is not perfect. Despite the filigree metal brackets, which seem unstable, the workmanship is very good throughout.

Wear comfort

Many gaming headsets have a raster on the ear cup for size adjustment. With the BlackShark V2 Pro it is different, the adjustment is stepless. So the headset can be perfectly adjusted to your own head. With 320 grams the BlackShark V2 Pro is a real flyweight and not too heavy.

Razer creates a very good fit. The padding of the ear cups is comfortable and the fabric cover is not uncomfortable on the skin. Despite the closed construction you won’t break out in a sweat.

recording & playback quality

No matter how good the quality of the headset and how comfortable it is to wear, if the sound quality is not right, the headset is worth nothing. And unfortunately we have to criticize the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro for this. Razer promotes its headset with its patented 50-millimeter Triforce Titanium drivers. The drivers are also housed in an additional chamber for better sound and the BlackShark also handles THX Spatial Audio. Everything sounds better than it is. The sound is too flat in all areas, especially the bass is much too flat. Even with THX Spatial Audio enabled, we can’t get much out of it.

In a nutshell: The sound offered is in the good midfield, just enough for the features advertised, but not really good, especially considering the price.

The BlackShark V2 Pro doesn’t look its best when it comes to the microphone either. Background noises are filtered out very well and the voice is also clear, but in return it is quite dull. The best thing to do is to listen to our audio example.

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Battery life and range

Razer specifies the battery life as 24 hours. Accordingly, longer gaming sessions are possible without problems. We haven’t tested whether the 24 hours can really be kept. A charging from 25 percent to 100 percent took just under 2 hours.

We have completely ignored the range specification of Razer and have tested freehand. Under real conditions, i.e. in an apartment with walls, we came up with a range of about 10 meters. Then the BlackShark V2 Pro starts beeping wildly and the voice quality decreases. A good value considering that only cables are to be replaced.

Software

Razer Synapse is a truly comprehensive piece of software that every Razer peripheral user should already be familiar with. It is now used everywhere. With the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro it is just as comprehensive again with THX Spatial Audio. If you have activated THX Spatial Audio, the sound can be completely customized. Under Enhancements you can go even further and adjust even more.

For the best voice reproduction you can make some more adjustments in the area Microphone. Also interesting for streamers.

Conclusion

Externally, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is just as convincing in terms of workmanship. Sound technically Razer lets hope for a lot with the built-in hardware, but even with fine tuning can not be completely convinced, especially in view of the high price of the headset.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

Workmanship
Wearing comfort
Sound quality
Recording quality
Features
Battery life
Range
Value for money

87/100

Unfortunately, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro cannot offer what you would expect at this price.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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