Razer Blackshark V2 Pro Review

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With the BlackShark V2, Razer has launched a wonderful gaming headset that combines a low price with high quality. On the other hand, the BlackShark V2 Pro doesn’t attract too much attention from avid PC gamers as the gaming headset has the same design and features as its predecessor, and weaker competitive advantage. Nevertheless, Razer has created a convenient wireless gaming headset.

Getting rid of the wires that once kept people tangled was a great choice from the American company. Wireless headsets are more comfortable to use; however, they also have a longer transmission delay than wired devices. According to the manufacturer, Razer offers to eliminate high latency with its own HyperSpeed technology, which is supposed to provide a faster connection – “25% faster than any other wireless gaming technology”.

For now, we can only say that the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro doesn’t lose signal, even through walls, and the sound doesn’t lag behind the image.

Razer Blackshark V2 Pro Wireless Gaming Headset Review

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Blackshark V2 Pro Specifications – not finished

Type: Over-ear Noise Cancelling Headphones | Bluetooth: 4.0 | Battery: 30 Hours | Charging: 4 Hours | Drivers: Dynamic | Drivers-Size: 45 mm | Weight: 385g

Package

The box contains a description of the benefits (including the proprietary HyperSpeed technology, the Razer TriForce titanium scale, and the HyperClear hypercardioid microphone) and information about headphone compatibility.

Contrary to expectations, the package does not contain a cardboard box with a headset case, as in the Black Shark V2 case. This time, everything is a little stronger, as the headset is on a soft foam cushion. The second bag contains a USB cable with a built-in sound card, a 3.5 mm cable, and a charging cable.

Design & Ergonomy

The design of the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is nearly identical to the wired model. The sturdy aircraft-style plastic shells are attached to the headband with metal Y-bands, allowing for height adjustment.

The ear cushions are made of memory foam wrapped in a breathable material, and the lower part of the headband is also padded. The upper half of the band is made of faux leather with printed markings.

Unlike the Black Shark V2, represented by the Razer logo on the shell and the cable connecting the shell to the headband, the Pro version is simple – the color here is mainly black, with no accent.

The headphones sit well on the head, the earcups cover the ears snuggly, and the breathable material does not cause perspiration.

Like the Black Shark V2, the headphones have good passive sound insulation: foreign sounds, the hum of gunfire, the speech of actors, or playing instruments will not interfere; others will not hear what is going on in your virtual world either.

All controls are located on the left earpiece. In the middle are high volume control, a microphone jack, a 3.5mm plug, a micro-USB charging port, an LED that lights up to indicate that the gaming headset is on, and buttons to turn the microphone and headset on/off.

There’s no reason to complain about the device’s quality – the design doesn’t look delicate, and all components are well assembled. The string is surrounded by a thread of material. It does not get tangled or bent.

My only complaint concerns the plastic around the cup’s rim, which allows for quick fingerprint collection. The type of string does not have this feature, even though it is made of the same material.

Bluetooth & Technology

Thanks to its built-in battery, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro weighs more than the wired version – 320 grams versus 262 grams. That’s the price you pay for not having the cable. Still, the battery is quite large and lasts several days

Because Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is a versatile wireless gaming headset, it can be connected to a computer or other device (console or cell phone) in two ways.

  • Wirelessly via the 2.4 GHz radio channel with the included dongle.
  • Wired via the included 3.5 mm cable.

Both methods are very simple and intuitive. To connect via the wireless channel, connect the dongle to a USB port on your computer or console and press the power button on the headset for a few seconds until the LED on the left cup turns blue.

Connecting with a 3.5 mm plug is even easier: simply plug the cable’s ends into the respective ports of the headset and the computer (game console or mobile device).

Note that a flexible headset configuration with Razer Synapse and THX Spatial Audio Profile is only possible with a wireless connection.

The lack of other Bluetooth connectivity is a nuisance: if the dongle is lost, the user will simply have to use a wired connection or contact the manufacturer to replace it. The supplied USB cable is only used to charge the device.

You can charge and use the headset simultaneously. However, this requires the use of two USB ports on your computer or one USB port and a 3.5 mm plug.

The LED on the left side of the case indicates the headset’s charging status: it flashes green when the headset is being charged, lights green when fully charged, red when less than 30% charge, and red when less than 10% charge.

Technology

Razer Synapse is the kernel that allows you to connect all manufacturer’s devices. This is useful: if you have already installed Razer configurations, such as a mouse, keyboard, and headset, you can customize them without changing the application.

Synapse Razer for BlackShark V2 Pro has five tabs.

  • Sound – allows you to adjust the headphone volume and select the default output when the V2 Pro is not connected to your computer.
  • Mixer – features surround sound settings that allow you to select scenes for different types of content or specific games.
  • Enhancements: Use custom settings or levels to adjust the equalizer, add bass, align the sound, and improve speaker clarity.
  • Microphone: Provides detailed microphone settings, including equalizer, noise reduction, voice clarity, and other options.
  • Power – Allows you to enable and disable the power save feature: Set the time at which the headset turns off. It is important to note that Razer.

A 10-band equalizer, separate bass amp, and adjustable sound normalization and speech enhancement are available on the Razer Synapse. The THX Spatial Sound effect is automatically adjusted, or a preset can be manually selected for each application.

Even for games that don’t support THX Spatial Audio, this device doesn’t get discouraged. When listening to music, the headphones performed as expected. The bass is emphasized, without taking over the midrange and high frequencies. Listening to Grimes in these headphones is pure pleasure, and the louder the better.

Razer Synapse software allows different spatial audio modes for different content types, and users can manually adjust the EQ to suit their needs. The on/off button on the headphones can control the player: press once to pause the music and twice to go back to the next song.

In wireless listening mode, everything sounds good. However, the mid-range Razer wireless gaming headset still poses a few drawbacks:

  • Slightly audible standby noise, which should not be present in such cheap headphones
  • Music playing on the right earpiece even at low volume

Microphone

As for the microphone, there is no doubt about it. It may not perform as well as a studio microphone for streaming or podcasting, but it is ideal for online games or video chatting with teammates.

The Razer HyperClear cardioid microphone provides sound with reduced background noise. The Razer HyperClear cardioid microphone provides sound with reduced background noise and the ability to customize it with Razer’s own software.

The application is equipped with a sensitivity adjustment and various enhancers. The microphone equalizer allows you to focus on the appropriate frequencies.

To emphasize the voice, the midrange must be turned up. I liked the automatic listening option to test the microphone, which emits the voice silently and in real time.

Sound Quality

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro uses Razer TriForce 50mm titanium speakers to deliver superior multi-directional sound. With them, it feels like you’re moving through a living battlefield. Directionality in space is excellent (which is certainly an advantage in multiplayer).

The character is balanced with detailed mids in the foreground followed by voluminous bass. The sound is also good for games, music and movies.

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro plays music and reproduces game sound effects perfectly by clearly and accurately transmitting game audio. Whether it’s the direction of gunfire, the sound of enemy footsteps, or the subtle sounds of the interface, only a few details are lost.

Music is available in both wide and multi-channel formats. This feature may not please fans of the classic stereo signal (as some frequencies will dominate in certain mixes), but we are sure that this fact will not be a drawback for a wide range of users.

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro handles music playback well even though it may not be as outstanding as with a Sennheiser 650 HD or Alienware AW988—to compare it with another wireless gaming headset.

Conclusion

The Razer BlackShark V2 is undoubtedly one of the best gaming headsets of 2020. However, the wireless Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is a bit of a puzzle. It unifies the player with the game, which is certainly a big advantage, though it may not be as pleasant as the wired version during long game sessions.

The headset design is tight and compact. It’s not just the backlighting that’s a problem. For some players, it’s a favorable feature. For other players, it’s a disadvantage. From my personal standpoint, the wired version is more emotional because of the green insert.

Moreover, such a euphemism does not seem to be a high-end device. There is no doubt that advanced technology is used here, and the Black Shark V2 Pro looks very cool. However, the first aspect of a gaming headset is also important.

Finally, price is also an important factor. The Black Shark V2 costs about 100 dollars, the Black Shark V2 Pro nearly double that, and the Black Shark V2 X about 50 to 60 dollars, even though there are cheaper options in the range. The wireless version provides a better microphone and a stable and reliable wireless connection, yet it sounds exactly like the wired version.

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