There are few people who will argue with you that wireless isn’t a grand idea, because who likes a bunch of wires getting all tangled up by the wire-tangling goblins? That’s why Razer’s latest Pro series of wireless peripherals is a very attractive proposition. In this case, we tested out the Razer Blackshark V2 Pro headset, which is the wireless version of the popular Blackshark V2.
Design and Build
From the moment you see the packaging, to opening and unboxing the headset, the Blackshark V2 Pro screams premium design and build quality. Opening the box, you’ll find the headset and the wireless dongle sitting there, almost like on a pedestal, yet it’s still secure and snug in high-quality foam packaging. With it, you get some paperwork, a love letter from Razer, a neat carrying pouch for keeping it safe when in transit and a decent length USB-Micro (sigh) charging cable. Also included is the removable microphone boom and a 3.5mm jack for when using the headset with devices that don’t support wireless USB.
For the most part, the design of the Blackshark V2 Pro is almost identical to the wired version, with the exception of it being, well, wireless. The headset feels incredibly well made and solid with only quality materials used in its construction, even if it mostly made of plastic. It has a soft and comfortable headband with enough padding, and the earcups are covered in a microfiber type material. I found the headset incredibly comfortable, even on long-playing sessions during some very hot days. My ears did sweat, like they always well, but it wasn’t to a point that it becomes unbearable.
I do however have a few concerns regarding the design, with some of it being down to personal taste. The Blackshark V2 Pro has a volume knob on the front of the left cup, which felt weird to control as I much prefer the dial or buttons that sit at the back of the cup. It also didn’t help that this knob is completely smooth, making it harder to adjust with one finger. It’s a small thing, but no matter how long I used the headset, I just couldn’t get used to it. The second thing is the durability of the cup supports into the headband. Due to the design of the headset, it is essentially two thin metal rods that connect into plastic cylinders on each earcup, and I couldn’t help but feel like this is a point of potential failure. The metal rods had a bit too much give when giving it a bit of stress, making we worry about bending it, and I’m not sure how secure those small cylinder supports on the sides of the earcups are. It is probably not something to worry about, especially if you look after your headphones, but it is worth considering.
The Blackshark V2 Pro headset is made and optimised for PC, but actually works very well PlayStation 4, and will be compatible with PlayStation 5. It also works like a charm with Nintendo Switch, with the dongle being plug and play into the dock. So if you have multiple systems, it is definitely worth considering.
Performance wise, these headphones are pretty amazing. I usually don’t worry too much about 7.1 Surround Sound headphones, but these do actually sound like things are coming from all over. It is optimised for THX Spatial Sounds, and some games are optimised for it, but using something like Dolby Atmos for Headphones on Windows also works pretty well. The immersion is so damn good no matter what you do, whether you play a game or just watch a Surround Sound movie on Netflix. You can control the EQ setting and Presets through Razer Synapse and Razer Central, the applications used to control all your connected Razer devices. You can load up different presets for different games, which will load up automatically once you fire one up. This is great for when you play different genres that call for different soundscapes such as a competitive shooter vs a racing game vs an adventure game. One thing I quite liked is that the Surround Sound works on PlayStation, which means it which isn’t always the case, like with my own Steel Series Arctis 7. I’m however not sure if the same capabilities are present for the Nintendo Switch, but the sound on the console was still pretty amazing.
The sound performance of the Blackshark V2 Pro’s is some of the most clear and well balanced I’ve heard in a long time. Bass like explosions has a punch to it that really gets the blood pumping, yet you never struggle to hear character speech. I also received feedback from friends that the voice chat through the detachable microphone is clear and that they had no issues hearing me on the other end.
A classy piece of tech
Overall, I am pretty impressed with the Razer Blackshark V2 Pro headset. The sound is amazing, and it being compatible with both the PS4 and Nintendo Switch consoles is a big bonus for me. Your headset is made of quality materials and feels expensive and premium when you hold it or have it on your head. It is comfortable, even when using for an extended period of time. The only issue I have is the durability, as I’m not so sure about the design choice for how the earcups connect with the headband.
That aside, I think the Blackshark V2 Pro headset is definitely worth a look if you’re in the market for a new set of gaming cans, and have the budget for it, especially if you’re not limited to just one or two platforms.