The launch of Razer BlackShark V2 last summer created a lot of excitement among gamers and audiophiles as people were claiming that it is one of the Best Gaming Headsets of the time. The lightweight, muted colors and amazing sound quality made it a serious contender for the top of its game title. The headset is versatile, and for the $100 price tag, it was an offer many couldn’t refuse.
Fast-forward to today, when Razer BlackShark V2 Pro entered the market, and it’s creating a lot of buzz. The Pro version offers an upgrade with wireless technology, THX digital surround sound, lossless audio, and a better microphone for about $180. The headset offers everything that the BlackShark V2 had, plus more freedom thanks to no wires.
So how do the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro hold up in terms of performance, design, price, and durability? Is it really worth upgrading to the new offering, or are you better off with something else? We answer these questions and more today in our Razer BlackShark V2 Pro review. Continue reading to learn more!
Razer Blackshark V2 Pro – Pros and Cons
- Good sound quality
- Excellent microphone (detachable)
- Efficient noise cancellation
- THX Spatial Audio works well
- Comfortable fit
- Lightweight and sleek design
- Reliable tech support
- 2 years of warranty
- Pricey option
- USB connection and signal range issues
- Micro USB charging
Razer Blackshark V2 Pro – Specs
|Driver Type||Razer™ TriForce Titanium 50mm Drivers|
|Software||Razer Synapse 3|
|Frequency Response||12 Hz – 28 KHz|
|Microphone Type||Removable Razer™ HyperClear Supercardioid Mic|
|Connectivity||USB Type-A or 3.5mm|
|Cords||4.2 feet / 1.3m|
|Cable Type||Removable Razer™ SpeedFlex Cable|
|Battery Life||up to 24 hours|
Razer Blackshark V2 Pro – Gaming Performance
Razer Blackshark V2 Pro’s performance as a gaming headset is quite impressive; they could pick up low accurately, mid, and high frequencies thanks to the 50mm Razer TriForce Titanium Drivers that deliver elevated vocal quality and an amazing audio feedback.
It is hard to miss small audio details with this headset; the in-game music had excellent bass and punchy treble.
When testing these surround sound headphones with popular games with an amazing sound design like World of Warcraft, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, we were impressed throughout. The different sounds within the game were easily distinguishable, crisp, and clear. The Gunshot sounds were audible and hard to miss.
Razer Blackshark V2 Pro – Music Performance
Like the gaming performance, the Razer Blackshark V2 Pro impressed us with its accurate sonics, satisfying crisp sounds, and loud, immersive sound. We tested the V2 Pro against different types and genres of music to better understand its capabilities, and unsurprisingly, it did great with anything we could throw at it.
Anytime a song featured vocals, they were successfully placed in the front, while other elements of the music were clear and distinguishable. The V2 Pro did great justice to any song with high bass, and we were thoroughly impressed.
Razer Blackshark V2 Pro – Wireless Performance
The Razer Blackshark V2 Pro uses the latest HyperSpeed 2.4 GHz wireless dongle technology, which means it has one of the best wireless performances we have come across except a few minor issues. Throughout the testing, we enjoyed smooth and clear sound without any audio disturbances; walking around with this headset on is a breeze.
We had the occasional connection problem when it disconnected and reconnected, which happens to be an easily fixable USB wireless dongle issue. After making some adjustments, we had no problems enjoying music on these best surround sound headphones without the hassle of wires.
Razer Blackshark V2 Pro – Design
The Razer Blackshark V2 Pro arrived with a 3.5mm connector, a Micro USB-to-USB Type-A cable, a detachable microphone, and a black storage pouch, making traveling with these headsets easy.
For the Black Shark V2 Pros, Razer has opted for an all-black exterior, which looks sleek and stylish. These headsets don’t make a bold statement with their look. The materials used seem durable and of higher quality, which is great if you will be using them on the go.
The ear cushions are very comfortable, and the bottom of the headband, thanks to the Flowknit memory foam. They sit comfortably against the ears and don’t become uncomfortable after some time. The outside of the ear cups is smooth to touch, and the Razer logo is featured in the center of each cup.
The faux leather headband features the Razer logo on the top and center. The wires connecting the headphones to the headband feel secure and sturdy.
The headset design included:
- A power button.
- Volume knob.
- A mute microphone button.
- Audio-in jack.
- The micro USB port for charging.
Razer BlackShark V2 Pro – Software
If you are familiar with the BlackShark V2 X software, then don’t worry BlackShark V2 Pro will not disappoint you as it comes with a much better software suite. BlackShark V2 Pro’s software includes a wide range of options that the Razer BlackShark V2 X 7.1 virtual surround sound tools do not offer.
With BlackShark V2 Pro, you get separate 10-band equalizers that are designed for both playback and recording. You will also get toggles and sliders for Sound Normalization, Bass Boost, Voice Clarity, Voice Gate, Ambient Noise Reduction, and Mic Volume Normalization.’
For efficient power saving, you also get a slider that allows you to set the power saving time limit. The THX settings automatically apply THX Spatial Audio and apply preset profiles on every game and app.
Razer Blackshark V2 Pro – Comfort
We would give top marks to the Razer Blackshark V2 Pro when it comes to comfort and wearability. The Flowknit Memory Foam Ear cushions and headband feels soft and comfortable around the head and ears. Thus it significantly improves wearability. The Flowknit Memory Foam also improves breathability and minimises sweating and heat build-up.
The Razer Blackshark V2 Pro offers the perfect balance between comfort and fit. It wraps perfectly around the ears and skull; it never feels too tired or too loose around the head. It is also not too heavy (only 320g). For all these reasons, the Razer Blackshark V2 Pro is excellent for pro gamers as they can wear it for hours without feeling any pressure or tiredness.
Razer BlackShark V2 Pro – Microphone
BlackShark V2 Pro’s RAZER™ Hyperclear Supercardioid Mic is far better than the BlackShark V2 X’s mic, especially if you talk about noise cancellation, thus significantly improving the recording quality.
The detachable 9.9mm mic adds value to BlackShark V2 Pro; however, to get the most out of the headset and its mic, we recommend using the Synapse software and adjusting the settings until you find a sound profile that you are satisfied with.
Although we are highly impressed with the mic recording quality of BlackShark V2 Pro, however, do not expect the quality to be as deep and warm as compared to a standalone mic. If you are looking for a mic for professional-level audio recording or streaming, then don’t rely on BlackShark V2 Pro’s mic and invest in a reliable standalone one.
Razer BlackShark V2 Pro – Battery Life
The Razer Blackshark V2 Pro claims to offer an impressive 24-hour battery life. Is that true? Well, it mainly depends on your usage! If you continually use it for several hours, that battery life decreases to 20-22 hours. We highly recommend you plug it in the charger before it dies because you will face constant disconnection issues if you use it plugged in at 0%.
Keep in mind that the headset does not have a battery indicator, so you will not be able to estimate how much battery power and time you are left with.
Razer BlackShark V2 Pro – Why Do We Recommend It
Premium wireless gaming headset
The BlackShark V2 Pro is priced at $179.99 (£179, AU$299), so there’s a lot to expect, and it mostly delivers. You get a fantastic audio experience, thanks to the high-quality construction and sound clarity. It’s even better if you enable THX Spatial Audio and sonic richness.
Gaming headset With An Exceptional Battery Life
The wireless battery lasts 24 hours, and a full charge only takes up to three hours.
The Ability to Fine-Tune the Audio Experience
The fine-tuning available through Razer’s Synapse app is adequate. Using THX Spatial Audio expands customization even further.
The Razer Blackshark V2 Pro has a significant number of pros and a few cons. The biggest pro is the sound quality of the surround sound headset, which makes Blackshark V2 Pro excellent for both gaming and listening to music. The mic quality is also impressive, especially the voice recording quality. The memory foam ear cushions and headband ensure a surprisingly comfortable and snug fit, which makes Blackshark V2 Pro perfect for pro gamers.
All in all, the Razer Blackshark V2 Pro is comparatively better than the BlackShark V2 X; however, if you are looking for a budget-friendly option, we recommend you stick to the BlackShark V2 X.
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