STEREO GUIDE Verdict
+ Gigantic battery life
+ Excellent acoustics
+ Great wearing comfort
+ High quality processing
+ Extremely solid microphone
- Software could be better
Sound: Tonal balance / Transparency9
Sound: Bass / Dynamics9.4
Sound: Spatial imaging8.4
Ease-of-use / Connectivity9.2
Price / Performance8.4
A top-of-the-line e-sports gaming headset – the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro, offers a professional e-sports repertoire through precise acoustics and virtually latency-free response speed. With a recommended price of just under 200 Euros, the wireless headset is a bit more expensive than some competitors, but it offers high-quality performance in return.
Comfort and processing
The expensive processing, in which a lot of aluminum was used, and a particularly pleasant size adjustment make the BlackShark V2 Pro a very high-quality product. Weighing 320g, it’s light enough to sit comfortably even after several hours of play. This is especially made possible by the high-quality mesh ear pads, which fit really comfortably to the head. And they promote the Razers’ high passive noise reduction. The design is more on the professional side, clean and without excessive bells and whistles. Here, lighting is deliberately omitted, which might surprise some Razer fans.
Software and battery of the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro
Although the free Razer Synapse app for Mac and Windows PCs is known for its extensive software infrastructure, it falls a bit short with this headset. After buying the BlackShark V2 Pro, you can simply use a single new window for this wireless gaming headset. At least: The options for adjusting the sound and designing sound profiles in the audio equalizer are extensively designed. However, the option to adjust the microphone’s volume and assign other functions to the headset’s audio control is missing. However, the software introduces a single special feature, game profiles: not only can presets for the equalizer be saved, but they can also be assigned to each game individually. You would automatically have more highs in a shooter, but again more lows in a horror game. This is made possible because Razer Synapse can detect which game you are playing.
Furthermore, the BlackShark V2 Pro scores with its battery life. At 70 hours, it lasts a surprisingly long time and doesn’t let you down, even during the longest gaming sessions. Charging is convenient via USB-C and only three hours are needed for a full battery. So after just 15 minutes of charging, you get a full six hours of cordless use!
Wireless headset connectivity
Supplied with USB dongle for radio transmission, BlackShark V2 Pro provides a stable wireless 2.4 GHz connection. This applies to both the PC and consoles like the Sony PS5 or Microsoft XBox. In addition, the headset for e-sports professionals supports the Bluetooth standard 5.2. Despite this high connectivity, this feature is strangely hardly advertised. After all, it is one of the main features of numerous competitors that do not offer much more compatibility, though. But regardless of this, Bluetooth provides a convenient and uncomplicated connection with almost any device.
Sound and microphone
The sound of this headset with its stately 50 mm diameter TriForce Titanium transducers is impressive. With 7.1 surround through THX Spatial Audio and dry, rather slim bass, the BlackShark V2 Pro delivers excellent sound quality. Whether you want to track down the enemy in your favorite game with good spatial tracking or just listen to music, this headset does not disappoint. I especially find the clarity excellent here, as sounds rarely distort and emerge crystal clear.
The Razer Hyperclear Super Wideband microphone is just as convincing. It is detachable and comes with a separate pop shield, which ensures high voice quality overall. With a Mute button and a Profile Switch button plus eye-catching audio controls, the BlackShark V2 Pro offers easy and intuitive handling. The clarity of one’s own voice surpasses many competitors, but you can still feel that the voice is still lacking a bit for perfection. However, this level hits the sore spot of video games. In team chats, the user’s own microphone quality is heavily compressed anyway to save data traffic.
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Test conclusionand alternatives Razer BlackShark V2 Pro
With the BlackShark V2 Pro, Razer delivers a headset that primarily focuses on comfort and sound quality. Despite small weaknesses in the software and the missing illumination, the headset convinces with its excellent workmanship, great wearing comfort and the impressive sound. It’s important to keep in mind that the lack of lighting is what makes this tremendous battery life possible in the first place. So the target audience of e-sports professionals should be looking at this headset more for something serious, or professional. Thus, if your own focus is also on the pure performance of the headphones, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is a fantastic choice. Compared to the JBL Quantum 910, also reviewed by STEREO GUIDE, you don’t get tons of features for the similar price, but you do get phenomenal performance, convenience and connectivity.
Technical specifications Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023)
- Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: 200 Euro
- Type: Over-Ear
- Transducer principle: Dynamic
- Weight: 320 g
- Features: TriForce Titanium 50 mm drivers, HyperClear Supercardioid detachable microphone, Ultra-soft FlowKnit memory foam ear cushions, passive noise cancellation, THX Spatial Audio.
- more at: www.razer.com/blackshark-v2-pro
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