Only a few weeks after marketing the Razer BlackShark V2, Razer is already launching a new version of its successful headset. As the name doesn’t necessarily suggest, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is primarily a wireless evolution of the model we were testing.
Elegant, remarkable finishes
Unsurprisingly, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro largely incorporates the design and general aesthetics of the BlackShark V2. The latter rests directly on the skull, through a very comfortable thick padded foam. From this point of view, there is nothing to complain about. Razer has done a very good job.
A foam that also seems designed to last, even if it is always delicate on a test of this type – we have been using the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro for three weeks – to speak of lifespan. The same type of foam is used for the padding of the ear cups and, again, the comfort is very appreciable.
In addition, the correct size of the ear cups and foams ensures that the set is suitable for all players. I a little regret however for the adjustment. It is of course possible to adjust the height of the ear cups – moreover very flexibly – however, no rotating hinge allows the ear cups to be rotated.
Headsets “connected” by an audio cable which, a notable change compared to the Razer BlackShark V2, goes black here. In fact, since it does not integrate any RGB lighting, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is completely black, particularly discreet. Obviously, given the type of headphones – a circum-aural that includes the ears – the new Razer is relatively bulky, but nothing really exceptional and, on the contrary, we appreciate that the manufacturer has managed to limit the weight of its sound. product: at 320 grams, it is one of the lightest cordless models on the market.
Finally, as on the Razer BlackShark V2, the right earpiece is devoid of functionality while the left one integrates the socket to connect the flexible boom of the microphone. On this same headset, we find the microphone activation / mute button as well as the power button and the USB-C socket to recharge the beast in addition to a 3.5 mm jack connector for those who want the use it in wired mode. On the side of the headset this time, we find the same large volume button, characteristic of the range, very pleasant to handle.
Complete on PC, less on consoles
Like its predecessor, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro has certified PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Switch compatible by Razer. In fact, it can also work on mobiles or any device accepting a 3.5 mm jack connector. The problem, like many of its competitors, the manufacturer is not entirely clear on what actually works. So, the wireless mode works perfectly on PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4 as well as – perhaps we couldn’t verify – on Switch. On the other hand, obviously impossible to make it work on mobiles, the wireless works via a 2.4 GHz USB dongle: no Bluetooth on the menu.
Razer is emphasizing the THX Spatial Audio feature which is intended to improve the spatialization effects of sound, especially in games, but which only works on PC, perhaps also on Mac. Limitations that do not detract from the qualities of the product, but must be taken into consideration at the time of purchase. On PC, activation of THX Spatial Audio is done through Razer Synapse software or from Windows. The software is not absolutely essential for the headset to be operational, but it greatly simplifies the settings.
This is how it incorporates an equalizer and sound “enhancement” functions that include bass boost, sound normalization, and vocal clarity. An energy-saving system is also part of the game: it puts the headset on standby in the event of prolonged inactivity to preserve the battery. Checked by us, it lasts more than 24 hours: we use it at low volume, however. Finally, note that the microphone part is not left out. There, equalizer and volume are complemented by “volume normalization”, “vocal clarity” and “ambient noise reduction”, three very useful options.
What about audio reproduction?
Last August, we really appreciated the audio rendering of the Razer BlackShark V2, and, unsurprisingly, Razer is at least on par with the wireless version today. Let’s quickly get over the case of 7.1 spatialization authorized by THX Spatial Audio. Razer offers predefined profiles for a series of the most popular games of the moment, such as Apex Legends, CoD: Modern Warfare, CS: GO, or Valiant. We once again mainly tested the thing on Red Dead Redemption 2 and Horizon Zero Dawn. The “general” atmosphere clearly benefits from this spatialization.
Note, however, that at the heart of the action, the result is less flattering. Determining precisely where a particular shot was coming from is not as straightforward as Razer might suggest. Let’s say that it depends above all on the rhythm of the game: on relatively “laid-back” titles, it works really well, but when the action is frantic, we find the “rough” aspect of simple stereo a little better despite all. When listening more to “cinema”, there is a real improvement compared to a 2.0 headset. However, we should not hope to find the qualities of a true 5.1 ensemble.
More generally and as was the case with the Razer BlackShark V2, we still have to do here with a slight preponderance of bass on the rest of the spectrum. Let’s say that the helmet has a “safe”, that the proposed orchestrations play less of the finesse card. However, let’s not force the line and, calm, on an album such as Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits, we still enjoy a very good sound.
Simply, given the price of the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro, we could have wished for even more clarity, finesse. On the other hand, let us underline two points: the sound insulation is of a very good level and the microphone pickup is remarkable. In either case, we do not feel any improvement over the Razer BlackShark V2, but the latter was already excellent.
Expensive, but as convenient as it is effective
After a few weeks with the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro in the hands – or rather on the head – we must underline the very good work done by Razer. This is not really a surprise since the wired version had already convinced us. We will note all the same that Razer once again favors what we can call “the big sound”, but that it is possible to adjust things well.
Once is not customary, the THX spatialization is interesting and, gaming requires, the capture of the impeccable microphone. Note especially the excellent performance of wireless mode, the main advantage of this model: the battery lasts more than 24 hours and latency is non-existent. Finally, particularly comfortable once on the head, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is one of the most discreet wireless models that we have had in our hands. There remains the question of the price – nearly $160 – which may deter many players. Up to you.
We Liked :
- Quality of finish and remarkable design
- Very practical this volume wheel
- Wireless, wired USB, or jack: the choice is yours
- Flexible and detachable microphone
- Powerful audio rendering, emphasizing the spectacular
- Comfortable, effective insulation
- Microphone pickup quality Relatively light for wireless
We Didn’t Like :
- Sound insulation at Razer BlackShark V2
- An expensive product, even for wireless
- A (small) weakness in the treble
- We lose features on consoles
Technical Sheet of Razer BlackShark V2 Pro :
- Weight: 320g
- Connection: Wireless (2.4 GHz), wired USB or 3.5 mm jack (1.3 meters)
- Autonomy: about 24 hours
- Drivers: dynamic, Razer TriForce Titanium 50mm
- Headphone shape: circum-aural
- Sound spatialization: THX Spatial Audio (7.1)
- Frequency response : 12 Hz – 28,000 Hz
- Microphone: yes, flexible and detachable
- Microphone frequency response : 100Hz – 10,000Hz
- Noise reduction: passive Warranty: 2 years