Razer BlackShark V2 Pro gaming headsets focus primarily on three attributes: positional audio, clear communication, and noise cancellation. In pro-level Esports gaming, these factors are incredibly important to maintain a competitive edge.
The new Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is one of the best PC gaming headsets on the market, outperforming its predecessors with TriForce Titanium 50mm drivers, HyperClear Supercardioid detachable microphone, ultra-soft FlowKnit Memory Foam ear cushions, passive noise cancellation, and THX Spatial Audio for surround sound. The feature-rich BlackShark V2 Pro offers wireless capabilities in addition to 24 hours of battery life. Audio latency is almost non-existent and sound quality remains consistent thanks to Razer’s HyperSpeed 2.4GHz connectivity.
The BlackShark V2 Pro weighs just 320g, 58g heavier than its wired counterpart, which includes everything included in the standard V2 along with the additional wireless features. The extra weight is not noticeable at all. Wearing the headset is very comfortable thanks to the adjustable frame, which has a solid structure. When you move around with the BlackShark V2 Pro, you don’t have to make many adjustments as the headset sits firmly on your head. The FlowKnit memory foam ear cups and headband pad make both short and long gaming sessions a comfortable experience.
Setup is pretty simple as well. Once the Razer HyperSpeed 2.4GHz USB dongle is plugged in, simply hold down the power button until the headset is connected. The left ear cup also has a volume control that snaps halfway up, making it intuitive to adjust the volume. A micro-USB port for charging, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microphone switch are also located in the left shell.
A small status indicator serves as a notification for connection confirmation and battery status. Unfortunately, there is no real way to determine the remaining battery life, other than the light flashing red at 30 percent and red at 10 percent. Razer’s Synapse app is the only way to get a real idea of how much charge is left. It is represented by a small graph that lacks any sort of percentage indicator. Fortunately, the battery can be fully charged in about three hours during intensive use, which equates to 24 hours of runtime. There is also an automatic energy-saving mode that turns the headset off after several adjustable minutes.
Whether in single or multiplayer mode, wired or wireless, the BlackShark V2 Pro shines. Passive noise cancellation from the FlowKnit memory foam ear cushions specifically reduces outside noise. Audio settings can be adjusted via the Synapse app’s audio interface, such as the equalizer and bass boost. Overall music enjoyment comes with clear mids and bass to go along with whatever the listener dictates.
Those willing to download the separate THX Spatial app will be pleased, as this is the only way to take advantage of the 7.1 surround sound. Games that specifically support this option, like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Doom Eternal, sound even better. The amount of fine-tuning that can be done from the customizable equalizer to the surround sound collaboration tool is remarkable. Support for other audio output devices is a big plus. It’s a shame that it only works on the PC. Although the headset’s wireless receiver works on Playstation 4, Xbox One users will have to use the audio jack.
The BlackShark V2 Pro is one of the best gaming headsets for esports that money can buy. Sound quality is excellent across the board, from gaming to general music listening, giving users who want to get the most out of their headset a touch of versatility. And for the price you pay, that’s not much of a claim. THX’s Spatial Audio adds a lot to the listening experience if users are willing to pay the extra for it. For a wireless headset, the battery life is more than adequate. PC gamers looking for a high-quality headset may have found their audio champion.