The Razer Nari Ultimate is a solid headset for gamers with glasses, and includes latest features like haptic vibrations that allow customers to feel the sounds of their games. The retractable microphone is a nice touch, but it doesn’t do a greatest job of relaying voices clearly. Ultimately, the Nari Ultimate is pricey for what you get, but it’s a best choice for Razer fans. Here we will mentioned all the details in our Razer Nari Ultimate review.
The Razer Nari Ultimate is indeed ultimate with its inclusion of smart haptics that enables true gaming immersion never seen before. Razer’s Nari Ultimate is one of the first pc gaming headsets to offer technology that converts sound signals into dynamic tactile feedback. Essentially, the technology driving the Razer Nari Ultimate works to identify the shape and frequencies of sound waves to turn them into vibrant, lifelike effects that gamers can experience. although, that’s not all Razer Nari Ultimate offers in terms of immersive audio.
This wireless gaming headset too features THX Spatial Audio which simulates 360-degree surround sound. The ability to listen and react to audio above, behind or even under will undoubtedly provide you a competitive edge over your competition. The Razer Nari Ultimate too delivers in terms of comfort. The unibody aluminum frame is light enough to provide hours of comfortable gaming. The lightweight frame is complemented by high-density foam ear cups that strike the perfect balance between durability and noise isolation.
Razer Nari Ultimate review: Design
Overall, the design of the Razer Nari Ultimate isn’t too different from the Thresher series of consoles or the now well-established Krakens of yesteryear. So, expect big, padded ear cups that sit comfortably around your lobes, with hidden cooling pads to keep you cool in the warmer months. On top of that there’s an aluminum headband frame, to help provide strength, and a self-adjusting padded headband, to keep the top of your head comfortable.
However, the big parts of the party are the connectivity options included. You can connect via 2.4GHz wireless, analog with the included four-pole cable, and you can also connect via USB in pseudo-wired mode. wirelessly, allowing you to charge and listen to your cans at the same time, as long as the dongle is still plugged in. All in all a healthy package. It’s a little bulky, and maybe a bit heavier than we’d like, but overall the build quality is good.
Razer Nari Ultimate review: Comfort
While the Razer Nari Ultimate’s ear cups are basically big enough for elf ears, they’re pleasantly soft. Razer claimed to have created “recessed hidden eyeglass chains” to make it easier to wear glasses. It’s hard to tell from the outside if they exist, but we didn’t feel much pressure on our glasses while wearing them. We thought we were going to have a problem with the auto-adjusting headband, but the downshift is quite comfortable on our head. However, as mentioned before, the only issue we have is how loose the cups are and how easily they can slide back and forth on our head.
Connectivity and Charging
These over-ear headphones were designed for gaming. The result is that there is no “true wireless” functionality found here. The headphones are paired with a USB dongle that functions as a Bluetooth transmitters. This move makes sense, considering consoles like the PS4 don’t support most wireless headphones without a USB dongle. The dongle also helps with the AV lag that comes with many wireless headphones that only support SBC.
The problem this creates is that these headphones cannot connect wirelessly to devices without a USB port. This means that you cannot use these headphones to connect wirelessly to your phone. Fortunately, Razer has retained a 3.5mm jack on the headset, which means you can connect the headset to your phone using the included 3.5mm audio cable. We tested wireless connectivity on a PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Everything worked exceptionally well with no interruptions or lags.
Wireless connectivity works up to 12m, which is more than enough for even the largest gaming setups or living rooms. Battery life isn’t great, though. It would seem that the haptic feedback components take up some of the battery space. As a result, we got just over 8 hours of playtime before needing to recharge. By comparison, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 offers 24 hours of audio playback on a single charge.
Razer Nari Ultimate review: Noise Cancellation
With RGB and Hyper Sense disabled, the Nari Ultimate rivals SteelSeries Arctis’ superior battery life of 7-24 hours. However, turn them on strongly on the device, demand it at 8 am, which is really not great. It takes about 4 hours to bring it back to a full charge, which is quite a long time. Although it can’t match ANC headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM4, for example. It’s good enough to drown out lesser noises like the sound of your sibling arguing in the other room or the low rumble of your air conditioner.
Razer Nari Ultimate review: Audio Performance
Ironically, Hyper Sense rumble works much better with music than it does with games. It synced beautifully with the bass drum of ONE OK ROCK’s “Be the Light,” which gave it an extra boost to the song. However, when we disabled Hyper Sense, we realized that the rumble distracted us from what were wrong with the sound The mix between tracks, especially guitar and vocals, sounded muddy and unrefined. On top of that, Hyper Sense doesn’t sync well with every song. While listening to Gorillaz “Feel Good Inc,” the rumble kicked in at the most awkward moments of the chorus, and with more intensity than needed.
When we disabled Hyper Sense, the treble and bass in the chorus just weren’t as punchy as we expected. We found our self turning up the volume just to make out some of the beats. Despite this, THX surround sound captured the acoustic guitar emanating right behind us. The Hyper Sense was hit and miss while we were listening to Jonathan Young’s cover of “Unravel”.
We could hear the drums and feel the rumble syncing to it at the same time, while the other two songs we got without each other. On the other hand, the Hyper Sense inexplicability kicked in during the song’s intro, as we guess it’s due to a mix of guitar and electronic beats. Between its epic guitar riffs and intense vocals, Unravel is the perfect pumping song, but we didn’t feel any of that when we turned off Hyper Sense, as every track mixed with barely any bass or treble brought into play.
Razer Nari Ultimate review: Battery Life
With RGB and Hyper Sense disabled, the Nari Ultimate rivals the superior battery life of the SteelSeries Arctis 7 to 24 hours. However, turning them on takes a heavy toll on the device, reducing it to 8 hours, which really isn’t great. It takes about 4 hours to bring it back to full charge, which is quite a long time.
Price and availability
We’re going to keep this segment short, because, to be fair, there’s not much to say. It’s $200 / £200 / AU$250 for these beauties. On the surface at least, that’s a pretty respectable price for a wireless headset with eight hours of battery life. Not amazing, but impressive.
Add to that all the other features buried in this baby, and it’s actually quite affordable. We should note that our initial test sample had an issue disabling haptic feedback or changing the RGB lighting color. Razer informed us that this issue only affected early pre-production units. We have tested these features on final retail models and the issue has been resolved.
The Razer Nari Ultimate are suitable for wireless gaming. They are fully compatible with PCs as well as PS4 and PS5 consoles when using the included wireless USB receiver. They have very low latency and are comfortable enough to wear for a while without causing too much fatigue. They have plenty of customization options through the Razer Synapse app and their microphone offers decent overall performance.