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Razer BlackShark V2 gaming headset review

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Quick verdict: The Razer BlackShark V2 delivers top-tier audio quality in a supremely comfortable package, and all for a very reasonable price.

  • Clear and powerful sound with support for THX Spatial Audio
  • Ultra-light design is tremendously comfortable
  • Plenty of settings to tweak
  • Headband is non-adjustable
  • Headset volume is distinct from system volume

Razer has spent the last couple of years revamping many of its popular products, releasing refreshed models like the Razer Ornata V2 and Razer Basilisk V2 with updated designs and improved technology to better meet modern needs and expectations. Latest in this line of refreshes is the Razer BlackShark V2, a wired, surround sound gaming headset that shares little more than a name with its 2012 predecessor.

The BlackShark V2 sells itself as an esports headset, but its appeal extends far beyond professional gamers. By combining comfort and performance in an attractive, well-priced package, the BlackShark V2 represents one of the best-value propositions in the entire gaming headset space.


Design

Design

  • Ultra-light frame remains comfortable over long gaming sessions
  • Breathable fabric keeps your ears cool and dry
  • Reassuringly durable despite its lightweight construction
Razer BlackShark V2 angled on desk

Performance

Performance

  • Triforce Titanium drivers produce crisp and powerful audio with impressive volume range
  • Excellent positional sound via THX Spatial Audio
  • HyperClear Cardioid mic delivers top-notch vocal clarity
Razer BlackShark V2 ear cup

Features

Features

  • Razer Synapse app provides a wealth of customisation options
  • Compatible with plenty of devices thanks to the 3.5mm connector
  • Volume dial is easier to adjust than a scroll wheel
Razer BlackShark V2 ear cushions

Should you buy the Razer BlackShark V2?

  • Buy it if you want a comfortable and powerful surround sound gaming headset at a great price
  • Don't buy it if you need the freedom of a wireless headset
Finder score: 4.5
How we score our reviews

With the BlackShark V2, Razer has reaffirmed why its such a prominent player in the gaming headset space. Sublime comfort, powerful audio and versatile customisation options combine to create a seriously compelling package, one that's even more attractive thanks to its reasonable price tag.

If you're looking for a gaming headset that delivers premium value on all fronts, the Razer BlackShark V2 won't let you down.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP $174.95

Where to buy


Specifications

Razer BlackShark V2
Finder score: 4.5

Build

Wired/Wireless
Wired
Weight
262g
Speaker Driver
50mm Titanium Triforcemm
Frequency Response
12Hz - 28kHz
Ear Cushion
Over-ear
Microphone Type
Unidirectional cardioid
Colours
Black
Sound Format
THX Spatial Audio

Connectivity

Connection Type
USB/3.5mm
Cable length
1.8m

Features

RGB Lighting
No
Detachable Microphone
Yes
On-headset Controls
Volume, Mute

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