Razer Black Shark V2 Pro Review
Pros: Comfortable, wireless, good sound quality
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|Pros||Comfortable, wireless, good sound quality||Awesome haptics, great bass, plush ear cup padding, removable mic||Flip to mute mic, great mid and treble sound quality, replaceable cord, removable mic, closed back||Flip to mute mic, sturdy build, comfortable ear cups||Inexpensive, exceptional microphone quality|
|Cons||Expensive||Cord is stiff, cord can't be removed||Short cable, mic could be more adjustable||Can get hot, headband relatively difficult to adjust||Not the most comfortable, sound quality could be bette|
|Bottom Line||If you are looking to cut the cord when it comes to your headset, this is a good bet||This headset offers great sound quality, awesome haptic feedback, and comfort to keep you in the saddle for hours on end||An all-around awesome headset, but if you want noise canceling, this isn't the device for you||An all-around decent quality wireless headset that performs above average while costing less than average||This headset has a great mic and offers strong value for more limited budgets|
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|Ease of Use (10%)|
|Specs||Razer Black Shark V...||Kraken V3 HyperSense||EPOS H6 Pro||Corsair HS80 RGB Wi...||Kingston HyperX Clo...|
|Measured cable length||Wireless
charging cable is 5 ft
|USB-A: 6ft 5in||3.5mm is 4ft 5in||Wireless
charging cable is 6ft
|How to mute the mic||Button||Toggle||Lift mic||Lift||Lift mic|
|Measured weight||11-3/8 oz||13 oz||11.4 oz||12.8 oz||9-1/2 oz|
|Measured ear cushion size||1-3/4" X 2-1/2"||1" x 7/8"||7/8" x 1"||1" x 1"||1-5/8" X 2-9/16"|
|Ear cup shape||Oval||Oval||Oval||Oval||Oval|
|Ear cup fabric type||Flowknit similar to microfiber mesh||Memory foam, leatherette, cooling mesh||microfiber fabric||Microfiber fabric||Leatherette|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Like most of the wireless headsets out there, the Black Shark V2 Pro is a bit more expensive than wired models, retailing for a bit more than some of the top-tier wired models we have tested.
We started off our review by rating and scoring how comfortable each of these gaming headsets are to wear, looking at the hours our judges were content to wear each product, the headband, and the earcups to determine scores. The Black Shark V2 Pro did very well, meriting one of the better scores we have seen out of any of the headsets that we have tested.
Just about all of our judges were more than happy to wear the Black Shark V2 Pro for a full workday — or even longer. It's a great choice for marathon gaming sessions and definitely one of our favorites overall in this metric.
The headband on this headset is made from "Flowknit" — a material akin to a microfiber mesh in our minds. It's super soft and feels great, making the headband comfortable enough to easily forget about it over longer gaming sessions. The ear cups are nice and roomy — approximately 1.75" x 2.5" — and have soft foam padding. They are covered with the same "Flowknit" material but the opening size for the ear cups is a bit small, usually contacting your ears more than other models when putting them on or taking them off. However, they have ample space for most people once you have them on.
Our next set of assessments focused on the quality of the sound coming through the speakers on each headset, focusing on how other players' voices, in-game sound effects, and music sounded. The Black Shark V2 Pro didn't quite compare to the top-tier models but held its own, earning one of the better scores of the group.
Other players' voices are very clear and easy to understand, with considerably more depth to them and an in-person feel than many of the other models we have tested. This headset has a closed-back design, which does an alright job of muffling background noises, doing a bit better with constant noises like a fan than music or TV.
This headset also did fairly well in our trio of audio benchmarking tests: bass quality, parasitic buzz, and driver matching. We only found a minuscule amount of driver deviation towards the end of the test and we found it very easy to discern the location of sounds in the binaural test. This also held true during real-world play, with our testers able to zero in on the location of in-game sounds with almost perfect accuracy. We did notice a tiny bit more buzz in the mid frequencies than some other models but it was minimal at most.
However, we did find that soundtracks or music didn't sound the best on this headset — at least when using the THX Spatial Audio setting. The bass felt a little weak and the mid ranges can get washed out. Fortunately, we found the music sounded quite a bit better when we played with the equalizer settings and switched it to Stereo mode.
Our next round of tests looked at how well the Black Shark V2 Pro did at picking up our voices. We looked at the quality of our conversations as rated by other players, as well as how well the microphone did at filtering out external background noises. The Black Shark V2 Pro again did very well, similar to its performance in sound quality.
Overall, we found that this headset tends to highlight the bass tones in your voice which makes it actually sound more full, albeit a bit deeper than in real-life. It wasn't overly sibilant and doesn't make hard consonants, like in "ten" or "test" sound overly harsh.
We also like that this headset does a good job of cutting down side conversations, essentially filtering them out entirely if the speaker is more than 10' away from you. However, it does tend to pick up background noises that are close to you, like if you are eating or typing on a loud mechanical keyboard. It also can make a somewhat starting sound when unmuting if you have been muted for a while.
Ease of Use
Our last set of tests looked at how easy and convenient to operate this headset is. Overall, we felt it did alright, earning it a score just above average.
We like that there is no set necessary for this headset — it is essentially plug-and-play. It has onboard controls to mute the mic and adjust the volume, as well as a power switch. The volume knob does stick out a little bit but not enough to be inconvenient in our opinion.
You press a button on the left ear cup to mute the mic, which is also detachable. You also can enable a mic sidetone and adjust the amount. However, we did find the included charging cable to be a little on the short side at 5'.
Unfortunately, we don't think the Black Shark V2 Pro is a good bargain option. Wireless headsets usually cost considerably more than their wired counterparts, so if you are shopping with the best bang for your buck in mind, then we would suggest sticking with a corded model.
The Black Shark V2 Pro one of our all-around favorite wireless headset and we think its worth considering it your looking to cut the cord. It has solid sound and microphone quality and is one of the more comfortable models we have tested, all with the added convenience of being cordless.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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