A great gaming headset gets upgraded.
The Razer BlackShark V2 offered a great sound output that’s also comfortable to wear. But since it’s a wired headset, you’re still tethered to your PC when it’s in use. Enter the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro, a wireless variant that retains the best parts of the BlackShark V2 and actually performs better.
From the outside, the BlackShark V2 Pro doesn’t have a loud design typical of some gaming headsets. The black matte finish on the earcups is great (and is held by cool-looking Y-shaped metal) is complemented by the leather headband that comes with memory foam for a snug fit when you’re wearing it.
The overall built of the BlackShark V2 Pro makes it light, meaning that it is comfortable enough to be worn over long periods. This works well if you’re planning to have long gaming sessions and not worry about how heavy the headset will feel after a few hours.
The left earbud houses all of the BlackShark V2 Pro’s physical controls that include a volume knob, the power and mute buttons, microphone and headset input plus the micro USB port used for charging. The BlackShark V2 Pro includes a detachable microphone, which I actually prefer since I can keep it away when it is not in use.
The BlackShark V2 Pro is primarily made for PCs, but it’s also compatible with game consoles and even other devices since it also includes a 3.5 mm cable if you prefer a wired connection. For wireless connectivity, it uses a receiver that conveniently connects via USB. While it was easy to make Bluetooth the default connection for the BlackShark V2 Pro, having the USB receiver means the headphones can offer THX Spatial Audio processing that’s part of the Razer Synapse software. Note that THX Spatial Audio only works with a wireless connection.
Much of the configurations are available on Razer Synapse, which also includes changing the 10-band EQ along with tweaks on the bass and sound output. Even the microphone offers vocal clarity and ambient noise reduction, which can highlight your voice even when you’re in a noisy environment.
I initially charged the BlackShark V2 Pro for a couple of hours, and Razer said that a full charge can last up to 24 hours. The micro USB connection is good, though I would’ve preferred if it used USB-C so I don’t have to keep a separate cable. The package also comes with a soft cloth bag for storing the headphones when not in use.
I hooked up the BlackShark V2 Pro to any device I can think of that supports it, including a PC and a PS4. For music, the headphones delivered a satisfying audio output, offering a solid bass plus crisp sounding vocals.
Of course, games is where the BlackShark V2 Pro excels. Playing Left 4 Dead, Fornite, and a bit of Resident Evil, it perfectly captured the different atmospheres offered by the games. I wasn’t convinced when I read what THX Spatial Audio can do, but upon experiencing it definitely made a difference. The simulated surround sound provided precise detail, especially for horror games which at times made my look at my back.
The microphone also works well, and not once did we hear any distortions when talking into it. It’s even good enough to be used for recording or even for podcasting.
Overall, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro delivers on all fronts as one of the best wireless gaming headsets we’ve tested. Its performance is great, and the added features are something worth experiencing. Highly recommended.
+ Great sound output
+ Comfortable to wear for long periods
+ THX Spatial Audio works great
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Final Rating: 4.5/5