After spending some time with the Razer BlackShark V2 there really is a lot to like. First it is a big step away from the big gaming headsets we are used to seeing from Razer. The headset has more of an aviator design with its oval earcups and it only weighs in at 262g so it is definitely on the lighter side. Razer has gone with a much more subtle look too as most of the headset is matte black with slight green accents on the Razer logos.
Not only does the headset look good, but it is very comfortable. Both the earcups and the headband feature memory foam covered by mesh. I honestly did not think I was going to be a fan of the mesh, but I actually ended up enjoying it. Even after 3+ hour long gaming sessions my ears felt fine and there was no strain on my head from the headband either. The mesh actually does a pretty good job at blocking out outside noise too.
When it comes to audio the BlackShark V2 is definitely a gaming headset before anything else. This is very noticeable as the bass of the headset is turned down quite a lot. This allows you to hear enemies much better. The best selling point of the headset is of course the THX Spatial audio. It is the best virtual surround sound that I have used on a gaming headset. Honestly it is night and day compared to other headsets. It is so good that while playing Apex Legends I can hear enemies trying to sneak up on me and I can pin-point where they are. If you are a competitive gamer this headset should be on your radar as it is that good at identifying enemies and knowing where they are coming from. A bonus is that if your game supports the new THX Competitive Mode and THX Environmental Mode you’ll get even better audio clarity for in-game sounds. Both Apex Legends and Call of Duty Warzone support these modes.
Razer’s Synapse software gives you a lot of different options to really tune this headset to your liking. You have a full equalizer for both the headset and microphone, you can select which THX modes different games / applications use, set a voice gate for the microphone, and much more.
One do not like about this headset is the microphone. It has that typical compressed gaming headset microphone sound, which is good enough for in-game communications and Zoom calls, but if you are recording yourself or doing any type of streaming you are definitely going to want to get a dedicated microphone. Also the metal wire pieces that hold the earcups in place do not seem like they are the strongest. If the headset has a weak point that is it as they could get bent pretty easily.
Right now you can pick up the Razer BlackShark V2 at our favorite online retailer for $99.99, which we feel is a very fair price for what you are getting. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Razer BlackShark V2 Gaming Headset a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
– THX Spatial audio is amazing
– New THX modes
– Not overly large
– Sleek design
– Very comfortable
– Lots of options in the software
– Microphone quality is not the best
– Metal wire pieces could be a weak point