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Razer BlackShark V2 Review Rundown

Razer Inc.Published on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Razer BlackShark V2 7.1-Channel Over-Ear Gaming Headset
Neoscore* 79%
  • Excellent sound quality with THX Spatial Audio and microphone settings
  • ThX Game Profiles allow you to tweak EQ settings for every game individually
  • A bit bulky for a gaming headset

Summary

Razer BlackShark V2 gaming headset offers excellent audio and microphone quality, loads of software features and options, and a light, comfortable fit. It lacks the bulk of the features from the Kraken while offering powerful surround sound thanks to a 7.1-channel USB sound card and software-based THX Spatial Audio. With the sound card connected, you can use Razer Synapse to adjust the headset's various audio settings and enable THXSpatial Audio simulated surround sound.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The Razer BlackShark V2 is better in enough meaningful ways to make it worth spending the extra bucks. The V2's earcups use memory foam cushioning, but the V2 X's covers aren't breathable. Both models have analog jacks so you can use them with a multitude of consoles and systems.
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Pros[**]
  • Better sound quality than previous models
  • Better noise cancellation than previous model
  • Comfortable earcups
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Razer BlackShark V2 combines quality audio with the much rarer solid mic performance. THX Game Profiles are easily the best feature of this headset. The $100 base price also makes this headset an outstanding value. There are plenty of cheaper models, including the $60 V2 X.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Good mic and audio quality
  • Good game profiles
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre mic quality

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Razer BlackShark V2 provides expansive, detailed sound within its range. Razer worked with THX to create game-specific profiles for 18 popular competitive games. Hyperclear cardioid microphone is great at picking up my voice, but I had trouble finding the perfect spot where the boom picks up every sound.
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Pros[**]
  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Deep, software-based controls and customization
  • Excellent sound quality for the price
Cons[**]
  • Ear cups feel a little scratchy
  • Ear cups could be more durable

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Blackshark V2 is lighter and a bit less bulky than Razer's Kraken and Nari headsets. The USB sound card already provides 7.1-channel simulated surround sound. THX Spatial Audio adds additional processing and mixing to simulate 360-degree sound. The microphone has its own 10-band EQ with various presets.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful surround sound thanks to a 7.1-channel USB sound card and software-based THX Spatial Audio simulated surround sound
  • Excellent microphone
Cons[**]
  • Lacks a removable cable

rtings[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The Razer BlackShark V2 are a wired-only gaming-oriented headset. They come with a USB sound card and access to Razer's Synapse 3 software. Their detachable boom microphone can make your voice sound clear and understandable, even in noisier environments. You can use these headphones with your PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but they aren't compatible with Xbox One.
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Pros[**]
  • Compatible with Razer's Synapse 3 software
  • Attractive design
  • Comfortable fit
Cons[**]
  • USB sound card isn't compatible with Xbox One

tomsguide[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Razer Blackshark V2 is a sleek, comfortable little peripheral that costs $100. Unlike most Razer headsets, it isn't a bulky monster that could live only in a large gaming nook. It's not quite up to the level of a pair of dedicated audio headphones, but it's much, much better than I expected.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • ThX-engineered sound profiles
  • Comfortable fit
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomshardware[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
Razer's BlackShark V2 boasts a thinner braided cable, specifically a Razer Speedflex one that offers a lot of bend to fight cable drag. Audio sounded rich and layered, whether listening to the booming shots of a gun turn into ringing. THX Spatial Audio is supposed to deliver 360-degree audio that's more immersive than even virtual 7.1 surround sound.
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Pros[**]
  • Lightweight, lightweight design
  • ThX Spatial Audio virtual surround sound
  • Good mic and audio tweaking options
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Razer BlackShark V2 is one of the most complete packages of gaming headsets for the more professional gamers out there. With features such as the Triforce 50mm drivers and memory foam ear cushions, this is a very decent bit of kit. While it's certainly sturdy and well built, I can't help but think it's missing the usual looks that gamers might crave. While the out-of-the-box surround sound is pretty good, the Spatial Audio takes it to another level.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Solid build quality
  • Comfortable ear cups
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

2. ^ Razer BlackShark V2 Review: Premium headset, nice price. digitaltrends. 2020-08-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Razer BlackShark V2 Gaming Headset review. laptopmag. 2020-09-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Razer Blackshark V2 Review. pcmag. 2020-07-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Razer BlackShark V2 Headphones Review. rtings. 2020-08-27 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Razer Blackshark V2 review. tomsguide. 2020-07-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Razer BlackShark V2 Review: Airy Feel, Quality Sound. tomshardware. 2020-07-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Razer BlackShark V2 Review. trustedreviews. 2021-02-23 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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