Razer claim that their latest wired headset, the Blackshark V2, is “the definitive esports gaming headset”. We put it through its paces to see if they’re on the money with that lofty claim.

Short answer? Yes, Razer really deliver with this affordable yet feature-packed headset.

Our first benchmark for a good headset is comfort, especially when having it mounted upon our bonce for extended gaming sessions. The Blackshark V2’s fully closed ear cushions are crafted from incredibly soft memory foam covered by leatherette, and they fit super comfortably either with or without glasses. Claims of them being crafted from a breathable fabric are borne out by a lack of sweatiness after long periods of use. So far, so good.

You could have the comfiest headset in the world but it could sound crap, which would kind of defy the point. We’re happy to assure you that Razer’s Blackshark V2’s most certainly don’t sound crap.

Packed inside are proprietary 50mm “Tri-Force Titanium” drivers. These are divided into three parts to supply highs, mids and lows that can be individually tuned via Razer’s Synapse 3 software. The result is a pleasing mix of powerful bass and bright treble. The software also allows access to game-specific THX Spatial Audio presets for several games, via the USB sound card that is included. At launch these include the likes of Apex Legends, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, CS:GO, DOOM Eternal, Call of Duty: Warzone and more, with extra titles to be added over time.

Razer Blackshark V2

Of course, being marketed as an esports headset, the mic is almost as important as the sound. The Blackshark V2 comes with a handy cardioid mic that, joy of joys, is removable if you’re in the mood to just listen. Its sound can also be tuned within the Synapse 3 software, so if you dislike your voice you have options to improve it to some degree.

Added to these features are an easily found rotating volume knob on the left earpiece, accompanied by a handy mic mute button. Plus it all comes in a very natty cloth bag, as pictured above.

The Razer Blackshark V2 is compatible with anything that has a 3.5mm headphone jack, as the USB card is removable. So, whether you’re a PC or console player, or even get your fun from mobile games, there’s no reason not to have affordable, kick-butt sound filling your ears.

The Razer Blackshark V2 wired headset is available now.

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