With the Nari Ultimate, Razer take their already impressive gaming cans and add “HyperSense” haptic feedback. It’s kind of like strapping a subwoofer to your head!
Thankfully though, they don’t weigh nearly as much as even a half-decent sub, even though they’re chunkier than most headsets. While they do have a bit of heft to them, we’ve spent many hours on end with the Razer Nari Ultimate and never succumbed to headset fatigue.
If you’re looking at that word “haptic” suspiciously, it basically means that as well as delivering thumping sound, the Nari Ultimate literally vibrates to sound that passes through it – much like the vibration function on most modern games controllers.
They can really add a whole new dimension to gaming. We tried them out on a few shooters, and quickly grew to revel in the satisfying thud upon our head whenever letting off a shot. Where they really excelled though, for us at least, was in rhythm games. We sampled everything from Lumines Remastered through to Superbeat Xonic via a bit of Hatsune Miku, and beyond feeling the music more, the virbrations also helped us in maintaining the beat. Yes, despite our love of such games, we’re somewhat rhytmically challenged. But hey, practice makes perfect, right?
It isn’t always completely successful though, especially when the likes of dialogue cutscenes rumble upon your head.
The vibes from the Nari Ultimate aren’t just limited to games, as you can play anything through them – movies, music, podcasts, YouTube – and the same system applies, and all with no need to fiddle about with software drivers. Want to turn off the rumble? Just don’t power the headset on. Simple!
“They can really add a whole new dimension to gaming. “
Obviously there’s more to the Nari Ultimate than just the vibrations though.
Being a gaming headset, comfort is important, and the gel-filled (or “infused”, according to the promotional blurb) earcups are nice and comfy – plus, they don’t freak out when the user wears glasses, which was handy for this glasses-wearing user. The headband automagically adjusts neatly to the individual wearer’s bonce, and little touches like the swivelling earcups are handy when you take them off, as they tend to sit wherever you put them neatly.
Then there’s the ergonomics of the microphone. It’s bendy, and retracts almost entirely into the unit when not in use. Those prepared to listen to us claimed it provided great clarity, and in use there’s a light to remind you when the mic’s muted – neat.
The Nari Ultimate can be used either wired or wirelessly, and the latter is accomplished neatly via a USB dongle that’s housed within the unit when not in use. Razer’s PC-based one-stop Synapse software is also included, and allows all manner of adjustments, plus the ability to utilise THX Spatial Audio. This functionality is lost on other formats though.
Charging is via Micro-USB – USB-C would have been infinitely more preferable – and these things remain charged for a very decent period of time, like up to around eight hours.
With the Nari Ultimate, Razer have managed to bring something new to the very cluttered gaming headset table. We’ll leave you with a hot tip: If you want a really pleasant neck massage, drop them to your shoulders, ramp the volume and put on something by the Chemical Brothers. You can thank us later.