Shut out the sounds around you and concentrate on gaming with this Razer Blackshark gaming headset. Mimicking the look of a military headset used by helicopter pilots, these earphones feature padded earcups for all-day gaming missions. The detachable microphone on this Razer Blackshark gaming headset lets it do double-duty for both games and music.
Great headset for "global" use
Posted by: hattercom from: Springfield, MO on
I did some legwork before I purchased these, looking over the market for what would be the best bang for the buck. The following is my review for the product:
Out of the box the headset looked and felt great. They had a nice weight to them, but for someone looking for "light weight" they may find these to be a little heavier as the plastic casing around the drivers as well as the drivers have a "weight" to them. They have a very nice retro bomber look to them and the contrasting chrome/onyx with neon green just pops. I found that setting the head band and the mic was simple; the ease of positioning was spot on - a few mount-screw twists and I was done.
My intention for this head set was two fold: 1# gaming, 2) music while at work. First, the noise reduction I found in the set was quite amazing, instantly deadening the ambient noise around me when I put on the headphones. I've tested the set on three different applications and have found that all three have performed better than I had expected: ASUS G60v; Dell Precision M6600; iPhone 4S. In all three devices I've found really great sound quality with a good low end boost. I have the Dell outfitted with a very good sound card and have been able to produce studio quality sound; the ASUS is pure gaming, but I run the sound quality fairly low on it, but the sound was equally as impressive. The iPhone resulted in a wonderful listening experience and had a very clear sound through the mic when making a phone call.
Overall I've found that this has been an all around good purchase. There is little I can find as a negative about the product other than the following. The weight, as mentioned before; there is no direct sound control on the unit #something I wouldn't have minded but it doesn't bother me, either#; perhaps a longer chord leading from the unit to the device, but even that's trivial and nitpicky. I would happily suggest these to anyone looking for a good, quality headset interested in multiple applications and uses.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Posted by: TheDarkness from: Suffield, CT on
I bought these as an upgrade from my Carcharias headset. Don't get me wrong, I loved that headset, but the mic gave out, which made it useless for gaming.
I compared this one and the Tiamat, but I kept reading that the 7.1 in the Tiamat didn't stack up, or made certain sounds/frequencies sound weird. So, I bought these instead - I'm thoroughly pleased.
Mechanics: Steel frame with screw clamps. This is an awesome step up because once you find that perfect fit for your dome, it's not going to slide out or come undone. The connecting wire for both ear cups is on the outside, but it's cable managed in some clips so it stays close to the frame. Just be careful not to snag it on anything.
Microphone: This is probably one of the best features. The mic arm is steel framed and has 2 adjustment points (one at midway down the arm and one at the mic head base). Way better than a fixed position mic - you'll have no problem finding that perfect spot. One other cool feature is that the mic arm is actually connected to the headset through a 3.5mm jack and is detachable.
Sound quality: In a word, it's "awesome". Music, movies and gaming are crystal clear and it has a lot of bass too. To be fair, I should mention that I have a Recon 3D Fatal1ty Pro sound card - if you are planning on using this headset through onboard audio - I wouldn't recommend this purchase as you probably won't notice any change in audio quality. However, you'll still have a very comfortable low-quality audio experience.
Comfort: You can wear these things all day. There's memory foam in the soft leather cushion ring , it's a snug fit, but after it forms itself, you won't even know they are there. No ear sweating, no nothing. The only drawback (if you want to call it that) is that you are truly immersed in sound. These are designed much like hearing protection and drown out alot of ambient noise. It's worth mentioning that even at low volume, it's not easy to hear your mom or your wife calling you to take out the trash or some other task that will take you away from gaming (bonus!).
For the money - this is a solid buy. Some of the associates in the store recommended the Tritton Warhead or the Turtle Beach headsets (as they are compatible with PC), but they are built strictly for gaming, not a mix of gaming and music and they weren't as comfortable. Besides, there's no reason to spend $300 on a headset.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
So far the Best Headset I've owned!
Posted by: Brentbw555 from: Houston, TX on
I purchased the Razer BlackShark Expert 2.0, after owning and constantly using my older Razer Carcharias for around 2 years. I wanted a headset that was a good deal more comfortable, as I work remotely on many days and have to use my headset to communicate online quite frequently. Also, as a long time PC gamer who plays a fairly diverse selection of games, from Battlefield 4 and BioShock Infinite, to the original (read: Old Skool!) Starcraft, UT: 2004, I wanted to have audio quality that was as close to ideal as possible. The BlackShark was strongly recommended to me by a coworker and fellow gamer who uses his set for the same reasons as myself, and I have got to say, Razer did not disappoint! I have been enjoying the BlackShark for several months now, and it is still working perfectly and going strong as ever. I have been a Razer fan in general for several years now, and I have every intention to remain one, due to well-refined and top notch quality products like this.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Fantastic if you get it right...
Posted by: the1corrupted from: Louisville, KY on
So to preface this review, I tried three other headsets in similar price range. Razer's Tiamat, Logitech G930 (which were cool, but had to dump due to software conflicts), and these.
These headsets are capable of carrying a very good range of sound, a quality shared by the Tiamat in that the speakers are heavy bass-driven, capable of those deep lows that clip out on most headsets (a pair of Turtle Beach come to mind). It's fairly comfortable, but a touch on the heavy side (but it's made of mostly metal, what do you expect?). The only catch to this is that Razer Surround is almost a requirement. With proper adjustments in the Equalizer, you can tame the speakers to your individual needs. I personally had to undercut the bass a bit so that I could get more mid-range and highs.
Warning: Razer Synapse will cause problems with Logitech gaming software that interfaces with USB devices such that it will shut down ALL Razer peripherals. Again, this is running Razer Synapse and the Logitech software AT THE SAME TIME.
The microphone boom is incredibly adjustable (which is more than I can say for other headsets), allowing the mic to sit within ideal distance for picking up you and only you.
One of the cons is that these headsets weigh down on my head and I have to take them off after only a few hours. I'm still trying to find the adjustment that's "just right". On the bright side, the cushions that support the headset are really soft and plush.
Not much of a con or a pro, but these headsets are compatible with cell phones or other devices that use just one 3.5mm audio jack for sound and microphone. So if you really wanted, you could call someone while wearing them while plugged into your phone.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: RX84Life from: Akron, OH on
Absolutely love these headphones. i find them super comfortable and the quality is top notch. I keep reading people complaining that these are heavy... do you guys have toothpick necks? These definitely are not heavy. I bought these to replace my razer barracuda headset which i bought 6 years ago. loved them but i dropped and broke them. otherwise i'd still be using them! But 6 years of use and abuse says a lot!
Pair them up with Razer's surround sound software and the results are unmatched! I've a creative labs xifi gamer pro sound card and i like the razer software profile a lot better.
Bravo Razer on another fantastic product.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Excellent headset, just one small problem
Posted by: Dfcd14 from: on
Overall I think the headset itself is excellent. It has an awesome looking design, and it sounds good. It isn't always comfortable though. And while the headset itself is sturdy, it feels fragile to the point where you think you will break it with anything you do.
ONLY actual problem: The attachable cord (Not the one actually attached to the headset, but with the audio/microphone jacks) is ridiculously fragile. I was moving over to sit back down at my computer and I accidently sat on the cord. This caused the metal pieces of the jacks themselves to actually rip themselves out of the cord! So now I basically am left with the attached cord with no ability to use the microphone. I can probably buy the extra cord individually, or another from a different brand to replace it. This small thing is not worth returning the entire headset.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: MrSchnitzel from: Portland ME on
It looks really nice, It sounds amazing, if you love puzzles then you might as well but this for the box. Overall it is extremely good, looks really good, sounds really good, will last you a couple years. I love it!!!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Best Wired Headset out there!
Posted by: Swaggadile from: Modesto, CA on
So I got this headset a few months ago, I've had the Turtle Beach x12's, the Skullcandy Plyr1 wireless, the Yeti pro and the Samson Meteor Mic and this headset beats them all, except for the yeti mic's quality but that's only a mic and I needed a headset. The Mic is adjustable in many ways, and the metal protects the wiring so it doesn't ruin the cord over time. I have a huge problem with wired headsets and this nontangle cord is seriously the best. The ear cups are comfy and can be adjusted to relive pressure from your temples which is great because I game all the time with this thing and with my other headsets, frequent headaches were always an issue. If I had to say there was anything wrong it would be that its so much metal. I'm a girl and I have long hair, half the time I take this off a couple hair get caught in in and ripped out so I have to tie my hair up when I game now. Fantastic quality and the noise cancellation is very good on it but you don't have to shout to be heard. I've made a video showing the mic quality, its fantastic, I'd buy it again.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Best over all.
Posted by: eLocin959 from: on
Bought these for my husband, had other die out on him really fast. So far so good. Had to play around 5 the mic setting at first but now no issues.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: WaffleRob from: Bloomington, indiana on
I bought this for my nephew, he was really excited and uses it every night...he can't stop talking about how great it is. Hopefully it lasts!