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Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Review

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is a worthy upgrade over the original BlackShark V2. The main difference is in the use of a Razer HyperSpeed wireless system that has left us very good sensations

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FEATURES OF STEELSERIES APEX PRO

Unboxing of Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

We start with the unboxing of our product, which arrives in a box dominated by the characteristic green of Razer.

In it, the most relevant characteristics of these gaming headset are listed:

The contents of the box can therefore be summarized as:

As soon as we open it, we see a generous foam protection that will ensure 100% that the product arrives in perfect condition, in line with the excellent protections seen in the packaging of some helmets of this level.

SteelSeries Apex Pro Design

The design of these headphones is basically the same as that of the Blackshark V2. That is, radically different from the original Blackshark, much more conservative and serious, but without completely neglecting the essence of “gaming.”

Very well padded head grip

This design is undoubtedly marked by the use of quite thick padding. In the suparaural band, we have a comfortable fabric accompanied by a fairly thick foam that allows us excellent comfort when using them. This is very important because it allows us to have them for many hours without realizing it, practically.

Its weight is 320 grams, that is, almost 60g more than the Blackshark V2, expected by including a wireless design.

Comfortable and durable pads, but not removable

As in its wired version, the Razer Blackshark V2 Pro come with cloth pads. This material allows them to offer excellent comfort thanks to its breathability. Basically, our ears will sweat much less in summer than they would if they were made of synthetic leather, the most common material in headphones.

In addition, their durability will also be considerably greater, since they will not have the cracking and cracking problem that we all know in synthetic leather pads. However, they do come with a small handicap: from the looks of it, the pads cannot be removed.

This is not particularly worrisome to us due to its material. It would be a serious durability problem if they used synthetic leather and it was not replaceable.

Acceptable keypad

The buttons and connections that we find in the headphones are composed of the following:

As you can see, the button panel is not particularly varied, rather it is acceptable. The detail that we liked the least is that it charges via microUSB, when we are in full swing of USB-C connections. Razer should have joined this trend in the Blackshark V2 Pro, something that does happen with other models of the brand such as Opus Wireless.

Removable supercardioid microphone

The Blackshark V2 Pro come with a removable microphone that in principle is improved compared to the original V2.

This is a microphone that makes use of a supercardioid pattern. The pattern basically refers to the shape of the area that picks up the most sound. That is, according to the pattern we have, it will collect more sounds in a specific area. In this case, being supercardioid implies that it has a very directional pattern that makes most of the sound they pick up in front of them, right where our voice goes.

Therefore, we hope that it picks up very little noise from the environment, and focuses almost exclusively on our voice: without the noise of people around, the PC keyboard, etc. Will they get it? You will see it in our tests …

2.4GHz wireless connectivity and cable usage

The wireless connectivity mode of the Blackshark V2 Pro is done using a 2.4GHz signal (same frequency as the most common type of Wifi) owned by Razer, using a USB adapter. That is, it is not Bluetooth or NFC.

This is common in gaming headsets, as they are specially designed for use on computers with the lowest possible latency. This implies that it is preferable to have your own wireless system (Razer Hyperspeed) to use any of the existing protocols such as Bluetooth.

The negative part is that it limits the possibilities of wireless use to devices with a USB, in principle computers and consoles, although it can be used without problems even in Linux.

If we want to use it on a mobile, we will have to use them with their jack cable, or we can also connect the transceiver via USB OTG. Obviously it is not a comfortable option but it is interesting to know that it is there.

Razer Synapse software

The first panel of the software is limited to showing us the basic sound settings of Windows itself, such as the volume level and access to the system’s sound and mixer properties.

The first panel of the software is limited to showing us the basic sound settings of Windows itself, such as the volume level and access to the system’s sound and mixer properties.

Then we move on to what is the control of the headphones itself, starting with the THX virtual 7.1 sound system, of whose experience we have already spoken. Razer’s own panel gives us the possibility to configure the position of each audio point, and what is not offered but we would have liked is a mode that allows the THX to be activated only in certain applications.

We can change the mode according to the application, but not activate / deactivate. It would be very interesting to listen to music without THX and play with it activated.

conclusion

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is a worthy upgrade over the original BlackShark V2. The main difference is in the use of a Razer HyperSpeed ​​wireless system that has left us very good sensations, and that is undoubtedly perfectly optimized for a lossless experience and without perceiving latency in games.

This system also leaves us with a good battery life, which in practice can be perfectly around 24 hours, although we found it very bad that a micro-USB port and not USB type C were used to charge the headphones.

One of the aspects that stand out the most when using these headphones is their comfort. All this thanks to a very well thought-out design to offer the greatest comfort in use, thanks to: a very well padded headband, pads that cover the entire ear, and the use of fabric instead of synthetic leather as their covering. Thus, we combine good breathability with a design that allows us to wear them for hours without realizing it. And we also liked its extensive adjustment range to adapt it to our ear.

Another issue is very important is the isolation from the outside that they provide. Proof of this is that, with music at a medium volume level, it is most likely that we will not even perceive the sound of a mechanical keyboard. What is also very well isolated is the noise from the microphone, designed so that only our voice is captured.

The sound quality does justice to its wired predecessor, maintaining additions such as the THX Spatial Audio spatial sound system that can be very interesting to improve our perception of the position of the players in online games. The promised bass boost in this case has been lower than we expected, although if we apply a boost through its Synapse software we can reach quite good levels.

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