Razer has simply launched the brand new Razer BlackShark V2 Professional as a kind of mid-generation 2023 update to its authentic V2 Professional. However actually, I might have most likely forgiven it for slapping on a V3 moniker as Razer has genuinely improved on what continues to be certainly one of our favorite wi-fi gaming headsets.

However is it sufficiently improved to co-exist in a world where the unique V2 Professional continues to be being offered by the bucketload, and getting on for close to $100 much less? That positioning and potential fratricide is the true problem for this 2023 version of the headset, as a result of in any other case it is a fantastic set of cans.

And, impressively, comes with a fantastic headset mic, too. That is a welcome pattern in fashionable gaming headsets, and I am glad Razer is getting onboard as a result of the mic on the OG model was fairly ropy if I am being trustworthy.

Nonetheless, the unique Razer BlackShark V2 Professional gaming headset was the one which made me cheat on my beforehand beloved Audeze LCD-1 planar magnetic cans. The will for a wi-fi headset was stronger than the admitted enchancment in audio high quality of Audeze’s audiophile headphones. And, due to its Cloud Alpha-aping multi-chamber earcup design, the BlackShark V2 Professional’s TriForce Titanium drivers ship a extremely damned good aural expertise whether or not we’re speaking in-game or with high-res audio music recordsdata.

BlackShark V2 Professional 2023 Version specs

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 Edition

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Working precept: Closed again
Drivers: 50mm dynamic TriForce Titanium
Frequency response: 12 – 28,000Hz
Connection: 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.2
Noise cancelling: Passive
Microphone: Detachbable tremendous wideband
Pickup: Unidirectional
Battery life: 70 hours (2.4GHz)
Weight: 320g
Worth: $200 | £200

The standard of life updates are probably the primary belongings you’ll discover in regards to the new BlackShark V2 Professional 2023, such because the USB Kind-C connection, tweaked quantity knob, and an added audio profile change button on the precise ear cup. One of many advantages of that Kind-C connection is that it is in a position to provide quick charging of the headset.

You get a reported 70 hours of battery life out of the brand new V2 Professional, which is on the two.4GHz wi-fi connection, and a few 90 hours should you keep on with a Bluetooth 5.2 connection. However, whilst you can cost and hear on the identical time, only a 15 minute cost ought to web you as much as six hours of game time.

I have been utilizing my set for simply over every week now, straight out of the field, and nonetheless have not needed to cost but. As of straight away I am on 55%, so I’ve nonetheless acquired a protracted strategy to go.

The wi-fi connection is rock strong, as was the unique V2 Professional, however I’ll say it is a contact disappointing to be with out the choice to make use of a 3.5mm audio cable as Razer has pulled that choice from this 2023 update. It is solely a small factor, however it does reduce somewhat of the flexibility of the headset. Nonetheless, wi-fi audio is why you pay the large bucks for a V2 Professional, so we will not be too upset to lose the analogue choice.

Razer has additionally added somewhat additional padding to the scarf, and reportedly mounted up the becoming adjustment sliders on both facet of the body. Razer had just a few points with these breaking over time with the earlier model of the V2 Professional, and so has added somewhat strengthening to the perceived weak level.

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I too have felt the ache of Razer’s generally painful, typically intrusive software program ecosystem.

Razer has additionally eliminated the necessity to have Synapse working in your system. I can sense the mirrored pleasure from that assertion; I too have felt the ache of Razer’s generally painful, typically intrusive software program ecosystem. This 2023 version comes with a set of audio profiles constructed into the headset itself, accessible from that new profile change on the facet. A protracted press of which additionally cues up some pro-tuned, per-game profiles for Apex Legends, Name of Responsibility, CS:GO, Fortnite, and Valorant.

You’ll be able to nonetheless use Synapse although, with its mic changes and audio enhancements, and that provides you with the flexibility to tune the customized EQ and add it to the headset, too. However it’s good to not be wholly tied to the Razer app.

It is value speaking about that mic, as a result of that is arguably the most important change with this 2023 version. The mic continues to be removable, however it’s been significantly and tangibly enhanced. For one the precise growth arm itself is extra inflexible and may cease it drifting away out of your mouth over time, however the precise high quality has been stepped up. Quite a bit.

You’ll be able to hear the standard of the mic from our out of context gaming quotes script. It is rocking a 32KHz sampling charge, but in addition manages to chop out an entire load of background noise whereas it is at it, too. We have seen a load of recent gaming headsets prioritising their microphones—it is a welcome pattern for positive—and Razer has made a extremely vital improve to the BlackShark V2 Professional in that regard.

The general sound high quality hasn’t modified, by which I imply it is nonetheless glorious. I used to be at all times a giant fan of the Razer TriForce drivers because the authentic BlackShark V2, and their look within the V2 Professional and this 2023 update make simply as a lot of an affect. They’re clear, tight, and ship a genuinely spectacular, immersive soundscape for a closed again set of cans.

That is largely right down to the multi-chamber design, cribbed from the Cloud Alpha drivers, which someway manages to get near the identical kind of broad aural expertise I usually affiliate with an open again headset. Change on THX Spatial audio and hearken to your game worlds actually come to life, actually the tonal separation is shocking for a closed again headset.

I’ve thrown my normal high-res audio tracks down its wi-fi tubes, too. The Conflict on Medication soar, Swifty slaps, and the slap bass of Rage In opposition to the Machine comes via exact and with out the kind of muddiness you may get from extra customary gaming headsets that prioritise bass over all the pieces else.

You are able to do that with the BlackShark V2 Professional 2023 headset if you want—the film EQ is especially thumpy—however meaning you do lose a few of the readability within the mid tones.

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Purchase if…

You want headset mic: The tremendous wideband microphone on the brand new BlackShark V2 Professional is significantly spectacular. With a 32KHz sampling charge, and a few glorious sound isolation, it comes via tremendous clear.

Do not buy if…

You’ll find the unique BlackShark V2 Professional on sale for much less: The unique headset nonetheless has the identical rock strong wi-fi connection, and the identical great-sounding drivers, which suggests it is solely the mic that makes a giant distinction right here.

I nonetheless suppose the Audeze Maxwell wi-fi headset, with its beautiful planar magnetic drivers, is the top of cable-free gaming headphones, however that is additionally one other $100 dearer than the brand new BlackShark V2 Professional. However at $200 it isn’t like this 2023 version is low-cost. And that is going to be a problem when you possibly can nonetheless purchase the unique V2 Professional headset for $120.

We do not know when Razer goes to cease making the older model both, as a result of as of at this time I imagine they’re in manufacturing. Meaning it’ll be a very long time earlier than they get completely changed by the 2023 model. 

Which makes a closing advice trickier than it could have been in isolation. The $200 value level is steep, however it’s quite a bit cheaper than the wonderful Audeze headset or the extra SteelSeries Nova Professional, or Turtle Seaside Stealth Professional and offers an aural expertise I might fortunately put up there with each of these premium units. However that aural expertise is basically the identical as you may get from the $120 BlackShark V2 Professional from 2020, which suggests you are paying one other $80 for an admittedly nice headset mic, and a few much less tangible high quality of life updates.

As soon as the OG V2 goes away, it is a no-brainer, however till then, pretty much as good as this 2023 update is, this audio high quality is on the market for much less in an virtually an identical kind. Simply with a little bit of a ropy mic.