We've currently tested 15 Razer headphones. Razer mostly makes over-ear gaming headsets with good microphones suitable for live chat. However, they aren't the most comfortable for long gaming sessions, and because of their inconsistent fit, they won't produce the same sound for everyone.
The best Razer headset that we've tested is the Razer Opus. Though Razer is known for making gaming headphones, these are one of their first non-gaming offerings, and they have a very versatile performance. These well-built, comfortable over-ears come with an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature that does an outstanding job blocking out background noise. Their default sound profile is very neutral and well-balanced, making them suitable for a variety of music genres. If you like to customize the sound, there's even a graphic EQ and presets available via the companion app. Their over 32-hour continuous battery life is also fantastic.
Unfortunately, they don't have the best microphone performance, and they don't come with a boom microphone like other gaming headsets from Razer. They also don't offer multi-device pairing, which may be inconvenient if you like to switch your audio sources often. That said, they have a good price-to-performance ratio that makes them among the best headphones under $200 that we've tested.
The Razer BlackShark V2 are the best Razer headphones with a wired connection that we've tested. They have a decently neutral sound profile, with great bass accuracy and somewhat overemphasized high base, which adds extra boom to sounds like explosions. They fit comfortably and don't move around too much on your head. The detachable boom microphone makes you sound natural and clear, even in crowded, noisy environments. They work with Razer Synapse software, which allows you to tailor your sound with a 10-band graphic EQ, and also offers several microphone customization features. If that isn't as important to you, the Razer BlackShark V2 X are similarly designed and more affordable but don't have as many features as the V2.
However, unlike the Razer Opus Wireless, they don't have an ANC feature and don't do a good job of passively blocking outside noise. The USB sound card isn't compatible with Xbox One, and since you need it to save any customizations you make using the Razer Synapse software, they're better suited for PC or PS4 gamers. Otherwise, they're a solid choice if you're looking for wired headphones for gaming.
The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless is the best Razer headset for gaming that we've tested. These wireless over-ear headphones feel fairly well-built and fit comfortably. They have a bass-heavy sound profile, which makes the thump and rumble of sound effects in action-packed scenes more present. Although the detachable boom mic makes your voice sound a bit unnatural, it can separate speech from ambient noise, even in loud environments. The battery lasts for nearly 24 hours of continuous use, so you shouldn't need to recharge them too often. Their companion software, Razer Synapse, offers lots of useful features, including a 10-band graphic EQ and presets so you can fine-tune your sound. They're compatible with PS4s and PCs for wireless gaming via their USB dongle and have very little audio latency, so you should be able to game without any noticeable delay. They come with a 1/8" TRRS cable too, which allows you to use them for wired gaming on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Unfortunately, they don't have Xbox Wireless technology and won't work wirelessly on this console. If you're looking for wireless Razer headphones that are fully compatible with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X, consider the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless. Also, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless don't have an ANC feature, and they aren't great at blocking out sounds around you. Their bass and treble delivery can vary too, and you may notice a drop in bass depending on if you wear glasses or if you have thick hair. That said, they're a great choice if you're looking for customizable headphones for gaming.
Razer is well-known for making gaming headphones that have good-performing microphones. While pro gamers will like the large customization offered by the companion software, not all headphones are compatible, especially those in the lower price range. These headphones also aren't the most comfortable if you tend to game for long periods. Due to their fit, you might not get a consistent sound.
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Razer is a well-known gaming brand. While they produce a variety of great gaming accessories, their headphones aren't particularly outstanding. While their haptic feedback feature is an interesting addition, these headphones aren't suited for marathon gamers. Their fit isn't the most comfortable for long listening sessions, and you won't always get a consistent fit, either.