We've currently tested 24 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 Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless is the best Razer headset for gaming. You can use these well-built gaming headphones wired via their 1/8" TRRS cable or wireless via their USB dongle with low latency. Unlike most other gaming headphones on the market, they have a unique haptic bass feature that adds vibrations to your audio, which can help emphasize sound effects while you game. You can also customize their otherwise boomy sound to your liking by using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets. If you like to game with others, their boom mic offers decent overall performance, meaning your voice is understandable even in noisy environments. These headphones have a comfortable fit, and the ear cups have customizable RGB lighting, which should please some users.
Unfortunately, the manufacturer advertises them to have roughly eight hours of continuous battery life. We measured just over five hours with their haptic bass features set to 50%, which is a lot less than other wireless gaming headphones like the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless. They're also prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, so it's important to take the time to adjust their fit to your head. They can't be used wirelessly with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S consoles, either. If you value wireless headphones that work on these consoles, check out the Razer BlackShartk V2 Pro Wireless instead.
The best Razer headphones with a wired connection that we've tested are the Razer BlackShark V2. These gaming-oriented headphones have a comfortable fit and don't move around much on your head. Their default sound profile is decently neutral, with a somewhat overemphasized high-bass range that can add extra boom to sound effects in action-packed games. If you prefer a different sound, they work with great companion software that gives you access to a 10-band graphic EQ and several microphone customization features. If customization isn't much of a priority for you, the Razer BlackShark V2 X are similar, less expensive wired headphones that work with any companion software or app.
Unfortunately, they don't have an ANC feature and deliver a disappointing passive noise isolation performance. Also, their USB sound card doesn't work with Xbox One. You can still use the headset with its 1/8" TRRS cable plugged into a controller, but without the card, you can't save any customizations you make with the Razer Synapse software, so these headphones are better suited for PC and PS4 gamers. If you're looking for wired gaming headphones, they're worth considering.
The Razer Opus X Wireless are the best Razer headphones for mobile gaming that we've tested. These headphones are a good choice if you like to play games on your mobile device and want wireless headphones that don't create audio syncing issues. With their 'Gaming Mode', they provide a low-latency connection with iOS and Android devices. They're also well-built and have a very comfortable fit. The manufacturer advertises them to last for roughly 30 hours off a single charge, but we measured 68 hours of continuous battery life, so they should easily last through long trips. Their default sound profile is reasonably well-balanced and can be customized with a graphic EQ and presets in the headphones' companion app.
Unfortunately, they don't have an AUX port, so you don't have the option to use them passively if the battery dies. Their ANC feature also struggles to block out bass-range noise like rumbling bus and plane engines, which is disappointing if you're looking for headphones to use during a trip or for your daily commute. On the plus side, they do a great job of isolating you from sounds like ambient chatter or a humming computer fan.
The Razer Opus Wireless 2020 are the best Razer headphones for casual use that we've tested. There's a newer version of these headphones, the Razer Opus Wireless 2021. However, the 2020 model offers a better noise isolation performance and a much more neutral default sound profile that you may prefer. They also support the aptX codec for higher-quality audio. The two models have a very similar design, and if you're wondering which model you own, there are instructions about how to tell them apart in the FAQs on the manufacturer's website. These headphones are equipped with an ANC with an outstanding performance, have a long 32-hour continuous battery life, and work with an app that includes sound customization features. They're also comfortable and very well-built.
Unfortunately, their integrated mic struggles to separate your voice from ambient sound, so it may be hard to hear you if you use them for a call from somewhere like a busy street. They lack multi-device pairing and have high latency with PCs and iOS devices. If you want lower latency to avoid audio syncing issues, the 2021 model has a 'Gaming Mode' that allows for a fairly low-latency connection with PCs as well as iOS and Android devices.
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.
Apr 26, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.
Jan 26, 2022: Replaced the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless with the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless as the Nari have lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency and a haptic feedback feature.
Nov 22, 2021: Added the Razer Opus X Wireless as 'Best Mobile Gaming Razer Headphones' as they offer a low latency gaming mode for mobile devices.
Aug 24, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
May 26, 2021: Checked that picks still represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
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.