We've currently tested 13 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. While Razer is known for making gaming headsets, these comfortable, well-built headphones are meant for day-to-day use and offer versatile performance. Their active noise cancelling (ANC) feature does a fantastic job of blocking out ambient noise, from background chatter to the rumble of bus and plane engines. They have a very well-balanced default sound profile that should suit different content and genres, and if you prefer a different sound, they work with a companion app that gives you access to a graphic EQ. These headphones also have a superb continuous battery life of roughly 32 hours.
Unfortunately, their mic doesn't have the best recording quality and does a mediocre job of separating your voice from background noise, so if you use them to take phone calls, you're likely better off doing it in a fairly quiet environment. Also, their latency with iOS devices is quite high, so they aren't ideal for watching videos on your phone. That said, they offer a good price-to-performance ratio and are among the best headphones under $200 that we've tested.
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. That said, if you're looking for wired gaming headphones, they're worth considering.
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 helpful 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, which lets you 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 fully compatible with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X, consider the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless. Also, the V2 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.