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Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2023 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Jul 26, 2023 at 10:56 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jan 09, 2024 at 05:50 pm
Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2023 Picture
Neutral Sound
Wireless Gaming
Wired Gaming
Phone Calls

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2023 are the next generation of the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2020. While they resemble their predecessor, a couple of performance changes have put them on par with other contemporary headsets like the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. They have an improved mic performance, a significantly longer-lasting battery life, and support Bluetooth, so you can receive audio from your phone while gaming. That said, their lack of an AUX port means you can't use them wired, and they don't come in console-specific variants, so if you're an Xbox gamer, you'll want to look elsewhere for a wireless gaming headset.

Our Verdict

7.3 Neutral Sound

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 are decent for neutral sound. Out of the box, these headphones deliver extra warmth and boom, thanks to their overemphasized bass. However, they have a bump in the mid range, which makes vocals and instruments sound harsh. Sibilants like cymbals are also piercing. Luckily, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets so you can fine-tune their sound to your liking. They're still closed-back headphones and struggle to create an open and spacious soundstage.

  • Sound customization features available via companion software.
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
6.9 Commute/Travel

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 are decent for commute and travel. Although they're gaming headphones, you can easily detach their boom mic to make them look more casual. They have a comfortable fit suitable for long days on the go and deliver 70 hours of continuous playback time, which will easily get you from point A to B. That said, since they don't have noise cancelling (ANC), they struggle to block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines. They also lack a carrying case to help protect them when you're on the go.

  • Comfortable fit.
  • Sub-par noise isolation performance.
7.1 Sports/Fitness

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 aren't the best choice for sports and fitness. They're gaming headphones with a bulky design that can fall off your head with intense head movements. They also lack an IP rating for water resistance, though this is to be expected from over-ear headphones. On the upside, their wireless design helps eliminate the risk of something snagging the frame and pulling them off of your head.

  • Comfortable fit.
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
7.3 Office

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 are decent for office use. These comfortable headphones support multi-device pairing, so you can stay connected to your PC and phone simultaneously. If you need to take calls, their detachable boom mic ensures your voice sounds clear and natural, even if your office gets noisy. Even though they don't have ANC, they can help block out some mid range noise, like chattering coworkers, though they offer a worse performance when cutting down sounds like traffic from an open window. Still, they last 70 hours continuously, so you don't have to worry about recharging them daily.

  • Comfortable fit.
  • Sub-par noise isolation performance.
7.5 Wireless Gaming

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 are decent for wireless gaming. They have 70 hours of continuous playback time to outlast long dungeon crawls, low latency via their wireless dongle, and a comfortable fit to keep fatigue at bay. Their sound packs extra bass to help emphasize sound effects like footsteps, but if you prefer a different sound, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets. Their boom mic also offers good overall performance, so teammates and enemies alike will hear you clearly. Unfortunately, they can't be used on Xbox consoles.

  • Very good overall mic performance.
  • Sound customization features available via companion software.
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
  • No channel mixing.
7.7 Wired Gaming

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 are wireless-only gaming headphones; you can't use them wired.

7.6 Phone Calls

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 are good for phone calls. They have a boom mic which delivers a very good overall performance. As a result, your voice sounds clear and easy to understand, even if you're taking a call from a noisy environment like a shared space. That said, the headphones struggle to block out background noise like car engines from an open window, so it could be hard to hear your call well if you're standing on a busy street.

  • Comfortable fit.
  • Very good overall mic performance.
  • Sub-par noise isolation performance.
  • 7.3 Neutral Sound
  • 6.9 Commute/Travel
  • 7.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.3 Office
  • 7.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.7 Wired Gaming
  • 7.6 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jan 09, 2024: The following test groups have been updated following TB 1.6: Bluetooth Connection, and Wireless Connection (Dongle). There have also been text changes made throughout the review, including to the usages and product comparisons to match these results.
  2. Updated Jan 09, 2024: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.6 , which updates how we measure latency. We've updated and renamed the following test groups: Wired Connection, Bluetooth Connection, and Wireless Connection (Dongle). We've also added new codec latency measurements and provided an audio sample of recorded latency.
  3. Updated Dec 21, 2023: We've updated App Support to reflect the new name of the app. Unfortunately, this app is no longer supported on macOS.
  4. Updated Oct 06, 2023: We've added a comparison between these headphones and the Razer BlackShark V2 HyperSpeed Wireless in Wired.
  5. Updated Sep 28, 2023: We've added a comparison between these headphones and the Corsair HS80 MAX WIRELESS in Bluetooth.
  6. Updated Jul 26, 2023: Review published.
  7. Updated Jul 21, 2023: Early access published.
  8. Updated Jul 18, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  9. Updated Jun 19, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  10. Updated Jun 07, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 come in 'Black' and 'White'. We tested the 'Black' variant; you can see our model's label here. We expect both models to perform similarly. Please let us know in the forums if you encounter another variant of these headphones.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 are the next generation of the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2020. There have been a few notable upgrades from their predecessor: extended battery life, improved microphone performance, and Bluetooth support. However, like the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless, they don't support analog support and only come in one variant, so you can't use them on Xbox.

Check out our picks for the best gaming headsets, the best wireless gaming headsets, and the best Razer headsets.

Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2023 and the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless are both premium gaming headsets with different strengths and challenges. If you have an Xbox, the Razer are incompatible and lack an analog connection. They have Bluetooth support in addition to the wireless dongle, a detachable mic, better (but not particularly impressive) noise isolation, and a substantially longer battery life than the Astro. The Astro come in variants with support for consoles and PC. Using the base station you can easily switch between a console and PC, and charge wirelessly. Both have good-sounding microphones with great noise suppression.

SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless [7, 7P, 7X]

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless offer a bit more versatility than the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2023. While both headphones are comfortable, the SteelSeries are better built and be used analog in addition to Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth wireless. They also come in console-specific variants, which is nice if you're an Xbox gamer. However, if you're only looking to wirelessly game on your PC or PlayStation, then the Razer are worth considering. They have a significantly longer continuous battery life, and a better overall performing boom mic.

Audeze Maxwell Wireless

The Audeze Maxwell Wireless are better than the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2023 for gaming. The Audeze have a more balanced default sound profile and deliver audio more consistently. They have a longer continuous battery life and lower latency. On the other hand, the Razer's companion software includes a graphic EQ, and their mic has a better recording quality, so your voice sounds more natural during online games.


The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2023 have a slight edge over the Corsair HS80 MAX WIRELESS. The Razer have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their overall microphone performance is better. You can also use their dongle and Bluetooth connections simultaneously, which is good if you want to receive audio from your phone while staying connected to your PC. The Corsair are better built, though.

Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless

The Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless are more versatile gaming headphones than the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2023. The Logitech are more comfortable, are better built, and have a more neutral default sound profile, which some people may prefer. Their mic also has a significantly better noise handling performance and can be used via analog. On the other hand, the Razer's mic has superior recording quality.

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless [PC, PS, Xbox]

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2023 have a greater continuous battery life than the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, even when compared to the combined battery life of the SteelSeries' two swappable batteries. The Razer have worse frequency response consistency with better treble accuracy than the SteelSeries, and while both have somewhat neutral leaning sound profiles with some added low-end boominess, the SteelSeries have darker treble due to the larger dips. On the other hand, you get ANC on the SteelSeries which isn't class-redefining but it attenuates some noise, while the Razer headset only passively isolates. If you have an Xbox, the Razer cans aren't compatible, but the SteelSeries cans are if you get the Xbox variant. Both have good mic performance, but the Razer has the edge here, with a more accurate mic.

Astro A30 Wireless

The Astro A30 Wireless and the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2023 offer similar performances, but the Astro are a bit more versatile. The Astro are better built and can be used via analog. They also come in PlayStation and Xbox variants. That said, if you only game wirelessly, the Razer are worth checking out. They have a more comfortable fit and a longer continuous playback time.

Razer BlackShark V2 HyperSpeed Wireless

While the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2023 and the Razer BlackShark V2 HyperSpeed Wireless have a nearly identical look, the V2 HyperSpeed offer some unique advantages. The V2 HyperSpeed support a wired USB connection, which some users may prefer, and they have lower latency via their wireless USB dongle. Their non-detachable boom mic also has a slight overall edge when it comes to performance. However, the V2 Pro have a more neutral overall sound profile, which some users may prefer.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2020

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2023 are the next generation of the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2020 and there have been a couple of improvements in their design. While the comfort and build quality haven't changed, the 2023 model have a longer-lasting continuous battery life, a superior overall mic performance, and support Bluetooth. However, only the previous generation supports an analog connection.

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Test Results

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Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 have a very similar design to their predecessor, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2020. They have an all-black design with aluminum hinges and the manufacturer's logo on the ear cups. You can also pick up these headphones in a white color scheme if you prefer a different look.

Weight 0.73 lbs
Clamping Force
1 lbs

These over-ears have a comfortable fit. They have cloth padding on the ear cups and headband, which feels nice against the skin. They don't clamp very tightly onto your head, so you can wear them for long gaming sessions without feeling fatigued. That said, the ear cups have a limited range of motion to accommodate larger heads.

OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
Noise Cancelling Control No
Additional Controls Presets

The physical control scheme is decent. Like their predecessor, most of the buttons are on the left ear cup and have clicky feedback to help you know when you've registered a command. The infinite volume knob also has audible feedback to let you know when you've reached minimum and max volume. There's audible feedback when connecting the headphones as well as turning them on and off. However, there's no channel mixing button. The mic mute button can also be easily mistaken for the power button when muted.

Power button:

  • Single press: Plays and pauses audio. Also answers and ends calls.
  • Double press: Skips to the next track. Also swaps calls and rejects incoming calls.
  • Triple press: Skips to the previous track.
  • Press and hold for three seconds: Turns the headphones on and off.
  • Press and hold for five seconds (while off): Activates Bluetooth pairing mode.

Mic mute button:

  • Single press: Mutes and unmutes the mic.

Razer SmartSwitch:

  • Single press: Cycles between different EQ presets.
  • Press and hold for seven seconds (while on): Activates Bluetooth pairing mode.

L 7.9" (20.0 cm)
W 6.4" (16.4 cm)
H 3.9" (10.0 cm)
Volume 208.17 inยณ (3,411.25 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

They aren't very portable, though that's to be expected from gaming headphones. They have a bulky design, and the ear cups can't swivel or fold to help lessen their footprint. It won't be an issue if you plan to leave them at your desk or near your couch.

Type No case
Volume N/A
Build Quality

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 have an okay build quality. They're mostly made of plastic, except for the metal hinges and cloth padding. However, the yoke and hinges feel a bit thin and flimsy, making them seem prone to damage over time. On the upside, the mic is detachable and has a mesh grille to help protect the mic.


They have a stable over-ear fit, which is good if you move your head while gaming. They'll stay in place if you're taking it easy and not moving your head too much. However, they'll fall off if you're making more exaggerated head movements.

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In The Box

  • Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 gaming headset
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • USB-A (male) to USB-A (female) extension cable
  • USB wireless transmitter
  • Detachable mic
  • Manual

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-2.75 dB
Treble Amount
-0.34 dB

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 have a less bassy sound than their predecessor, though they still crank out extra boom to help emphasize sound effects in your games. However, a bump in the mids makes dialogue and instruments sound harsh. Sibilants like cymbals are piercing too. They also have a high deviation in audio delivery due to fit, positioning, and seal. Luckily, you can fine-tune their sound to suit your tastes using their companion software's EQ and presets.

Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.52 dB

These headphones have disappointing frequency response consistency. They're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, most noticeably in the bass range. The headphones' seal on your head can be disrupted by thick hair, glasses, and earrings, causing a drop in bass. As a result, it's important to take the time to adjust their fit, positioning, and seal each time you use them to achieve a more consistent sound.

Raw Frequency Response
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.78 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
35.64 Hz
-2.46 dB
1.46 dB
4.24 dB

These headphones have great bass accuracy. The response is tilted, so there's extra punch and warmth, which helps emphasize sound effects like footsteps in first-person games like Valorant. They lack a thumpy low-bass, though, and some people may find the extra boom to muddy the mix. Keep in mind that this response represents the average bass response. As bass delivery can vary across reseats, your experience may vary.

Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.84 dB
0.84 dB
0.98 dB
4.36 dB

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023's mid accuracy is good. The low to mid-mid is fairly flat, which ensures that vocals and instruments are present and clear. A big bump in the high-mid makes dialogue and instruments harsh.

Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.15 dB
2.13 dB
4.98 dB
-5.38 dB

These headphones have decent treble accuracy. There's some overemphasis coming from the mid range into the treble, which makes dialogue and instruments sound slightly harsh. Sibilants are also very bright and piercing. Treble delivery varies across reseats, and our response represents the average. Your experience may differ.

2.13 dB
1.18 dB

The peaks and dips performance is satisfactory. There's a peak in the high-bass, which adds warmth and boom to mixes. A dip in the low to mid-mid thins out vocals and instruments while pushing them to the back of the mix. The following peak in the high-mid harshens these sounds while a peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like S and T sounds piercing.

Weighted Group Delay
Weighted Phase Mismatch
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
Weighted Frequency Mismatch

Razer has had a couple of duds when it comes to imaging, which can be an indication of inconsistencies when it comes to quality control and ergonomics. That said, most of their headphones have solid imaging, which is important for accurately placing sound objects like footsteps in the stereo image. While imaging varies between units, our unit's L/R drivers are well-matched regarding group delay, ensuring tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. They're also well-matched regarding amplitude and frequency response, which helps keep the stereo image stable and even. That said, there's a phase mismatch in the mid-range, which makes lead singers sound a bit further back than they would normally sound in a song.

Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.44 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.99 dB
PRTF Distance
8.52 dB
Acoustic Space Excitation

The passive soundstage is disappointing. They're closed-back headphones, so they struggle to create an open, spacious sound. That said, the soundstage still seems wide and natural.

Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
Speaker Modeling
Room Ambience
Head Tracking
Virtual Surround
THX Spatial Audio

These headphones are compatible with THX when the USB dongle is connected via PC. You can activate speaker modeling, creating a more natural and immersive audio experience. Depending on how sound is mixed in the game you're playing, this feature can even improve positional accuracy, making it easier to spot the location of sound effects like footsteps. However, not all games are mixed the same, so you may not get a consistent experience from one game to the next.

Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
WHD @ 100

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is good. There's a spike in the right driver at high volumes between the low to mid-bass. However, it can be difficult to hear with real-life content as it affects a narrow frequency band. There's also a peak in the mid-treble at moderate and high volumes, but this, too, is very hard to spot with real-life content.

Test Settings
Wireless (Proprietary)
PCM, 16-bit, 48kHz
Music (Default)

These are the settings used to test these headphones, and our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-15.51 dB
Noise Cancelling No
1.09 dB
-16.51 dB
-32.88 dB

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 have a sub-par noise isolation performance, but that's to be expected from gaming headphones. They won't block out any of the rumble of car engines from traffic outside your window. However, they can cut down a great amount of ambient chatter, which is handy if you're gaming in a shared space like a living room. They can also reduce the hum of computer fans well.

Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
36.22 dB

The leakage performance is good. Audio bleed is most noticeable between the mid to treble range but sounds mostly thin. That said, it's not a lot of leakage, so if you like to game with the volume cranked up, others around you won't hear it in a moderately noisy environment.

Microphone Style
Detachable Boom
Mic Yes

These headphones come with a detachable boom mic. You can customize its performance using the EQ settings in their companion app. You can see a comparison of each of the presets here. We tested the mic's performance using the 'Default' microphone EQ.

Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.11 dB
10,540.06 Hz
Weighted THD
10.24 dB

The detachable boom mic has excellent recording quality. Your voice sounds natural, clear, and easy to understand.

Noise Handling
36.15 dB
Noise Gate
On/Off Toggle
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The boom mic's noise handling performance is good. The mic can separate your voice from moderate background noise well, ensuring that your voice is clear. While loud and inconstant background noise is present, it never overpowers your voice.

Active Features
Active Features
Battery Type
Continuous Battery Life
69.3 hrs
Additional Charges
Total Battery Life
69.3 hrs
Charge Time
2.6 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Passive Playback
Charging Port USB-C

The battery performance is outstanding. The manufacturer advertises them to last 70 hours, and we tested just about that. Remember that battery life can vary depending on use, like volume level and Bluetooth codec. They charge up in just over two and a half hours and have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life. Unlike the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2020, you can't use them passively.

Active Features
App Support
App Name Razer Synapse 3.0
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows Yes
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
Playback Control
Button Mapping No
Surround Support

Razer Synapse 3.0 is excellent. This software is only available on Windows, and offers a variety of settings like a 10-band graphic EQ, presets, game profiles (to keep specific settings associated with a game), bass boost, and sound normalization. If you're looking to finetune your mic, there's also an EQ for that, plus voice gate, volume normalization, vocal clarity, mic noise cancelling, and sidetone. You can also utilize features like volume control and 'Do Not Disturb' mode, which eliminates sounds coming from audio sources like notifications while gaming.

Wired Connection
Analog Audio
USB Audio
Latency - Analog
Latency - USB
Recorded Latency
Recorded Latency Connection No Wired Audio

Unlike their predecessor, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless 2020, they don't support an analog connection. While they come with a braided USB-A to USB-C cable for charging the headphones, you can't use it for audio. These headphones also come with an extension cable with a USB-A connection, which is handy if you still want to game while your headphones are charging. Both cables have the same length of 60 inches. If you're looking for Razer headphones that support audio via wired USB, consider the Razer BlackShark V2 HyperSpeed Wireless.

Bluetooth Connection
Bluetooth Version
Multi-Device Pairing
Bluetooth + Console/Non-BT Wireless
Quick Pair (Android)
Quick Pair (iOS)
Line Of Sight Range
322.83 ft (98.40 m)
Latency - SBC
249 ms
Latency - aptX
Latency - aptX Adaptive (High Quality)
Latency - aptX Adaptive (Low Latency)
Latency - LDAC
Recorded Latency
Recorded Latency Codec SBC
AAC Support

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 have excellent Bluetooth connectivity. Unlike the Corsair HS80 MAX WIRELESS, they can connect to a Bluetooth device while simultaneously connecting to your console via their wireless dongle. That said, using Bluetooth for gaming on a PC isn't ideal since they have a high latency with this connection via SBC. That said, some apps and devices compensate for latency.

Wireless Connection (Dongle)
Line Of Sight Range
276.57 ft (84.30 m)
Latency - Dongle
43 ms
Recorded Latency

These headphones have excellent non-Bluetooth wireless latency. Their latency falls within good levels, so you can game with minimal lip-sync issues.

PC Compatibility
Wired USB
Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

These headphones can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs with full audio and mic compatibility. You can also use the dongle for full non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity.

PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
PS4 Wired USB
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Analog
PS5 Wired USB
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

The wireless dongle lets you connect the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 to your PlayStation console. You'll have full audio and mic compatibility and can use 3D audio on the PS5.

Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Xbox One Wired USB
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
Xbox Series X|S Analog
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless

You can't use these headphones on Xbox, but if you're looking for wireless gaming headphones that can, try the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless instead, which come in a dedicated Xbox-compatible variant.

Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Line In
Line Out
Optical Input
RCA Input
Dock Charging
Power Supply

These headphones have a wireless dongle that works on PCs and PlayStation consoles. It doesn't have any ports, though.