The Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless are decent wireless gaming over-ears. They have Razer HyperSense built-in, which is a haptic feedback system that transmits vibrations or rumbles to the user that can help immerse you in your games. They're also comfortable and well-built. However, they're very prone to inconsistent audio delivery, and their five-hour battery life is very disappointing, especially as they can't be used passively since they need to be on, even when wired. On the upside, they have low wireless latency when used with their USB receiver. While their boom mic does an okay job of recording your voice, it can separate it from moderate noise around you.
The Razer Nari Ultimate are fair for neutral sound. Their frequency response consistency is sub-par, so different people may experience their sound profile very differently. However, on average, they have a very bass-heavy sound profile that some users may find muddy. Their mid and treble ranges are much more neutral and accurate. However, due to their closed-back headphones, they don't have a very open or spacious soundstage.
The Razer Nari Ultimate are disappointing for commute and travel. They don't block out much background noise, so they won't isolate the low engine rumbles from a bus or plane. They also have a very unstable fit and are very bulky, which makes them difficult to carry around without occupying a lot of space in a bag. They aren't the best for long travel days as their battery only lasts around five hours, and they can't be used passively.
The Razer Nari Ultimate aren't recommended for sports or fitness. These bulky over-ears don't have a stable fit and tend to slide all over with minimal movement. They’re also not very breathable, like most gaming headphones. They don't support Bluetooth either, so you can't use them wirelessly with your phone.
The Nari Ultimate are acceptable for office use. They're comfortable enough for long listening periods and can be used wirelessly with any PC. Unfortunately, they don’t isolate noise well so you can hear your coworkers chatting. Their 5-hour battery life may not be able to get you through long work days either. Luckily, you can use them while charging. They also have great customization options, though you have to install the Razer Synapse software to gain access to them, which some workplaces may not allow.
The Razer Nari Ultimate are decent for wireless gaming. They’re fully compatible with PCs as well as PS4 and PS5 consoles when using the included wireless USB receiver. They have very low latency and are comfortable enough to wear for a while without causing too much fatigue. They have lots of customization options via the Razer Synapse app and their microphone offers decent overall performance. They have a very unstable fit, though, and need to be readjusted often, which is frustrating while gaming. Their 5-hour battery life is also poor, and you may need to plug them in to charge them after playing for a while, depending on your settings.
The Razer Nari Ultimate are good for wired gaming. They can be used on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, or Xbox Series X consoles with full mic and audio compatibility by plugging them directly into your controller with the included 1/8" TRRS cable. The boom microphone does a great job at separating your voice from background noise. However, while your voice sounds decently clear and intelligible, it also sounds thin and lacking in brilliance.
The Razer Nari Ultimate are okay for phone calls. They have a decent boom microphone that does a great job of separating your voice from noisy environments, though your voice sounds thin and lacking in brilliance. They don't support Bluetooth and are quite bulky, so they may not be the best choice for taking calls on the go. However, they may be a good option if you make a lot of calls on your PC at home or work.
The Razer Nari Ultimate come in one color variant: 'Classic Black'. These headphones also come in an Xbox One variant, which has a 'Classic Black/Green' color scheme. This variant has Xbox Wireless technology so that you can game wirelessly with Xbox consoles. Although we haven't tested this variant, it should perform similarly to our model in most regards.
If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.
The Razer Nari Ultimate are decent wireless gaming headphones that set themselves apart with their unique haptic feedback feature and RGB lighting. They're well-built and more comfortable than the Razer Kraken V3 Pro Wireless, but they’re also significantly bulkier and less stable than most gaming headphones.
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The Razer Kraken V3 Pro Wireless are somewhat better gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless. While both headphones are well-built, the Kraken V3 Pro have a more neutral sound profile and significantly better battery performance. Their mic also has a better recording quality. However, the Nari Ultimate are more comfortable, have a more out-of-head passive soundstage, and their mic has better noise handling.
The Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless and the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless have different strengths and depending on your usage, you may prefer one over the other. The Nari Ultimate are better-built, their mic has a better recording quality, and they have a unique haptic feedback feature, which some users may prefer. However, the BlackShark V2 Pro have more consistent audio delivery, and their mic delivers better noise handling. They also have a better battery performance.
The Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense. While both headphones are well-built and have similarly boomy sound profiles, you can use the Nari Ultimate wirelessly with low latency, are more comfortable, and have a more immersive passive soundstage. However, the V3 HyperSense have more robust virtual soundstage features.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless. While the Razer have a unique haptic feedback feature that can immerse you in your game, their battery lasts barely over five hours, which is quite disappointing. The SteelSeries have a much longer battery life, a better microphone, easier-to-use controls, and feel more durable.
The Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless are better performing gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken Ultimate. The Nari Ultimate can be used wired as well as wirelessly, they're slightly more comfortable, and they have a more bass-heavy sound that some gamers may prefer. They're also compatible with the Xbox One via their analog cable. However, they don't have the longest-lasting battery, especially when compared to other gaming headphones. The Kraken Ultimate, on the other hand, have an adjustable surround sound feature, and their boom microphone performs better overall. Since they're wired, you don't have to worry about battery life, either.
The Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox are more versatile than the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless. The Kaira Pro are Bluetooth-compatible, have a more stable fit, a more comprehensive control scheme, and are better-built. They also have almost four times the battery life and a superior boom microphone. That said, the Nari can be used on a wired connection via their 1/8" TRRS cable and have a slightly better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box.
The SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless are better overall gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless, especially if you game exclusively on the Xbox One. The SteelSeries have better controls, they're more stable, and they leak less audio. Their boom microphone also performs better and their continuous battery life is much higher than the Razer's 5.3 hours. They support Bluetooth as well as Xbox Wireless too, which is nice if you like to chat with your friends using your mobile device while you game.
The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are way better wireless gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless. The Astro are more comfortable, better-built, have a longer battery life, and a better overall microphone performance. On the other hand, the Razer provide bass haptic feedback, which some users may prefer.
The Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken V3. While both headphones have similar overall microphone performances, you can use the Nari Ultimate wired or wirelessly, are more comfortable, and have a better passive soundstage performance. They also have low non-Bluetooth wireless latency and can be used on Xbox consoles via their 1/8" TRRS cable. However, the Kraken V3 have more robust virtual soundstage features.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless. While the SteelSeries and Razer both have an inconsistent sound across users, the SteelSeries offer an EQ directly on their wireless transmitter so you can customize sound on-the-fly. The SteelSeries also have a much better performing microphone, and superior battery performance thanks to their two interchangeable battery packs. The SteelSeries also support Bluetooth for added compatibility with mobile devices. However, the Razer have access to a wider range of customization options with the Razer Synapse program, like haptic feedback and Chroma lighting control.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 are much better gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate. The SteelSeries have a better control scheme and a much more stable fit. They also have a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer, and a significantly better microphone. Their battery lasts longer, too. However, the Razer have a bit longer wireless range and haptic feedback.
The Logitech G933 Wireless are slightly better gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate. The Logitechs control scheme provides much better feedback, is easier to use, and features 3 mappable buttons for great customizability. They also have a better microphone and a longer-lasting battery. On the other hand, the Razer have better isolation performance, lower latency, and greater wireless range.
The Razer Nari Ultimate are better gaming headphones than the Razer Man O’ War Wireless. The Nari Ultimate are more comfortable and have significantly better build quality. They have a better wireless range and less latency, and can also be used wired with the Xbox One. However, the Man O’ War have a much better overall microphone performance and battery life. They also have a more stable fit and are less likely to slip off your head while gaming.
The Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless are better for gaming than the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. The Razer are more comfortable, and their mic has a much better overall performance. They have a more bass-heavy default sound profile that some listeners may prefer, and unlike the Beats, their companion software gives you access to a graphic EQ and presets. You can use them either wirelessly or with a wired connection. On the other hand, the Beats are Bluetooth-only headphones with much longer continuous battery life. They have an ANC feature with an impressive performance and onboard controls that are easier to use.
The Razer Nari Ultimate have a very sleek look that's similar in design to the Razer Man O’ War Wireless but are more premium overall. They have large, circular ear cups with noticeably thick padding and an all-black color scheme with gunmetal accents. The mic is also retractable for a slightly more casual look. Like the Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless, they have customizable RGB lighting on the ear cups.
The Razer Nari Ultimate are comfortable headphones for most people. They have large, soft ear cups with lots of thick padding that fit well around the ears. Their headband is coated in a more breathable mesh material and has less padding than the ear cups, but it's still comfortable. Although they clamp down quite a bit and start to feel tight and heavy after a while, they should be comfortable enough for long gaming sessions. These headphones feature Razer's HyperSense haptic feedback system, which creates vibrations to immerse you in your games. This may get tiring and uncomfortable during long sessions, though it can be easily turned off.
The Razer Nari Ultimate have disappointing controls, with physical buttons and scroll wheels on each ear cup. The control scheme is easy enough to use once you get the hang of it, but the power and mic muting buttons are very small and a bit challenging to locate at first. The volume and channel mixing dials are easy-to-use and fairly responsive, especially since the channel mixing dial has a notch in the middle to signal when the game and chat audio are at 50/50. There's also a dedicated mic mute button as well as a power on and off button.
The Razer Nari Ultimate have sub-par breathability. They're less breathable than typical closed-back over-ear headphones as they have a tight fit and their thick padding blocks out airflow. As a result, they trap in heat, which can make your ears warm while wearing them for long gaming sessions. Your ears could also sweat more if you're wearing them during physical activity, as they're not designed for this purpose.
The Razer Nari Ultimate aren’t very portable headphones and are designed to leave at home with your gaming setup. They're among the largest headphones we have measured so far, and while their ear cups swivel, they don't come with a carrying case. They also don't support Bluetooth and require their transmitter to be used wirelessly. Luckily, they can be used wired with the included audio cable.
The Razer Nari Ultimate have a good build quality. They feel much better built than the Razer Man O’ War Wireless. They’re mostly made of dense and good quality plastic, with a metal headband frame that feels solid. However, they’re not very flexible, and the joint where the ear cups rotate feels like a potential weak point. They’re also quite heavy and might break if you drop them. The exposed audio cable shouldn’t be a problem but could see some damage over time. Although we don't currently test for it, they lack an IP rating for water resistance, too, which is to be expected from gaming headphones.
The Razer Nari Ultimate have poor stability. They have an auto-adjusting headband that's quite comfortable but doesn’t provide enough stability for the headphones to rest securely on your head as it can readjust itself while you move. The headphones move around a lot when turning or tilting your head, and you may need to stop what you’re doing to readjust them. Consider the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox if you're looking for gaming headphones with a more stable fit.
The Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless have a sound profile that depends on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. These variables can all affect the headphones' audio delivery and result in inconsistent bass and treble. Our results are an average of various reseats, so your experience may vary. That said, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra punch and boom to your audio, which can help bring out sound effects in your gameplay. If you prefer a different sound, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets to help customize their sound to your liking.
The frequency response consistency of the Razer Nari Ultimate is disappointing. Like the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense, they're prone to both inconsistent bass and treble delivery, and their overall frequency response depends on the headphones' fit, seal, and positioning on your head. If you have thick hair or glasses, you may especially notice a drop in bass, as these features can break the ear cups' seal on your head. Once you achieve a good overall fit, you should get a more consistent frequency response each time you use them.
The Razer Nari Ultimate have sub-par bass accuracy. Most of the range is quite over-emphasized, which adds extra thump, punch, and boom to your mixes. It can help emphasize sound effects in your gameplay, but some may find it sounds muddy.
It's worth noting that their bass delivery varies noticeably across users and is sensitive to the quality of the fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response, and your experience may vary.
The mid-range accuracy of these headphones is very good. There's some overemphasis extending from the high-bass into the low-mids, which can make the fundamentals of vocals and lead instruments sound muddy. That said, the rest of the range is fairly flat and neutral, so vocals and lead instruments are present, detailed, and clear.
The treble accuracy of the Razer Nari Ultimate is very good. The low-treble is flat and neutral, which results in clear and detailed vocals and lead instruments. However, a dip in the mid-treble dulls sibilants like S and T sounds.
Their treble delivery can vary depending on fit and positioning. The response here represents the average treble response, so your experience may vary.
The peaks and dips performance of the Razer Nari Ultimate are decent. The large peak in high-bass adds extra boom to your mixes, though some may find it sounds muddy. The dip throughout the mid-range weakens and nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. A peak in the low-treble sharpens the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments while another peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals piercing.
The imaging performance of the Razer Nari Ultimate is great. The GD graph shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold, ensuring a tight bass and a transparent treble. Additionally, the left and right drivers of our unit are well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response. This is important for the accurate localization and placement of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo field. However, it's worth noting that these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.
The passive soundstage of the Razer Nari Ultimate is mediocre. It's perceived as large, natural-sounding, and as if coming from speakers placed around you, rather than as if sound is coming from inside your head. However, their closed-back design results in a soundstage that doesn't feel as open or spacious as that created by open-back headphones.
These headphones have a virtual surround feature, though we don't currently test its performance. If you're looking for a pair of Razer headphones with a little more customization in this department, the Razer Kraken Ultimate also have a virtual surround feature, but you can adjust its speaker modeling.
The weighted harmonic distortion of the Razer Nari Ultimate is very good. Although there are some peaks in the treble range when listening at a normal listening volume, it shouldn't be audible to all listeners. All frequencies otherwise fall within good limits, which should result in clear and pure audio reproduction.
These are the settings used to test the Razer Nari Ultimate. Our results are only valid when using the headphones with these settings.
The Razer Nari Ultimate have poor noise isolation performance. They don’t have active noise cancellation (ANC) and don't produce a tight enough seal to isolate at all in the bass range. As a result, they let in all the rumble of airplane and bus engines. They're only passable at reducing background chatter, so they may not be the best option to keep you concentrated in the office, either. On the upside, they do a much better job at reducing high-pitched noise like the hum of an A/C system.
The Razer Nari Ultimate have mediocre leakage performance. The leakage is relatively full-sounding compared to that of in-ears and earbuds. The overall level of the leakage is just above the noise level of most offices, so those right next to you may hear some of your music at louder volumes.
The Razer Nari Ultimate’s boom microphone has great noise handling. Even in noisy environments, your teammates should be able to hear you fairly clearly.
The Razer Nari Ultimate have disappointing battery performance. With haptic feedback set at 50% and RGB lighting on, the headphones last slightly over 5 hours, which is far less than the 8 hours of battery life advertised by Razer. While we expect better performance with the haptic feedback and RGB lighting disabled, battery performance can vary depending on usage, so your real-world experience may be different. That said, they take nearly three hours to charge, which is sub-par, but fortunately, the Nari provide audio while charging. If you're looking for gaming headphones with a better battery performance, you may prefer the ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless.
The Razer Nari Ultimate are compatible with Razer's excellent Synapse software, which offers many customization features. You can adjust the level of haptic feedback, customize the sound of the headphones using the graphic EQ or presets, set the Chroma lighting, and more. The only downside is you need to create an account and register with Razer to use their software.
The Razer Nari Ultimate aren't Bluetooth compatible. If you want a gaming headset with Bluetooth support, check out the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless or the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless.
The Razer Nari Ultimate have excellent non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. They have very low latency when used with their USB receiver, which makes them a suitable option for gaming and watching movies. You shouldn't notice any issue with audio syncing.
The Razer Nari Ultimate can be used wired with the included 1/8" TRRS audio cable. However, they need to be powered on to work. These headphones also come with a micro-USB to USB-A cable that can be used to charge the headphones.
The Razer Nari Ultimate can be used with Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles by plugging them directly into your controller with the included 1/8" TRRS cable, which gives you full audio and microphone compatibility.
The Razer Nari Ultimate come with a small USB dongle. It doesn't have any additional inputs and it doesn't charge the headphones. The dongle is compatible with PCs as well as PS4 and PS5 consoles but not the Xbox One or Xbox Series X consoles. If you’re looking for a gaming headset with a charging dock that’s compatible with the Xbox One, check out the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017.