Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated May 04, 2020 at 02:52 pm
Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless Picture
6.0
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Sound
5.4
Commute/Travel
5.1
Sports/Fitness
6.1
Office
7.4
Wireless Gaming
7.7
Wired Gaming
6.8
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Razer Nari Ultimate are decent over-ear wireless gaming headphones. They’re comfortable and well-built, but are very bulky and have poor stability. They have a bass-heavy sound profile, though they're very inconsistent among users, so different people will likely experience their bass quite differently. They have some unique features, like Razer's HyperSense, which is a haptic feedback system that transmits vibrations or rumbles to the user. While this helps you get immersed in your games, it can get tiring after a while. Their 5-hour battery life is very disappointing, and they can't be used passively as they require battery even when wired. Their retractable boom microphone is only decent, and your voice sounds thin and lacking brilliance. On the upside, they have very low wireless latency when used with their small USB receiver.

Our Verdict

6.0 Mixed Usage

The Razer Nari Ultimate are mediocre for mixed usage. While their boom microphone is retractable, they're likely too large and bulky to be used wired as your day-to-day headphones with your phone. They're good for gaming thanks to their comfortable design and decent overall mic performance. Unfortunately, they only last around 5 hours off a single charge, even when being used wired. On the upside, they're passable to use in the office, though they don't block out much background noise. They also have an unstable fit and aren't ideal for sports or commuting since they easily fall off the head.

Pros
  • Unique haptic feedback system.
  • Well-built and relatively comfortable.
  • Very low latency.
Cons
  • Unstable fit prone to slipping off head.
  • Disappointingly short battery life.
  • Poor isolation performance.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
6.9 Neutral Sound

The Razer Nari Ultimate are decent for neutral listening. They're quite comfortable and will stay on your head if you’re sitting still. Their frequency response consistency is quite poor, so different people will likely experience their sound profile very differently. However, on average they have deep and punchy bass, that's quite overpowering as their mid and treble ranges are much more accurate and well-balanced. Since these are closed-back headphones, they don't have a very open soundstage.

5.4 Commute/Travel

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 and 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 5 hours, and they don't work passively even with a wire.

5.1 Sports/Fitness

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, and don't support Bluetooth, so you can't use them wirelessly with your phone.

6.1 Office

Decent for office use. The Nari Ultimate are comfortable enough for long listening periods and can be used wirelessly with any PC. Unfortunately, they don’t isolate noise well and have a poor 5-hour battery life, though you can use them while charging, which is good. They have great customization options, though you have to install the Razer Synapse software to gain access to them, which some workplaces may not allow.

7.4 Wireless Gaming

The Razer Nari Ultimate are decent for wireless gaming. They’re wirelessly compatible with PC and PS4 by using the included 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 have a decent microphone. 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.

7.7 Wired Gaming

The Razer Nari Ultimate are good for wired gaming. They can be used with PS4 or Xbox One by plugging them directly into your controller with the included TRRS cable. You can also plug them into your PC, though you may need an additional adapter if your PC doesn't support a TRRS connection, as they don't transfer audio over USB. While the boom microphone does a great job at separating your voice from background noise, unfortunately, the recording quality is only okay, and your voice sounds thin and lacking in brilliance.

6.8 Phone Calls

The Razer Nari Ultimate are decent for phone calls. They have a decent boom microphone that does a great job in 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.

  • 6.0 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 5.4 Commute/Travel
  • 5.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.1 Office
  • 7.4 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.7 Wired Gaming
  • 6.8 Phone Calls
  1. Update 2/25/2020: Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  4. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Razer Nari Ultimate have a sleek and polished look, though they're very bulky headphones. They have large, circular ear cups with thick, dense padding. They have a similar design to the Razer Man O’ War Wireless but look a little more premium overall. They have an all-black design with gunmetal accents and feature the Razer logo with dynamic RGB lighting on the ear cups.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.9 lbs
Clamping Force
1.5 lbs

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. The headband is coated in a more breathable mesh material and has less padding than the ear cups, but is 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.

5.8
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Okay
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
Yes
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The Razer Nari 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.

5.6
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 7.8 C

The Razer Nari Ultimate have poor breathability and make your ears warm after wearing them for a while. They're a bit less breathable than typical closed-back over-ear headphones since they fit quite tightly on the head and have thick leatherette pads that block a lot of airflow. This means you may need to take some breaks now and then during long gaming sessions, and they aren't the best option to wear while exercising.

5.2
Design
Portability
L 8.7 "
W 7.2 "
H 4.0 "
Volume 251 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Razer Nari 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. Although they don't support Bluetooth and require their transmitter to be used wirelessly, they can be used wired with the included audio cable.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones don't come with a carrying case.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Razer Nari Ultimate are well-built gaming headphones. 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.

4.5
Design
Stability

The Razer Nari Ultimate have poor stability. They have an auto-adjusting headband that is quite comfortable but doesn’t provide enough stability for the headphones to rest securely on your head as it'll readjust itself while you move. The headphones move around a lot when turning or tilting your head, even minimally. Unfortunately, this can be disruptive while gaming since you need to stop what you’re doing to readjust the headphones quite often.

Design
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In The Box

  • Razer Nari Ultimate headphones
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • 1/8" TRRS cable
  • USB dongle (inside headset)
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.58 db
Treble Amount
-4.06 db

The Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless have a bass-heavy sound profile. It's worth noting that these headphones have poor frequency response consistency and people with glasses or long hair will likely experience their bass response very differently. Therefore, our results are an average of various reseats, and your experience may vary. That being said, they have quite a bit of extra punch on average, though the rest of the ranges are quite well-balanced. This makes these headphones best suited to bass-heavy genres like hip-hop and EDM, or to help bring out explosions and gunshots in video games.

5.5
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.21 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Razer Nari Ultimate is poor. Their bass delivery is quite inconsistent across our different people, with some people experiencing more bass and others experiencing less. If you have a lot of hair between the headphones and your ear or wear glasses, you may experience a noticeable drop in bass. There’s also a fair amount of inconsistency in the treble range, depending on the position of the headphones. This means that your treble response may change as the headset moves around on your head.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
5.9
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.73 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
1.3 dB
Mid-Bass
6.23 dB
High-Bass
8.43 dB

The Razer Nari Ultimate have disappointing bass accuracy. Most of the range is quite over-emphasized which will provide a lot of extra thump and boominess. While this will help bring some warmth and body to gunshots and explosions in video games, it may make some music sound muddy.

It's worth noting that their bass delivery varies noticeably across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.

7.9
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.78 dB
Low-Mid
4.17 dB
Mid-Mid
0.24 dB
High-Mid
-0.72 dB

The mid-range accuracy of these headphones is very good. It follows our target curve quite well while, though the over-emphasized low-mid range may cause some music to sound muddy and cluttered.

7.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.74 dB
Low-Treble
0.33 dB
Mid-Treble
-2.3 dB
High-Treble
-6.46 dB

The treble accuracy of these headphones is very good. Low treble follows our target curve well, though after that most of the range is recessed, which causes sounds to appear lifeless, dull, and lacking in brightness.

7.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.75 db
Dips
1.01 db

The peaks and dips performance of these headphones are decent. The large peak in high-bass that then falls to be recessed in mid-mids will cause your music to sound very cluttered and muddy. The large peak in mid-treble may make some frequencies sound sharp and piercing.

8.2
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.35
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.06
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.21
Weighted Phase Mismatch
4.38

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 test unit are well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase. 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.

6.2
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.35 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.46 dB
PRTF Distance
12.41 dB
Openness
4.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.4

The passive soundstage of the Razer Nari Ultimate is mediocre. The PRTF graph shows a decent amount of activation and interaction with the pinna. Due to their closed-back design, their soundstage appears to be located inside the listener's head, rather than being very speaker-like.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

These headphones have a virtual surround feature, though we don't currently test the effectiveness of this. 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.

7.9
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.271
WHD @ 100
0.100

The weighted harmonic distortion of these headphones is decent.Even at higher volumes, you shouldn't notice any distortion or compression artifacts.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Therefore, our results are only valid when using the headphones with these settings.

Isolation
5.3
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-13.8 dB
Bass
-0.17 dB
Mid
-10.32 dB
Treble
-31.73 dB

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. This means they will let in all the rumble of airplane and bus engines. They're only passable at reducing background speech and chatter, so they may not be the best option to keep you concentrated in the office. On the upside, they do a great job at reducing the treble range, responsible for sharp “S” and “T” sounds and fan noises like A/C systems.

6.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
44.1 dB

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.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No

These gaming headphones have a retractable boom microphone.

6.9
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
522.85 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.15 dB
HFE
5664.61 Hz
Weighted THD
0.104
Gain
29.12 dB

The recording quality of the microphone is decent. When using the mic, your voice is detailed and understandable, though it sounds relatively thin, and lacks a bit of airiness and brilliance.

8.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
27.95 dB

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.

Active Features
5.2
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
5.3 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
5.3 hrs
Charge Time
2.9 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

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. Though we expect better performance with the haptic feedback and RGB lighting disabled. They take nearly three hours to charge, which is sub-par, but fortunately, the Nari provide audio while charging.

8.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Razer Synapse
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Yes

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 with a graphic EQ or through various 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.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

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.

8.8
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
131 ft
Non-BT Latency
23 ms

The Razer Nari Ultimate only have 23ms of latency when used with their USB receiver, which is excellent. This makes them a suitable option for gaming and watching movies since latency below 50ms is barely noticeable for most users.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.4 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The Razer Nari Ultimate can be used wired with the included TRRS audio cable; however, they need to be powered on to work. Unfortunately, they don't have USB audio.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

These headphones are fully compatible with both PC and PS4. They can be used wirelessly with their USB dongle or wired by plugging them into your PS4 controller or directly into your PC with the included TRRS cable.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

These headphones can be used with Xbox One by plugging them directly into your controller with the included TRRS cable.

3.4
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Yes
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

The Razer Nari Ultimate come with a small USB dongle that has no additional input options and does not charge the headphones. The dongle is compatible with PCs and the PS4 but not the Xbox One. If you’re looking for a gaming headset with a charging dock that’s compatible with the Xbox One, check out the Astro A50.

Compared to other headphones

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The Razer Nari Ultimate are decent wireless gaming headphones that set themselves apart with their unique haptic feedback feature. Though they're quite comfortable and well-built, they’re also significantly bulkier and less stable-fitting than most gaming headphones. If you’re looking for gaming headphones and want to see a greater variety of fit options, check out our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless
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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. Their boom microphone also performs better and their continuous battery life is much higher than the Razer's 5.3 hours.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
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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.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017
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The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are much better gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate. The Arctis 7 have a better control scheme and a much more stable fit. They also have a better-balanced sound profile and a significantly better microphone. Their battery lasts longer, too. The Razer Nari does have more wireless range and haptic feedback, but the Arctis 7 is an overall better headset.

Razer Kraken Ultimate
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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.

Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019
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TheAstro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are way better gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless. The Astro are more comfortable, better-built, have a more neutral sound profile, a better battery life, and a better overall microphone performance. On the other hand, the Razer provide bass haptic feedback and have lower latency.

Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset
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The Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset are slightly better gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate. The G933’s 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 Nari have better isolation performance, lower latency, and greater wireless range.

Razer Man O’ War Wireless
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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 microphone and battery life. They also have a more stable fit and are less likely to slip off your head while gaming.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless
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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 5 hours, which is quite disappointing. The SteelSeries have a much longer battery life, a better microphone, easier-to-use controls, and feel more durable.

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