The Razer BlackShark is a 2.0 stereo headset that fits comfortably and sounds great with the stylish look of an aviator headset but with real quality materials to last.
Ease of Use, Performance: 4/5
Look & Feel: 4.5/5
How much I enjoy 4.5/5
Total: 4.5/5 Stars
The Razer BlackShark is a stereo aviator style headset for PC gaming, music and movies but the headset really excels at gaming with virtual surround sound available depending on your system. The BlackShark may be a 2.0 stereo headset but a good audio card can deliver surround sound virtually to your ears using delays for different channels and parts of the audio.
The Razer BlackShark comes with the headset, a detachable boom microphone, audio microphone splitter cable, microphone connector plug, manual and Battlefield 3 Dog Tag unlock code all in a nice box. The box is a nice place to store your headset and Razer has really made a point of including nice packaging that can sometimes do double duty as a storage case.
The Razer BlackShark has a four section tipped audio cable so for many of the connections to a PC you will need to use the included splitter cable to separate audio and microphone signals. The combined cable attached to the headset is about 51 inches while the splitter cable is about 42 inches for a nice length when you use both cables.
The headset works well for use on a PC but I have also tried it with a tablet, MP3 player and my PlayStation 3 console so it is pretty versatile. The BlackShark sounds great for all the devices I have used it with but gaming is where this really excels and stands out.
The BlackShark is a great sounding headset for gaming and very comfortable with its aviator style that makes adjusting the headset and boom easy. The metal bands where the cable runs to the earpieces have clips for the cable to keep things neat while the headband is padded and has knobs for tightening the band on each side.
The head band adjusts for larger or smaller heads and has a nice range which for me amounts to being able to go smaller because most headsets fit larger on my head. The headband rests comfortably on my head and takes up some of the weight of the headset for an overall very comfortable fit.
The ear pieces and cushioning work well for both comfort and noise isolation that helps a lot to not only keep extra sound out but to enhance your gaming experience. The Razer BlackShark is a great headset that works slightly better for gaming than it does for music or movies but I have no complaints for any type of audio I have tried.
Music and movies sound very good but the headset was designed for gaming and this really shows, or sounds, when using the headset for its intended purpose. I have been gaming with the Razer BlackShark for a month and really have enjoyed the clear sounds that the headset delivers.
Surround sound from my PC both using an Asus Sabertooth 990FX motherboard and the slightly better Auzentech X-Forte sound card really makes my gaming experience a pleasure. I have played my current favorite game Battlefield 3 and Crysis 2 as well as Test Drive: Ferrari Legends on my PlayStation 3 using the BlackShark.
To use the headset with Test Drive Ferrari I connected it to my PS 3 to try out the headset without using the virtual surround and was not surprised when the headset sounded great with the console as well as the PC. I have also watched several movies and listened to music daily, a favorite past time for me while writing, to round out my headset testing.
The Razer BlackShark really is comfortable even after hours of gaming or other use as the cushioned ear pieces and the padded headband evenly distributes the weight. I have had headsets that have too much weight on the band or the ears but the BlackShark nicely distributes the weight between both for a comfortable fit.
The headset also has the nice microphone on a boom that is easy to position, works well and is very quick to disconnect; there is no twisting or yanking the connection out. The microphone simply plugs in using a spring loaded latch to keep it snug in the socket but it stays in well enough while in use.
The microphone sounds as good as any I have tested using Skype to hear myself by talking into the microphone and listening with a couple of other headsets and speakers. I use two computers to test this out and listen to the microphone by talking into it and using a variety of headsets to check the microphone quality.
The Razer BlackShark has a great microphone that is very easy to unplug but it also sounds great over Skype and I have had no problems while gaming and using the microphone. I really like being able to just pull the microphone out without having to turn it or twist it, the replacement plug also just pushes in and pulls out.
The Razer BlackShark is an all-around great headset and well worth the $130 price tag Razer is asking for it even though it is only stereo. Many computers offer virtual surround sound so getting the required surround from a stereo headset is not all that hard for most gamers.
Even if you don’t have surround sound the headset does an excellent job at gaming audio as well as movies and music so the headset is fantastic even for just stereo. I highly recommend the Razer BlackShark as a terrific stereo headset that works well for movies and music but excels at gaming.
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