Razer have presented a fine line of high quality of accessories so far in 2013, some aimed at the mass market while others have been designed for a very specific audience. The Razer Blackshark headset is most certainly the former, presenting versatility as an equal commodity to sound quality.
This adaptability comes in the form of a removable microphone arm, simple connected via a snap-in system that allows for use on most mobile and console devices as well as desktop PCs. An additional included audio/mic splitter and extension cable also allows the Razer Blackshark to get the most out of sound cards built for high-end audio devices, as well as simpler, more immediate audio relays. The Razer Blackshark manages to be everything to everyone, and what’s more it does it with an incredibly high standard of clarity.
Far and above that of the Razer Kraken – but also presented with a significantly higher price tag – the Razer Blackshark is a hugely impressive audio deice when it comes to that all-important asset: sound quality. The headphones feature leatherette padded noise cancellation cuffs and sit comfortably, despite their apparent heft. However, it should also be noted that the Razer Blackshark feels considerably lighter in use than the Razer Kraken, which Electronic Theatre can only assume is the work of a superior arch design.
The aesthetics of the Razer Blackshark are also far-and-above Razer’s other audio equipment, which the sleek black glossy finish lacquered by striking green plastic cables running from the main pieces to auxiliary inputs. One might naturally assume that the Razer Blackshark is a case of form over function, but this simply isn’t the case: it’s a headset that not only looks great, but delivers the sound quality to match.