The Razer Nari Ultimate
Enter a new kind of headset. While these are for gaming, I use them for several different purposes. As always, I'll give you a couple of the coolest features and reasons why I like or dislike them. This is not a blog for technical analysis so you won't hear me talking about things like frequency range, equalization, or compared against audiophile tech, etc. After all, this is for fun!
First of all, they're HUGE
I don't mind the size as I'm mainly using them in my office, but this headset is not something I could see you carrying around. They stick further away form my ears from any headset I've ever owned. I'm sure that's due to the thick ear pads and haptic engine.
That said, even with the metal head band and thick frame, they don't feel that heavy on my head. Maybe I'm used to gigantic headsets, or they've improved the head strap cushioning so that it takes care of some of the lifting for you. Either way, it's surprisingly comfortable to wear. The cooling gel in the ear cups makes it nice for longer sessions whether it's gaming or listening to your favorite playlist while coding.
The haptic engine sold me
What? They put a haptic engine in a pair of headphones? Why yes, you heard (read) me correctly. The haptic engine gives you vibration feedback based on the sound that is pumped through the speakers. In other words, if you listen to something with a lot of bass, you can really feel it.
This feature is something that you'll have to judge on your own. Feeling music is kind of cool, but I could see the haptic feature getting really annoying during long sessions of the same genre. Remember though, this is a gaming headset so that's where this feature really shines.
Paired with THX spacial audio, the haptics are amazing in-game. Personally, I've only used them for about an hour or two while playing Cyberpunk 2077, but I want to share the experience because it blew me away.
Have you ever gone to a concert or club? The answer is probably yes. When you walk into the venue during sound check or mid-song, you can feel the reverberations throughout your body and it makes you feel more connected to the music. This is exactly what the headset accomplishes in-game for me. I was in a cybernetic chair doing some "brain dipping" (dream recording for those who don't play the game) and when I went back through the doors to the club the haptics picked up the vibrations of the bass. Short of being there, I felt like I was actually entering a room filled with sound. I can imagine pairing this headset with something like the Oculus Quest 2 for even fuller immersion during VR gaming.
Should I go get them?
Well, this blog is more for fun. You won't find affiliate links or anything like that form me. I'll give you a short list of features and you can decide for yourself:
- THX Spacial Audio
- Haptic Engine
- Customizable RGB
- Wireless and wired (Non-Bluetooth)
- Works with game consoles and PC/Mac
- Lots of features to tweak on PC with Razer Synapse software
That's it! I use these some of the time but they'll probably just continue to be my main gaming headset. I still use my HomePod stereo setup for iPad audio. I still use my AirPods when listening to tutorial videos and I won't take them with me anywhere.
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