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Razer BlackShark Battlefield 3 Edition Headset Review

Performance:

The audio performance of a headset cannot be measured through any benchmarking software, there aren’t hard and fast rules either. It may vary from person to person and depends much on your personnel likings. We tested it with the Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-FI Titanium Fatal1ty Pro sound card, and my use included long gaming session(above ten hours), watching movies(mostly action) and listening to music.

This headset was made specifically for gaming and is a Battlefield 3 collector’s edition. Therefore, to test its performance Battlefield 3 was our first choice. Razer BlackShark sounded a bit different, the gunfire was loud, bass was deep and much more immersive. Even the background sounds were noticeably crispy. The sound effects sounded much more realistic. We also tested it with Modern Warfare 3, Max Payne 3 and the results were much similar, sound was crisp and clear and the bass was heavy.

We tested it with our Blu-Ray collection of action movies to see how it performs and the results were great. This isn’t a surround sound headset, hence it focuses solely to produce deep rumbling bass and crisp highs and therefore is excellent for watching action movies. Just like in Battlefield 3, the sound effects were more realistic.

Listening to music on this headset was not bad at all, but was neither exceptional. Even though the bass was deep and the highs were crisp, midtones were quite weak and sounded a bit quitter. There is always a tradeoff between music and gaming sound. When you buy a gaming headset it isn’t the best for listening to music.

The microphone on this headset is excellent for in-game chatting. In terms of specifications we have a frequency response of 50-16000Hz with sensitivity of -37dB at 1 kHz. Signal to noise ratio is 50dB and we have a unidirectional pick-up pattern, meaning that it only picks up sound from a specific side or direction of the microphone. It does the job for a gamer and is adequate for casual communication.

Comfort:

BlackShark is one of the more comfortable headsets I’ve used. The leatherette-covered ear pads are incredibly comfortable. It is always a trade-off between sound isolation and heat dissipation, as the ear cushions of this headset offers excellent sound isolation, they offer poor heat dissipation. Razer has tried fixing this with two small vents on top of the ear cups. There is very little inward pressure, only those who are not used to wearing headsets will notice it. The microphone on this headset is completely removable by simply pulling it out. The replacement cover bundled with this headset snaps into place magnetically. After wearing them for ten hours straight, I can say that they are just fine for extended play sessions.

Durability:

Durability has never been an issue with any Razer product. The quality of their products has always been top-notch. Razer BlackShark has a gold plated 3.5mm connector and the cable is rubber sheathed. Although it looks funky and looks feeble, it is not. It is feels sturdy when you touch it. Even though the microphone is detachable but it is solid enough to withstand any damage caused by removing it over and over again. We tested this headset for a week but we didn’t have any problem whatsoever. Like all Razer products BlackShark also comes with an one year international warranty for any such issue.

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