Review: Razer Nari Wireless Headset

Razer has released a new line of wireless headsets that not only focus on extreme comfort, but also introduce new technologies. The Razer Nari is available in three different models and include THX Spatial Audio. If you fork out for the Nari Ultimate, this version includes Razer HyperSense. This technology is a special driver built into the ear cups that converts sound signals into dynamic touch-sensory feedback in real time. This helps to heighten the awareness of your surroundings. Even if you elect to go with a lesser model, it’s hard to pass up the Nari if you are searching for a new wireless gaming headset.

Instead of having an adjustable headband that you have to fiddle with, the Nari is built to fit anybody’s head. The headset is built around a unibody aluminum frame for stability as headband is plush and auto-adjusting. The Nari truly contours comfortably to your head as the gel-infused ear cup cushions truly hug your head. The cooling gel helps to reduce heat for long periods of gaming. The foam is covered by plush leatherette that will completely cover your ear. I thought the Kraken Tournament Edition headset was comfortable, but the Nari truly blows that away.

While the Nari’s comfort is there, the units are a bit on the weighty side. These headsets include drivers and the two upper tier models also include RGB. The ear cups swivel freely to help accommodate comfort, but the end result comes off as a bit bulky. So if you are looking for something lightweight, the Nari may not fit the bill. What you do get is a wireless headset that supports up to 40ft and can net 20 hours of battery life. This gets cut down if using Chroma and HyperSense. Razer rates the headset at eight hours with both enabled or 14 hours with just the Chroma. The Chroma is not overwhelming in color and can be configured in the Razer Synapse software. It is capable of a few effects and I do wish the color would pop a little bit more on the headset.

As for the microphone, this is stored within the headset and pulls out like other Razer products. The wireless USB dongle actually stores in the bottom of the Nari. Analog connection via 3.5mm cable is possible on the Non-Essential Nari’s. Unlike having a separate amplifier with buttons, all the buttons are tightly mapped on the ear cups for usage. This includes a game/chat analog dial for volume along with a separate volume control. When muting the chat, the end of the mic actually lights red.

The sound quality mixed with the comfort of the Nari is what really completes the experience. Using the THX Spatial Audio combined with the Razer HyperSense still brings a fantastic sound that gives the Nari a competitive edge. The Synapse software includes specific sound profiles for what you’re going along with the ability to customize EQ settings. Playing first-person games is boosted by the technology to help determine where the action is. The Nari also includes a bass boost and the sound doesn’t wear out your ears even after long periods of use. The sound acoustics are almost comforting in action and having this in a wireless headset is truly the icing on the cake.

One thing that was a bit strange is that when the headset is installed, it sets up two items of audio. One is game and the other is chat. The Nari has the dial on it to separate the audio focus. I actually began using it with the chat cranked up by accident but the audio from the game carries over to this. This doesn’t include the THX Spatial Audio, so it’s worth noting that the Game headset should be the default chosen on the system. Windows will choose both in the sound properties, but selecting the specific Game audio output setting from the volume link in Windows Taskbar is important. As for the microphone audio, the sound is crisp and distinct on both chat and playback. The mic is stored within the unit and can be extended and adjusted how you need it to be.

There are three versions priced appropriately for the Nari. For $99, the Nari Essential will bring you a wireless experience that includes the THX Spatial Audio, the cooling gel-infused cushions and a 16-hour battery life. The Essential lacks any Chroma option as the focus is on the technology. At this price, you can compare it to the Kraken Tournament Edition that also includes THX Spacial Audio, but that unit is wired and lighter in weight. For $149, the regular version of the Nari includes Chroma and bigger Drivers (50mm opposed to 40mm). This version can nab 14 hours of battery life with Chroma or 20 hours without. Lastly, this allows for 3.5mm analog input. And finally, the Nari Ultimate includes all the options and the Razer HyperSense technology. This retails for $199.

Closing Comments:

The Razer Nari headsets offer some great luxuries at good prices. If all you’re looking for is a wireless headset, you can’t beat the comfort and technology of the Nari Essential. If you’re looking for Chroma, you’ll get that for another $50, albeit the Chroma involved could be a little flashier. If you’re choosing to go with the Ultimate Nari, you will be satisfied in the price point for what you get with the HyperSense technology. Ultimately, that technology is the only difference between the two more expensive versions. Unless you’re looking for something lightweight, the Nari delivers on everything that a wireless headset could.