Razer Nari Ultimate Review
Razerthink – Razer has ushered in a new era for gaming headsets with the Razer Nari Ultimate. Using the intelligent “Hypersense” haptic technology co-developed with German engineering firm Lofelt, Razer has found new frontiers when it comes to creating the most immersive sensory experience you’ll ever enjoy. It’s no exaggeration to say that this is probably the best Razer headset you can get. This beautiful lady costs $200/£200/AU$250. On the surface, at least, that’s a pretty good price for a wireless headset with eight hours of battery life.
The Razer Nari Ultimate deserves wireless gaming. Razer Nari are fully compatible with PCs and PS4, PS5 consoles when using the included wireless USB receiver. Nari have low latency and are comfortable enough to wear for a while without causing too much fatigue. They have plenty of customization options via the Razer Synapse app, and their microphones offer decent overall performance. They have a very unstable fit and need to be adjusted frequently, frustrating when gaming. Their 8-hour battery life is also decent, and you may need to plug them in to charge after playing for a while, depending on your setup. Not extraordinary, but impressive. Pair that with all the other features buried in this baby, and it’s pretty affordable.
The Razer Nari Ultimate is fair for neutral sound. Their frequency response consistency is subpar, so different people may experience their sound profiles differently. However, on average, they have such a heavy sound profile that some users might find them muddy. Their mid and treble ranges feel more neutral and accurate. But, they don’t have a very open or wide space; they don’t have a very open or wide soundstage because of their closed headphones.
The Razer Nari Ultimate is disappointing for travel and travel. They don’t block out a lot of background noise to isolate low engine rumble from buses or planes. They also have a volatile and tremendous match rate, making them difficult to carry around without taking up a lot of space in the bag. They’re not the best for long days of travel because their battery only lasts about five hours, and they can’t be used passively.
The Razer Nari Ultimate is not recommended for sports or fitness. These bulky over-ears don’t have a regular size and tend to slide around with minimal movement. They’re also not very breathable, like most of their gaming headphones. They also don’t support Bluetooth, so you can’t use them wirelessly with your phone. They weigh 432g. Still, it’s comfortable even with their heavy bodies. The earpads are large and made of synthetic leather. The pads even have hidden holes in the pillows for people who wear glasses, which is a nice touch.
The Razer Nari Ultimate is the culmination of all of Razer’s past efforts, with elements from previous flagships all present and accounted for alongside new and innovative features that help justify that high-end price tag. The Razer Nari Ultimate has excellent build quality. The Nari feels much better built than the Razer Man O’ War Wireless. They are mostly made of solid, suitable quality plastic, with a metal headband frame that feels solid. However, they are not very flexible, and the joint where the ear cups rotate feels like a potential weak point.
They are also quite heavy and might break if you drop them. An exposed audio cable shouldn’t be a problem, but it can get damaged over time. While we didn’t test them, they also don’t have an IP rating for water resistance, which is to be expected from gaming headphones. There’s an aluminum headband frame to help provide strength, and an auto-adjustable padded headband, to keep the top of your head comfortable.
The big party cut is the included connectivity options. You can connect via 2.4 GHz wireless (with a dongle embedded in the headset itself for easy access), analog with the included four-pole cable, and you can also connect via USB in pseudo wireless, wired mode, allowing you to charge and listen. You can simultaneously, as long as the dongle is still attached.
But Unfortunately, Hypersense compensates for even the smallest amount of noise. As a result, it becomes annoying quickly while watching movies or videos on YouTube. Footsteps, spoken words, and the more minor sound effects still create some vibrations, which feel out of place. You can reduce the sensitivity of haptic feedback, but it’s not enough to stop awkward, accidental vibrations.
The weight can hurt the overall comfort level. However, we were pleasantly surprised that the Nari Ultimate, for the most part, feels like most Razer headphones, which is to say comfortable. The headband doesn’t put too much pressure on your crown, and the faux leather cushion is soft. There are even hidden cutouts for people who wear glasses. Even after a long 3-hour gaming session, we were still ready for more. The RGB lighting is used sparingly, with only the green Razer logo lighting on each cup. We found it quite pleasant. It’s not too bright and creates a friendly atmosphere while enjoying your gaming session.
Hypersense is the selling point of Razer Nari Ultimate, and Lofelt designed haptics. It provides haptic feedback for the low end via a dedicated driver in each ear cup. This feature adds depth to the game you are playing by physically feeling what is happening in the game. Includes the “immersion” part of the marketing for these headphones.
Unfortunately, this feature is quite hit or miss as practicality goes. It is incredibly annoying when watching a movie or YouTube video, as it seems that every sound triggers slight vibrations that have nothing to do with what’s going on. And when listening to music, it can be both fun and annoying. Haptics feels too strong even during regular listening. According to them, you should adjust the intensity, but that is slightly skewed.
Razer Nari Ultimate Sound
Nari Ultimate’s frequency response indicates a significant amount of de-emphasis in the mid-high and high frequencies. This sound profile is excellent for gaming, adding extra meat to the bass. This gives explosions and shots some extra oomph while also helping the game’s soundtrack and effects sound a little warmer. This all leads to a great gaming experience. The soundstage is excellent, offering a decent amount of separation. We can easily hear where footsteps of gunfire are coming from during a Call of Duty: Warzone session.
The Razer Nari Ultimate has subpar breathability. They are less breathable than regular closed over-ear headphones because their snug fit and thick padding block airflow. As a result, they get trapped in heat, which can keep your ears warm when wearing them for long gaming sessions. Your ears may also sweat more if you wear them during physical activity, as ears are not designed for this purpose.
Connection strength is very good with the Razer Nari Ultimate. To use this wirelessly, you’ll need to plug a USB adapter into your computer or console. Luckily, you can take the USB adapter out of the storage on the right ear cup, which is excellent. You cannot use this headset with your smartphone because it is only for devices with standard USBs. You can plug it into any smartphone via a 3.5mm cable and dongle (not included).
The Razer Nari Ultimate is not very portable headphones and is designed to be used at home with your gaming setup. They’re one of the enormous headphones we’ve measured so far, and while the earplugs roll, they don’t come with a carrying case. They also don’t support Bluetooth and require their transmitter to be used wirelessly. Luckily, they can be used with the included audio cable.
One of the small wheels is also dedicated to combining game audio and chat when gaming. You can switch between game audio and chat audio and anywhere in between. Just scroll the wheel to get the perfect balance for you. Above that is the dedicated mute button, and below that is the power button, which also tells you how the battery performs depending on its color.
Battery life on the Razer Nari Ultimate
As far as battery life goes, we measured 8 hours, 22 minutes when we tested the Nari Ultimate through our standard test. The Razer Nari Ultimate has decent battery performance. With haptic feedback set at 50% and RGB lighting on, the headphones lasted a little over 5 hours, which is far less than Razer’s advertised 8 hours of battery life. While we expected better performance with haptic feedback and RGB lighting disabled, battery performance may vary depending on usage, so your real-world experience may vary. That said, they took almost three hours to charge, which is subpar, but thankfully, the Nari provides audio while charging.
Razer Nari Ultimate blocks noise
On the isolation front, Nari Ultimate does a decent job. Headsets can’t compete with noise-canceling headsets, but they can keep the typical home life sound. You’ll have no trouble ignoring a noisy roommate in another room or the occasional sound of traffic outside the window. The rumbling and noise of walking around the city will still be heard, but you probably won’t be walking around much with this.
The Razer Nari Ultimate is now available on the Razer website for US$199.99
The Razer Nari Ultimate is a beautifully designed, high-end headset that delivers a great audio experience and comfort. It’s hard not to be impressed with advanced features like haptic feedback, THX Spatial Audio, and cooling gel earcups. Having haptic feedback resonating around your brain will be one of the things you either love or hate. The Nari’s is an exciting concept, but we need an off switch.
While I’m not entirely into the build quality of the excellent Razer Nari Ultimate, which is arguably worth the USD 199 price tag—it’s a delightful headset. While you can use it for music, it’s made to provide another layer of immersion while gaming, and Hypersense does the trick.