Razer Nari Review
Razer is an ambiguous manufacturer of hardware for players: some love and gladly use their products, others curse and by any means does not agree to even try them. Recently, the gaming headset market has been quite interesting – Steelseries new headsets and the growing popularity of the HyperX Cloud series. And it is clear that Razer also wants a part of its headphones market pie – and, of course, the larger, the better. Razer Nari – response to Steelseries Arctis 1 and 7 and HyperX Cloud Flight and Orbit S wireless headphones.
The previous Razer Wireless Man O'War headphones had their drawbacks – they were quite clumsy, did not hold firmly on the head and unfortunately did not have a 3.5mm connector – they could only be attachd to the device wirelessly. And now Razer offers three Nari options – Nari Essential, Nari and Nari Ultimate – according to each player's budget and needs.
This review will provide an overview of Nari's headphones, a 125-euro wireless headset with Razer virtual surround audio THX Spatial Audio technology, RGB lighting and with a battery life up to 20 hours.
The headset is connected to the computer using a 2.4Ghz USB dongle adapter that can be inserted into a special slot at the bottom of the headphone ear cups during transportation, same as it was with Man O'War headphones. It make no wonder, that Razer decided not to give up the positively rated earphone feature.
When you connect an adapter to your computer via USB connection, if your computer doesn't need Razer Synapse 3 software, the browser turns on and starts sending it to your computer — although it's rather spooky when your computer does it on its own, but very convenient: you don't need to search for the software on the Internet yourself, potentially downloading a non-latest version that can lead to the messy operation of the headset.
After installing the software, the headset can be used immediately. The app allows you to adjust the lighting of the headphones, check the battery level, adjust with the equalizer, or turn on/off the surround sound.
Design and convenience
The headphones use a self-adjusting headset - no matter how strange it sounds, but it's quite convenient: you don't need to turn your head on the size of the headset, which, by the way, is really large and fits, perhaps, for everyone. One of the drawbacks - the material of the lower part of the headset which quickly collects dust, and to clean them is quite difficult, because when it gets there, it is due to the rough surface of the material it stucks for a long time.
Nevertheless, the headset is comfortable, does not press the top of the head and does not look like it breaks down in a month of use.
As for the ear cups, you can only say about them – bulky: the width is almost 7cm. The ear cups can be rotated 90° – it is much more convenient to hang the headset on your neck when the speakers do not press the cheeks.
The earpads are soft, the materials are pleasant: leatherette on the outside and soft fabric in the contact part of the cushion. Cushion pads do not press the ears at all (for the attention of the ones wearing glasses – they have a special cavity for temples of the eyeglasses, so they will not press even after a few hours, the ears do not heat up for longer – the cushion pads filled with gel advertised by the manufacturer seems to make a noticeable difference.
RGB lighting elements on the ear cups are ordinary: the lighting is dim and the headphones user himself doesn't even see those lights – unless they take off the headphones. The headset illumination shortens the battery life of the headset by 6 (!) hours.
The control buttons on the headphones, to tell the truth, are in a slightly awkward place, but this is mainly due to the large size of the ear cups. The volume adjustment wheel is the only one in the right headphone ear cup. The wheel rotates easily, without resistance. It adjusts to the sound level only on the headset, so the sound on your computer doesn't change (as it was with Hyperx Cloud Flight), and the will work ater the headset is wired to your phone or iPad (it was considered as a drawback in the same HyperX Cloud Flight headphones).
The left ear cup has all the other control buttons — turning off the microphone, adjusting the sound balance of the game and chat app, and the headset power button. Starting with the microphone control button, it's top, so it's quite easy to remember and accessible without much effort. The microphone is red-lit — a perfect (non-) performance indicator that makes it clear whether the microphone is really turned off.
The next, middle, button is almost identical to the wheel of the right ball, which can adjust the sound balance between the game and the voice chat program (for example, Discord). The inconvenient fact that the wheel has a tendency to be accidentally spun in one direction – but thanks to the creators for being understanding, the wheel can be locked in the middle position at 50% and holds strong enough – so it is easy to return to its original position when unintentionally turned down.
The last is the headset power button. It is identical to the microphone on/off button, but is quite far away, so they do not mix with each other. Press easily, the corresponding sound effect is heard when the headset is switched on or off.
Retractable microphone – used in almost all Razer headphones so Nari is no exception. The microphone itself is small, the cord is sturdy, covered with a glossy layer of plastic. When the microphone is turned off, its tip is red-lighted — bright enough to prevent it from dimming in a brighter environment, but not too bright to distract attention in the dark.
Thanks to the relatively loose headband, when pulling and pushing the microphone, the headset has to be held with the other hand so that it does not fall off the head. However, the microphone itself enters backwards without major obstacles – at the first time, without any "suitable" tilts or nudges.
Razer Nari – a good example that some gaming headphones are not suitable for music. The sound of the headphones isn't bad – but it's just not very good for listening to music: the sound is warm, it doesn't bother you any longer when using headphones – but for these reasons, listening to music lacks detail, the sound is too muffled. The low frequencies are emphasised, often sound agressively and overwhelming.
Mindrange frequencies – fairly decent; when it comes to the highs – they are weakened quite severely so as not to bother the ears – this is mainly due to the suffocatingness of the music. Although the sound quality is not particularly good, but when using headphones only for games, the sound profile is enough.
As for THX Spatial Audio – it works and works well, but its use also has inconvenience – the headset software requires the surrounding sound to be turned on separately for each game or app. And only you can do this when the game is already turned on (but only once, later the program remembers the user's choice).
The microphone in the headset is not surprisingly bad in audio quality – however, it's wireless headphones and the sound is compressed quite heavily. Compared to other wireless headset microphones, Nari offers better quality, but in my opinion, it's much better to buy a decent standalone microphone for a few dozen euros. Though the microphone is fully enough for talk in Discord program and Zoom.
User experience and impressions
The headphones are, in fact, comfortable – they don't press your head at all, and the cozy cushions encourage ventilation. From the very first moments of use of the headset, everything is convenient and clear – the non-lost adapter in the headset and the pull-out microphone with LED indicator, self-downloading software that is convenient and easy to use.
But the headphones are only suitable for sitting in the house in front of the computer – they are huge and bulky, and they are not very firm on their head – when they start to take a faster step, they only slip away from their heads. Furthermore, the music doesn't sound very clear. But if you need comfortable headphones with a pretty high-quality microphone for games or work at home, I would recommend them.
Razer Nari offers the user a high level of comfort and everything any player might need – RGB lighting, a good microphone, a relatively long battery life, the combination of game and chat app sound balances (although less needed) and virtual surround sound technology.
However, the headphones have not got rid of the previous flaws in Razer's wireless headphones – Nari are large and clumsy headphones that tend to slip off the head. But, for the joy of phone users, a 3.5mm connector appeared in the headphones – but the headphones are completely unsuitable for wearing in the city or walking, because almost at every step they drop off the head. However, costing around 125 euros, these headphones are a pretty good choice for those looking for comfortable headphones for the game on weekend evenings.
For those who want wireless gaming headphones that would suit you and wear in the city, you should pay attention to Cooler Master MH670 headphones. In their appearance, they are somewhat reminiscent of Sennheiser headphones, have a removable microphone, a braided cable, and the headset can be attached to the phone wirelessly using an adapter.
For those who don't appreciate the Steelseries Arctis 7 or 9X wireless headphones, they're considered as some of the best wireless headset games that are also perfect for listening to music. Sennheiser GSP 670: expensive, heavy, but sound quality is amazing.
Well, and for those who want ultra-stylish headphones, Corsair Virtuoso is probably the only option: an interesting but simple design, a long battery life, a good microphone and a high fidelity sound quality for listening to music. Unfortunately, cheaper versions of headphones costing about 190 euros leave fingerprints, so it is recommended to buy a Special Edition costing about 215 euros. So maybe you should just get Cooler Master MH670, which costs almost twice as low as 99€.