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Razer Nari Ultimate Review

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The Razer Nari Ultimate delivers immersive audio, comfort, and unique haptic feedback but falls short in battery life. The noise isolation performance is also poor.

$199.99

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Razer Nari Ultimate headphones were launched in early 2019 as a pair of mid-tier gaming headphones that feature a boom mic. They’re compatible with PCs and Xbox or PlayStation consoles and have a companion app for sound customization. The headphones rely on a wireless USB dongle for connectivity, but like many of the best gaming headsets, they also offer Bluetooth connectivity. It has thick padding around the headphone’s ear cups and the breathable mesh material on its headband.

Controls include a mute/unmute button and a volume control wheel, and as a unique feature, they have Razer HyperSense built-in for haptic feedback. This, coupled with the sound from its 50mm drivers, delivers an immersive gaming experience.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Razer Nari Ultimate gaming headphones offer mixed features for gamers and streamers. While it excels in providing an immersive audio experience and comfortable design, it has notable drawbacks like short battery life and disappointing noise isolation performance. However, the software is easy to navigate, and the microphone handles surrounding noise pretty well for flawless sound capture. Its 26ms latency through its non-BT connection also ensures complete audio-visual synchronicity, making it great for lag-free gaming or movie watching.

If haptic feedback and immersive audio are top priorities, the Nari Ultimate has its merits, but its short battery life may force some to make other considerations.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Bass-heavy sound quality.
    • The Razer Nari Ultimate gaming headphones offer a bass-heavy sound profile out of the box, but its mids and highs can be fine-tuned and customized through its user-friendly companion software.

    • The headphones also have a haptic feedback feature for added immersion when gaming.

  • Very comfortable
    • The Razer Nari Ultimate headphones can be worn for extended gaming sessions thanks to its large ear cups’ thick, soft padding.

  • Good microphone recording quality
    • The boom mic on the Razer Nari Ultimate relays a detailed, audible sound, as is made clear by its above-average microphone quality rating of 6.9/10. This places it in the top 50% of alternatives in its category.

Reason to Avoid

  • Short battery life
    • The headphones last only 5.3 hours after a full charge, which is below average compared to other headsets in the same category.

  • Poor noise isolation performance
    • The Razer Nari Ultimate doesn’t have noise isolation, and as a result, the headset lets in airplane and bus engine noise.

  • Poor frequency response consistency
    • The headset’s frequency response is heavily dependent on the fit, seal, and size of the wearer’s head, so it is not consistent for every user.

Razer Nari Ultimate Specs

Adjustable HeadbandAdjustable HeadbandYes
Auto-Adjusting HeadbandAuto-Adjusting HeadbandYes
Battery LifeBattery Life16 hrs
Compatible PlatformsCompatible PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Connector SizeConnector Size3.5mm
Detachable MicDetachable MicNo
Driver SizeDriver Size50mm
Earcup Foam MaterialEarcup Foam MaterialFoam
Headphone FitHeadphone FitOver-ear
Max Frequency ResponseMax Frequency Response28,000Hz
Min Frequency ResponseMin Frequency Response12Hz
Noise CancelingNoise CancelingNo
Product WeightProduct Weight1.04 lbs
Programmable ButtonsProgrammable ButtonsNo
WirelessWirelessYes
Wireless ConnectivityWireless Connectivity2.4GHz Wireless

All Specs

Test Results

Max Volume (dB)0
Microphone Sound Quality Rating (out of 10.0)6.9
Speech To Noise Ratio (dB)27.84
BT Latency (ms)0
Non-BT Latency (ms)0
Low End Roll Off (Hz)29.966
High End Roll Off (Hz)8,736.026

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Market Context

The Razer Nari Ultimate headphones were launched in early 2019 as a pair of mid-tier gaming headphones that feature a boom mic. They’re compatible with…

The Razer Nari Ultimate headphones were launched in early 2019 as a pair of mid-tier gaming headphones that feature a boom mic. They’re compatible with PCs and Xbox or PlayStation consoles and have a companion app for sound customization. The headphones rely on a wireless USB dongle for connectivity, but like many of the best gaming headsets, they also offer Bluetooth connectivity. It has thick padding around the headphone’s ear cups and the breathable mesh material on its headband.

Controls include a mute/unmute button and a volume control wheel, and as a unique feature, they have Razer HyperSense built-in for haptic feedback. This, coupled with the sound from its 50mm drivers, delivers an immersive gaming experience.

While the Razer Nari Ultimate headphones are wireless, the Razer Kraken X headphones are wired, making them slightly more inconvenient. Lastly, the Nari Ultimate Wireless…

While the Razer Nari Ultimate headphones are wireless, the Razer Kraken X headphones are wired, making them slightly more inconvenient. Lastly, the Nari Ultimate Wireless headphones allow for sound configuration through the Razer Synapse app, but unfortunately, this is something that owners of the Kraken X headphones will not be able to do. In case they sound interesting, we’ve covered the Razer Kraken X headphones in our Razer Kraken X review.

The Razer Nari Ultimate headphones only have one boom microphone, while the Logitech G933 wireless headphones have both an in-line and a boom mic, as…

The Razer Nari Ultimate headphones only have one boom microphone, while the Logitech G933 wireless headphones have both an in-line and a boom mic, as well as a longer-lasting 12.5-hour battery compared to the Razer Nari’s 5.3-hour battery, but if you’d prefer a longer 52.6-hour battery life, check out our Razer Opus review. However, if a wired alternative works fine, here’s our Sennheiser Game One review. Also worth noting is that the Logitech headphones allow for passive playback while the Nari headphones do not.

The Razer Nari Ultimate headphones are noticeably larger compared to the Razer Kraken V3 Pro headphones, but the V3 Pro headphones have better sound leakage…

The Razer Nari Ultimate headphones are noticeably larger compared to the Razer Kraken V3 Pro headphones, but the V3 Pro headphones have better sound leakage performance. In terms of battery life, the V3 Pro headphones last a lot longer than the Nari headphones, as the V3 Pro’s have a battery life of up to 45.8 hours, while the Nari Wireless headphones have a playtime of only 5.3 hours. Check out our Razer Kraken V3 Pro review for more info.

Adjustable Headband

Yes

Yes

Auto-Adjusting Headband

Yes

Yes

Battery Life

16 hrs

Wired

Compatible Platforms

PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Connector Size

3.5mm

3.5mm

Detachable Mic

No

No

Driver Size

50mm

40mm

Earcup Foam Material

Foam

Foam

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Score Card

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Expert Score

76

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Customer Score

81

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

77

Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Rating

    66
    The Razer Nari Ultimate are decent for wireless gaming. They’re fully compatible with PCs as… Read More

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  • Techgear Lab
    75.29

    Category Trust Rating

    58
    We didn’t overly dislike the Razer Nari but its overall performance failed to impress us… Read More

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  • PC Mag
    66.9

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    While I can think of many non-vibrating headsets that might be objectively ‘better’, the haptic… Read More

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  • Tom’s Guide
    62.71

    Category Trust Rating

    50
    The Razer Nari Ultimate offers comfortable ear cups and solid software, but it’s dragged down… Read More

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  • Sound Guys
    67.47

    Category Trust Rating

    67
    Although there are better ways to spend $200, I definitely enjoyed my time with the… Read More

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  • PCWorld
    64.12

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    Incredibly comfortable and aided by cooling gel in the ear cups, the Razer Nari Ultimate… Read More

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