The Razer name has been synonymous with high-end, top-quality PC products for many years. But over the last couple of those, they’ve also been creating a bit of heat on the console scene, with Xbox One gamers fully embracing the stunning Turret for Xbox One over recent months. But it’s the world of headsets in which the sexy money sits, and with the Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox One, Razer have brought over one of their top-of-the-range PC offerings to Xbox. And without a shadow of doubt, this is one of the very best headsets you can buy.
The Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox One is right up there with the most premium of products, and is, quite possibly, one of the most exciting Xbox One headsets your cash can be put towards. And without beating around the bush too much, every single last detail of the Nari Ultimate has been a delight to see, feel and, most importantly, hear – providing what is possibly the most immersive gaming headset on the market.
From the get-go, the usual brilliant Razer unboxing experience will hit you right in the chops, as a well packaged box houses the Nari Ultimate itself, and a 3m long charging cable. Running as a fully wireless Xbox One headset, the Nari comes bereft of any need of USB dongle attached to your console (although if you wish to use it on PC, you’ll need one), with immediate pairing actioned with as much ease as that of an Xbox One wireless controller – a simple button press will see instant recognition and pairing.
It’s great to not have to worry about filling up one of the precious USB ports on your Xbox One with a wireless dongle, and across a good few weeks of pretty solid use, not once have I seen any form of drop in connection between console and headset, with the lit Razer logo on each earcup allowing for full confidence in that connection.
In terms of aesthetics and the Nari Ultimate looks great, with an all-black design broken up by Xbox/Razer green detailing. This sees the internal cup fabric which covers the 50mm drivers with neodymium magnets treated to a bit of bling, whilst the underside of the Razer-logo’d headband is also provided with a hint of colour. The top of that headband is of a leatherette material with a full unibody aluminium outer frame holding things together, ensuring that the headset self-adjusts to the size of your head. It’s all very lovely and feels great when in use.
The super swivelling earcups are stunning too, and with more of that leatherette outer casing complemented by high density foam, the over-ear design is a good one. What really pushes the Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox One on from the competition though is the decision to infuse these cups with cooling gel. No longer will your ears become hot by using a headset for hours at a time, and the feel that these bring is unlike anything else I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. Throw in some joy for spectacle wearers in the form of hidden indented earwear channels, and there is a lot of tech – and a ton of love – included in the Nari.
And that tech branches out to the audio system that Razer have included as well. Now, you’d expect a £200 gaming headset to sound pretty decent, and with Windows Sonic and 50mm drivers included, you can be sure that this is no different. Whilst the audio pumped into your ears is well defined, it is never too bass-filled and instead becomes the deliverer of super clear gaming audio no matter what you are doing. However, it is the inclusion of an added HyperSense feature that is a bit of a game changer.
Situated inside each earcup are single LoFelt Haptic drivers ensuring that with the Nari you don’t only hear, but also feel, every single detail. Razer HyperSense brings feedback to your gaming sessions like never before, letting you really take in the power of an explosion, enjoy the screams of engines as you go racing in GRID, or pinpoint an exact gunshot in the likes of PUBG, with the vibration tech working brilliantly alongside the audio. I have to admit to being a bit sceptical in regards to HyperSense at first, and it certainly takes some getting used to – particularly if you dial it up to 11, at which point it’s sometimes powerful enough to shake the fillings from your teeth. But once you do dial things in via the easily placed right earcup slider, you’ll feel naked whenever you game without it. Without a word of a lie, this is one piece of tech that I want to see – and feel – in every single headset going forward… it is that good and that impressive. And whilst you’d expect all the fanciness to have a hit on battery life, that is thankfully pretty decent too; charging is quite obviously a thing, yet the reported 6 hours of coverage with Razer’s stunning HyperSense switched on, and 20 hours with it off, seems to be about right.
As we know by now though, it’s not just about the power of the audio being thrust towards you that makes a gaming session, and for anyone who embarks on gaming sessions with mates, or frequents the online scene, gaming chat is an essential inclusion. With a fully retractable mic that moves in and out of the left cup with ease, you’ll not be left wanting with the Nari Ultimate, and my party members have consistently complimented the quality of voice throughout the most intense of games. With a simple volume slider on that same cup working wonders between game and chat powers, alongside clicking on and off the chat mute which is signified by the tip of the mic lighting up, and the Hypersense/main volume switch easily interchangeable on the right, all dials and buttons included on the Nari Ultimate for Xbox One are a cinch to hit, each and every time.
The Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox One weighs in at a rather hefty 450 grams, which is considerably heavier than many other headsets that are on the market, but personally, once it is on your head, that weight is hardly ever felt. When you consider the amount of tech included in this headset, that weight is pretty understandable too, however this may be the only criticism anyone can label at it; everything else is right up there with the usual Razer quality.
And so, the conclusion… Razer may have previously been thought of as the provider of high quality PC products, but in recent times they’ve fast become associated with the console side of gaming – and with the Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox One they’ve produced one of the best wireless gaming headsets I’ve ever used. Period. Yes it comes with a top-end price, but everything about it oozes quality, and should your wallet be able to stretch to what is required, you’ll not be disappointed with a purchase of this stunner.
Massive thanks go out to Razer for providing the Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox One. If you wish to pick up this superb headset then you’d be best served heading to Razer direct.