Razer makes some of the coolest branded gaming gear around and nearly every time they send me something else to take a look at I'm impressed. The same holds true for the Battlefield 3 Collector's Edition Razer Blackshark Stereo Headset I've been enjoying for the last couple days. Head past the break for all the details.
As soon as you pull the Blackshark out of the box (which is very cool itself) you'll notice it isn't a familiar Razer headset. Razer and EA got together to create a Battlefield 3 headset pulled straight out of a jet fighter cockpit, and they've definitely pulled it off. Not only does the set look good, you can tell right away that Razer was concerned with build quality. The headband, covered in leather sporting the Battlefield 3 logo, is all metal along with the fully-adjustable and detachable boom mic. The only plastic parts on the unit are the ear cups and a couple pieces that hold the bright orange cables in place. Overall, it looks and feels great.
The ear cups undoubtedly make this the most comfortable headset I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. While it may look as if they would just sit on top of your ears, the soft leather does a great job of surrounding them and canceling out the noise of any would-be distractions.
Another great feature is the removable boom mic. Because this is a stereo headset, using a simple 3.5mm audio jack to connect, it can be used for everything from PC gaming to listening to music or watching a movie on your mobile device. It comes with a simple to use, magnetic cap for times when the mic isn't in use and a mic/headphone splitter for those times when you need to trash talk fellow gamers.
I have to admit that sound quality is also top-notch. When playing I could hear everything and listening music was a great a well. In fact, I was blown away by the bass this headset cranks out. Even when I turned it all the way up (which I don't suggest you do) everything came through nice and clear. The mic also provided clear and understandable audio during chats, something not all headsets can do.
I have only one complaint regarding the Razer Blackshark and that's the price tag. With a 7.1 surround sound headset costing only $50 more, asking $130 seems to be a little much. However, there's no denying that you get what you pay for when it comes to overall quality.
The Battlefield 3 Blackshark Stereo Headset looks good, feels good and sounds great. It's metal construction provides loads of durability and the unique design sets it apart from competitor headsets and even Razer's own products. To top it all off, it is extremely comfortable. If you're in the market for a new headset and don't mind the $130 price tag, I have to suggest you check the Blackshark out. Happy gaming!