Razer has been known for their wide array of gaming audio peripherals, and the latest to grace its line-up is the new Razer Nari flagship series that does not fall short on delivering quality and comfort. The Nari series consists of the standard Nari model, Nari Ultimate, and Nari Essential; each with their respective differences in features but share the same audio delivery. For this review, we’ll be focusing on the standard model.
Design-wise, there’s no denying that the Razer Nari excels in presence with its large yet bulky size and obligatory Chroma RGB lights which fits nicely in one’s gaming peripheral arsenal. Despite its size, the headset is amazingly comfortable thanks to an adjustable floating leatherette headband design with swivel ear cups which allows it to fit nice and snug on your head. The Nari’s cups sports oval ear cushions with cooling gel which prevents heat build-up during long periods of audio listening or gaming. Comfort aside, the downside of this design is ironically its size and weight which will hinder portability.
The volume dial and wireless USB transceiver (which can be ejected when pressed) is located on the right cup, while on the left cup you’ll find the power button, micro USB charging port, audio jack, a dial to adjust volume priority to gameplay or chat, a microphone mute button, and a retractable microphone. Once you’ve familiarised yourself with the button and dial layout on both sides, accessing them while wearing the headset won’t be a problem whatsoever.
Wireless connectivity for the Razer Nari is achieved with the aforementioned USB transceiver when attached to a PC or even a gaming console, and does not exhibit any loss of sound quality. However, despite being a wireless headset with a microphone, the Nari does not connect to any mobile device via bluetooth, which is pretty disappointing. On the other hand, the headset does come with a 35mm audio cable if you prefer a wired connection between the Nari and your PC or mobile devices. While wireless and fully charged, the headset could last 14 hours with Chroma activated, and 24 hours with it deactivated.
The Razer Nari delivers pretty decent audio clarity where multiple sounds such as instruments and voices can be heard in multiple layers. The bass may vary from being enough to being a bit too much depending on situation; being a gaming headset, heavy emphasis on the bass can be a good thing when it comes to experiencing sound effects such as gunfire and explosions, but it can feel out of place when it comes to listening to certain types of music. The Nari’s audio is also powered by THX Spatial Audio which produces incredible surround sound emulation; perfect for those who want to be aware of approaching footsteps or distant gunshots in games like PUBG. As for the microphone; it’s pretty decent with good voice reproduction and noise isolation. It’s not a condenser mic, but it does its job.
The Razer Nari does not come cheap, and retails at a price point of RM 719. Regardless, if you don’t mind spending extra for the sake of its respectable performance, comfort, and features, this headset is still a desirable product for Razer fans and those who desire the higher end of gaming peripherals.