Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023) non-eSports player review

I suck at first-person shooters



I already own one of the best pairs of cans from the last 3-4 years – the Sony WH-1000XM4. But I prefer having that on-hand and ready to go when I’m out and about. Greedy as I am, I also wanted over-ear headphones that can stay on my work desk. Thankfully, Razer came knocking with the BlackShark V2 Pro (2023) in hand. 

An eSports headset

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023)

Razer made these headphones specifically for the type of gamer that I am not – a gun-slinging, slick-swervin’, first-person shooter. I felt it was important to declare that from the get-go as I had neither bandwidth nor interest to try the specific games it was made for.

That said, I still did use it playing the games I like. Those being RPGs, some action games, and NBA 2K

So, this isn’t a review of the BlackShark V2 Pro (2023) for eSports players. This is a review by someone who is everything but. 

2020 vs 2023 

The particular unit I have isn’t the first version of the BlackShark V2 Pro. The first one actually came out in 2020. Here’s a table to show what’s different. 

BlackShark V2 Pro 2020


Connectivity USB-A Dongle

Bluetooth (with SmartSwitch)

USB-A Dongle

3.5mm Analog

Microphone Razer HyperClear Super Wideband Mic Razer HyperClear Supercardioid Mic
Driver 50mm Drivers 50mm Drivers
Surround Sound THX Spatial Audio THX Spatial Audio
Audio Profiles Pro-tuned FPS Profiles


Via THX Spatial Audio
Weight 320g 320g
Ear Cushion Type FlowKnit Memory Foam FlowKnit Memory Foam
Ear Cushion Dimensions 62mm x 42mm 65mm x 40mm
On-Earcup Controls Volume up/down

Mic mute on/off

SmartSwitch button

Audio Profiles switcher

Volume up/down

Mic mute on/off

Lighting No No
Color Options Black, White Black, White, Six Siege Editon
Battery Life Up to 70 Hours Up to 24 hours
Charging USB Type C
15 minutes charge for 6 hours of play

On paper, the upgrades seem minimal. But looking at it now and basing on my couple of weeks with the device, the improvements are focused on quality of life things that make a huge difference in the long run. 

Audio Profiles

By default, the BlackShark V2 Pro (2023) has four audio profiles. Each profile is tuned slightly differently to cater to a specific listening activity. The profiles are: Game, Movie, Music, and Custom. These profiles are pretty straightforward. 

The custom one has a flat equalizer or EQ which you can tune when you connect the device via Razer’s Synapse desktop app. More on this later. 

Holding the Audio Profiles button will shift the selection from the general profiles to the eSports one. These are: Fortnite, Valorant, Apex Legends, Call of Duty, and CS Go. Again, these are pretty straightforward. Just pick the profile for the game you’re playing and it should be optimized for that particular game. 

I didn’t get to play these particular games during testing for a couple of reasons. One, I don’t really play them because I am terrible at these games. Two, my windows laptop was under repair for the majority of the review period. 

But I did play. 


I am primarily a PlayStation gamer. And most of my game time using the BlackShark V2 Pro (2023) was split between two games: Final Fantasy XVI and NBA 2K23. I did try a couple of other games for good measure. These include Returnal, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart: Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. The first two are games I often go back when testing accessories. Returnal is especially good for audio. The other two, coincidentally from Insomniac Games, are titles I feel are easy to hop back into. 

Anyway, on Game profile with the included USB-A dongle connected to the PS5, the BlackShark V2 Pro delivered clear, crisp, and full sounds. I dare say 3D Audio was in effect too. In Final Fantasy XVI, there is plenty of side chatter from NPCs. Depending on where you position main character Clive relative to NPCs having a lively banter, that’s where you’ll hear the sound from. 

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023)

Let’s be real. Yes, I was just pretending to play here.

This was even more true with Returnal. I regard this game as the best for testing audio accessories with the PS5. Its sound design is top notch and actually helps you with identifying the general location of enemies. I imagine this is how it goes with the eSports audio profiles. 

For the rest of the games, I got the same clear, crisp, and full sound.

Music, Movie, and Custom 

Other than gaming, I used the BlackShark V2 Pro (2023) mostly to listen to music. On days that I worked out of a café I just cycled through a few R&B and mellow tracks like Jesse Barrera’s “Strawberry Soju,” “Flower” by Johnny Stimson, and even “Thirsty” by aespa. I like to feel smooth while I work. 

The Music audio profile doesn’t sound too different from Game quality-wise. For some reason, it does sound a little louder and you tend to hear higher sounds better. The audio still sounds clean and tracks with great mixing tickle your ears like any good headphones do. 

I tried the Movie profile but during a game. It only mildly boosted the dialogue parts. It’s my least favorite audio profile. Even when just watching YouTube videos, I shifted to the default which is Game. 

Custom, like I mentioned earlier, is just a flat EQ. And this is something I found out only after I was able to finally connect the headphones to Synapse. 

Synapse and PC-isms

The Razer Synapse apps is software that’s used to configure Razer’s hardware lineup. Connect your Razer device to the computer where Synapse is open and it’ll detect it. Eventually. 

I primarily use a MacBook Pro daily. That’s where I do most of my work. And as I mentioned earlier, my Windows laptop was under repair for the majority of my review time with the BlackShark V2 Pro (2023). Unfortunately, the version of Synapse that works on Macs isn’t compatible with the headphones. 

Fast forward to when I finally got my windows laptop back. I was excited to fire it up, pair the headphones and see what settings can be tweaked. But I ran into what I will call PC-isms. 

PC-isms is my personal catch-all term for all the inconvenience I have to deal with in setting up a PC. It took me until the wee hours of the morning just to get everything ready. And by that time I was too tired and sleepy to tinker with the headphones. 

BlackShark V2 Pro (2023)

I don’t have a picture that matches the narrative so here’s this instead.

The following day, I finished some work and got to tinkering. Except, the BlackShark V2 Pro just wouldn’t show up on Synapse right away. It took around three to four restarts before I got the thing to work. Perhaps PC users will have more patience in this regard, but for someone like myself who juggles a lot in his schedule, this was a non-starter. 

That said, I still managed to make it work. But I skipped the Audio profiles altogether and went ahead to test the mic. 

Talk to me

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023)

I hopped on three different calls to test the mic. Which, by the way, is one of two accessories that are easy to misplace. The other one being the USB-A dongle.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023)

I’ll do my best to not lose these accessories.

Anyway, the first two calls all happened before I got my Windows laptop. So, the mic was just set to default. I got two different feedback. 

The first call was with the headphones connected to my MacBook Pro. I was told my voice was audible but sounded muffled. 

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023)

The second call, the headphones were connected to my phone. This time around, I was told I sounded clear. 

Lastly, the third call was connected to the Windows laptop with me switching among the different voice equalizers. And the general feedback are:

  • Default — Is loud but does sound a little muffled
  • Mic Boost — Likely the best at every call scenario. Boosts the voice and overall clarity.
  • Broadcast — Sounds almost like Mic Boost but less loud and more clear. 
  • Conference — Sounds literally like being on one of those conference phones in corporate offices. Skip this one. 

Since then, I’ve had the mic on Mic Boost. Personally, I feel it works best in most settings. 

Let’s get physical 

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023)

I am absolutely in love with all the physical buttons on the BlackShark V2 Pro (2023). My personal favorite is the volume knob. It’s easy to grab and turn for instant volume control. It rotates fully and just beeps if you’re at the lowest or highest volume option. 

It’s such a welcome change coming from headphones and TWS earphones that are purely touch controls that can be hit or miss. In some cases, the TWS ones don’t even have volume control at all. 

It isn’t the best looking since it sticks out like a sore thumb. But functionally, I am absolutely in love with it. I need better volume controls in other headphones now. 

The power button sits on the left cup and is hard enough to press that you won’t mistake it for the mute button sitting right above it. That one’s a lot more tactile, making it easy to toggle between mute and unmute. 

Still on the left cup, you’ll find the slot for the mic. It looks like a 3.5mm jack, but I had trouble using it with my desktop mic. If you’re hoping on quick calls, just use the included mic to make sure. And as you can see, alongside it is the USB-C port.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023)

On the right cup, you’ll find the Audio profiles switcher. By default, you have the general selection. Hold it down and when you hear a beep, you’ll switch over to the eSports profiles. 

Stay on longer

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023)


In my one week with the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023). I only ever charged it once. And that’s from zero all the way to 100% too. I couldn’t take note of the charging time but I’m pretty sure I had plugged in for at least about an hour. 

But going back to charging it only once, that’s with using it for about 4-5 hours daily. This thing lasts long and can more than keep up with you in extended play or listening sessions. 

Should non-eSports players get the BlackShark V2 Pro (2023)?

The BlackShark V2 Pro (2023) retails for US$ 199.99 in the US and PhP 13,990 in the Philippines.

If you plan to use these Razer headphones for plenty of gaming – whether on PC, PS5, or even mobile – I think you’re gonna get your money’s worth. It’s lightweight, sounds great, and is made for extended play sessions. That’s true whether you play any of the especially tuned eSports titles or not. The eSports features, to me, function as sort of an icing on top of what is already a delectable cake. 

For general lifestyle, music, and movie use. Perhaps you’re better off getting something else. But if it’s gaming along with all the activities I mentioned, this is a fine set of cans to own.


Samsung Singapore launches ViewFinity S9 5K monitor

Stunning visuals



ViewFinity S9

Samsung Singapore has announced the launch of the new ViewFinity S9 5K monitor that is optimized for professionals in the creative and visual industries.

A 2023 CES Innovation Award winner, the ViewFinity S9 provides top-notch visuals and lifelike colors, and versatile connectivity when needed.

Here are the display’s specs in a nutshell:

  • 27-inch screen with 5,120 x 2,880 resolution
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  • Delta E <21 color accuracy
  • TUV-certified Intelligent Eye Care

The ViewFinity S9’s display is 50% larger than most UHD monitors and provides exceptional clarity so professionals can work on ultra high-resolution content with accuracy.

The monitor comes with a smart calibration feature that allows users to make adjustments straight from a smartphone.

Mac and Windows PC users also benefit from the ViewFinity S9’s easy connectivity features. It has an assortment of ports, including Thunderbolt 4 and mini DisplayPort inputs in addition to USB-C.

The device is also equipped with a 4K SlimFit camera so it can be utilized for video-conferencing calls; it connects wirelessly so users won’t have to worry about extra wires or cables.

Pricing, availability, preorders

Preorders for the ViewFinity S9 is now open until August 27 before it retails with general availability the next day starting at SG$ 2,288.

Customers who preorder will get a complimentary portable SSD T7 Shield 4T in black worth SG$ 488.

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Chainsaw Man is the next CASETiFY anime collection

From Pochita to Makima



Chainsaw Man CASETiFY

CASETiFY is proving to be for the anime enjoyers. Following its recent collaboration with renowned mecha animé Neon Genesis Evangelion, the case and accessory maker is now turning its eyes towards a modern hit — Chainsaw Man.

You’ll see traces of horror films that inspired Chainsaw Man in the entire collection. Fans can now join the priority list to be one of the first to get their hands on the many cases and accessories when it officially drops on August 22.

Chainsaw Man features Denji, an impoverished orphan who inherited the debt of his father. He finds work as a Devil hunter. Denki does his hunting with the help of a Devil Dog with a chainsaw on its face named Pochita.

Animated by Studio Mappa (Attack on Titan: The Final Season, Jujutsu Kaisen), this animé doesn’t hold back on blood and gore. Not to mention some really more adult themes. It’s definitely not for kids.

POCHITA is the star

Pochita, the adorable demon chainsaw doggo that series protagonist Denji merges with is the star of the collection. Made of silicon material, the Pochita Collectible Airpods Pro/Pro2 Case will be available in limited quantity.

Even if you don’t have AirPods, you can still try to snag one as it also works as a decorative piece.

Hold Makima… sort of

Chainsaw Man CASETiFY

If, like Denji, you have the hots for Makima, now’s your chance to sort of hold the Public Safety Special Division 4 Chief. She, along with Denji, Power, Aki, and Kobeni are the featured characters in the cases.

The collection includes tech accessories from Airpods cases to MagSafe wallets and lifestyle items such as water bottles. Here’s a quick look.

Chainsaw Man CASETiFY

Download the CASETiFY Co-Lab app to get fresh updates on drops like this Chainsaw Man collection. App users can save their payment information, shipping details and device type. This makes the shopping experience as smooth as possible.

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Hi, these Samsung-exclusive accessories are soooo cute

Pair it with your latest Samsung devices, stat!



Samsung exclusive accessories

ICYMI, Samsung unpacked (pun intended) their latest devices during the Unpacked event. The annual tradition among tech journos, nerds, and Samsung fanboys was held earlier than usual at their home court.

Yes, the South Korean company launched a bunch of devices in Seoul, along with cute and exclusive accessories to pair with.

Pick your foldable phone and dress it up!

Meet the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5!

Samsung exclusive accessories

Wrap your wrist with something that’s more you~

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Samsung exclusive accessories

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Protect your tablet but add some of your flair!

Meet the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 series!

Samsung exclusive accessories

Samsung exclusive accessories

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