I’ve taken a lot of heavy fireplace and commanded starships within the final couple of months, and Razer’s flagship Thresher headsets have been my ears and voice all through all of it.
Razer has just a few completely different variations of the its finest headset. There are $150 wi-fi variations of Thresher for PS4 and Xbox and Ultimate variations for PS4 and Xbox that include a particular base and stand. All of those fashions are additionally suitable with Windows PCs, as is the extra conventional wired Thresher Tournament Edition, which is suitable with just about every little thing, together with Macs, as a result of it makes use of an ordinary headset jack. After utilizing a few Threshers, I can say with some certainty that the design and efficiency from mannequin to mannequin is almost similar. If you want one, you’ll most likely like the remaining.
Thankfully, Razer’s given players loads to love. The Thresher is among the nicest wi-fi headsets I’ve used on any console. A whole lot of that has to do with the match. Though the Thresher has cumbersome Four-inch round earcups, it doesn’t really feel overly heavy or tight, and it doesn’t overwhelm the perimeters of your face as a lot as headsets this measurement can. It stays firmly in place because of the springy microfiber-like pads underneath the metallic headband and the plush ‘cups, which have an inch of sentimental reminiscence foam coated by a mushy leatherette materials. You can regulate and tweak them in your ears till they really feel excellent—they usually’re glasses-friendly. The earcups have a plasticky really feel to them however characteristic a versatile 90 diploma horizontal pivot to them (and a little bit vertical rotation).
The sound can be crystal clear, and encompass choices can be found on each Xbox and PS4 (Windows Sonic on the previous, Dolby 7.1 on the latter). I used to be blissful to have a succesful headset throughout some tense moments in Star Trek: Bridge Crew, which is stuffed with immersive audio and intense cooperative play—the sport is principally folks screaming instructions at one another. I can’t think about attempting to cross the Kobayashi Maru with a lesser headset.
The 50mm drivers and seven.1 Dolby Surround Sound was so clear, it made my job as Chief Engineer of the usS. Aegis as straightforward because it might be, and I by no means observed a second of lag with the two.Four GHz RF connection. I ought to notice that the usual Xbox Thresher does join through Bluetooth (in contrast to the others), although I by no means had any bother with lag on it, both. In capturing video games like Fortnite, I usually felt like I might reliably sense the place enemies have been coming from. Most of the time they nonetheless snuck up and took me out, however hey, good audio can solely achieve this a lot in a loopy 100-person deathmatch.
A retractable, adjustable unidirectional microphone pulls out of the left earcup, which is good. You can preserve it precisely the place you prefer it or transfer it additional out of your face if you happen to’re like me and wish to snack between matches every now and then. It’s a testomony to the microphone that none of my buddies have complained about my fixed popcorn munching but.
Using the Thresher wasn’t the perfect headset expertise on a regular basis. Compared to some headsets, the controls took a while to be taught. There are two identically sized scroll wheels (you’ll be able to press every of them in like a button, too). The one on the left controls your grasp quantity, and the fitting one controls the sensitivity of your microphone. At least, I feel that is what do—possibly was the opposite method round. The labels on them don’t assist a lot, and are particularly laborious to learn on the darkish blue PS4 model.
Adding to the confusion, the quantity goes up and down so slowly that it generally takes a second earlier than you understand you’ve adjusted the unsuitable wheel, and since there isn’t any mic monitoring, you can’t hear your personal voice within the headset, so you haven’t any concept whether or not you sound louder or softer to your teammates. It’s a guessing recreation. The big ear cushions isolate noise so nicely that my spouse requested me greater than as soon as why I used to be yelling. Monitoring would have helped on this state of affairs. Eventually I received the hold of it and set the quantity/mic ranges how I preferred, however not one of the management choices are as intuitive as they might be.
Muting is less complicated, because of a visible help. Even if you happen to get confused which scroll wheel mutes your microphone, you’ll know when it’s muted as a result of the tip of it lights as much as let you know.
I did are likely to take the fitting earcup off my ear (straightforward to do, as a result of it stays in place) when enjoying, partially as a result of I wished to listen to myself discuss (once more, no mic monitoring) and partially to keep away from feeling overheated throughout longer recreation periods. In my expertise, the Threshers get a little bit toasty in comparison with different headsets, which makes me want Razer bought these with its Cooling Gel-Infused Cloth Cushions. They cooled my ears down like a pleasant stick of Spearmint gum, however they’ll price you $20.
Charging is pretty straightforward, although you received’t have to do it usually. Just plug in a Micro USB wire and also you’re good to go. On the wi-fi variations, there is no audio jack, so that you don’t have a lot of a backup if you happen to run out of juice, however I’ve been getting fairly near the marketed 16 hours of runtime, which tends to final at the very least per week even after I’m enjoying fairly a bit.
The $250 Thresher Ultimate Editions are similar, however they arrive with a small base station and stand so you’ll be able to hold the set. The $100 premium could also be value it if you happen to play in high-stakes matches loads or need to join through an optical audio cable for extra readability. But once more, the sound is great regardless of the way you join. It’s an unreasonable ask, nevertheless it additionally could be good if the premium model someway charged themselves while you put it on the stand. (Maybe at some point.)
The Thresher’s complicated controls, lack of mic monitoring, and heat ear cushions did annoy me every now and then, however none of those points brought about me to field the arrange or cease utilizing it on Xbox or PS4, which is a testomony to the sound high quality of the Thresher headsets. At $150, the Razer Thresher has a steep price ticket in comparison with different wi-fi headsets just like the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 ($100), however I discovered these lot extra snug to put on. Just bear in mind decide up a pair of Razer’s cooling ear cushions—you will not remorse it.