With the Nari Ultimate, Razer has ushered in a new era for gaming headphones. Razer has uncovered a new frontier when it comes to providing the most immersive sensory experience you've ever had the pleasure of experiencing, thanks to clever haptic technology created with German engineering company Lofelt. It wouldn't be exaggerating to state that this is the greatest Razer headset available.

Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless Headphones
Although the $200 / £200 wireless headset is a touch pricy, and there are a few minor flaws, the innovative HyperSense technology is nearly enough to have me throw caution to the wind and jam handfuls of crumpled dollars into the pockets of my nearby retailer's sales assistant. Indeed, if you have 20/20 eyesight and a larger skull than I, you should do just that.

As a public service announcement, we should point out that there is a dedicated Nari Ultimate for Xbox One that is well worth your money if you're looking for one of the best Xbox One headsets, but for the other two major platforms, you'll need to check out our round-up of PC gaming headsets and the best PS4 gaming headsets.

Design of the Razer Nari Ultimate

The exquisite design of the Razer Nari Ultimate includes a gunmetal finish metal frame hovering above the flexible, adjustable band. The auto-adjusting headband is designed for a "fuss-free fit," but if you have a small head, it will feel like a saddlebag has been draped over your ears. The large cups sagged below my chin and seemed like they were resting against the side of my head rather than cupping my ears, despite the headset's modest weight. This had a negative impact on the eyewear channels, which were designed to suit those of us who didn't have 20/20 vision. Because the cups didn't fit well, the indent wasn't oriented properly, and I couldn't use the headset with my glasses on for more than an hour.

However, I like a tighter fit for my headsets, and it's possible that I have an extremely tiny skull. This isn't going to be a deal breaker for everyone, but if you're more delicate, it's something to think about. The headset was still a nuisance when I initially put it on with contacts, but I got accustomed to it after a time.

The swivel earcups are comprised of memory foam, cooling gel-infused cushions, and luxurious leatherette rims completed with heat-transfer fabric, allowing you to sweat to your heart's content, however make-up wearers may find it difficult to properly clean the cups if foundation transfer occurs.

Overall, the Nari Ultimate is attractive, will be comfortable to wear for most people, and owing to Razer Chroma compatibility, you can even spice them up a little. You may pick between Static, Breathing, and Spectrum Cycling lighting effects using the Razer Synapse 3 software, so anybody gazing at you while you're gaming can enjoy a tiny light show.

Features of the Razer Nari Ultimate

The Nari Ultimate boasts a number of cool features, like HyperSense technology and THX Spatial Audio compatibility, but they won't appeal to everyone. Let's just tear the band-aid off right now: Xbox One currently lacks wireless connectivity (which is where the Xbox One model of the Nari Ultimate comes in), and the Game/Chat functionality is only available on systems that support wireless mode. On the good side, it supports PC and PlayStation 4 wirelessly, and it features a Game/Chat dial so you may drown out your colleagues as you see appropriate. The headset contains a mute button and a retractable boom arm mic with some flexibility, as well as a mic mute indication light at the end, however it lacks a mic monitoring capability.

The earcups include 50mm drivers and disguised recessed eyewear channels for glasses users, although they're not as noticeable as Turtle Beach's ProSpecs alternative, which we reviewed in our Turtle Beach Stealth 300 review. I didn't get the advantage of the channels since the headset didn't fit me well, but even if you run your finger over the foam, the indent is hardly distinguishable from the rest of the ear cushion.

With a strong push, a wireless USB dongle pops out of the right earcup, and you can plug it into your PS4 or PC to get started. There's also a 3.5mm jack and a wired USB connector that can be used to charge the headset while it's in use.

You may utilise the Razer Synapse 3 software suite to adjust the RGB lights on the earcups and the strength of HyperSense. You can also enable/ deactivate haptic feedback and tailor it to your preference. Your selections will be saved and carried over to every device you use your headset with in the future. If you're using a 3.5mm jack to connect to a device, just switch off the power to disable HyperSense.

The Razer Nari Ultimate's battery life will suffer as a result of all of those useful features. With the RGB and HyperSense switched off, you may expect 24 hours of use, and eight hours with both turned on. On the plus side, recharging the headset just takes four hours.

Performance of the Razer Nari Ultimate

The HyperSense haptic technology, which I could talk about for days, is the main feature that sets the Razer Nari Ultimate apart from everything else on the market right now. The L5 haptic drivers employ dynamic Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to offer a realistic, lifelike experience over a wide frequency range of 20Hz-200Hz. 

As you move around the environment and encounter various noisy things that populate the world you're inhabiting at the time, you'll feel the tactile feedback adjust depending on the action in-game, getting weaker in one earcup and stronger in the other, for example, as you move around the environment and encounter various noisy things that populate the world you're inhabiting at the time.

When it comes to sound, the Nari Ultimate delivers excellent gaming performance but falls short on the music front if you don't use the haptics. Voices were distinct and there was an astounding amount of clarity in Doom, Overwatch, and God of War, with creaking bridges, rustling wind, and crackling fires being as apparent as burning ruins, demons' battle cries, and distant gunfire. Because Razer has said that the headset was created with immersion in mind first and foremost, it may not be the best headset for competitive gaming.

The bass is surely aided by HyperSense, which gives the impression of a more powerful sound than there is, and adds a new level to your enjoyment, making movie buffs and gamers the ideal audience. And if you're like ASMR, you're in for a real treat. You'll be in bliss if you pair these with an ASMR Zeitgeist video.

Should you buy it in the end?

While audiophiles may dismiss the Razer Nari Ultimate's HyperSense haptic technology as a gimmick, it's a game-changer in terms of fun. The bass is enough for games and movies, but when combined with HyperSense, you'll experience a new level of immersion that you won't find anywhere else.

Aside from competitive gaming, the clarity is ideal for the ambiance of single-player games like Horizon Zero Dawn or God of War, and the inclusion of HyperSense creates a rich, deep, rumbling bass that you can truly feel, and it's that experience that the $200 price tag is paying for.

Finally, the Razer Nari Ultimate is a really transforming experience if you're wanting to take your home entertainment to the next level. The Razer Nari Ultimate immerses you in another universe, from violent, face-melting explosions to the distant, cheek-jiggling rumbling of an oncoming automobile, and you'll never want to leave.