Razer’s Thresher collection of gaming headsets provide a collection of wi-fi gaming audio choices throughout three tiers. There’s the essential stereo Thresher, the encompass sound-capable Thresher 7.1, and on the prime is the Thresher Final. The $249 Thresher Final builds on the Thresher 7.1’s design with a extra succesful base station that helps optical audio pass-through, and a handy stand to relaxation the headset when not in use. It’s extremely stable throughout, however it would not actually justify a $100 premium over the Thresher 7.1 and its USB dongle, and its efficiency would not fairly hit the peaks of high-end wi-fi headsets within the $300 vary.
Large, Comfy, and Barely Awkward
The Thresher headset is large and chunky, with massive, round earcups that maintain 50mm drivers behind plush reminiscence foam earpads coated in fake leather-based. The scarf consists of two stable strips of black steel over a separate, springy strap wrapped in cloth and pretend leather-based and suspended on two skinny, versatile steel rods. The strap rests on the highest of your head, offering flexibility due to the springy suspension and holding the steel strips lifted off of your scalp. The earpads are massive sufficient to fully cowl most ears, and surprisingly do not appear to warmth up as simply as another foam-and-fake-leather earpads we have used. Additionally they characteristic small, barely seen indentations of softer foam throughout the entrance, to place much less stress on glasses. The result’s a cushty match you may put on for a reasonably very long time.
Controls on the headset are minimal. The left earcup has a small energy button, a micro USB port for charging, and a slender voice/chat mixing dial on the underside edge. An identical dial on the underside of the appropriate earcup adjusts quantity, and the 2 dials could be clicked to mute the mic and headset audio, respectively. The controls are a bit small and awkward to achieve for, however you will get used to their place with follow. The increase microphone is a small, cylindrical black capsule on a versatile black steel arm that extends and retracts from the left earcup. A lightweight ring on the tip of the capsule glows purple when the mic is muted.
In addition to the mute mild on the microphone and a small inexperienced LED above the ability button, the Thresher would not have any lighting gimmicks. Very Razer-like inexperienced plastic highlights on the earcups give it some aptitude, however there aren’t any glowing accents. This has been the current development in high-end gaming headsets, to scale back the Tron-like look of shiny lights and make them seem like extra critical units.
Transmitter and Stand
The Thresher Final’s wi-fi transmitter is a Four.7-by-Four.5-inch near-square that sits simply 1.2 inches excessive, with tapered partitions and a Razer emblem on the highest. The entrance holds a large energy button, which glows inexperienced together with an in any other case invisible mild strip on the underside edge. A small Dolby button on the higher proper nook of the highest panel toggles simulated encompass sound, glowing inexperienced when it is on.
The again of the transmitter holds two optical audio ports for enter and output, a micro USB port for energy and connecting to a pc or Xbox, and a USB port for charging the headset. A small change between the optical and USB ports places the headset in PC or Xbox One mode.
A plastic stand sits on prime of the transmitter, providing a hook to carry the headset when not in use. The stand is detachable, so you may simply use the transmitter if you don’t need a nine-inch size of black plastic towering over your desk or subsequent to your TV.
Microphone and Sport Efficiency
The Thresher Final’s microphone sounds typically very clear. Check recordings had been simple to grasp, although they’d a touch of fuzziness within the increased frequencies, holding speech from having a really crisp edge.
Fortnite sounds highly effective and deep on the Thresher Final. An incoming storm will get loads of rumble, and gunshots and explosions sound distinct, although much less actually thunderous. The sounds of combating get a bit too deep to supply very robust directional imaging, however increased frequency audio just like the beeping of mines and the rustle of footsteps come by cleanly, even in the course of battle.
Overwatch additionally sounds robust on the Thresher Final. Even at modest quantity ranges, explosions and gunfire sound punchy, with the click of Junkrat’s reloading animation coming throughout very clear and crisp. The motion is simple to trace by the stereo mixing, with voice cues from teammates readily picked out in opposition to the swelling soundtrack.
The headset’s bass-heavy stability comes by in music, as effectively. The heartbeat-like drum hits of Huge Assault’s “Teardrop” are highly effective and stuffed with power, and do not distort even at most and unsafe quantity ranges. The upper frequency sounds within the combine nonetheless come by clearly in opposition to all that bass, together with the vocals and the rain-like vinyl scratch within the background. Elizabeth Fraser’s voice would not get fairly as a lot crisp edge as we like to listen to in music-oriented headphones, however it’s nonetheless a really robust, clear sound for such a bass-heavy, gaming-focused headset.
Types of Past’s “Outta Management” sounds wonderful on the Thresher Final. The bassline and drums of come by with loads of energy, however nonetheless depart sufficient room within the combine for the jangly strings to be simply heard in opposition to the thumping. Since Ryu and Tak each have barely deeper voices than Elizabeth Fraser, their rhymes stand very strongly within the entrance of the combo, complemented however not overwhelmed by the drums.
A Strong, Barely Overbuilt Headset
The Razer Thresher is a robust wi-fi gaming headset with a cushty design and loads of energy, even when its small quantity dials are a bit finicky. Nonetheless, it is fairly dear at $250, contemplating the one actual distinction from the Razer Thresher 7.1 is a base station that provides little performance apart from optical audio pass-through. It is nonetheless a bit extra reasonably priced than comparable high-end wi-fi headsets just like the Astro Gaming A50 and Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless, however each provide barely cleaner and extra balanced sound high quality. The A50 additionally encompasses a very handy base that retains the headset charged with out cables, whereas the Arctis Professional Wi-fi’ base station packs a formidable array of controls straight on its transmitter.
The Razer Thresher could be very good, however each the Astro and Steelseries flagship wi-fi headsets edge it out only a bit in efficiency and design. In the event you’re in search of a stable wi-fi gaming headset however do not wish to spend fairly as a lot as any of these choices, the Astro Gaming A20 affords wonderful efficiency, however with a much less luxurious construct.