Features and Performance
The Razer Thresher Ultimate headset gives you controls on the ear cups for controlling most if not all of your sound experience. You have dials on each ear cup, with a power button and a retractable mic also on the left cup. The right dial handles the master volume of all sound going into the headset and toggles the muting all sound when the dial is pressed in. When connected to the Xbox One, the left dial controls the balance between game and in-bound chat audio, toggling the muting of the mic when pressed in. However when connected to the PC, this same left dial instead controls outbound mic sensitivity while using the same mic muting control. In both modes, when the mic is muted, the tip of boom illuminates a red LED.
I’ll take this chance to go straight to mic performance as this is where I give this product its only notch. First off, the mic quality is great, with party members and teammates commenting on my voice coming across nice and clear. The snag here is that the mic is sensitive to the point of picking up more of the background than I would have liked. Teammates mentioned being able to sometimes hear exactly what my TV is playing even at a low volume as well as sometimes hear cars drive by outside my closed window.
This is issue is nonexistent when using the Razer Thresher Ultimate on the PC as you can directly control the mic intake. However, when connected to the Xbox One you cannot manage your mic’s recording levels. If you have friends that are finicky about background noise, you may have to take some minor measures to adjust your gaming environment accordingly. You can also be as generous with the mic muting as I tend to be when I expect to be silent for periods of time. At the very least, in both PC and Xbox One modes, the headset controls are very easy to manage and get accustomed to over a short period of time. So instantaneous reaches for either dial was never a problem.
The big plus for the Razer Thresher Ultimate, outside of comfort, was sound quality. Those ear pads I loved so much sure came in handy as their excellent sound isolation allowed me to keep my focus on the headset’s audio presentation. That sound presentation coupled with Dolby Headphone 7.1 Surround Sound was quite enjoyable in gaming, movie watching and music listening. High range sounds were nice and crisp while low range was powerful and booming.
Specifically speaking, gaming sounds like gunshots and footsteps were as clear and easy to pick up as you would want them to be with a surround sound headset. Explosions were deep, thorough and fulfilling, allowing for a nice and immersive gaming experience. Inbound chat also came across nice and clear as well as it did going out. Listening to movies or music was just as enjoyable as bass felt deep and warm while percussion sounds, like drum-playing, felt nice and crisp. As far as audio enjoyment goes, the Razer Thresher Ultimate produced an excellent listening experience that kept you focused and did not disappoint.