A couple of months after E3 and one month before we head over to Pax West, now is a great time to review one of the products introduced to us at E3 2017. At E3, Razer showcased their latest submission into their console peripheral collection. Enter the Razer Thresher Ultimate wireless headset, available for the Xbox One and PS4 for $249. Each console version also sports compatibility with the PC. Razer’s answer to fully wireless console audio is here. Let’s dive into the Razer Thresher Ultimate for the Xbox One.
Base Stats, Build, and Comfort
|Radio Frequency:||2.4 GHz|
|Wireless Range:||40 ft. / 12 m|
|Frequency Response:||12 – 28,000 Hz|
|Impedance:||32O at 1 kHz|
|Sensitivity:||105 dB +/- 2 dB|
|Drivers:||50 mm neodymium magnets|
|Battery Life:||16 hours|
|Charging Time:||4 Hours|
|Mic Frequency Response:||100 – 10,000 Hz|
|Mic Sensitivity (@1kHz, 1V/Pa):||-42 ± 2dB|
|Mic Signal-to-Noise Ratio:||>55 dB|
|Dimensions:||196 mm(W) * 214 mm(H) * 104.8 mm(D)|
|Weight:||408 g / 0.89 lbs.|
The Razer Thresher Ultimate is a 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound headset touting 2.4 Ghz of lag-free wireless transmission of chat and game sound. The headset’s ear cups are of a memory foam covered with a leatherette skin. Those same pads are also internally indented to give way in the areas that come in contact with glasses frames, allowing for more comfort for glasses wearers. The headset also uses a suspension band design to alleviate pressure on the top of the wearer’s head. The left ear cup of the Razer Thresher Ultimate houses an uni-directional boom mic that can retract completely into the headset.
The Xbox One Razer Thresher Ultimate headset uses a main volume dial on the right ear cup and a game vs chat balancer on the left ear cup. The Razer Thresher Ultimate will come with an optional stand for the headset that is designed to fit snugly over the wireless receiver. The wireless receiver and headset boast a connection range of up to 40 feet, allowing for plenty of placement options around your console. When you’re ready to enjoy wireless 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound audio on your PC, simply switch the receiver to PC mode, connect the receiver to your PC, and you’re off to the races.
The Razer Thresher Ultimate comes with some nice quality components for you to set up your wireless listening and chat experience. You get the Razer Thresher Ultimate headset, a wireless transmitter, two threaded micro USB cables, an optical cable and an optional headset stand. When powered on, both the transceiver and the headset light up, showing off that Razer flair. Since this is the Xbox One version of the Razer Thresher Ultimate, it illuminates in “Xbox One” green.
The whole Razer Thresher Ultimate setup is pretty simple for both the Xbox One and the PC. If you plan to use the Razer Thresher Ultimate on your Xbox One, you just have to run the optical cable into the transmitter and then run the micro USB to USB cable to your Xbox One. When using the Razer Thresher Ultimate with your PC, it’s even easier – simply run the micro USB to USB cable from the transmitter to your PC.
As for comfort, the Razer Thresher Ultimate has just the right amount of heft and weight to it. It’s definitely light enough for you to enjoy for the bulk of its 16-hour lifespan before you start to feel some fatigue. You should definitely skim the instructions for the proper way to apply the headset to your head. You don’t just slide the Razer Thresher Ultimate down and call it a day. You have to stretch the headset horizontally and then sort of release the cups onto the sides of your head. If done just right, you have yourself the perfect hold that keeps the headset sturdily on your head without squeezing it.
As far as fully wireless console headsets go, the Razer Thresher Ultimate has to be the most comfortable headset I’ve reviewed so far. The leatherette ear cushions are very plush and soft. The sink in the cushions near the glasses frame area have even more give, making wearing the Razer Thresher Ultimate with glasses a joy. This isn’t the first headset we’ve tried or reviewed that has this feature, but it certainly feels like it is the best execution of it.