For decades, controllers have been enjoying haptic feedback consoles. Vibration motors based on the Nintendo 64 Rumble Pak controller have proven to be the industry standard outside conventional mouse and keyboard PC games. Although the obvious step is to bring haptic feedback into your rig via a vibrating mouse or keyboard (we’ve already tried this with the SteelSeries Rival 700), Razer has designed a new ship to trigger a touch-sensitive response. Favorite Games: The Nari Ultimate Gaming Headset.
In addition to being presented for the first time, the company’s new HyperSense haptic technology also features competitive specifications that are almost identical to those of our favorite SteelSeries Arctis Pro. Despite the fact that its frequency range is shorter, Arctic Pro’s alluring noise-canceling features are missing. However, the driver unit of the Nari Ultimate is 50 mm larger. Therefore, the new headset from Razer is more powerful than SteelSeries, as it is possible to bring the sound to a higher volume.
Compared to the engines of my mobile phone and various gamepads, the Razer Nari Ultimate’s vibrations are much more realistic due to its wide range of haptic frequencies. The feedback ranges from 20 Hz to 200 Hz and is strongest in noisy, powerful in-game events. In Battlefield 5, for example, the recoil of the pistol is easier than that of the shotgun. If you drive an armed vehicle like a tank, the jitter of the headset is amplified. While I expected HyperSense to feel unnatural and perhaps a bit stupid, since the technology was enabled in Razers Synapse 3 software, I actually felt more involved with the games I tested it with.
In terms of sound quality, Razer has always focused on the bass. Fortunately, Nari Ultimate is a welcome departure from the company’s usual strategy of balancing lows and mids. As a gaming headset, I prefer the headphones Sony WH1000XM3 to listen to music. Although the earcups on the Nari Ultimate are more spacious and comfortable, the lack of noise cancellation is disappointing. As much as I enjoy the experience of playing, HyperSense is less of a novelty and rather a waste of decoration when I disturb my “dance and / or scream” list on Apple Music.
Otherwise, the Razer Nari Ultimate is self-evident. It has a retractable microphone that you can mute by pressing a button located on the back of the left earphone. Underneath is a scroll wheel that allows you to balance the chat volume with in-game audio. A power switch, a micro USB charging port and a 3.5mm jack are located under the roller. Behind the right box is a volume control and on the bottom there is a spring-loaded garage for the 2.4 GHz wireless USB dongle, which is only compatible with PC, PS4 and Mac. Xbox One and Switch players must be satisfied with an analog cable connection. In any case, Razer promises a battery life of 8 hours with the chroma lights on and HyperSense on, or 20 hours with the feature off.
The Razer Nari Ultimate is a standard wireless gaming headset designed to stand out from the crowd. Sure, you’ll get a higher frequency range from the less expensive (without the DAC) SteelSeries Arctis Pro, but then you miss out on what makes the Nari Ultimate so appealing: HyperSense, the unique technology used for integrating haptic feedback. There is also a non-‘absolute ‘version of the Razer Nari that sacrifices these good vibrations overall for a slightly lower price. However, if you are looking for a headset that does not vibrate, there are a number of better options. After extensive use of the Razer Nari Ultimate, I am convinced that HyperSense is worth the premium.