Razer’s Nari Essential Headphones are a great wireless option, with oversized and super-comfortable ear cushions, THX spatial acoustics certification, and a relatively sturdy design. It retailed at $100, half the price of the super-premium Nari Ultimate, but today it’s significantly cheaper at Best Buy. You’ll pay just $35 for it right now, a $65 discount, and a great deal for an older, but still-great-sounding, wireless headset.
The Nari Essential, which works with PC plus consoles that accept USB headsets (PS4, PS5, Switch, Steam Deck), is first of all a surprisingly comfortable headset for its size and weight, which is supported. Supported by gel absorbent ear cushions and balanced design. The headset also looks great with its oversized circular earcups, although it’s probably too bulky to carry far from your home.
Battery life is decent at 16 hours, 2.4GHz wireless worked reliably in my test range, and I also like the flip-to-mute microphone, which lets you know you’re muted (or no) confidently – a good point for both Zoom meetings and competitive Warzone matches alike.
The overall sound signature here is pretty bass-heavy, in keeping with the line of headphones characterized by their rumble, but a 10-band EQ is provided to allow for a more neutral response if you prefer. The Razer Synapse app also includes a few modes to experiment with (and eventually get rid of) and a THX Spatial Sound toggle that emulates 7.1 surround sound, an effect not used much in shooters. competes with good sound but can make certain games and movies feel more cinematic.
Overall, this is a pretty good headset for $100, and an incredibly cool headset for $35. If you’re looking for a cheap wireless headset, this will probably blow away most everything else at this price point – but take it easy. check out our gaming headset recommendation for some alternatives if you want!