Corsair Vengeance 2000 Headset ReviewWaco -
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Perhaps I'm a bit of a tease – these first few shots are not of the headset itself, but of the accessories included. The wireless USB adapter is actually a bit of a pain to pull out of the packaging, but there's absolutely no chance it will arrive at your door bouncing around inside the box. The USB extension has a stand on one end to make it easy to plug and unplug the wireless adapter. This should make it quite easy to disable the headset when you want to go back to using your speakers – all you have to do is unplug the wireless adapter and Windows Vista or Windows 7 will automatically switch back to your default audio output.
So here it is – the Corsair Vengeance 2000. It lifts easily out of its packaging and while not heavy, the headset does have a bit of weight to it. This weight lends to a feeling of quality right off the bat and overall, it feels very sturdy. The headset also ships with protective film over the areas that come in contact with the packaging. Peeling this film away reveals the glossy finish on the cans and the silver color of the microphone. The earpieces are covered with a very soft cloth (microfiber as Corsair calls it), which covers a memory foam pad for each ear. The headband is either leather or faux-leather; it's hard to tell. Regardless, the headband is very well cushioned and shouldn't cause any discomfort, even for long wear sessions.
The earpieces are attached by a swivel that allows them to mold comfortably to your head. They swivel completely flat in one direction, which allows them to be placed face-down on your desk or case. This is nice touch, as it protects the earpieces and prevents them from gaining any flat spots when stored for long periods of time. Swinging the microphone down is effortless and stays in place wherever you position it. When in the up position, the microphone automatically mutes itself, which is nice should you decide to take a mid-game bathroom break without taking off the headset (though I would suggest not doing this).
The inside of each ear cup feature the same Corsair blue you see on the ends of the USB cables. There is also a thin ring of blue metallic plastic around the pad on each ear cup. The headband is quite wide and shouldn't cause you any pain. The microphone is adjustable in the up and down directions (obviously), but what isn't quite so obvious is that Corsair has built adjustability into the actual arm as well. The small bend in the arm is an adjustment point, so you can position the microphone just as close (or far) from your mouth as desired.
Looking at the headset from the side, you can see the chrome accents with the Corsair logo in black. This is just chromed plastic and I feel it adds a somewhat cheap feel to the headphones (though admittedly, I absolutely hate chrome in almost any form). The adjustment mechanism, on the other hand, feels incredibly sturdy. It adjusts from a very small position to one that should allow someone like the Hulk to wear the headset comfortably. I have a fairly large head and I found the headset comfortable when adjusted to only three clicks from the tightest position on each side. The headband has a maximum adjustment of 10 clicks looser on each side.
The backside of the headset mirrors the front…so nothing really surprising to see here if you looked at any of the prior pictures. You can really see how much padding there is on the headband from the second shot looking head-on at the back of the headset.
The left ear cup also has a few controls on it: the aluminum volume roller and the power on/off button. The volume roller feels quite nice with its knurled aluminum finish and rolls smoothly between volume settings with a bit of feedback and "ticks" while you adjust it. This feedback isn't audible when wearing the headset, but it's quite easy to feel through your fingertips. The on/off button essentially covers the entire side of the ear cup (it's the silver plate in the middle of the ear cup) and switches the headphones on and off with a sustained press of a few seconds. On the bottom edge of the on/off switch, you can see a clear piece of plastic – this flashes the signature Corsair blue whenever the headphones are turned on. At the bottom of the ear cup, you can see the micro-USB charging port.
Finally, we make it to the one reserve I have about wireless headphones – the batteries and charging! Thankfully, Corsair has made this process quite simple. When plugged in but not charging, the cable looks like just that…a cable. When charging, the end of the cable lights up with bright orange flashes to let you know your headset is getting ready to game. At full charge, the cable will stay lit up with a steady green glow (unfortunately I didn't manage to catch this with a picture). Whenever the headset is turned on, the LED panel below the on/off button flashes every few seconds with a bright flash of blue.