Corsair Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 USB Headset ReviewIndybird - January 6, 2012
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In just under a decade, gaming headsets have gone from repurposed general-use headsets to being a market of their own. Other than the obvious, ever-growing online gaming community there are several other reasons for having a headset purpose built for gaming. A couple of important features in a gaming headset would be comfort for long periods of use, clear positional audio, retractable microphone, and inline controls. Manufacturers often make specially add features, such as a built-in sound card, surround sound or cross platform compatibility to make the headset stand out as being made for gaming. However, these features are less common because they are harder to execute well. Often times these features are not well implemented, resulting in an overall mediocre headset.
Corsair, a company known for its memory products and now computer cases, has begun its own line of gaming products. Based on its offerings so far it's obvious that they are aiming for the premium peripherals market; no sacrifices here. Today we are taking a look at the high-end digital gaming headset, the Corsair Vengeance 1500. This headset touts superior comfort, a built in USB sound card and amplifier, 7.1 audio processing, and a sleek appearance. The Vengeance 1500 is essentially the bigger brother to the Vengeance 1300, which is a more basic analog headset. All these special features make this is a pretty attractive sounding package, especially for its sticker price of around $100. Let's see if the Vengeance 1500 delivers on all fronts, making it a true enthusiast gaming headset.
The Corsair Vengeance 1500 comes in a relatively flashy box. The front is dominated by a detailed picture of the headset itself with a quick description of the most important features. Around the back you get a slightly more detailed description of the headset's features in 6 languages. On the right side you have a plastic window that allows you to take a look at the headset inside. The left side offers the detailed specifications of the headset's hardware.
Theres not much to look at inside the box; you literally get the headset and nothing else; no driver disks, no extra cables.
Now let's take a closer look at the headset.