Happy belated New Year to all our readers!
Last year we informed you that more, and more companies who are better known for putting out PC products like computer cases, RAM, CPU Coolers, etc., have started to enter the PC gaming peripheral market. With a new year well underway it seems that these same companies are still committed to making a name for themselves in a market which has been, for years, dominated by the likes of Razer, Sennheiser, and Logitech just to name a few. Further proof that the majority of these companies aren’t treating their latest ventures lightly, was the announcement of the Vengeance line of PC gaming peripherals by Corsair in late 2011.
The Vengeance line caught the eyes of many PC gamers, as well as ourselves, with offerings of high end gaming headsets, mice, and keyboards that looked great. The specifications weren’t slouches either. We couldn’t wait to give these products a try, and recently our thirst for some Vengeance was quenched when we got our hands on the Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1. Gaming Headset, the flagship of Corsair’s Vengeance line of headsets.
Lets see if the Vengeance 1500′s made us want to open up the gates of hell on some loud mouth noobs.
The Vengeance 1500′s come in a blue, and grey box with a side window, giving you a tease of what will be resting on your head for many pleasurable hours in front of your monitor.
The first thing you will notice when you open the box is the sturdy protection the headset is housed in. Corsair seemed to have wanted to insure that as little damage as possible occurred between the time you purchase the Vengeance 1500′s, and when you finally get them home. Kudos to Corsair for their choice in packaging protection.
The Vengeance 1500′s color scheme is black, grey, and blue with the dominate color being black. The headset uses a hard plastic with a silver metallic like finish for the support. Blue trims along the ear cups, and top of the headset to complete the look. In our opinion these headsets are “purdy”, and you shouldn’t have too much of a problem color coordinating it with a lot of rigs, keyboards, and mice if aesthetics is your thing.
As you can see the top of the headset is padded with a breathable material that adds to the comfort of the 1500′s. The material is not rock hard so no worries with having the top of your head being tortured while wearing them.
Moving down a bit you can see the metallic finish on the sides of the headset we mentioned earlier. It does, in our opinion, give the headset a sleek look.
The Corsair logo can be found on the supports housing the ear cups on the left, and the right. You should also notice that the lower half of the supports swivel 90 degrees. This makes it so you can flip the ear cups off of your ear without having to remove the headset completely. Comes in handy when someone just refuses to leave you alone while in game, until you make it known you are actually not listening to what they are saying. Don’t you hate those people?!
Personally we never really had a problem just pushing a pair of headsets down to our necks, or taking the headsets off completely if we needed to listen to what is around us. However the swivel is a decent idea.
The ear cups are padded, and were comfortable to our ears. There is a bit of an adjustment period to the feeling of the headset when you first put them on, but after that period is over you are good to go. The headset also does a really good job of cancelling out external noise, but more on that later.
The microphone is made of the same hard plastic as the frame of the headset, and utilizes the same silver metallic finish as the frame. The microphone itself is not flexible, but uses a boom microphone feature to have the mic move up, and down. Same kind of movement found on many other headsets.
Now we come to the Volume Controller. The controller sports a volume up, volume down, and mute button seen on most headsets. The buttons are a good size which makes them easy to use. An added touch to the controller is that, when in use, the outlines of the up, and down volume buttons emit a blue LED. Nice for late night sessions.
There is also no clip to attach the controller to your person. We actually like the absence of a clip as we rarely attach the volume controls of a headset to ourselves. It seems so 1980′s to have one these days.
The headset comes with only one type of connection, USB. You will not find the standard pink, and green audio plugs seen on a lot of other headsets. Some may see this as a problem, but to us, no biggie at all.
The cable on the headset is braided, and is equipped with cable management in the form of a Velcro strap. We took it upon ourselves to measure the cable, and we found that the length of the cable, from the USB connection to the Volume Controller, is about 105.5 inches (268 cm). The cable length from the Volume Controller to ear cup is approximately 19 inches (48.3 cm). Corsair indicates that the total cable length is 3 meters which is about .15 meters shorter then our measurements which means we weren’t far off. Regardless of who’s measurements you pay attention to, you are getting a good amount of cable to work with.