Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset Final Thoughts
Corsair bills the H1500 as providing the, “competitive edge you can only get through positional audio.” I couldn’t agree more. I experienced this advantage firsthand while using this headset during intense FPS gaming sessions. Knowing exactly where in-game sounds originate leads to better performance, period. Also, the quality of audio is outstanding once you dial it in with the GUI, which must be downloaded from Corsair’s website. In all phases of testing the audio, which included gaming, music and movies, the Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset sounded great. Finally, the comfort level is very good and I expect it to improve once I break it in.
The ear cups on the Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset rotate in one direction only, which is to the front about 90°. The wireless version of this headset, the H2100, has ear cups that rotate about 90° to the front and about 30° to the rear, which, ultimately, leads to a better fit. Also, the headband should be a bit wider to disperse the weight of the headset.
Corsair H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset Conclusion
Each of the paragraphs below contains concluding remarks by category. The categories include appearance, performance, construction, functionality, and value. As stated earlier, my unbiased opinion, subjective as it may be, is what is being shared. It is likely that it will be different than that of another individual who has reviewed the Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset.
Black and gold are the typical colors found on devices adorned with the Corsair brand. The colors on the Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset are consistent with that trend. Black matte and gloss finishes with gold trim looks good on this headset. The headband, with its perforated faux leather cover with gold cloth visible through the holes, not to mention the gold stitching, is attractive. The braided cord is a nice touch and helps to finish off a top-tier headset look. More could have been done with the branding, though. It still looks good.
The Dolby 7.1 surround was clearly the right choice for this headset. Corsair stresses the advantages of directional audio delivered by this technology, and it is evident. I did not have any problems identifying from where sounds originated while playing, and that led, I have no doubt, to the improvement of my performance. Dial in the audio with the GUI and you will be more than satisfied with the output, regardless of the medium. Communicating with the Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset is also a pleasure. the noise-canceling microphone not only lives up to its billing, but it also ensures that you come in loud and clear.
While the comfort level of the Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset is very good, it is not the most comfortable headset I have had on my head. The ear pads are a bit stiff out of the box, but I anticipate that they will break in. The headband made the top of my head a bit tender after extended play. I hope that the headband breaks as well, but I am not confident that it will.
The Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset is a solid device. Pick one up and shake it. Nothing rattles. The braided cord is another sign of quality. I have seen frayed braided cords out of the box. Not this one. This headset is what you’d expect from Corsair in terms of the quality of construction.
Obviously, functionality is important to consumers in the market for a gaming headset. The Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset has it where it counts. The on-cord volume control is where it should be on the cord and it is simple to use. The GUI for the H1500 can be downloaded from the Corsair website. Make sure you do that. You will be happy that you did. The GUI allows you to choose from presets or program your own profiles. Just manipulate the equalizer and save.
As of November 2014, the Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset was available online for $69.89 (Amazon / Newegg). That is a lot of headset for that price. Think of what you are getting; a gaming headset that delivers Dolby 7.1 surround for under $70. Just what the doctor ordered for the budget gamer.
+ aesthetically a winner
+ Dolby 7.1 surround really delivers the directional audio
+ braided cord
+ noise-cancelling microphone
+ a value for under $70
+ 50mm neodymium drivers
– headband leaves head a bit tender
– GUI audio presets need improvement
– ear cups could rotate to the back for better fitting
Final Score: 9.05 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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