Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset Final Thoughts
The Corsair H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset lives up to the company’s claim that it “accurately reproduces multi-channel gaming audio for precise situational awareness.” It is also a strong performer when listening to music or watching movies, that is, after the GUI is manipulated. Out of the box, it is neither the most comfortable nor is it the best sounding headset I have used. However, the audio can be customized through the GUI so that the output will suit just about anyone’s tastes. The comfort level is sure to improve over time, since the memory-foam ear pads will likely break-in. The headband, however, is likely to result in some soreness on the top of the head after long sessions. As soft as the padding feels, either it needs a bit more padding in order to fully protect you from the headband’s hard plastic component, or the overall weight of the headset needs to be reduced. Another solution could be to flatten the padding more so as to evenly distribute the weight.
Something absent on the Corsair H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset was a mute button. To me, this is not a deal-breaker, but having the ability to mute both incoming and outgoing audio by either providing a button near the rotary volume dial or by allowing for muting through the rotary volume dial itself would be a nice touch.
Corsair H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset Conclusion
It is time to judge the Corsair H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset based on a variety of categories. These categories include appearance, performance, construction, functionality, and value. As stated earlier, this review is based on my unbiased opinion. The experience that others have had and will have with this headset is likely to vary from person to person.
Corsair is one of the premier organizations in the computer component and gaming peripheral industries, which is evident in the effort it places into the aesthetic quality of its devices. The Corsair H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset looks the part. The combination of black matte and black gloss finishes looks fantastic when paired with the yellow trim.
It is clear that Corsair’s focus when developing the H2100 was to ensure that it performed as a top-tier gaming headset should. The claims Corsair made in terms of the accuracy and quality of the directional audio were realized. So, is acquiring the Corsair H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset truly an “upgrade to unfair,” as Corsair suggests? Yes… yes it is. Pinpointing where events were happening on the battlefield saved my virtual life on multiple occasions. Also, the audio quality while listening to music can be tailored to suit just about anyone’s tastes. It may not be the best performer out of the box, but the GUI allows you to dial it in. Finally, the range is on par with the 40 ft claim. With the headset on, I could get about 32 feet away from the USB dongle before running into a wall. From that distance, there were no drop-offs whatsoever. However, once a wall was introduced and impeded the line-of-sight, the connection was compromised. Even from about 10 feet with an obstruction, there was static. So, 40 feet is plausible, as long as line-of-sight is maintained.
The other part of the performance rating is the level of comfort that the headset provides. Out of the box, it is comfortable, but it seems as if it will gradually become even more comfortable; well, the ear pads, anyway. They are constructed of microfiber on memory-foam padding, which are a bit stiff when brand new, but still comfortable. On the other hand, the headband is lacking the padding necessary to provide a high-level of comfort over long periods of time. A little more padding or a little less overall headset weight is in order.
One of the first things I noticed when I busted the Corsair H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset out of the box was the quality of the headband. It is faux leather, but it looks lavish with its holes that reveal the gold material underneath. The gold stitching tops off the rich look, but it also gives it a well-crafted feel. Everything else follows suit. Even though it is primarily plastic, it is clearly well built. I could not find any seams in the plastic, nor the little plastic excesses that are found on cheaply made items.
It terms of functionality, the Corsair H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset gets high marks. The GUI, which has an equalizer, allows you to find the perfect settings regardless of the medium. The microphone lives up to the claim of providing clear communications while blocking out ambient noise. Finally, the rotary volume dial on the left ear cup is just what the doctor ordered. The only feature absent is a mute button.
As of November 2014, the Corsair H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset can be purchased online for $94.99 (Amazon / Newegg). Considering the high-level of performance that it delivers and that it is a wireless headset, it is a bargain at that price point.
+ great range
+ appealing design
+ great directional gaming audio
+ noise-cancelling mic
+ value for a wireless headset
+ rotary volume on ear cup
– considering its weight, padding on headband not adequate
– needs a mute button
– GUI audio presets are flat
Final Score: 9.00 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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