Top 8 Corsair Gaming Headsets: A Review

There are a number of great reasons to own a gaming headset. Playing multiplayer games and wanting to communicate with friends or teammates, living in a home with others who you do not wish to disturb, or simply wanting a more immersive gaming experience are all excellent examples of this. There is not, however, any good reason I can think of to not own a gaming headset. Given the improvement in comfort standards and the prevalence of excellent wireless options, there is no longer any valid cause for dismissing a gaming headset as a needless accessory. This is why ownership and use of a gaming headset is generally a reliable barometer for gauging the seriousness of a gamer. Someone who owns a gaming headset probably takes their games fairly seriously, while anyone who does not probably doesn't.

1With that being said, there are those who do own gaming headsets simply because it's the “in” thing to do. Posers – you've gotta love em'! These kinds of gamers can generally be found playing the latest iteration of Madden or Call of Duty on their inferior gaming console, disrespecting our beloved hobby with their casual interest and lack of passion. Infuriating, I know. They can also be found using whatever stock headsets came with those consoles, or at best using whatever equipment their local GameStop clerk peddled onto them (*shudders*). True gamers (by this I mean PC gamers, obviously) take their peripherals rather seriously, as we do here at EduMuch. That's why we've compiled this handy bunch of Corsair headset reviews in our “Top 8 Corsair Gaming Headsets: A Review” feature. See, we understand that you take your headset search seriously, and so does Corsair. The computer accessories and hardware company designed a full line of gaming headset with true gamers in mind, and they have seen their efforts bear fruit. The proof is in the pudding, as they say – or in this case, the proof is in our review feature!

1Corsair Gaming VOID RGB Gaming Headset Review

Specs (Wireless):

  • Warranty: Two Years.
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz.
  • Impedance: 32k Ohms @ 1kHz.
  • Drivers: 50 mm.
  • Connector: Wireless USB Receiver.
  • Microphone Type: Unidirectional Noise Cancelling.
  • Microphone Impedance: 2.2k Ohms.
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100 Hz to 10 kHz.
  • Sensitivity: -37 dB (+/-3 dB).

Specs (Wired):

  • Warranty: Two Years.
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz.
  • Impedance: 32k Ohms @ 1kHz.
  • Drivers: 50 mm.
  • Connector: 4-Pole Mobile Compatible Analog Stereo + Mic.
  • Microphone Type: Unidirectional Noise Cancelling.
  • Microphone Impedance: 2.2k Ohms.
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100 Hz to 10 kHz.
  • Sensitivity: -37 dB (+/-3 dB).

We could argue for a long time over whether or not the VOID RGB is the king of the Corsair headsets, but there is no doubt that it is firmly in the discussion. One of the most well-rounded headsets on the market, the VOID RGB combines excellent comfort with excellent quality in a wireless- or wired-package. Featuring Corsair's patented ‘True Form' earcups, the VOID RGB fits itself around your ear like a glove, ensuring that regardless of your head or ear shape, you'll be as comfortable as can be. These ear cups were also designed with long sessions in mind. This means that no matter how long you want to keep playing, the headset won't wear on you, cause you to sweat, or feel any less comfortable than they are when you first slip them on. In terms of tech features, the VOID RGB ‘InfoMic' brings all of the necessary information to the end of your microphone, ensuring you'll know everything you need to about in-game audio. ‘CUE Control' allows you to change settings on the fly with easy to push and use buttons for quick volume changes and settings adjustments. Last but not least, the audio could be the most exciting aspect of the VOID RGB. We won't bore you with all of the technical details, but we will ask you a few simple questions: Do you like big bass? Impressive highs? Incredible range? Pinpoint-accurate positional audio for gaming? If so, the VOID RGB is right up your alley. Both the wired and wireless versions boast these features, with the wired perhaps providing marginally better audio and the wireless offering an impressive 16-hour battery life. You can't go wrong with either one. Not the cheapest of headsets, but you get what you pay for with the VOID RGB, and what you're paying for is quality.

1Corsair Raptor HS40 Gaming Headset Review and HS30 Gaming Headset Review

HS40 Specs:

  • Warranty: Two Years.
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz.
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms @ 1kHz.
  • Drivers: 40 mm Neodymium.
  • Connector: USB.
  • Cable Length: 2.7 m / 8.8 Feet.
  • Microphone Type: Unidirectional Noise Cancelling.
  • Microphone Impedance: 2.2k Ohms.
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100 Hz to 10 kHz.
  • Sensitivity: -42 dB (≠ 2 dB).

HS30 Specs:

  • Warranty: Two Years.
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20kHz.
  • Impedance: 32k Ohms @ 1kHz.
  • Drivers: 40 mm Neodymium.
  • Connector: Analog.
  • Cable Length: 2.7 m / 8.8 Feet.
  • Microphone Type: Unidirectional Noise Cancelling.
  • Microphone Impedance: 2.2k Ohms.
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100 Hz to 10 kHz.
  • Sensitivity: -42 dB (= 2 dB).

Not interested in all of the bells and whistles? Just looking for a headset that gets the job done in a straightforward, affordable package? Check out the HS40. Utilizing 7.1 surround sound, the HS40 affords gamers a top-notch tactical advantage over headset-less users, and one that is not too different than the kind you'd get out of the big-money headsets. 40mm neodymium drivers offer solid sound quality, and a noise-cancelling microphone is probably the most necessary “bonus feature” you should want out of your gaming headset. Unfortunately, comfort and design is where you start to feel some of the budget-effected shortcomings of the HS40. Don't get me wrong, it's a solid headset, but don't expect to be getting eight consecutive comfortable hours of gaming out of it. The padded earcups and headband are simply too firm, and the pressure applied gradually becomes more and more uncomfortable the longer the headset is worn. Comfort is a somewhat subjective matter, but I have a hard time believing anyone could find the HS40's to be very comfortable. However, in a pinch and on a budget, these will do just fine. The HS30 is the predecessor of the HS40 and represents an even more affordable, yet slightly less impressive option. Somewhat worse audio, a somewhat less impressive microphone, and a somewhat less comfortable build – yet a somewhat smaller price tag.

3Corsair H1500 Gaming Headset Review

Specs:

  • Warranty: Two Years.
  • Frequency Response: 40 Hz – 20 kHz 5/-5 dB, -10 dB @ 35 Hz.
  • Impedance: 32k Ohms @ 1kHz.
  • Drivers: 50 mm.
  • Connector: USB.
  • Cable Length: 3 m / 9.8 Feet.
  • Microphone Type: Unidirectional Noise Cancelling.
  • Microphone Impedance: 2.2k Ohms.
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100 Hz to 10 kHz.
  • Sensitivity: -44 dB (+/-3 dB).

Comfort isn't the only quality that can decline when wearing a gaming headset for an extended period of time. General “headphone fatigue” is a problem that gaming headset owners are all too familiar with. Basically, having gaming sound blasting in your ears for hours on end can actually become unpleasant, particularly if the audio quality is subpar. Enter the Corsair H1500. Designed with exactly this problem in mind, the H1500 headset uses Dolby headphone technology to reproduce gaming audio at optimal quality, thereby reducing headphone fatigue. Huge 50mm drivers reduce overloading and distortion to further improve sound quality, making for a world-class audio experience. The wide, deep, memory foam and microfiber earcups used by the H1500 are comfortable, but not as comfortable as the VOID RGB, for example. Over extended gaming sessions, you may find that the cups become overheated, slightly painful due to the pressure, or both. Again, this is a subjective issue, and memory foam helps ensure that the H1500's are in fact fairly comfortable. It's up to you to find out whether or not they can work for you in terms of comfort – but sleep easy on the sound!

4Corsair H2100 Gaming Headset Review

Specs:

  • Warranty: Two Years.
  • Frequency Response: 40 Hz – 20 kHz 5/-5 dB, -10 dB @ 35 Hz.
  • Impedance: 32k Ohms @ 1kHz.
  • Drivers: 50 mm.
  • Connector: Wireless USB.
  • Microphone Type: Unidirectional Noise Cancelling.
  • Microphone Impedance: 2.2k Ohms.
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100 Hz to 10 kHz.
  • Sensitivity: -37 dB (+/-3 dB).

The pros and cons of wired and wireless gaming headsets is not a subject we feel the need to delve too far into in this feature. Most of elements of the argument are the same ones felt in that of any wired vs. wireless discussion. For example, wired headsets are more reliable in terms of sound, but it's inconvenient to contend with a wire when gaming. On the other hand, wire-free gaming is great, but no one likes having to worry about replacing or recharging batteries. These conflicts are apparent in the Corsair H2100 gaming headset. While the headset is comfortable thanks to its wireless functioning (and surprisingly lightweight at that), there's nothing positive about a ten-hour battery life. That's about two weeknight gaming sessions, or one weekend gaming sessions for serious gamers. That means a lot of charging, and a lot of worrying about a dying battery. The H2100 does offer excellent Dolby 7.1 surround sound, big-time 50mm neodymium drivers, an advanced microphone (as good as the one used in the VOID RGB), and more – but if you can't deal with the downside to wireless headsets, the H2100 are very simply not the ones for you.

5Corsair 1500 Gaming Headset Review

Specs:

  • Warranty: Two Years.
  • Frequency Response: 40 Hz – 20 kHz 5/-5 dB, -10 dB @ 35 Hz.
  • Impedance: 32k Ohms @ 1kHz.
  • Drivers: 50 mm.
  • Connector: USB.
  • Cable Length: 3 m / 9.8 Feet.
  • Microphone Type: Unidirectional Noise Cancelling.
  • Microphone Impedance: 2.2k Ohms.
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100 Hz to 10 kHz.
  • Sensitivity: -44 dB (+/-3 dB).

Ultimately, there are in fact a lot of similarities to be noted between many of Corsair's gaming headsets. It's hard to produce a full line of headsets while making each one utterly distinguishable and unique – at the end of the day, a headset is a headset, right? You put it on, you listen to your game, you talk through the mic, and that's about it. Obviously there are better ones and worse ones, but they operate in the same way and for the same purpose. However, the Corsair 1500 does stand out for having one big difference – and I mean big difference. Utilizing extra-wide and -deep earcups covered in that familiar memory foam and microfiber, the Corsair 1500 is arguably the most comfortable in the Corsair gaming headset line. These are particularly recommended for gamers with larger ears and heads who may find typical gaming headset entries to be a bit on the smaller side. 7.1 Dolby sound and 50mm drivers are a perfect compliment to this supremely comfortable headset, which fits so nicely onto the head that you might forget you're even wearing a headset. Two thumbs up.

7Corsair Vengeance 2000 Gaming Headset Review

Specs:

  • Warranty: Two Years.
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20kHz.
  • Impedance: 32k Ohms @ 1kHz.
  • Drivers: 50 mm.
  • Connector: Wireless USB.
  • Microphone Type: Unidirectional Noise Cancelling.
  • Microphone Impedance: 2.2k Ohms.
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100 Hz to 10 kHz.

Depending on your standards and expectations, some headsets might appear to be “high end” to you based on price, features, quality, etc – or not. To some people, $30 might seem like an excessive amount of money to spend on a gaming headset, while to others it might seem like nowhere near enough. No matter who you are, however, you're going to recognize the fact that the Corsair Vengeance 2000 is a high end gaming headset. The bottom line is that the 2000 hits every check mark it needs to in order to bring you the most optimal gaming headset experience possible:

  • Excellent build and design, utilizing high quality and strong materials.
  • Wireless range of up to 40-feet.
  • Charges quickly using USB to micro-USB cable.
  • Excellent Dolby 7.1 surround sound and 50mm drivers.
  • Unidirectional, noise cancelling condenser microphone.

The only ‘problem' that I feel compelled to note is that a 10-hour battery life is less than ideal and not very easy to forgive, even in a powerful headset like the Vengeance 2000. Still, for a world-class gaming headset experience, the 2000 is a fantastic choice – you pay a premium and receive a premium product.

8Corsair Vengeance 1400 Gaming Headset Review

Specs:

  • Warranty: Two Years.
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20kHz.
  • Impedance: 32k Ohms @ 1kHz.
  • Drivers: 50 mm.
  • Connector: Stereo 3.5 mm.
  • Cable Length: 3 m / 9.8 Feet.
  • Microphone Type: Unidirectional Noise Cancelling Condenser with Adjustable, Rotating Boom.
  • Microphone Impedance: 2.2k Ohms.
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100 Hz to 10 kHz.
  • Sensitivity: -41 dB (+/-3dB).

Do you want a gaming headset that is versatile enough to serve you away from your desktop? We don't blame you. Making a significant investment in an audio device is a serious thing, and it's a shame to purchase a headset that can only be utilized when PC gaming. Thankfully, there is the Corsair Vengeance 1400. Compatible with smartphones, tablets, and PS4 controllers, the 1400 can serve you as your PC gaming headset, your console gaming headset, and as an on-the-go headphones/phone headset. 50mm drivers and oversized earcups make for an excellent experience that can crossover to all of your devices – if you don't want a pair of headphones for your phone and a headset for your PC, but rather one pair for both, go with the Vengeance 1400.

For more on great Corsair products, check out our K65, K70, H100i, Top Corsair Coolers and Top Corsair Cases features right here at EduMuch!

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