Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset Review
Date: September 16, 2012
Product Name: Vengeance 2000
Part Number: CA-9011115-NA
Warranty: 2 years
Late last year Corsair released their second-generation gaming headset and it was a hit. Aptly incorporated into the Vengeance line, the 1500 model fully cemented their reputation as a company dedicated to PC gaming enthusiasts. With the release of the new Corsair Vengeance 2000 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset, Corsair has once again broadened the scope of their Vengeance series and have given gamers even more options to choose from.
While the Vengeance 2000 is based on the same 50mm closed-cup design as the original 1300 and 1500 models, this new iteration offers something no previous Corsair headset could: wire-free connectivity. This is made possible by the use of a wireless USB interface, which Corsair claims is capable of operating over long distances. In fact, you can—in theory—use the Vengeance 2000 upwards of 40 feet away from the included USB transceiver.
Compared against competing solutions, this markedly increased distance from the base station will certainly allow users more freedom of movement. However, freedom is rarely free. Our previous experience with wireless headsets suggests that the Vengeance 2000 will have to overcome some significant hurdles in order to deliver upon its promises. To be specific, the wireless interface raises concerns about decreased sound quality, increased latency, and diminished long-term comfort due to increased weight.
Another potential concern is the Vengeance 2000’s $149 MSRP—$50 more than the already expensive Vengeance 1500 and nearly twice the price of the Dam Good Value winner Vengeance 1300. This means that the new headset will not only be judged against our rigorous set of pass/fail requirements, but also against proven, budget-friendly models. Nevertheless, if Corsair is able to successfully sidestep the numerous pitfalls associated with wireless USB, the Vengeance 2000 has the potential to become the most desirable headset in an already sought-after line.