After spending much time with the Vengeance 2000 headset I sort of have mixed feelings. Let’s start out with the good things though.
This headset has to be one of the most comfortable headsets that I have ever used. The felt earcups are not annoying at all and feel great. I can listen to music, play games or watch movies with this headset for hours without having the remove the headset because it is irritating. Also since the headset is wireless I can walk around, go to the bathroom or even make something in the kitchen while still being able to listen to music, you can’t beat that!
The sound quality of the headset is great, even using the headset in stereo mode. The 50mm drivers do a great job and if you are a fan of bass you will really like this headset. The quality of bass you get out of this headset is just great. The 3 different surround room sizes give the ability to choose which one best suits the type of music, media, or game you are playing. All of the equalizer modes are great and I really like that they have included gaming modes specifically made for FPS and MMO gaming. The quality of the microphone is great and although many people may not like the microphone loop-back it actually keeps me from yelling so much or talking too loudly.
The design of the headset is great and I am a huge fan of the volume scroll wheel. It makes it extremely easy to adjust the volume of the headset on the fly. Getting the headset connected and up and running is very easy. Corsair couldn’t have made this headset easier to operate.
With that all said, one of the biggest problems I found with the headset is with the driver. It installs the headset within Windows as a stereo device and you cannot change that. That means for games that do not have an audio settings panel you cannot play those games in 5.1 / 7.1 you have to play them in stereo (at least in our testing). While this may not be a big deal to some, since even in stereo the headset sounds great there is a huge difference playing in stereo compared to 7.1. Also Dolby Headphone and Pro Logic IIx have been stripped out of this headset. Even though there was the awesome volume scroll wheel there was no mute button or controls for media or calls on the headset, I would have like to have seen these.
With the shortcomings I am still very impressed with the headset and if you are looking for a great wireless gaming headset I can totally recommend this headset. Right now you can pick up this headset at my favorite online retailer for $119, which actually is a great price as it is $140-$150 most other places. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless Gaming Headset an 8 out of 10 score. I believe if Corsair would correct the driver issue they I could score this headset even higher.
– Extremely comfortable
– Great sound quality, even in stereo
– Easy to setup
– Volume scroll wheel
– Driver installs the headset as stereo device and this cannot be changed
– No mute button on media controls on the headset