Corsair Gaming H2100 Headset Review
There’s probably a valid argument that says the new Corsair Void headset is here to replace the older H2100, but that means that this headset is now far cheaper than it used to be! So how does the Corsair Gaming H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset compare to its newer sibling and how does this older model compare to the latest Wireless Headsets available today, well I guess we shall see, or is that hear…
The Corsair H2100 is a wireless Gaming headset with genuine Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound and is equipped with two 50mm neodymium Drivers with a Frequency Response of 20 – 20,000Hz. The headset utilizes the 2.4GHz wireless band for transmission up to 40ft (depending on environment). The on-board rechargeable battery is good for up to 10 hours (Corsair’s figure) of Gaming, while the USB adapter has an additional wired extension cable as well as a charging cable for the headset itself. The headset also features a boom style, swivelling microphone, micro-fibre ear-cushions with memory foam, and a dedicated volume control found on the left ear-cup.
The Corsair Gaming H2100 arrived at pcG (in what I thought) was a really smart box that helped to showcase the product well. The box itself is mainly black and yellow (Corsair’s new Gaming colour) and feature a right hand side clear panel allowing you to see the H2100 within. The front of the box highlights not only the brand and the product name but also the fact that this is a Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset, featuring 7.1 channels and 0.0 wires (now that’s a clever play on words!). In addition to this the front of the box also highlights the following:
The back of the box features another image of the H2100 headset and this time also its associated USB adapter. In addition to this Corsair goes on to highlight and describe the following (see below) in English and in various other languages. In addition to this there’s a technical specification table (see Features/Specification below).
2.4GHz wireless freedom up to 40ft + 10 hours of uninterrupted gaming
Genuine Dolby 7.1 surround delivers lethally accurate positional audio
Efficient 50mm neodymium drivers create staggering bass, scintillating highs, and towering dynamic range
Microfiber-wrapped memory foam ear pads enable extended play
The left side of the box takes the four points from the front of the box and repeats them in English and various other languages. The other side of the box also features the plastic see through panel allowing you to get a better look at the H2100 within. I must confess to rather liking this aspect of the packaging…
As you can see from the images above the packaging consists of a plastic box with see through side window and a cardboard interior that half wraps around a clear plastic tray. Within the tray we find the headset itself, while tucked in the side of the cardboard packaging we find the wireless adapter and. hiding within the cardboard frame there’s the additional cables and paperwork etc.
Inside the box other than the H2100 headset itself we find a Quick Start Guide, Safety Leaflet, Warranty Guide and disposal leaflet. In addition to this there’s the wireless adapter, a USB extension cable and a USB charging cable.
At the time of writing the Corsair H2100 is retailing for approximately £96.00 on Ebuyer and comes with a 2 year warranty.
courtesy of Corsair
40Hz – 20kHz 5/-5dB, -10dB @ 35Hz
32 Ohms @ 1kHz
Unidirectional noise-cancelling condenser
100Hz to 10kHz
Despite its new updated Corsair Gaming look the H2100 still looks a little retro, but to be fair I’ve always quite liked the traditional design. Yes you could argue the design is a little bulky, but I would call it substantial myself. For me I like the look, but the more important thing to think about now is the comfort and of course the audio performance. Well with a set of 50mm Drivers on hand it should be good, although I’m a little unsure about this 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound as always…
The basic design of both ear-cups of the Corsair H2100 is effectively the same, with each ear-cup having large amount of horizontal swivel and a lesser amount of vertical swivel. This in turn allows the ear-cups to fit snugly against the side of your head. Each ear-cup sports the new Corsair Gaming name and the logo (found on the headband).
The headband of the Corsair H2100 is of the fixed variety with an extendible inner section. The headband itself is covered with with two sections (stitched together) of leatherette, with the top section featuring breathable holes, maybe to let any heat out of the top of the band itself.
The inner section utilises the same leatherette material but is plain in its construction. The padding here is nothing more than adequate I would say, and is less than one would of thought. We will have to see if this has any impact on comfort levels…
As already stated the headband itself is of the fixed variety with an extendible inner section. Each side can be extended over a number of levels (ten to be precise, although there’s only five indicators!?) extending each side by up to 30mm. This ensures that the H2100 headset can cater for pretty much all head sizes (and maybe shapes!) from small through to large.
Looking specifically at the left ear-cup (where all the action is!) we see that the centre of the ear-cup is dominated by a large dimpled button, beneath which we find an clear LED indicator. Below this we find a large aluminium volume wheel with infinite travel, but with a ratchet style click to its graduations. The button is simple a press and hold style On/Off button with the LED indicator flashing (short flash every five secs) Blue when On. A quick long flash every couple of seconds means that the headset is trying to pair with its wireless adapter.
At the bottom of the left ear-cup we also find the H2100’s USB charging port. The headset can be charged easily courtesy of the supplied 1.8m USB charging cable. Note that when the battery gets low the charging port will begin to flash Orange. When charging is will also flash Orange and turn green when charging is complete.
As you can see from the image above right the H2100 features some pretty large ear-cups, no doubt to support those large 50mm Drivers. The benefit of this is that your ears are easily going to fit inside, aiding overall comfort. Each ear-cup features a micro-fibre cushion filled with memory foam, now while the cushion is soft enough the micro-fibre material feels a little harsh, especially when dragging it over your ears. Within you can see that the Driver itself has been covered with some soft Corsair Gaming yellow cloth to again aide in comfort.
In addition to this the left ear-cup is also home to the microphone. This is of the boom style swivelling variety with an automatic Microphone Mute when the boom is in the up position, which is kind of clever and a feature I very much like! 🙂
Overall there’s a lot to like about the Corsair H2100, it’s a tried and tested design, but it’s one that works for me. It’s also simple in its design, there are no bells ‘n whistles here, but everything you do need IS here, apart from some illumination perhaps… What I now need to do is place it on my head for as long as I can and check out that audio quality while I’m at it. Let the Gaming commence…
|The Corsair Gaming H2100 headset was tested on our new Test Rig, a fresh installation of Windows 10 64Bit with all associated drivers also installed. As no software is provided with the H2100 the latest Driver for this headset was sourced from the Corsair website (here). Version 2.0.37 was installed and used throughout testing.|
The following games were also used during testing:
- Metro Last Light (benchmark)
- Unigine Heaven (benchmark)
The performance of a headset is predominately based upon what it sounds like, therefore what we have here is my opinion on what I think about the audio performance of the Corsair Gaming H2100 headset; of course this is somewhat subjective. I tested mainly with the Virtual Surround Sound off, as it simply sounds better IMHO! As many of you may know I’m not a fan of VSS and this headset does nothing to persuade me otherwise, it really is that simple…
From a pure performance point of view the Corsair H2100 performs very well, especially in Game, which (of course) it is designed for. The predominant sound is bass, and this is what I would call a bass heavy headset and for Gaming and Movies that’s normally a good thing. Of course this bass would be no good if it was at the expense of the mid-range and treble, but luckily it is not! The bass is very good indeed with deep rich bass available should the Game require it, the size and shape of the ear-cup also seems to give the bass an extra bit of depth too. The mid-range is also very good with a good clear crisp feel, if anything the treble suffers the most as it’s simply good. It probably is better than good but the bass is just not giving it much chance to shine through. Overall a good sounding headset, well tuned for Gaming especially when considering its wireless credentials.
I had no connectivity issues at all while using the Corsair Gaming H2100 and range wise I could wander up to approximately 20ft away before distortion would creep in! Somewhat shy of Corsair’s claimed 40ft, but then who sits 40ft from their monitor!? 😉
Of course there’s some software too! The software mainly is there so you can turn On/Off the Dolby 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound, something that I suggest you do as soon as you get it, as the VSS mode just dulls the sound significantly and even then there’s no real increase in positional awareness! In addition to this here you can also mess with the Equalizer in an attempt to get a sound signature that you’re more comfortable with. Also there some simple sliders for Volume and Microphone as well as a very handy Microphone Check, that simply plays back the pick-up from the microphone into the headset.
I have to admit that I found the Corsair Gaming H2100 headset pretty comfortable, even during long Gaming sessions of up to 4+ hours (here’s looking at you The Forest). Obviously it’s also nice not to be tied to your desk by cables, remember 7.1 Channels 0.0 Wires; well at least I agree wholeheartedly with the latter! But there are a couple of comfort related thoughts that I’d like to cover. The first being that I wasn’t keen on the micro-fibre (microfiber) cloth used on the ear-cups cushions as it was actually a little rough for my liking. Once on your head though this is seemed to fade away. The other issue was that I was aware of one ear-cup being heavier than the other, when the headset was on my head! This felt a little weird at first but again while Gaming it was something that I seemed to forget about quite quickly…
The boom style microphone found on the left ear-cup can be swivelled into position when needed, activating the clever microphone Mute On/Off function in the process. The microphone is also flexible allowing you to get the mic itself closer to your mouth. Although it is of the ‘bend it to where you want and it springs back to where it wants’, variety!
In testing with our VOIP of choice (Razer Comms) the unidirectional noise-cancelling condenser microphone worked well, and I had no complaints (other than the usual) from my online buddies.
OK so the Corsair Gaming H2100 headset has been around for a while now, but it is still one of the best Wireless Gaming headsets on the market today. But with the advent of the newer Corsair VOID prices are starting to fall, and that’s good news for us PC Gamers…
The Corsair Gaming H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming headset (to give it its full name) arrived at pcG in a smart black ‘n yellow (the new Corsair Gaming colours) box, with a large plastic panel allowing you to clearly see the headset within. The packaging was more than adequate and the product was nicely presented. Within the box other than the headset itself and some paperwork we find the USB Wireless Adapter, a 1.8m USB charging cable and a 1.8m USB extension cable.
The headset itslef is pretty large and a little retro looking, a style that I rather like (maybe it’s my age!?). The H2100 is a Stereo headset with 50mm neodymium Drivers with Dolby 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound support courtesy of the (not included) software. In addition to this the headset features a boom style swivelling microphone with mute function and in-built volume control. The construction of the Corsair H2100 is very good, with the headset feeling substantial in the hand and appearing to be made from some high quality plastics.
Installation of the headset is as easy as one would expect; either simply plug the USB Wireless Adapter into your PC directly or use the 1.8m extension cable and mount it remotely. I opted for the latter in an attempt to get the best signal (although when you’re sat only 2ft away it hardly matters! 😉 ). The software needed for full functionality can be downloaded here and during installation the headset (or the Wireless adapter) needs to be un-plugged and then plugged back in.
Once up and running I encountered no issues at all with connectivity or sound quality, while sat at my Test PC. Moving any further than 20ft away though saw interference creep in! Audio performance was overall very good, with the H2100 offering a good deal of Bass and a well rounded Gaming sound signature. The mid-range and highs were crisp and clear, the only downside being that the bass could sometimes drown out those highs! Other than this the Corsair Gaming H2100 offers the Gamer a well rounded, powerful experience.
This is until you turn On that Dolby 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound that does nothing more than dullen the overall sound signature. That wouldn’t be so bad if there was some increase in positional awareness, but as far as I’m concerned there is not! As some of you know, I’m not a fan of Virtual Surround Sound and that fact sill holds true.
Comfort wise the Corsair Gaming H2100 scores well with high levels of comfort (despite its weight) even during those longer (4+ hour) gaming sessions. A couple of points that I would like to make is the rough feel to the micro-fibre cloth used on the ear-cups and the fact that the left ear-cup feels (and is) heavier than the right. During Gaming though none of these issues bothered me over time.
The microphone also performed well and I had no complaints (well not about my voice, anyway!) from my online buddies while Gaming. I especially like the auto microphone mute when the microphone boom is in the up position, so simple yet clever that!
Overall then the Corsair Gaming H2100 is a good all-round Wireless gaming headset, and is still (as the design is quite old now) one of the best Wireless headsets on the market today, especially when you consider its recent price drop. The new Corsair Void may look a little more modern, and have fancy lighting, but I still rather like the H2100!
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Many thanks to Corsair for providing this sample for review