TL;DRThis is a great headset for gamers who want to untether themselves from a wire on a budget, it offers all the great things you'd expect from a wired gaming headset in its price range. The H2100 is great for gaming but needs fine tuning if you want to use it for music.
Wired headsets have become a personal favourite of mine in recent years. Being an avid hardcore gamer all my life wires have always been the shackle that kept me locked at my desk and always tugging on something - somewhat infuriating. In the past wireless equipment has been unreliable to a point where it should be no serious gamers first choice, however those times are long gone and wireless equipment is far more reliable and the Corsair H2100 is among the greatest. With a strong focus on comfort at an affordable price the H2100 is a strong choice for any gamer looking to unwire.
This particular corsair headset has a design reminiscent of recording studio headsets with that famous gamer flare with some sleek light accents paired with corsairs vengence brand yellow trims and black body. While this headset does have a very cool design, it is quite large most likely due to the 50mm drivers, as far as headsets go with large earcups that help with resonance for great bass. The large design does not detract from the build quality, as the headset feels very solid and sturdy. With an adjustable headband and ludicrous amounts of padding to make your sessions at the PC as comfortable as possible, it’s definitely one of the more comfortable choices of wireless headsets out there. The earcups like most headsets now, can swivel to make it more portable however being such a large headset doesn’t help much when you need to carry various peripherals around with you.
The USB dongle supplied to connect the headset is pretty standard. The dongle can either be plugged directly into your PC or if you prefer there is an extension with a small dock so that you can keep it placed on your desk or somewhere close by for easy access. Personally i forego the option of using the supplied stand in favour of having it plugged into a front usb on my tower, because I’m clumsy and forever knocking things off my desk, but it’s a nice addition that I’m sure many people will make use of.
The audio in game was a treat the surround sound 7.1 worked like a charm when i tested in in Counter Strike Global offensive, being able to accurately locate footsteps is key to a gamer (no getting rushed from B tunnels by surprise). Usually I do not enjoy simulated surround sound but Corsair have done a good job in this case. The only complaint I have about the audio on this gaming headset is there is a very slight hissing sound when the headset is idle and there is no sound being played. The 50mm neodymium drivers were designed to reduce overloading and distortion compared to headsets that use smaller drivers and when I tested even turning the volume right up provided no distortion, so well done Corsair. Its very clear that this headset was designed for gamers first and straight out of the box the audio didn’t compare to more expensive headsets like the Siberia 800, but only while listening to music. After fiddling around with the Equalizer settings in the Corsair software I was quickly able to remedy this though to give a much fuller sound.
The microphone quality I was actually fairly surprised with most gaming headsets have really shoddy microphones and do not do a great job of filtering out the background noise efficiently, however the H2100’s microphone worked really well for me and was able to keep my voice loud and concise while filtering out the sounds of erroneous voices in the background (namely flat mates playing vigorous rocket league on the console in another room).
The software supplied by Corsair does an exceptional job when it comes to fine tuning the audio experience you have. With gaming presets loaded in such as First Person Shooter’s or Massively Multiplayer Online Games the difference between the two are quite clear and makes a decent impact on performance in game. The one area where the software does let itself down though, is beyond the gaming presets and equalizer there really isn’t anything for the microphone short of changing the sound levels it outputs. I’d like to see more options other than just the EQ , Gaming Presets and surround sound switch.
The 2.4ghz wireless range specified by corsair is up to 40 feet (12 meters) this held true while i walked around my apartment there was not a single place the wireless range couldn’t stretch. The entire experience was lag free giving even less credence to the commonly held belief that wireless peripherals are laggy. The wireless followed me while I cleaned my entire home and stayed strong while i cooked lunch. The battery life lived up to its promise of 10 hours too lasting for an entire day of gaming and listening to music before finally dying moments before I was due to pack away for some sleep and recuperation. The nitty gritty details on this headset are fairly decent as well as far as headsets go, with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz it covers the entire range of audible sound for humans. The headset weighs about 540 grams which is by no means light compared to the average headset, but the microfiber wrapped memory foam earcups and padded headband do a lot to increase comfort when wearing for extended sessions. Oversized 50mm neodymium drivers are bigger than the traditional 40mm drivers selected by most headset manufacturers, this helps to reduce distortion in sound.
All in all with a RRP of £77.98 GBP and $99.99 USD this headset is a significant contender in your choice of gaming headsets. Featuring “Lethally accurate positional audio” with a large focus on comfort with crisp audio and accessible software. This very well might be the best headset in its price range, while it can’t compete with the flexibility of more expensive headsets, it certainly delivers one of the best price performances I’ve seen in a headset.