Corsair recently rebranded their gaming arm and today we take a look at one of their initial headsets in our Corsair Gaming H1500 Review.
Corsair Gaming H1500 Review – Packaging and Bundle
Corsair Gaming box their H1500 in a rather striking box which, thanks to the yellow, very much stands out. We get a nice clear image of the headset on the front, along with key features listed and then as is often very useful we can see the headset through a window section. In terms of bundle there isn’t much here, just a couple of bits of documentation.
Corsair Gaming H1500 Review – The Headset
Looking at the headset itself the majority of the product is of plastic construction and uses a matt finish. There is a higher shine area around the ear cup and that sits beside the yellow band which helps bring out the branding on the side of the headset. The memory foam padding round each ear-cup is covered in a soft micro-fibre fabric and for the headband, which again has yellow flashes, we get a rubberised finish with a decent amount of padding beneath.
Each arm of the headset extends by around an inch and a half with 18 or so steps on each expansion. The cups also swivel to a flat position and each rocks vertically on the arm too which should ensure a good fit on most heads. In terms of specifications the H1500 uses 50mm neodymium drivers with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. Impedance is 32Ohms at 1kHz with a dynamic range of 95dB (A-Weighted). As is common with gaming headsets the microphone on the H1500 extends from the left cup and can be rotated upward when not in use. The vast majority of the boom is flexible and at the end we find a unidirectional noise cancelling condenser. For specifications impedance is 2.2k Ohms, frequency response is rated for 100Hz to 10kHz. Sensitivity is -44dB (+/-3dB).
Extending out of the left cup we find a 3m braided cable. Around 50cm down the cable we find a small control pod which allows us to mute the mic or change our headset volume. It also features status LEDs too, blue for on, flashing blue/red for mute. Our cable ends in a USB connector which draws 250mW from our system.
Corsair Gaming H1500 Review – Software
While we get basic functionality from the headset when plugged in, without driver, this is a headset which is designed for use with the Corsair Gaming Headset Control Panel. It is a simple control panel, which is ideal. On the left we have volume, which can be controlled without in-line pod, as well as Windows and mic level. To the right a selector for the sound type, from 2.0 through 5.1 to 7.1 and top left a button which enables virtual surround. Then bottom right is our equalzer which allows us to tweak the sound for our needs, or select from a range of Corsair profiles which include “audiophile”, FPS gaming, MMO gaming and Movie (using Mod-X which tweaks the audio for headphones, rather than theatre).
Corsair Gaming H1500 Review – User Experience and Conclusion
Starting with the build quality of the Corsair Gaming H1500 we have a headset which, despite its all plastic construction, feels solid. All of the parts feel well made and they are put together in a way that adds strength to most of the design. The padding on the headband feels decent and the fabric on the ear cups, soft. We also noted that the memory foam was effective in providing a comfortable experience however it isn’t great at keeping noise in.
Looking at the software, as we noted above it is a nice simple application. A single tab with all the key features easily accessible and intuitive. The control pod is easy to use too, with the LEDs giving a clear indication of the status. That said, there is a bit too much of a jump in volume from each press. This may be down to the fact the H1500 has a very large range of volume available. An aspect which is always preferable to those headsets which are too quiet.
Well priced, easy to set-up/use with good quality audio.