Corsair is a brand well known for their PC hardware in the form of system chassis, cooling units, memory and PSUs. But with the Vengeance line, they have moved into the gaming peripherals market segment. While we have previously reviewed the gaming mechanical keyboard offering from Corsair in the form of the Vengeance K90, we now have a chance to run the rule over the Vengeance 1500 Headset.
With gaming being such an intense, adrenaline pumping activity where attitude and confidence can give a slight edge, the aesthetics of gaming peripherals are significantly important. Gaming and e-sports in general are somewhat of a new-age pastime and having decent levels of 'swag' is absolutely essential for products such as these. You can see how companies, like Razer for example, have realized the fact that the appearance of a gaming peripheral is almost as important as its performance leading to a decent modicum of success.
So we start off this review of the Corsair Vengeance 1500 Headphones by evaluating its looks, which are interesting to say the least. The product seems to be a weird hybrid of different textures, colors, materials and styles. Gaming headsets generally have an angular look, which make the circular ear-cups of these headphones more in line with standard audio headphones. The glossy black finish also goes against the usual trend of having a rubberized, matte look. However the blue circular accents give it somewhat of a nod towards entertainment and this design aspect is slightly similar to the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D’s glowing highlights.
Brushed aluminum has become a staple when it comes to modern design and the Corsair Vengeance 1500 also incorporates it into its build. However, the plating just does not gel with the ear-cups in our opinion and gives the entire product a disjointed appearance. In addition, the embossed Corsair branding on the plating is a bit too large and ostentatious for our liking. Further adding to the mishmash, the headband of the device is covered with a cloth mesh while the cushioning on the ear-cups is covered in velvet. With four different textures present, the Vengeance 1500 is quite confusing to behold.
In terms of hardware however, the Corsair Vengeance 1500 matches up with other high end gaming headsets. It comes equipped with 40mm audio drivers, slightly smaller than the impressive Creative Recon3D Headphones which we have reviewed previously. However, unlike the latter, there is no packaged audio processing unit. An in-line control pod is provided to help adjust the volume and mute the microphone, which is also included in the package. The control pod and buttons are larger than average which was a pleasant surprise as we always feel that manufacturers tend to make them a tad bit too small. Note that a USB connection is used to plug the device in, thus making this pair of headphones strictly a PC/notebook companion.