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This review is from: Corsair Gaming H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset - Greyhawk
Pros: In reviewing this I thought to compare it to some wired Corsair H1500 with the exact same software drivers and a wired Plantronics GameCon 780 I normally wear.
Wireless - I’m very pleased with the wireless feature of these headphones, and I wasn’t expecting to be. A wire has never necessarily bothered me, but it’s now become very noticeable when I do wear ones with wires. The wire is always touching my shoulder, and it’s kinda surprising how much more open my entire desk feels without it. I never thought the wire was so restricting, but it definitely seems to get noticed now whenever I move my arm - and that’s often between the keyboard, mouse, dinner bowl, a drink, or whatever. I also find myself looking to make sure I’m not running over my cord when I roll my chair, but there’s no wire there! Wireless is definitely a huge plus I wasn’t expecting. I’m also impressed by the distance - I can walk to the kitchen in a fairly large house (over the advertised 40’) and grab a beer while still staying in communication with my teammates.
Feel - They are heavier, but they’re well built, snug, and very soft. The memory foam seems to make a difference, and I noticed on the Corsair H1500s the cushion feels very weak now - something these should be immune to. The fabric covering is also much softer. They definitely went the extra mile to make up for the added weight, and the weight hasn’t really fatigued me yet. Obviously, there’s just no good way to reduce the weight - there’s a battery in it and if you want wireless that lasts the day then you need a heavy battery.
Accessories - I really like the wires it does come with, ironically. The micro USB charging cable is long enough, and sockets well into the headphones to charge them. It's built rather well too, with a clear connector end that reflects the charging light on the headphones. The USB sit-on-desk extension cable for the transmitter isn't needed (I plug it straight into the back of my PC), but is very convenient for my other USB devices. Kinda like some nice swag that I'm finding myself using all the time.
Cons: Sound - The sound quality in this is way below the other two headphones. It’s more distant and muffled - almost as if you’re listening through a paper cup held to your ear. My initial blame is they aren’t broken in, but either they’re taking a very long time to break in or they just don’t have the fidelity. Or they’re defective. I wouldn’t say they sound bad, but I would expect them to sound exactly like the H1500s since they have the exact same drivers, frequency response, and software drivers, but they aren't even close. I’m using some loss-less music to compare, and enabling the Dolby Pro-Logic and setting the Source type to 2.0 Stereo in the software driver Control Panel does make the music sound much fuller and a little more enjoyable in comparison to raw stereo, but as much as I want to like these for the wireless and cushioning, I just can’t use these as my every-day headphones. My Plantronics sound so much better, even a bit better than the H1500s, and they only have a 40mm driver (and exact same frequency response). So, don’t go thinking that the specs are everything when it comes to sound.
Push-button - I hate it. It’s a struggle to tell if these are on, or to turn them on. I click it, I hear a faint hum for a split second, then nothing. Sometimes I get sound out on the first try, but I usually have to try several times, trying a combination of pressing and holding for somewhere between 1 to 5 seconds. Too long and it seems to turn off again. The blue LED on the side of the button seems useless for telling if they’re on or not. Until I get it working, I’m left wondering if they’re low on battery or not syncing with the transmitter or what. The best method I have to confirm I got them on is to play some music and screw with them until I hear it, but this isn’t ideal for me - I like to get Ventrillo and such set up before I launch a game. A simple switch would’ve been so much easier in my opinion, as that at least eliminates one variable in the trouble-shooting process - there’s no other indicator (the LED does not stay lit).
Other Thoughts: If the sound is just defective for this unit, I would've given it 4 eggs. If the button reliably turned them on, or even if the power LED stayed lit to show it was on and ready to receive, I'd give it 5. But, these two issues together, and for the price these are at, I'm not happy with these headphones. Such a shame, because they had so much potential...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Well, I guess the first pro to mention is I actually started laughing as I opened the Newegg shipping box. For starters, I was caught off guard at how large this thing is! It has a 3.5inch diameter, and roughly the size of a softball. But, I also didn’t realize how much this thing looked like a very well-known video game character. Immediately after I finish this review, I’m going to fire up my 3D printer and make some “handles” as well as draw on a texture with marker! I may even re-paint the removable gender-biased “iris” thingy (or “Front Accent Ring” as they call it). I’m excited about this product, am I’m not even a dad (yet)!
The build is definitely quality. The base is a ball-in-socket that allows for a one-axis tilt (45° angle max one direction, ~30° max from vertical the other direction), and 360° rotation. The base has pre-installed rubber feet which get surprisingly good grip, but also wall-mount hook slots. On a desktop without additional weight, it manages to reach 30° angle without falling over, but it’d be very easy to add more weight or other mounting style to the hollow base. The socket grips the ball well enough that it’s not very easy to accidentally knock it out of place.
Do you like stickers? I like stickers! It’s got a sheet of warning stickers in 18 different languages that you can wrap around the power cord! Why?? Because why not?! Even the instructions on how to peel off and apply the sticker to the cord is a sticker! Stickers stickers stickers!
The power adapter is dual voltage and comes with an interchangeable socket, but only includes the US-style socket for some reason. It provides 1.5A, which is funny because the manual suggests 2A. It has an extremely long cord though, which was awesome for me as I mounted it on the roof.
I’m rather impressed with the picture quality and the colors, especially for only being 640x480. It’s clear and very responsive. Even over the Internet through D-Link, the video has about 200ms of latency which is much lower than I expected! My ping to the D-link site makes up ~120ms of that, so 80ms at the encoder! The audio latency, however, is horrid (see cons).
While I was looking for some solutions to some of the cons, I noticed that they do provide the source code of their firmware elsewhere on their website. I haven’t dug into it much yet, but this certainly gives them a star just for doing it. Keep an eye out for 3rd party firmware, or if you know what you’re doing, add in whatever features/tweeks you want yourself! All the Cons may be easily solved (except the clicking, which is a hardware issue).
Cons: Maybe they could’ve spent less money on their stickers and advertising pamphlet and put it into their monochrome, flimsy, manual (that’s so cheap, they made budget cuts on random letters in page 7). The system requirements list a Computer with Windows & common browsers, but the set-up guide is purely for Android & iOS.
I can see why they didn’t really advertise Windows as their main means of accessing the feed. You have to use the DLink website (with ads) with your account set up (which links to your device, so you’re trusting DLink’s website security on the general public Internet to have a live feed inside your home, AND your WiFi account info). I can’t seem to find any way to access the camera using LAN only (The Android app has that option, but not Windows) - typing it’s IP address into the URL simply gives me a “File Not Found” error. Taking the risk for the sake of a comprehensive review, I load the DLink webpage and it’s using an outdated Java App as the viewer, which promptly dies and crashes the page on the latest version of Chrome & Firefox. Internet Explorer works, after it installs an ActiveX control (haven’t seen this since the 90’s!), a plug-in, and firmware update. The firmware update didn’t allow me to use other browsers or create a web interface (even though it obviously has web server capability by serving the error page). This thing requires an Internet connection to use, even within your own home, and if I did want to view the feed outside my home, there’s no way to set up my own VPN or such - it has to go through D-Link’s services and honestly that kinda creeps me out.
While the video looks great and has awesome latency, the audio is horrid. It has >2000ms latency coming from it, and any audio transmitted to it is very quiet (though has ~1000ms latency). It’s also extremely spotty with noticeable gaps in the audio stream. The lullabies are decent quality sound and good volume, but voice/sounds from a PC or phone/tablet are rather quiet and require max volume to make out what’s being said even when standing next to the camera. Audio is a neat feature, but definitely not the main selling point!
It makes a loud click when going from night to day mode or vise versa. Loud enough I’d suspect to wake a baby. Loud enough to make my dog jump, investigate, and growl at it.
You can mount it onto the roof or wall, but there’s no way to flip/orientate the video feed. Seems that feature is reserved for their actual security cameras.
Other Thoughts: My dog groaned at the lullabies.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This was a nice product to review! To start things off, it had good packaging, complete with resource CD and comprehensive starting guide. The device was a bit larger than expected, and barely fits in the “router” spot on my desk. The LEDs on the front are large, and bright - maybe a bit too bright if you game in the dark. They flash for activity, but not flicker. There’s an actual power switch on the back, which I enjoy (no more dropping the power plug behind the desk!). There’s also a WiFi switch, which I highly recommend turning to OFF for initial setup. The WiFi is on by default, with SSID broadcast, but secured with WEP2 by default (key is printed on the bottom of the router). The configuration page is comprehensive, with all the features I enjoyed in DD-WRT firmware existing in the manufacturer firmware such as MAC cloning, DoS protection, bandwidth control, and diagnostics page. It even re-directs to the new IP address if you change it!
Cons: It has a fairly large wall-wort power adapter, that gets in the way of other plugs (vertical). I was also surprised to see that it’s 2.5amps (matching the router), which seems fairly high to me. It seems to be taking ~1amp on average. More than previous routers I’ve had, but still acceptable.
I wasn’t really a fan of the guide referring to a URL to configure it, rather than a standard IP address, but either works to load configuration page. However, it’s default is 192.168.0.1. Just minor gripes. The default login is admin/admin, so there’s no variation or added security there - anyone on your wired LAN to hijack setup before you complete it. There’s no secure way to configure this device - there’s no https option and all configuration data is sent via plain text. But, what ultimately pushed this to lose 1 egg is that the configuration page automatically refreshes (on all browsers) after a few seconds - if you aren’t quick to save your changes, it’ll refresh and lose your fields! Very annoying if you’re looking up routing or MAC tables while entering the data… If they fix this, and perhaps make it one-click to set-up MAC access and routing tables, it’d easily be 4 stars.
Other Thoughts: USB 2 does perfectly fine for all of my applications, and I’m happy with it for this product. It’s more than sufficient for printers or external HDDs.
I delayed some in writing this review, as I seem to have had some problems with my ISP. The WAN connection seems to have dropped twice in the first few days of having this device, and the router never reconnected until I cycled power. But, it’s working fine lately and I can’t be 100% sure this is the router’s fault, so I’m not listing this as a con.
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