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Corsair Vengeance 2100 Circumaural Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Don't buy if using wi-fi 07/24/2014

This review is from: Corsair Vengeance 2100 Circumaural Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset

Pros: I've owned and used these for about eight months, give or take:

-Comfortable; easy to wear for long periods
-7.1 works well enough that sounds are identifiable as "rear" (remember: the game must support surround sound for this to work properly...)

-The battery doesn't seem to have lost much capacity since I first used them--they still go for 8-10 hours

-The microphone works well enough

Cons: -Wi-Fi interference. Often, my Wi-Fi signal is instantly dropped from 50 mbps to 2-3 mbps the moment I turn the headphones on. When I turn the headphones off, 50 mbps resumes. (Repositioning the receiver doesn't make a difference.) Corsair advertises 2.4 GHz as space-age technology (see the blurb on the box...it's priceless), but as we know, everything on the face of The Earth uses 2.4. If you want to use these headphones and Wi-Fi simultaneously without interference, you're most likely going to need to buy a 5 GHz router. (p.s. this has nothing to do with congestion or other devices on the network; I'm not in an apartment complex)

-Range: I can get about 15 feet (through a wall with no insulation within it) before the signal breaks up and disconnects. Often, when the phones reconnect, I lose Wi-Fi (assuming I was able to get both to work simultaneously in the first place). In short, as long as you stay within a small room, the signal should remain intact.

-Distortion, distortion, and more distortion. Anyone who says otherwise is simply deaf; the slightest bit of bass causes massive distortion, and it's awful. This doesn't seem to be improved by reducing the bass EQ sliders (which I'm not going to do, regardless, as that defeats the purpose of using huge headphones, does it not?)

-Hissing in background near 4KHz (defeatable by reducing the EQ slider to minimum, though obviously, that will destroy treble response)

-Bass is weak for "can" headphones, even with EQ sliders all the way up

--Often, when I plug the phones into the PC for charging, the volume is bizarrely reduced while using other audio sources (default audio not set to headphones). Very strange, and very annoying. This also occurs while using the phones and switching between 2.0, 5.1, and 7.1; the resolution is to switch back and forth until the "supposed to be" volume level returns. Annoying.

--Default audio must be switched every time one wants to use the phones. Sure, we can blame Windows for this, but can't a macro be included in the code that does this for us automatically when the phones are activated?

Other Thoughts: I can't recommend the phones for the above "cons." In my experience, using the phones substantially interferes with Wi-Fi, they don't sound particularly good (hissing/distortion/weak bass response), and range is very poor. I continue to use them only because the 7.1 is accurate, and positional audio is very important while gaming.

Corsair, get these off 2.4 GHz, or add something to the software that allows channel adjustment; the auto-adjustment that is claimed simply doesn't work (in my experience), and the phones most definitely, positively interfere, massively, with Wi-Fi reception. Fix the hissing problem that goes back to the 2000 line (from what I've read, it's a driver issue). Fix the distortion problem that is most likely related to the hissing problem (gain is simply way too high, and cannot be adjusted). Keep the style and fit...they're so comfortable that I have literally forgotten that they were on my head (numerous times). :)

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TP-LINK TL-WN751ND Wireless N150 PCI Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great, when paired with TL-ANT2405C 04/21/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WN751ND Wireless N150 PCI Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2

Pros: First, never expect that a tiny antenna on the back of your PC will be sufficient; they never are. You must pair this device with TL-ANT2405C if you expect to get anything over 20 mbps (with this antenna, I have nearly 70 mbps [150 mbps stated]). At about $20 for the pair, the combination is pretty tough to beat.

Cons: None, assuming you don't expect the silly included antenna to do anything.

Other Thoughts: I originally went with the '300 mbps' model (with two antenna outputs); the two silly antennae on the back got me about 30 mbps. In order to have improved that situation, I would have to attach not one, but two large, cabled antennae, which would have looked plain ridiculous and added little value to that presented by this combo. The 150 mbps card with 5 dbi antenna is the pair to buy.

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TP-LINK TL-WN851ND Wireless N300 PCI Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Works well, in conjunction with TL-ANT2408C 04/08/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WN851ND Wireless N300 PCI Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2

Pros: If you're more than twenty feet from your router (especially through walls), the included antennae won't suffice (I couldn't get more than 20 mbps). After attaching one positional 8 dbi antenna, I now have 70 mbps (though there are two antenna connections, only one of these 8 dbi antennae is necessary; just keep the 3 dbi antenna on the second input).

Cons: see above

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