Corsair’s new HS80 RGB Wi-fi Gaming Headset is well the most effective headsets the corporate has ever made and likewise the most effective wi-fi headsets round. It takes a few of the greatest headset options obtainable and executes them rather well. At $150, it boasts the newest and best lag-free Slipstream Wi-fi tech, excessive constancy audio, and Dolby Atmos. The microphone is excellent and the brand new design allows you to put on them for ages with out fatigue.
It is stated that imitation is the very best type of flattery and the brand new HS80 imitates a few of the greatest headsets from Steelseries. Corsair has lastly adopted the identical floating headband design that makes use of an adjustable strap to evenly distribute the load throughout your noggin. Moreover, the HS80 feels bulkier on my head than any Steelseries headset however at 370g, it is not a lot heavier.
Corsair HS80 RGB Wi-fi Specs
Sort: Open-back, wi-fi, wired
Frequency response: 20–30,000 Hz
Drivers: 50 mm Neodymium
Connector: Slipstream Wi-fi Dongle, USB Cable
Microphone: Omnidirectional Broadcast grade
Weight: 360 g
Value: $149.99 / £139.99 / AU$249.99
The ear cushions use plush, breathable cloth that wraps round your ears like a heat blanket. And heat your ears will get in case you expertise humid summers like I’m proper now. The HS80’s ear cups can swivel 90-degrees and each has a backlit Corsair brand. You may change the lighting within the Corsair iCUE software program however there actually is not a lot you are able to do with it. It is also not obnoxious like so many different RGB headsets and is actually, fairly understated.
Now let’s speak about sound. The HS80 makes use of 50mm drivers that output 24-bit/48kHz audio over Slipstream wi-fi and a better constancy 24-bit/96kHz over a USB Sort-C cable. The latter would require one thing higher than your typical Spotify to note the distinction although. However all this simply implies that the HS80’s sound implausible with wealthy, full-body sound with well-balanced bass. The sub-bass is usually a little missing at occasions and I seen some distortion even at low volumes. This holds the HS80 again from true greatness however there’s an EQ in iCUE you could play with to fine-tune the audio to your liking.
Nevertheless, it is the spatial audio the place the HS80 surprises, with spectacular 3D audio and correct positioning. This, as you may think about, is nice for video games like first-person shooters or massive open-world environments. That is made even higher with assist for Dolby Atmos and Corsair gives an automated license with the headset. I have been taking part in numerous Halo Infinite which helps Dolby Atmos and it has sounded wonderful on these cans.
I may simply inform how close to or far the Banished have been from me even in the course of the warmth of battle with tons of gunfire. I may additionally simply discover hidden UNSC audio logs simply by following their audio cues and roaming Zeta Halo, the sounds of the wildlife or the tires of my Warthog screeching in opposition to totally different surfaces was pure pleasure. Do not even get me began on automobile sounds in Forza Horizon 5.
And to suppose that is from a wi-fi headset. The Slipstream Wi-fi protocol works flawlessly and you’ll even produce other Corsair wi-fi merchandise share a single dongle. My Corsair Sabre Professional Wi-fi mouse labored like a appeal with the HS80. The one difficulty I famous was the vary. Transferring past 5 meters and I began getting dropouts within the audio; even disconnecting. Placing the dongle out entrance within the open helps a bit. Whereas that is not a priority whilst you’re gaming the place you are not transferring, it is not so nice once you go to the kitchen for a snack and need to keep chatting together with your mates.
Talking of which, the HS80 microphone is phenomenal. It has wonderful readability and a pure tone to my voice with nice management over plosives. It is the most effective mics I’ve ever used on a gaming headset and my solely grievance is you could’t bodily take away it from the headset like you may with the brand new EPOS cans. Like EPOS headset, the HS80 mic flips-to-mute however one-up’s them with a soothing voice assistant who lets when the mic is off or on. You even have an LED ring mild across the mic that adjustments from Purple when muted to White when lively.
Battery life on the HS80 was in step with the advertising and marketing claims of 20 hours. For me, this meant charging the headset each two days—with 10 hours of labor and play every day. I did not take a look at to see if turning off the RGB lighting made a big distinction however given how small the lights are, I doubt it. Charging the HS80 is straightforward because of a Sort-C connection that additionally permits you to take heed to them whereas it prices.
The Corsair HS80 is a good headset. It sounds nice in each video games and different media with an exquisite implementation of Dolby Atmos. If you happen to do numerous chat, the microphone is likely one of the greatest we have examined. For $150, it is fairly arduous to search out fault with these cans. The factor that retains them from being absolute gold is the shortage of Bluetooth and three.5mm for gadgets that do not assist Slipstream. Regardless, this can be a very easy suggestion for anybody searching for a wi-fi headset.