Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless: Specifications
Compatibility: PC, PS5, PS4
Response frequency: 20Hz – 20kHz
The Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless is a good $150 gaming headset, though it could be great at a lower price. The sound quality is excellent, which is the most important thing a gaming headset can offer. But the physical design of the device doesn’t reach the same heights, from its snug fit, to its non-removable mic, to its oddly shaped ear cups. The HS80 has the price of a mid-range wireless gaming headset, but looks and feels like a much cheaper headset.
Still, there’s no denying that the HS80 is more right than wrong. In addition to fantastic gaming sound and pretty good music sound, it also has plenty of EQ options, solid wireless connectivity, decent battery life and pretty good quality. of microphone. It works with both PC and PlayStation, and its controls are easy to understand back and forth.
Although the HS80 is not quite one of best gaming headsets, it’s worth looking into if you’re looking for wireless gaming headsets in the $150 range. Read on for our full review of the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless.
Corsair HS80 RGB wireless review: Design
The Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless is one of the weirdest headsets I’ve seen recently from the company. While Corsair’s high-end headsets tend to have circular ear cups, detachable mics and notched headbands, the HS80 doesn’t do the same. Instead, its earcups look like rounded trapezoids, the mic is a simple boom design, and the headband is elastic.
None of these choices really benefit the headset. The earcups and headband aren’t terribly comfortable (more on that shortly), while the non-removable mic is a bit of an eyesore, not to mention something that’s usually reserved for much cheaper models.
Between its asymmetrical ear cups and protruding mic, the HS80 just isn’t a pretty device. It’s pretty simple to use, though. The left earcup is where it all happens: a power button, volume dial, USB-C charging port and the aforementioned mic.
Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless review: Comfort
If the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless were easy to wear, its dodgy appearance wouldn’t be much of an issue. However, Corsair has recently made much more comfortable headsets than this one (check out the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT to see what I mean).
The asymmetrical ear cups didn’t sit well on my ears, but that was only part of the problem. The biggest issue was that the elastic headband – a brilliant design decision in headsets such as the SteelSeries Arctis 7P/7X – doesn’t work well on the HS80. An elastic headband is supposed to ensure a comfortable and effortless fit. But no matter how I positioned the HS80 on my head, it felt uncomfortably tight around my ears, especially when I was wearing glasses. It never really hurt, but I couldn’t bear to wear it for more than an hour or two at a time.
Corsair HS80 RGB wireless review: Performance
The good news is that, despite some design difficulties, the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless does exactly what it was designed to do. I tested the headset with a variety of games, including Age of Empires IV, Eternal destiny, Cyberpunk 2077 and Final Fantasy XIV. Between the HS80’s powerful 50mm drivers and its robust EQ options, every game sounded fantastic. Slaying demons in Doom felt intense and punchy, while building a Chinese village in Age of Empires felt suitably chilling and challenging.
While the HS80 handled all genres well, I thought it worked particularly well with action games, as it made gunfire and explosions feel particularly immediate and punchy. This was as true in Doom as it was in Cyberpunk.
On the music side, the device is passable. I listened to tracks from Old Crow Medicine Show, Flogging Molly, The Rolling Stones and GF Handel, and found the experience to be rather innocuous. Like many gaming headsets, the HS80’s bass isn’t that strong, and there’s no clear distinction between treble, bass, and vocals in the soundscape.
However, I had an interesting realization: the FPS Boost mode of the Corsair Utility Engine (iCUE) software significantly improves the sound of most music. I don’t know why, but I was happy to link the profile to my music player.
Corsair HS80 RGB wireless review: Features
The Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless doesn’t have many unusual features, but as Corsair’s USB headset, it does have a software suite. The iCUE software is a little complex, but there’s a lot you can do with it, from customizing the HS80’s RGB headphone lighting to setting EQ levels, to creating profiles for individual games and apps. . There are actually a lot of EQ options, ranging from improving FPS gameplay to making video calls clearer, and they all work well. You can even set up your own EQ profiles, if you’re acoustically inclined.
Beyond that, there’s also the mic, which works well, despite looking stripped down. On Windows, you can set up a Dolby profile for surround sound, though it’s a bit trickier if you want surround sound on PS4 or PS5. Speaking of PlayStation, it’s simple to switch between PC and console – just plug in the dongle – but there’s no denying that the HS80’s customization options are much more robust on PC.
There’s also battery life, which Corsair estimates at around 20 hours. My own tests confirmed this. That puts it in the middle of the pack, considering some gaming headsets can have tens of hours of battery life, but others only last around 15 hours.
Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless Review: Verdict
Any good gaming headset should meet two criteria: it should provide great sound and it should be comfortable to wear. The Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless ticks one of those boxes. Between its drivers and its microphone, the HS80 is a good companion for PC and PlayStation games, in single and multiplayer mode. But its design leaves something to be desired, especially since it is difficult to wear over long periods of time.
If you can jump for the $270 Virtuoso XT, that’s a much better investment. And if you can’t, the Arctis 7P/7X is arguably a better device for the same price. While the sound quality isn’t quite as good, it’s a lot easier to wear, and that’s arguably more important in the long run.