Corsair’s first budget-friendly HS collection headset, the HS50, entered the gaming headset market like a wrecking ball. This time round, Corsair has tried its hand at a wi-fi mannequin, the HS70. So the query is, can Corsair go two-for-two and rise to the highest with a wi-fi gaming headset that manages each efficiency and affordability?
Right off the bat, in case you are aware of the HS50, you’ll discover the placing resemblance between the 2. Very little has modified in core design with this second addition to the HS collection, and the wi-fi performance evidently suits snugly into the usual headset chassis. That means the understated look, minimal gamer aptitude, and RGB-agnostic fashion is carried over from the HS50 – however now is available in white.
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That additionally means the padding on the ear cups is just a little stiff, as is the ear cup body, and the scarf padding could possibly be just a little extra supportive, however general consolation isn’t a difficulty with the HS70. Corsair has put collectively a design that evidently suits each value and elegance, and if it ain’t broke, don’t repair it. Also, the additional wi-fi tech solely provides one other 11 grams onto the general weight of the headset, taking it from 319g with the HS50 to 330g with the HS70.
Audio is offered solely by way of a wi-fi 2.4GHz connection, which scuppers any connectivity with non-USB pleasant units, and signifies that Xbox One, private system, and analog connectivity – when the battery runs low – are all out of the window. Luckily, Corsair has put a fairly chunky battery, rated for as much as 16 hours within the headset, which is stunning contemplating the pretty minor weight achieve over the wired possibility.
But regardless of the Corsair HS70’s PC and PS4 exclusivity, the audio high quality isn’t diminished by the wi-fi connection. The treble generally is a fairly sharp at occasions, which is very noticeable inside heavy drum cymbal hits or actually steely guitar tracks. Despite this, audio replica is aggressive inside this value vary – whether or not in comparison with fellow wi-fi cans, and even wired units. That’s fairly a feat for Corsair’s extra value-oriented headset vary.
The identical is true for in-game audio high quality. The audio is obvious sufficient that 7.1 isn’t a necessity for directionality, though is obtainable inside the Corsair CUE app. It’s a really heavy-handed software, nonetheless, was merely an excessive amount of distortion for me to actually benefit from the sport with it activated. Aside from that, audio is distinct and the sharp edge with the treble is much less outstanding when solely intermittent in-game. Plus, when you suppose listening to previous your forties is overrated – the 50mm drivers can actually pump out some severe noise.
Aside from that, the CUE app additionally affords fundamental microphone and sidetone controls inside the software program, and there’s additionally a small assortment of EQ presets and settings able to go. A couple of of those can result in fairly a little bit of distortion in bass-heavy hits, that are exacerbated massively by these overly-generous presets, however the capacity to swap between presets and create your individual means you aren’t caught with an off-balance for good. The flat ‘Pure Direct’ preset will likely be a very good match for essentially the most half.
Key to any gamer headset is the microphone, however I’m happy to report the HS70’s removable mic supplied actually clear vocals. Ambient noise was saved to a minimal and solely the slight clatter of my Cherry MX Brown mechanical keyboard was noticeable throughout playback. However, the rustle from my breath was picked up fairly recurrently, and could possibly be solved by the inclusion of a pop filter.
The Corsair HS70 has taken many of the good factors from Corsair’s HS50, however minimize the wire. It’s a fairly whole lot, too. The wi-fi levy is a outstanding characteristic within the headset market, and at $90 / £100, the HS70 is just just a little shy of double the value of the HS50. But that’s nonetheless significantly cheaper than Corsair’s personal Void Pro headset, or the Logitech G933.
Corsair has managed to place collectively a fantastic wi-fi headset with the HS70. Its snug design, easy styling, and clear audio replica all come collectively in a headset that proves wi-fi doesn’t require a triple-digit price ticket (US Dollars, anyhow), and that’s positive to create a vacuum available in the market for additional wi-fi cans at this value level.
Corsair has created a wi-fi gaming headset that not solely competes with its wired compadres in high quality and sound, but in addition in value. The sound nonetheless requires just a little work in locations, the design is just a little stiff, and there’s no 3.5mm jack, however I’ll admit these are worthy sacrifices to maintain prices low. While many wi-fi headsets are good worth comparatively, the HS70 is just good worth.