Corsair HS80 RGB USB: Two minute review
The Corsair HS80 RGB USB is an excellent headset for its price, sporting a rich and balanced sound quality that’s well suited for a variety of tasks, from gaming to online voice and video meetings, or listening to some relaxing music on YouTube.
This is thanks to its 24bit/96kHz high-resolution audio support, as well as 50mm neodymium audio drivers. To the uninitiated, it means this headset is designed to recreate the original sound source as closely as possible.
Although the microphone is very simple and almost aggressively plain in design, it’s omni-directional, which allows for solid coverage, picking up your voice clearly and with very little feedback or digitalization. This will be welcome news for gamers, office workers, students and more casual users alike.
Many similar headsets are often found wanting in the comfort department. However, this isn’t so with the Corsair HS80 RGB USB. This headset is extremely comfortable, thanks to its soft cushioning and sizable ear cutouts – something that make this one of the best PC gaming headsets you can buy, even before you get to its other features. You won’t have to worry about whether the Corsair headset can see you through even the longest gaming sessions; you’ll almost forget it’s even on.
There is one drawback to the Corsair HS80 RGB USB, though. The microphone and cable can’t be detached; but this is a small gripe in what is otherwise an excellent headset.
Corsair HS80 RGB USB: Price and availability
- Price is a little steep
- Available in many regions
The Corsair HS80 RGB USB is available in multiple regions, including the US, UK, and Australia. It will set you back $99.99 (£109.99, AU$159), which is quite a good deal when you consider the quality of the sound and build.
It’s priced competitively against rivals such as the Razer Kraken V3 and HyperX Cloud Alpha, both of which come in at the same price as the HS80 RGB USB. There are cheaper Corsair gaming headsets available, such as the Corsair HS55 Stereo for $59 /£49 / AU$89. Meanwhile, the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless costs as much as 50% more than its wired counterpart, selling for $149 / £139 / AU$219 MSRP.
Corsair HS80 RGB USB: Design
- Sturdy and comfortable
- Not very attractive
The Corsair HS80 RGB USB is a no-frills headset, lacking any visual flair or style. There’s a Dynamic RGB Lighting feature, but it requires additional setup and isn’t the kind of feature you’ll actually see while using it.
That aside, this is a very well-made accessory, so if the minimalist design and RGB features are what you’re after, this headset will definitely deliver what you need. For the rest, the comfort alone makes the HS80 RGB USB an exceptional gaming headset.
The ear cups themselves are made from a hard plastic, which is reinforced with aluminum that won’t easily bend or break. The cushioning around the cups and the inner head strap is soft and almost pillowy. The indents for the ears are also well crafted and will fit most ear types without issues.
Corsair HS80 RGB USB: Features
- The media control dial is super-useful
- Not much else
Corsair HS55 Stereo Key Specs
Drivers: 50mm neodymium
Depth and rate: 24-bit/96kHz
Mic Polar Patterns: Omni-directional
Cord Length: 1.8m
Color: Carbon, White
Along with the microphone, there’s a handy set of buttons located at the back of the left ear piece. One is a dial that controls the volume for any media or application currently using sound, and the other is a mute button to cut the sound to the microphone on-the-fly.
Such an inclusion seems insignificant, but it’s that attention to detail that makes the Corsair HS80 RGB USB such a solid product. If pushing a button on the back is too much work when you’re playing some of the best PC games, then raising the microphone boom arm can also mutes the headset.
The HS80 RGB USB also comes with Corsair’s iCUE software, which is used to enable sidetone control as well as Dynamic RGB Lighting for both the headset and any other compatible Corsair devices.
Corsair HS80 RGB USB: Performance
- Amazing sound quality
- Works in a wide range of uses
The Corsair HS80 RGB USB’s performance is by far the best feature of this headset. Dolby Audio 7.1 surround sound, 24bit/96kHz high-resolution audio support, and 50mm neodymium audio drivers combine to deliver incredible sound quality that very few headsets can match.
Performance here is well-rounded, with crystal-clear sound shining through in a variety of scenarios, from gaming to movie streaming, to work-related online meetings.
Surround sound support is great for gaming and streaming movies, and the microphone input lets you be heard clearly, no matter the app you’re using.
Should you buy a Corsair HS80 RGB USB?
Buy it if…
Don’t buy if…
|Value||While expensive, it is priced competitively for its class.||4 / 5|
|Design||It might be rather plain looking, but it is outrageously comfortable.||4.5 / 5|
|Features||The virtualized surround sound is a fantastic feature as are the onboard controls, but those are pretty standard at this price.||3.5 / 5|
|Performance||The audio quality of this headset is incredible, so your games and movies are going to sound better than ever.||4.5 / 5|