Corsair knows its thing and they really show this with HS80 RGB Wireless which is a headset for everyone more or less, but where is it missing?
Corsair has long experience when it comes to accessories for gaming but also components, this time we will focus on a headset and a headset that I had low expectations of.
The HS80 RGB Wireless is their latest addition and this is a headset that Corsair has really more or less done well on everything, even the price tag this time.
The first time I saw HS80 RGB Wireless in pictures from Corsair, this looked like a typical Corsair headset, but this changed very quickly when I got HS80 RGB Wireless to the office and unpacked, then I got instead vibes that we here we have a headset which is a mixture of Steelseries and Corsair, a cross between two leaders in headsets on the market.
The design of the HS80 RGB Wireless is just like previous headsets from Corsair robust and with a choice of materials that means that we have a real headset with high quality. Although there is RGB in the name, I would not say that Corsair has smeared the headset with too much RGB, but this has been done discreetly this time, the microphone has an indication and that the Corsair logo on each cover is RGB-lit. That it is a bit RGB is definitely a plus considering that this is actually a wireless headset and you want to take advantage of as much battery life as possible.
Speaking of battery life, this headset is the weakest point, downright really bad. According to Corsair, the battery life should be about 20 hours, but I can say that this has not been true for me, I had to more or less charge the headset after every other session I sat and played and then each session lasted for 3-4 hours. I put RGB on below 50% brightness so I think you should get significantly more out of the battery than we actually got. Another minus which I do not really understand is why we can not see in percentage how much battery we have left in the software, instead we only get to see high, medium and low. You charge via USB-C which unfortunately does not support fast charging, to charge them fully took me about three hours, of course it is possible to use them with the cable connected but they are wireless for a reason.
Here we have a stylish headset, exactly to my taste where it does not scream gaming but instead Corsair has focused on the hardware that will deliver sound and take in sound.
A novelty that I really like with the HS80 RGB Wireless is the headband that is very reminiscent of what Steelseries has on their headsets and this is clearly a big plus. You can wear the HS80 RGB Wireless for many hours without any problems with comfort and I think this has mainly to do with how the headband removes much of the load. The ear cushions that I personally think are one of the most important points when it comes to comfort, Corsair has done the right thing and chosen a really soft fabric this time, so no fake leather or the like, soft and shapes itself excellently if you have glasses, among other things. However, the material on the ear cushions does a bad job of isolating sound from the outside, worth thinking about. It is also not possible to replace the ear cushions, but they sit where they sit.
On the left cover we find the buttons and there are only two really one that adjusts the volume and one on / off button. If you press the volume, you can choose different profiles in EQ, which can also be a plus if you switch between, for example, games, movies and music.
Something that I already see will be a problem later on is the microphone, the microphone as hardware when it comes to recording sound does a really good job, among the best microphones on the market in a wireless headset. But the choice of material here will make it easier for consumers later, already now I can see how this microphone will either not sit in place or can not be “shaped” as you want near the mouth, the material will eventually become very soft and almost difficult to “shape” as you wish.
The sound quality is something that Corsair has really succeeded with this time, we find elements of as much as 50 millimeters that do a really good job. We have an EQ that we can play with, but I could not find any good preset profiles beyond “standard” so I stuck to this. There is support for 7.1 sound if it is a must, but a plus is that there is actually support for Dolby Atmos on PC that you can easily set up via a guide in Windows. However, games and movies support Dolby Atmos in order to take advantage of it. If you choose to use your HS80 RGB Wireless on PS5, you can take advantage of Tempest 3D Audio.
There are more factors that Corsair actually did right with the HS80 RGB Wireless, mainly they have worked and done a really good job with the comfort but also with the sound and the microphone. But where it is lacking for some reason this time is the choice of material, in some parts. Battery life is another factor that for some reason is under all criticism, although Corsair says that it should last for 20 hours, since it also lacks fast charging, although we are dealing with USB-C is also a bit strange.
Although we have some shortcomings, I must say that the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless is an affordable headset, the price tag is only SEK 1,490 and for this we get a headset that works just as well on PC as on console thanks to USB dongle.