Corsair continues over the months to perfect its lineup of products in various areas, from keyboards, to headphones, to mice. These are articles dedicated to the world of video games that manage to position themselves in different ranges with regard to quality and – relatively – price, all linked to the presence of the excellent iCUE system that regulates everything on the PC, providing users with a the only platform with which to interface to manage the company’s devices, whether they are internal or external devices to computers. This time, we’re here to tell you about a new pair of headphones from the company, the Corsair HS 80, which are in excellent shape both as regards the world PC be on PlayStation, given their full compatibility, let’s find out all the details in this review.
Convenience to the next level
The Corsair HS 80 they appear in a rather elegant package, which leaves at home this time the opulence often present for other products and only partially presents the classic yellow hues that distinguish the company. Once everything is opened we find the device well welded with the plastic in order to avoid any damage during transport, which is also accompanied by a type C cable (headphone port) to type A for charging and use, together with the manual and the key useful for taking advantage of the wireless functionality. In short, the setup is complete, and does not disappoint right away, but let’s move on to discover the highlight.
The product is large enough, in order to adapt well or badly to the needs of all users, and is presented in a fairly sober way even out of the box. In fact, we do not find the classic effects RGB to color everything, since these are present only for the small company logo placed on both pavilions, as well as fully adjustable and synchronizable with all the other devices. Behind the left pavilion there are also some useful keys to control the volume and switch off manually, in order to access everything with much more speed.
The device comes with a particularly good audio sector, which on PC manages to give its best thanks to the support for Dolby Atmos (with a free license provided using headphones), and that instead on PlayStation 5 takes advantage of the Tempest Engine in a similar way to Pulse 3D to provide an excellent listening experience, both in-game and for any other operation. Although the result is always excellent, with the wired experience you get a sound a 24 bit / 96 KH, which gets worse at 24 bit / 48 KHz taking advantage of the wireless mechanism, in any case excellent and particularly fast as regards the connection with the headphones and in any case more than excellent. There is to be specified in this review of the Corsair HS 80 that we are dealing with gods 50mm neodymium driver with a frequency of 20 Hz-40,000 Hz, and an integrated battery capable of holding up to 20 hours, which is therefore perfect since it does not force users to have to charge the headphones multiple times in the span of a single day.
As mentioned, thanks to the program iCUE it is possible to indulge in improving the potential of the setup and adapt it to your needs, improving the listening quality and that of the integrated microphone. This is in excellent shape and offers a truly professional result, although obviously not comparable to that of stand-alone products, but more than apt for communications in and out of the game, as well as for various meetings. Little pearl, the luminous LED allows you to understand when this is working or stopped, since by raising it it is possible to deactivate it manually.
Quality and versatility
The first contact with the Corsair HS 80 we talk about in this review may not be the best, due to the “strange” inventions that Corsair has made to improve the headset in question. We can assure you, in fact, everything is for a good purpose and the final result is excellent, and luckily every detail becomes normal within a few sessions, it takes very little to get used to. We start first with the hook and loop closure present on the main arch, which is particularly difficult to master the first few times when you try to adjust the headphones. In reality, however, once the right compromise has been found, this contributes a lot to guarantee more comfort and reduce the load of the total weight, just under 400 grams, and adjusting them becomes much more comfortable.
The second detail concerns the pavilions, which, unlike microfiber or imitation leather, use a fabric in memory foam, particularly comfortable right away even if very different from the classic feeling, and not only apt in appearance. As the hours increase, it is easy to realize how this was an excellent idea by the company, and once you get used to it it becomes difficult to return to the use of further more classic pavilions.