Corsair HS80 RGB wireless review

Corsair HS80 RGB

Corsair recently introduced its latest wireless headphone named Corsair HS80 RGB. It come with a 50mm dynamic drivers, Supported in iCUE application, 20Hz – 40 kHz frequency response, Dolby Atmos audio, Omnidirectional microphone type, robust wireless connectivity and more.

Pros

  • Microphone
  • Comfortable
  • iCue software is easy to use

Cons

  • Wired connectivity is a little finicky
  • Bass response
  • Battery life

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Box Content

Corsair HS80 RGB
  • HS80 RGB WIRELESS Gaming Headset
  • Wireless USB adapter
  • USB Charging Cable (1.5m)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety Leaflet
  • Warranty Card

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Corsair HS80 RGB : Design

Corsair HS80 RGB

The Corsair HS80 RGB Ultra-Suspension Headset comes with an all new comfortable design. With this feature, it becomes a lightweight and premium quality design. Also, it comes with a plush memory foam earpad with breathable fabric and a stress-free floating headband design. The thicker ear pads are now a little more ear-shaped and covered with velour. Which is great for those who play with glasses.

Moreover, the frame is less metallic than most HS gaming headsets, but the new rotating hinges are still metal and look very strong. They also give the headset a lot more accent while keeping it flat. The HS80 RGB is a wireless headphone and range of wireless is about 60ft from the starting point.

Furthermore, using the headset is very simple and effortless. This wireless gaming headset connect to your pc and other devices using the 2.4 GHZ USB dongle. However, it also support wired connections using the included USB charging cable. But, in both cases, the headset is pretty much a plug-and-play affair. Additionally, the headset has on-ear options for basic controls, with a power button and volume dial on the back of the left headphone, and a mic that flips up to mute. However, Corsair’s iCue app is necessary for access to some important features.

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What can Corsair iCue do?

Corsair iCue software enables precise control over your headset. The app control over the pre-tuned audio profiles, custom equalizer settings, sidetone control, and customizable RGB lighting. The app cleaned its interface a bit with latest version 4 update. You can adjust the EQ with the 10-band equalizer module, turn mic monitoring on and off, and adjust the color and brightness of the RGB LED logo light on each headphone. Moreover, the app is also necessary for getting firmware updates for both the headset and the dongle.

Talking about the dongles, this gaming headset supports the same Slipstream wireless feature as the Virtuso headsets. With Slipstream, you can combine multiple wireless Corsair devices with a single dongle. As long as they use the Slipstream wireless standard. If necessary, you can pair the dongle with certain personal headsets.

How is gaming with the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless?

For pc gamers, the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless is provide a best gaming options. One disadvantage of this headset is its battery life isn’t enough for more than two or three longer gaming sessions. The included cord is also very good length to continue to play while charging. On console, that equation shifts depending on how far away you sit—a wired USB connection isn’t going to feel all that convenient stretched across a living room.

Like most new gaming headsets released since the beginning of the new console generation. The HS80 offloads its virtual surround sound feature to the platform you use, instead of integrating it with iCue. This headset works well with the 3D audio solution of the PlayStation 5. Which is handling traffic swinging sounds in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales without any problems.

On PC, the HS80 supports both Windows Sonic Special Audio for headphones and Dolby Atmos, both of which are integrated with the audio settings of Windows (if you download Atmos from the Microsoft Store – it’s free). Either of these will work for the virtual surround sound you want, whether it’s an angling for Victory Royale in Fortnite or trying to figure out where the enemy’s footsteps in Velorant come from.

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Corsair HS80 RGB : Sound Quality

Corsair HS80 RGB

If you ignore attenuated bass output, the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless has a neutral leaning frequency response, with no significant additions or deletions in the middle and upper range. However, we are not in the business of avoiding obscure problems when we are watching them, and the bass output here is very glamorous, with significantly lower-load noise below 100Hz.

Furthermore, from a faint whisper to a resonating blast, a pair of custom-tuned 50mm high-density neodymium audio drivers catch every sound in exquisite detail with an expanded frequency range of 20Hz-40,000Hz. Also, it connects with a two way such as 24 bit 96 KHZ via USB wired and 24 bit 48 KHZ via wireless connection.

Dolby Atmos help you to improve your audio experience. That revolutionizes how you experience games by enveloping you in a rich soundscape with astonishing clarity, depth, and detail. It uses three-dimensional precision to immerse you in a more realistic, more gaming experience. And also helps to improve performance by making it easier to detect easy-to-miss sounds

How should you EQ the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless?

Luckily, iCue also includes a 10-band equalizer, and if you tweak it a bit you can use it to come up with a more delicious sound profile. Use this equalizer suggestion chart and try to match the different fields on the EQ module, and you will get very close to our goal.

Does the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless block out background noise?

Unfortunately, there’s no software feature for improving the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless’ isolation performance. There are no two ways about it: this just isn’t very good. However, given that this isn’t a gaming headset you could reasonably take outside, poor attenuation isn’t the end of the world. Low-level distractions like cars driving by out a window, the whirr of a fridge, or television blaring in another room should be a little less intrusive—just don’t expect to miss any doorbells.

How is the microphone?

The Corsair HS80 RGB wireless provide good microphone than its predecessor. This headset come with an omnidirectional microphone recording up for debate.Whether it’s up to snuff for professional recording remains up for debate, but this mic is capable of outputting 24-bit/96kHz audio and it sounds great.

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Corsair HS80 RGB : Battery

With Robust wireless connectivity, you can connect with hyper-fast slipstream wireless for extremely low latency and high-quality audio. So, you can hear every shot, step and cry as it happens. According to Corsair, the Corsair HS80 RGB wireless can last up to 20 hours on a single charge, but in our battery test, we found that it is well shortened. At a constant output of 75dB, the HS80 lasted 12 hour only.

Not only is the battery life significantly shorter than advertised, but it’s also shorter than most other wireless gaming headsets. You may find that the headset lasts a little longer at low volume, but 75dB doesn’t push it exactly. The headset is also slow to charge, although you can at least use it when charging over a wired USB connection.

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Verdict

Like a lot about the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless. It is reasonably priced and very comfortable. While audio output is definitely not an accurate idea for anyone. You can use iCue to configure it on a PC. Similarly, being able to play when you charge also reduces poor battery life on the PC.

If you’re gaming on a console, the situation is a bit worse. All those qualifying factors go out the window. And you have a gaming headset with a great microphone, very good battery life, and very little bass feedback left.

Those who were interested in the Corsair Virtuoso line microphone, but were discontinued due to the high price, will still love the HS80. However, as good as the microphone is, other drawbacks actually hold the headset back. After all, there are cheaper headsets with better rounded execution for most platforms. You do not have to trade so much at this price point.

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Frequently asked questions

What are alternatives to the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless?

If you’re looking for something with more software features, options like the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 and the HIFIMAN Edition XS both offer tons of features, respectively. They’re also very good headsets in their own right, with comfortable builds, and good sound and microphones—the G Pro X even has just as many replaceable parts as the Corsair HS80 RGB.

If you’re in the market for something wireless, options like Puro Sound Labs BT2200 brings nearly the same level of multiplatform compatibility as the the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless, using a USB-C 2.4GHz RF dongle. Similarlythe Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen2 offers a similar range of compatibility, in a super lightweight frame. Both of these wireless gaming headsets are also cheaper than the the Corsair HS80 RGB.

What are alternatives to the Corsair HS80 RGB Wired?

Anyone in the market for something with lots of features, and who doesn’t mind a wired gaming headset, should read up on the Beyerdynamic MMX 150 offer fantastic value. These gaming headsets bring tons of features using some pretty solid hardware. It come with a Real-time monitoring of the environment thanks to the new Augmented Mode. Moreover, the headphone has features 44mm dynamic driver, replaceable wired, Natural vocal transmission with low ambient and more.

How to set up Dolby Atmos?

Your Dolby Atmos-compatible headset will automatically activate Dolby Atmos for Headphones when connected to a Windows 10 PC or Xbox One.

Follow the steps below:
1. Go to the Microsoft Store
2. Download the free Dolby Access app
3. Connect your device

Once connected, Dolby Atmos will detect your device and activate Dolby Atmos for Headphones.

Did you test the Corsair HS80’s battery with or without the LED lights on?

Yes, we organize our battery test on HS80 with LED on. Your performance is likely to improve with them, although it is unlikely to reach the announced 20 hours.

What exactly is SLIPSTREAM Multipoint?

SLIPSTRING Multipoint allows you to connect your compatible wireless Corsair devices together through one SLIPSTREAM wireless receiver.

There are two combination types for pairings:

  • 2:1 pairing: Keyboard + Mouse, Keyboard + Headset, Headset + Mouse
  • 3:1 pairing: Keyboard + Mouse + Headset

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