During CES 2018, Corsair not only released a series of wireless keyboard and mouse, but also the HS50 stereo gaming headset we reviewed today. HS50 is a new attempt for Corsair’s lightweight and simplified headset products. Different from the previous VOID series design, the HS50 stereo gaming headset adopts simple design and is compatible with PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and various mobile phones.
The packaging of HS50 has a corresponding color change according to the color of the headset.
The front of the packaging box shows the product photo, model, logo, and selling points (plush memory foam earpads, premium build quality, and durability, precision-tuned 50mm audio drivers).
Detailed instructions and technical specifications are on the back of the package.
|Headphone Frequency Response||20Hz - 20 kHz|
|Headphone Sensitivity||111dB (+/-3dB)|
|Impedance||32 Ohms @ 1 kHz|
|Headphone Type||Wired, 3.5mm analog|
|Headphone Connector||3.5mm analog|
|Platform||PC, PS4, XBOX One, Nintendo Switch, Mobile|
The inner box is a black plastic box, which fixes well.
Y adapter cable, a detachable microphone, and a quick start guide.
HS50 adopts an ergonomic structure design. The head beam is designed with a metal skeleton, which is durable and not easy to break.
The outermost layer is made of artificial leather, which feels soft. The top lining is cross-woven with blue stitching. The part in contact with head is made of skin-friendly protein skin material, making it easier and more comfortable to wear.
The head beam can be adjusted in 8 scales, it can be extended and retracted 3.5cm, and the damping is smooth. L / R symbols are printed on the inside of the head beam.
The outer surface of the oval ear cups is a metal punched mesh, Corsair logo is embedded in the middle, and the outer ring is a blue metal ring. The ear cups can be fine-adjusted to fit the user’s face.
The earpads are made of protein leather, and with the internal filling of the memory foam, the rebound is moderate, which can bring a good wearing experience. In addition, the diameter of earmuffs is large enough to completely surround ears, bringing good sound insulation effects. But they are not removable, which may increase the difficulty of daily maintenance and cleaning.
The 1.8-meter 3.5mm analog cable’s flexibility is not that good, but it is long enough. The y adapter cable is easy to connect with other gaming equipment.
|Microphone Type||Unidirectional noise cancelling|
|Microphone Impedance||2.2k Ohms|
|Microphone Frequency Response||100Hz to 10kHz|
|Microphone Sensitivity||-40dB (+/-3dB)|
Discord-certified microphone is detachable and 360-degree rotation. HS50’s MIC provides a clear voice and communication.
Switches & Interfaces
All HS50 switches and interfaces are gathered in the right ear cup: volume toggle, microphone switch, microphone interface.
I experienced the HS50 stereo headset in PUBG. Its sound localization ability reached an average level and can easily recognize the sounds from various directions. The microphone’s radio effect is also satisfactory. Even in noisy environments, you can still communicate with teammates clearly.
If you want to use the HS50 headset as a music headphone, it may disappoint you. The overall tuning style is partial to the stage scene. The human voice and music have almost no layering, the human voice is slightly thin. The bass performance is mediocre.
HS50’s weight is about 319g. With the flexible head beam, the chuck feeling is very slight. It is a practical lightweight headset.
Pros & Cons
- Premium build quality
- Discord-certified MIC
- Multi-platform compatible
- Great for the price
- Non-removable ear pads
- Not ideal for large heads
- Mediocre bass
HS50 gaming headset is so simple that you may suspect whether it is a Corsair headset. But Corsair has not reduced its wearing comfort. But HS50 gaming headset is too mediocre, it has no obvious advantages and disadvantages. At the level of $35, there are too many choices for gaming headsets. Choosing this headset may require you to identify with Corsair brand.