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CORSAIR HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset Review – Best Budget Headset You Can Buy

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 a simple design and is compatible with PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and various mobile phones.

Packaging

CORSAIR HS50 Packaging

The packaging of HS50 has a corresponding color change according to the color of the headset.

The front of the packaging box show the product photo, model, logo and selling points (plush memory foam ear pads, premium build quality and durability, precision-tuned 50mm audio drivers).

Detailed instructions and technical specifications are on the back of the package.

Headphone Specifications
Surround SoundNo
Detachable MicrophoneYes
Headphone Frequency Response20Hz - 20 kHz
Headphone Sensitivity111dB (+/-3dB)
Impedance32 Ohms @ 1 kHz
Headphone TypeWired, 3.5mm analog
Headphone Connector3.5mm analog
Headphone Drivers50mm
AudioStereo
PlatformPC, PS4, XBOX One, Nintendo Switch, Mobile

Unboxing

CORSAIR HS50 Unboxing

The inner box is a black plastic box, which fixes well.

Accessories

CORSAIR HS50 Accessories

Y adapter cable, a detachable microphone and a quick start guide.

Head Beam

CORSAIR HS50 Head Beam

HS50 adopts 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 head beam.

Ear Cup

CORSAIR HS50 Ear Cup

The outer surface of the oval ear cups is a metal punched mesh, Corsair logo is embedded in middle, and the outer ring is a blue metal ring. The ear cups can be fine-adjusted to fit user’s face.

Ear Pads

CORSAIR HS50 Ear Pads

The ear pads 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.

Cables

CORSAIR HS50 Cables

The 1.8-meter 3.5mm analog cable’s flexibility is not that good, but it is long enough. Y adapter cable is easy to connect with other gaming equipments.

Microphone

CORSAIR HS50 Microphone

Microphone Specifications
Microphone TypeUnidirectional noise cancelling
Microphone Impedance2.2k Ohms
Microphone Frequency Response100Hz to 10kHz
Microphone Sensitivity-40dB (+/-3dB)

Discord-certified microphone is detachable and 360-degree rotation. HS50’s MIC provides clear voice and communication.

Switches & Interfaces

CORSAIR HS50 Switches & Interfaces

All HS50 switches and interfaces are gathered in the right ear cup: volume toggle, microphone switch, microphone interface.

Gaming Experience

I experienced HS50 stereo headset in PUBG. Its sound localization ability reached average level and can easily recognize the sounds from various directions. The microphone’s radio effect is also satisfactory. Even in the noisy environments, you can still communicate with teammates clearly.

Audio Experience

If you want to use the HS50 headset as a music headphone, it may disappoint you. The overall tuning style is partial to stage scene. The human voice and music have almost no layering, the human voice is slightly thin. The bass performance is mediocre.

Wearing Experience

HS50’s weight is about 319g. With the flexible head beam, the chuck feeling is very slight. It is a practical lightweight headset.

CORSAIR HS50 Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Premium build quality
  • Lightweight
  • Discord-certified MIC
  • Multi-platform compatible
  • Great for the price

Cons

  • Non-removable ear pads
  • Not ideal for large heads
  • Mediocre bass

In Summary

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.

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