Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless Review (Page 4 of 4)

Page 4 - Conclusion

When deciding on a premium pair of gaming headphones, I think it is crucial to ask the question if it is the best for your situation. There is a lot to consider with the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless, so let me lay it all out. The Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless is well-built. The build quality is great with high quality plastic and metal in key areas. The microphone is really best in class for headsets. I found it incredibly easy to pinpoint the direction of sounds or to distinguish between different sources while in-game. The sound quality overall is good, with the midrange the best, but the bass and treble are recessed. As such, vocals were clear. They do not have the required characteristics of their frequencies to provide the necessary balance though. There are different EQ settings to adjust in the software, which can make some change, but the out of the box experience has room for improvement. The fit is quite comfortable, although I had to consistently readjust the headset on my head, since it would slowly creep backward regardless of how tight I make it. The cloth used for the earcups is interesting, as it leaks some sound, impacting the sound isolation, but by far the biggest issue is how much heat it insulates. In fact, it insulates even more than most leather earcups I have experienced. The battery life is also very poor, testing at 7 hours, while the range is much less than the claimed 60 feet even in line-of-sight of the receiver. The mic's boom arm cannot be adjusted much, but I think it should generally land near enough to your mouth to provide good pickup. The Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless comes in at around $150 USD at press time, which is a measurable amount of money. There are lots of good features to the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless, but also key aspects that pull it back. You will have to ask yourself if the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless is what is best for your situation, or if it is simply another option among many.

Corsair provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.

APH Networks Review Focus Summary:
6/10 means A product with its advantages, but drawbacks should not be ignored before purchasing.
-- Final APH Networks Numeric Rating is 6.0/10
Please note that the APH Networks Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other publications.

The Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless provides some great features in a gaming headset especially with its outstanding microphone, but it has poor battery life and its wireless range is far from its rated specifications.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware
3. Subjective Audio Analysis
4. Conclusion