With the HS60, Corsair is launching another low-cost headset for gamers on the market for around 80 euros. After the HS50, we should get outstanding sound and workmanship quality again for an affordable price. Can Corsair do this with its new 7.1 headset?
Scope of Delivery and Workmanship
No frills are included in the delivery and the packaging is designed for several countries as usual. The Quick Start Guide is available in six languages – as is the Warranty Guide. The HS60 requires only simple plastic packaging. A detachable microphone and a USB sound card are provided in the middle section.
As always, Corsair’s quality makes a solid impression at first glance. The metal brackets make the construction very robust. But without having the headset upside down, one can already guess that the headset could become a problem for larger heads.
The neatly finished, white seams set clear accents. These make the headset look much better than the otherwise predominant black. Other shades or accents are not painfully missed, with a headset on your head you don’t want to win a beauty contest, but the HS60 looks great.
The microphone can be connected and disconnected to the left earpiece. The shaped opening also makes it easy for the hand to do this. The connection can be protected from dirt by a rubber closure. But sooner or later you will lose it due to its size. The controls are also located on the auricle. There is a push button to activate and deactivate the microphone and a volume control. The cable also comes from the left auricle. The cable has a combined 3.5 mm jack connector and the included USB sound card is used to generate virtual 7.1 surround sound.
Two 50 mm Neodymium drivers should provide the good sound quality. Nowadays, really every manufacturer has these drivers in use. The ear cups completely enclose the ears and are padded with memory foam. There is a Corsair logo on both sides.
To adjust the headset to the head shape, the HS60 can be adjusted in five steps on the temples. Unfortunately, the big heads don’t come completely to good. Due to the stable workmanship of the headband, the headset presses a little even at the highest setting. After 3 hours a short rest for the ears was more than necessary.
Recording and Sound Quality
As can be heard in the recording test, the Corsair HS60 offers a quite acceptable voice quality. The voice is clearly perceptible, not too bass-heavy but powerful. Recording was done during operation on a computer with a connected USB sound card. But the headset also has good sound quality via the mobile phone. No disturbing background noise can be heard in any case.
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The Corsair HS60s show a good sound image thanks to the high-quality 50 mm Neodymium drivers. Overall, the sound is clear and balanced. Studio quality is of course not to be expected here. When listening to music, the depths could be a bit more crisp. Via the CUE software, the user can adjust his own profile using an equalizer.
Software – Corsair Utility Engine (CUE)
The CUE is also available for the new headset. The software can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s site. Not much functionality is to be expected, but the HS60 doesn’t want to come up with that either. As already mentioned, you can define your own profiles for the equalizer. The same can be set via the software. In addition, profiles can be stored for certain programs, which are automatically activated at startup. However, this function is only available if the headset is connected via the USB sound card. A nice gimmick that wasn’t necessary. Nowadays everyone seems to need software.
Conclusion on the Corsair HS60
The Corsair HS60 has no eye-catching design. A simple but appealing design. The delivered quality of Corsair is as usual good and high-quality materials were used. Due to the steel bracket, the construction is only conditionally suitable for larger heads and even at the largest setting level the pressure is hardly bearable after a few hours. The sound quality, on the other hand, is more convincing. The high-quality drivers cover every area well, albeit with individual prints. There is not much to say about the microphone, it can be used for gaming. Whether CUE support is really necessary remains a mystery. For individualization it is certainly a cool gimmick. If you don’t have a big head, the Corsair HS60 is recommended.