The Corsair HS70 is a wireless gaming headset that can be used on both a PC and PlayStation 4. Both technically and optically, it can otherwise be compared to the wired Corsair HS60. The new headset also offers virtual 7.1 surround sound.
Whether the Corsair HS70 can be used for gambling, we clarify in this test.
|2.4 GHz, up to 12 meters
|up to 16 hours
|20 Hz – 20 kHz
|32 Ohm @ 1 kHz
|111 dB (± 3 dB)
|Unidirectional with background noise suppression
|Microphone Frequency response
|100 Hz – 10 kHz
|-40 dB (± 3 dB)
|Dimensions (L x W x H)
|155 x 100 x 205 mm
In addition to the headset with detachable microphone, Corsair also supplies the corresponding USB dongle and a micro-USB cable. At first glance, the workmanship makes a good impression, but we go into detail.
The sturdy metal brackets can be extended to carry the headset on both small and large heads. The headset can be adapted to the head shape in five stages. White seams decorate the padding of the headband and set clear accents. This small detail enhances the appearance of the otherwise mainly black headset in the carbon version. The white version of the headset uses even more white areas. However, both models are relatively simple for a gaming headset.
The microphone can be plugged into and unplugged from the left earpiece. The opening is shaped so that the microphone can only be inserted in the correct position so that it points forward. To protect the opening from dirt when the microphone is not plugged in, a rubber closure is also provided. This can be completely removed and is not attached in any way. This, and the small size, makes it very important not to lose it.
Also on the left earpiece are two controls and a micro-USB connector. This is where the connection is made when the headset battery is empty and needs to be recharged. A volume wheel and a mute button for the microphone are provided for operation. Both operating elements can be perfectly felt and operated.
The HS70 has an additional button compared to the Corsair HS60 due to its wireless use. The power button is located on the right auricle and is identical in construction to the one used to mute the microphone. The pressure point is also pleasant here and the button is easy to find.
Like most other headsets, the Corsair HS70 is equipped with two 50mm Neodymium drivers. These should provide a good sound quality – more about that later. The ear cups are padded with memory foam that completely encloses the ears. The ears are therefore softly padded, but the padding is not particularly breathable. For longer sessions you have to take a short ear ventilation break.
The battery lasts a good 16 hours and can also be charged during operation. However, the USB cable can only be used for charging, so the wireless adapter must also be connected when the cable is connected, otherwise the headset cannot be used.
The range is given as 12 metres. This is, of course, the straight line, but less when used in buildings with partition walls. With a partition wall I was able to get about 5 to 6 meters away until the connection broke off. The visit to the kitchen or bathroom is therefore already difficult. The connection is then also completely broken off and unfortunately has not been restored automatically. Here Corsair can still improve, the competition gets it better.
Recording and Sound Quality
You can always get the best impression of the recording quality of a gaming headset when listening to an audio recording. That’s why you’ll find them below, as with all our headset tests:
The voice is clearly perceptible and neither too powerful nor too bass-heavy. The speech quality is therefore quite usable and belongs to the better ones. Background noise and other annoying background noises are effectively filtered out. The recording was recorded on the PC.
With its high-quality 50 mm Neodymium drivers, the Corsair HS70 convinces with a good sound image. The sound is clear and balanced. The virtual 7.1 surround sound can also be heard, and the locating of opponents is much easier. If you want to enjoy music, you might have to use the equalizer to help you, because the bass might be a bit more crunchy. The CUE software can be used on the PC for this purpose.
Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) Software
With the Corsair Utility Engine the headset can be configured on the PC. However, you don’t have many adjustment possibilities here, compared to some other headsets. You can create individual profiles, but they are only used for the equalizer and the secondary tone (so that you can hear yourself). There are no other possibilities. It’s a shame that Corsair has limited the functionality here so much. Actually, I needed more options, but I never needed them anyway.
Of course, the Corsair HS70 can also be used easily via plug-and-play without the CUE software.
Conclusion on the Corsair HS70
The design of the Corsair HS70 gaming headset is inconspicuous and simple, but appealing. As always, Corsair uses high quality materials and offers an attractive quality. The steel bow is robust and can still be adapted to small and large heads. The sound and recording quality is also convincing. The voice is clearly recorded and the virtual 7.1 surround sound makes it even easier to locate enemies. All in all, there is a recommendation for the wireless Corsair HS70, which can be used both on the PC and the PlayStation 4.