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Corsair HS50 Gaming Headset Review

To test the HS50, I used it as my daily driver for one week. During this time, I used the headset while gaming, listening to music and watching videos.

While we usually start our headset reviews with a look at the software, the HS50 is obviously an analogue device so there is no software to go with it.

Comfort and build quality

Starting with comfort, then, I do think that the HS50 is overall pretty comfortable. The headband is nicely padded and didn't cause any discomfort or ‘hot spots' to the top of my head, so that is a plus. I did initially find there was a bit of clamping pressure to the sides of my head, though, but even after a week of use the pressure has certainly reduced.

In terms of the ear cushions, I didn't have any issues with those either. They are large enough to sit completely around my ears, instead of being on-top, which is something I definitely prefer. The foam inside is pretty soft but it isn't the thickest stuff around, but considering the £55 price it is hard to complain.

I would've liked to see removable ear cushions, though, as I typically find faux-leather cushions make my ears quite warm. I do understand Corsair has built the HS50 to a price, but I don't think removable cushions is that big of an ask.

However, build quality is stellar considering the price. The plastic ear cups are very solid and could withstand a knock or two, while the metal yoke that is used to attach the cups to the headband is also very rigid. Overall, I think Corsair has done an excellent job to get the HS50 to be as comfortable and sturdy as it is without bumping up the price.

Sound quality

So, comfort levels are good, what is the sound quality like? On the whole, very impressive for the price.

Starting off with the bass, this is definitely a bass-heavy headset – as are most gaming headsets. However, the bass isn't overpowering or that loose, as is all too common with other headsets. Instead, the bass is punchy but definitely distinct from the mid-range, so it doesn't muddy up vocals or other instruments. You definitely won't miss it, but the strong bass isn't to the detriment of the other musical elements, and that is no mean feat for a budget headset.

Now, the mid-range isn't particularly forward or overly smooth, but it isn't recessed either so vocals are pretty clear and easy to catch on to. This is crucial for in-game dialogue and when chatting with friends using VOIP software, so it is good to see the HS50 do well in this regard.

What most impresses me with the HS50, though, is the amount of detail in the high-end. Unlike many other budget headsets, the is a definite crispness to the treble and that works for games and music. In CS:GO I was able to pick out footsteps and other clues to the whereabouts of my opponents, while I was also able to pick-out cymbals and hi-hats in some of my favourite songs, with ease. Without sounding too harsh or sharp, the HS50 really does provide excellent detail.

Mic quality

Lastly, we need to touch on the mic. Rather than babbling on about the mic using subjective terms, I've made a brief recording for you to hear for yourself:

Corsair HS50 mic test

The sound is pretty good for the money – there is some slight clipping to the recording, but overall clarity and is good and I didn't have any issues using it while playing online.

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