Corsair’s new HS80 RGB wireless gaming headset is easily one of the best headsets made by the company, and one of the best wireless headsets. It needs some of the best headset features available and can perform them well. Priced at $150, it has the latest and greatest delay-free Slipstream Wireless technology, high-fidelity audio and Dolby Atmos. The microphone is excellent, and the new design allows you to wear it for a long time without fatigue.
It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and the new HS80 imitates some of the best headphones from Steelseries. Corsair finally adopted the same floating headband design, which uses an adjustable strap to evenly distribute the weight on your head. In addition, the HS80 feels heavier on my head than any Steelseries headset, but at 370 grams, it is not much heavier.
Corsair HS80 RGB wireless specifications
type: Open, wireless, wired
Frequency response: 20–30,000 Hz
driver: 50 mm neodymium
Connector: Slipstream wireless dongle, USB data cable
microphone: Omnidirectional broadcast level
weight: 360 grams
price: US$149.99/ GBP 139.99/ AUD 249.99
The ear cushions are made of soft and breathable fabric, which wraps around your ears like a warm blanket. If you experience the humid summer like I do now, your ears will become warm. The ear cups of the HS80 can be rotated 90 degrees, and each ear cup has a backlit Corsair logo. You can change the lighting in the Corsair iCUE software, but there is actually nothing you can do. It’s not as annoying as many other RGB headphones, and it’s actually very low-key.
Now let’s talk about sound. The HS80 uses a 50mm driver to wirelessly output 24-bit/48kHz audio through Slipstream, and output higher fidelity 24-bit/96kHz through a USB Type-C cable. The latter needs something better than the typical Spotify to notice the difference. But all this only means that the sound of the HS80 is great, with rich full-body sound and balanced bass. The subwoofer is sometimes a bit lacking, and I noticed some distortion even at low volume. This prevents the HS80 from being truly great, but there is an equalizer in iCUE that you can use to fine-tune the audio to your liking.
However, the surprise of the HS80 is spatial audio, with impressive 3D audio and accurate positioning. As you can imagine, this is great for games such as first-person shooters or large open world environments. Support for Dolby Atmos and Corsair provides automatic licensing for the headset, which makes this even better. I have been playing a lot of Halo Infinite that supports Dolby Atmos, and it sounds great on these cans.
Even in the fierce battle with intense artillery fire, I can easily tell how close or how far the exile is from me. I can also easily find the hidden UNSC audio log by just following their audio prompts and roaming Zeta Halo, the sounds of wild animals or my warthog tires screaming on different surfaces are pure joy. Don’t even let me start to understand the car sounds in Forza Horizon 5.
And think this is from wireless headphones. The Slipstream Wireless protocol works perfectly, and you can even share a dongle with other Corsair wireless products. My Corsair Sabre Pro wireless mouse works great with HS80. The only problem I noticed is scope. Over five meters, I started to lose in the audio; even disconnected. Putting the dongle in the front open position will help. Although this is not a problem when you are playing games where you are not moving, it is not so good when you go to the kitchen for a snack and want to chat with your partner.
Speaking of which, the HS80 microphone is very special. It has excellent clarity and natural tone for my voice, and can control the popping sound very well. It is one of the best microphones I have used on gaming headsets, and my only complaint is that you can’t remove it from the headset like a new EPOS headset. Like EPOS headsets, the HS80 microphone can be flipped and muted, but a soothing voice assistant lets you know when to turn off or turn on the microphone. There is also an LED ring light around the microphone, which changes from red when muted to white when active.
The battery life of the HS80 is consistent with the 20 hours advertised in the market. For me, this means charging the headset every two days-10 hours of work and entertainment a day. I did not test whether turning off the RGB lighting makes a significant difference, but considering how small the lights are, I doubt it. Thanks to the Type-C connection, HS80 is easy to charge, and you can listen to them while charging.
Corsair HS80 is an excellent headset. The excellent implementation of Dolby Atmos sounds great in games and other media. If you chat frequently, the microphone is one of the best microphones we have tested. For 150 dollars, it is difficult to find the fault with these cans. What makes them absolute gold is the lack of Bluetooth and 3.5 mm for devices that do not support Slipstream. In any case, this is a very simple recommendation for anyone looking for a wireless headset.