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CORSAIR HS65 Headset review
Top-value surround sound in a compact, lightweight package perfect for travelling with.
The Corsair HS65 is perfect for long stetches of gaming, offering superior comfort and incredible sound for a budget gaming headset.
Monogrammed phone cases. Engraved jewellery. Custom-designed shoes. We gravitate towards products that are designed to feel specifically-made just for us. They just have a superior feel about them - and the Corsair HS65 gaming headset is no exception.
From its tailored audio software to its ultra-comfortable design, the brains behind this headset have put the focus back on the individual user to create a listening experience that’s entirely unique. Keep reading to learn why this headset is one gamers should definitely consider when looking to upgrade.
Corsair HS65 design and comfort
Available in a choice of black or white, I tested the White Corsair HS65 headset and I was immediately impressed with the sleek matte finish and minimalist branding. Despite the $119 price tag, the Corsair HS65 looks and feels premium.
The design is reinforced with metal for added durability and each component from the earpieces and microphone to the buttons and cords feel like they’ll stand the test of time. The only button or switch is a volume wheel tucked away neatly on the back of the left earpiece.
As someone with multiple ear piercings in awkward spots, I always struggle to find a headset that I can wear comfortably for an extended period of time. Fortunately, the Corsair HS65’s large, deep earpiece means this hasn’t been the case. This was a huge plus for me, and means anyone - no matter the shape or ear size - should find the headset comfy. You can also swivel and tilt each earpiece for the best possible fit.
The thickly padded headband is adjustable to 16 different settings for a custom fit and once adjusted, it takes a decent amount of pressure to shift it to the next setting.
The sound quality of the Corsair HS65 microphone is suitable for both everyday use and intense gaming. It has a handy flip-to-mute function and is Discord certified, for those who use the service.
The main issue I experienced with the microphone was its design. Unfortunately, it can be quite rigid and difficult to adjust at times. This is possibly due to the thick material it’s made from, making it a struggle to manipulate. This can leave it sitting awkwardly and in your peripherals, which can be distracting. Over time, however, the material became slightly more flexible. This microphone is like pineapple on pizza - either you’ll love it or you won’t. Some prefer a thinner more discreet microphone design while this one is quite blocky and rigid.
Performance and audio
Out of the box, the Corsair HS65’s audio quality is easily above average. You’ve also got the option to play around with equaliser settings to alter bass and such for a tailored experience. But if you want to go even further, this headset brings in Corsair's unique SoundID software for a custom audio experience. To access SoundID, you will need to make use of the included 7.1 Surround Sound USB adapter.
This adapter functions to enable the 7.1 Surround Sound feature but the downside is this feature is only available when the adapter is in use - which is a real shame because it makes a significant difference to the sound quality offering a crisper audio experience.
You could be forgiven for mistaking this adapter as just a way to convert AUX to USB but that’s not all it’s for. Once you use the adapter to connect the headset to the iCue Equaliser, you will be able to access the SoundID test via a computer or laptop.
SoundID allows you to take a 5-10 minute listening test to analyse your audio preferences and create your very own unique sound profile. It’s a much simpler experience than choosing between multiple presets and complex equaliser combinations, making it easy to make the most of the headphones.