Corsair HS1 Headset Review

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Using the HS1

We had a minor problem once we installed the HS1: during a Skype call for our buddies playing Call of Duty: Black Ops, everyone complained about how low our microphone was. We went and checked the software and it really lowered the microphone volume down to the mininum. You have to correct the volume level when making a call, which is a bore.

We used the suggested configuration – 7.1 virtual surround – when playing 3D games and run some  sessions of World of Warcraft, Black Ops and Battlefield Bad Company 2, which has the best sound environment on the market. The HS1 features good sound response over all frequencies, but no matter how we tweaked the equalizer, we didn’t get as much juice as with our trusty World of Warcraft Wireless Headset da Creative, tested here. The bass lacked more punch and high and mid-tones were not as intense as we had hoped. Still, it’s a pretty good result, the sound range is crisp and the feeling of isolation and immersion is great due to the large ear cups – but the overall experience lacked some wow factor. At least the HS1 is versatile and can be used for gaming, listening to music and watching movies on the PC.

Comfort level is high. The headband is one of the most comfortable we’ve ever tested and it really feels like a professional DJ headphone. We missed some calls because of the outside noise isolation.  However, in some particularly hot days, our ears ended up getting too hot after a few hours which doesn’t happen with ear cups covered with faux leather.

The HS1 is easy to be carried around or stored inside a drawer due since the ear cups and the microphone can be rotated. The volume control is easy to be found due to its size and being back-lit. It’s a really good idea for gamers who prefer to play in the dark, like us.

The USB connection makes the HS1 a versatile headset because it doesn’t rely on the quality of the user’s sound card to shine.

Although the sound wasn’t as lively as we expected, the price tag of USD 100.00 makes the HS1 a very good choice when you consider the comfort, immersion and easiness of equalizing.

Author: André Gordirro

A self-assumed gadget-freak and an avid gamer, André Gordirro has written about pop culture, Internet and technology for the past ten years. He works for SET Magazine, Brazil's biggest movie magazine, and usually contributes to its technology section writing about consumer products. His body lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – although his mind is said to inhabit cyberspace.

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