Hardware and Gear

Published on March 8th, 2018 | by Michael Newman

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Corsair HS60 Gaming Headset

Not many years ago, there were very limited headsets available that were marketed to gamers.  Most were multipurpose headphones that would work with your PC/Console but weren’t truly designed for a true gaming experience.  Corsair a company that hardcore gaming enthusiasts are very familiar with is looking to not only bring an innovative new gaming headset to your living room, but also friendly to your wallet as well.

The Corsair HS60 Gaming Headset is an over-ear headset designed for both casual and hardcore gamers alike.  It features precision-tuned 50mm neodymium speaker drivers which bring superior sound quality with wide range and accuracy along with an included USB adapter which brings virtual 7.1 surround sound.  It is one of the few headsets on the market to come “Discord Certified”, essentially promising crystal-clear communication to go with it’s outstanding sound.  It’s also one of the few headsets that lists compatibility with all the major consoles from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, as well as full PC support, only requiring a 3.5mm headphone jack to be plugged into.  It’s worth mentioning though, that in order to take advantage of the virtual 7.1 surround sound it’ll need to be plugged in via USB.

The construction of the headset definitely left a great impression with me.  Much of it’s construction is metal (versus plastic like many other headsets on the market), yet still manages to feel lighter then the previous HS50.  The ear cups are made of memory foam and fit nicely around the ear, providing ample space and blocks out much of the outside noise around you.  While not truly noise cancelling, the padded ear cups certainly do an excellent job of keeping your focus in the game.  On top of that, the memory foam on the head band as well as the ear cups make the HS60 incredibly comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions.

The headset has a detachable microphone that plugs into the left side of the headset, and on the right side you have mute and volume control buttons.  These were easy to reach and utilize even while gaming without having to fiddle around trying to locate them.  The included Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) allows for you to fine-tune this headset to your liking.  It provides a number of presets that adjust the equalizer or can be customized directly by the user, it does only work with the USB dongle plugged in however, so something else to be mindful of.

From a sound perspective, the audio sounded better then what I would expect from a pair of headphones at this price point.  The separation of sound utilizing virtual 7.1 surround was excellent, and the 50mm drivers delivered plenty of bass without being too over-powering.  My expectations for a headset at a $70 price point just went up based on my experience with these.  

For those looking for a great headset, the comes in an extremely durable, but not overly heavy design would be hard pressed to find a better value.  The sound, particularly the virtual surround, is superb and the bass, while not eardrum shattering, is plenty deep enough.  The look of the headset, with sleek dark-black design scheme will blend perfectly with almost any décor.  

4 stars out of 5

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