Gaming Audio Made Simple
Corsair has been in the gaming market for a long time now. They’ve built quite a reputation among avid gamers and have some of the best premium gaming headphones in the market. The HS60, on the other hand, aims at the wider gamer market. Yet it still provides all the gaming basics, including surround sound at a price below $100.
Does the Corsair HS60 bring enough to the table?
Let’s find out in this Corsair HS60 Pro Surround review…
The design says it all. It’s simple, sturdy, and comfy. It’s just what you need — nothing less, nothing more.
The frame is made with durable metal and covered with a comfy soft vinyl wrapped cushion. The earpads are huge, soft, and comfy. These are also wrapped in vinyl.
We can’t quite put our finger on it, but for a sub $100 pair of headphones, they are mighty comfy. The pressure provided by the clamps is just the right amount. It never feels like it might fly off into space, but also doesn’t squeeze the life out of your skull.
Nothing here feels cheap, and yet the price tells us different.
There’s not much extra to the headphones, and the unboxing is basic, just like the headset.
In the box, you’ll find the USB-A dongle, the detachable boom-mic, and the foam tip for the microphone.
All of this lends itself to ease of use as well. We never wondered what plugs in where, or wondered if anything might be missing. Plug and play, easy!
Let’s talk about the gaming sound first, since that’s most likely what they’d be used for. The headset is compatible with all consoles, already a big win in our books.
The surround, unfortunately, only works with PCs. Sorry consoles gamers, this round goes to the PC.
The headphones sound great while gaming. Games sound clear and loud. Dialogue is understandable and not masked by other loud sounds in the game. The surround especially made a big difference. Playing games like Fortnite and Call of Duty benefit greatly from the added depth of surround sound.
The audio profile on here is very typical for a gaming headset. The bass is given a decent amount of boost, whilst the mid-range frequencies take the backseat. This gives some extra oomph to the explosions and gunfire in games, making them sound more exciting and alive.
However, unfortunately, this means they don’t sound that good when you want to listen to music or watch movies. The overblown low-frequencies cause audio masking. This means a lot of the low range will be almost three times louder than the rest of the mix.
It’s fine if you like a super strong bass sound for dance or pop music, but spoils a lot of great music. The same goes for watching videos. The vocals will always take a backseat to a lot of the cinematic bass instrumentation or explosions and gunfire.
The headset does provide great isolation. It clamps down strong enough to form a good seal, and the thick, vinyl padding does well to keep sound out. If you just want to shut out the noises around your home, you won’t have any problem here.
However, there is no active noise cancelling, so don’t expect to block out the sound of a roaring jet engine.
Just like the sound profile, the microphone here is reminiscent of most gaming microphones. A lot of the low-end frequencies have been removed. This is to help remove some low rumbling noises that occur in those lower frequencies. However, it also means if you have a low sounding voice, it might come off sounding strange or robotic.
Other than that, the microphone performs great. And we experienced no peaking or random cut-outs during gaming sessions.
The Corsair HS60 Pro connects using a standard 3.5 mm audio jack. There is an included USB-A adapter that connects to the PC for the surround sound function.
The adapter does not work on consoles, so no surround for PS, XBOX and Nintendo players.
Who Is The HS60 Pro For?
The Corsair HS60 Pro offers a simple headset gaming solution at a fair price. It’s great for gamers who are on a budget and don’t want anything overly fancy.
It’s also a good choice for people who have just started gaming and don’t want to commit to an expensive headset just yet.
Corsair HS60 Pro Surround Pros & Cons
- Good build quality.
- User friendly.
- Average sound quality.
- Lacks any extra features.
More Great Gaming Heatset Options
Are you looking for more choice? No problem at all, check out our in-depth reviews of the Best Gaming Headsets, the Best Wireless Playstation 4 Headsets, and the Best Nintendo Switch Gaming Headsets currently available.
You may also be interested in our reviews of the HyperX Cloud Alpha, the Playstation Gold Wireless, the Beyerdynamic Custom Game, the Razor Kraken, and the Logitec G432.
The Corsair HS60 Pro offers all the basics you need within a sturdy metal frame.
However, in this price range, you can also get a Razer Kraken Tournament that comes with a surround sound dongle with a plethora of features and a heavily gaming accented design.
It really comes down to taste. If you like the sleeker look and feel of the Corsair, and don’t want any extra bells and whistles, it’s a great gaming headset.
If your looking for headsets that look more gaming focused and come with extra features, there are other options in this price range. Happy gaming.