The Bottom Line
Corsair has been a large player in the PC peripheral market for quite a few years. All the way back to 2011, I can remember rocking their Vengeance series of headsets, and today we go back to their roots with the HS series and the new HS35 Stereo.
The HS35 Stereo is Corsairs entry-level 3.5mm solution aimed at users that want quality audio on a budget. Several colorways are offered with the HS35 these include Carbon, Red, Green, and Blue.
Specifications of the headset offers 50mm drivers with a 32ohm rating capable of 20Hz to 20KHz; sensitivity comes in at 113dB +/- 3dB. For the included microphone we have a unidirectional noise-canceling solution rated at 100Hz to 10KHz with a 2.2K ohm impedance.
Compatibility includes PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Mobile devices. The HS35 Stereo is compatible with Xbox One but may require the 3.5mm adapter from Microsoft. MSRP of the HS35 Stereo comes in at $39.99 with a one-year warranty.
Packaging follows the colorway with an image of the headset and model identification on the left. Compatibility is included top right along with the discord certification.
The back goes into more detail with a full specification list along the bottom.
Unboxing the headset, we have a black plastic frame with ample padding for the ears. The 3.5mm cable is matching the colorway of the padding.
The band offers Corsair branding and additional padding for the top of the head.
Each cup includes the Corsair logo, swivel-mounted to the frame of the headset.
Microphone mute and volume controls can be found on the left earcup.
Spinning that same cup around we have the detachable microphone.
The earcups are large enough to fit over your ears and offer a great amount of comfort due to the soft cloth exterior.
Having had many headsets over the years, I can certainly say the HS35, while not a top tier offering is certainly one of the better entry-level solutions. There is no doubt, corners were cut with the HS35 Stereo, and the headset is designed to meet a price point, but the plastics are smooth and in my own testing can take some abuse without cracking.
Audio quality is original, the headset has a flat response curve so we don't get too muddy with bass and on the opposite end highs don't give you the chills. In testing, I was able to use the HS35 on PC and Xbox and found it sufficient for FPS, Strategy, and Simulation gaming. One thing to note with the HS35 Stereo is the mic didn't work in party chat on Xbox.
Closing this out, Corsair has a fantastic entry-level solution in the HS35 Stereo, and if you are, a gamer on a budget id surely recommend you try it out.
When it comes to budget headsets, Corsair leads the pack with the HS35 Stereo.
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