As with every headset review I do, I used the Corsair HS70 Pro Wireless for 20+ hours. I put it through many different audio tests, and a few examples of these tests are music listening, in-game audio, and volume distortion tests. The HS70 Pro Wireless sports 16-hour battery life and can be charged in just two hours. Overall, the HS70 Pro Wireless held up very well in all my tests, battery life and charge time was impressive as was the audio tests I put it through.
After plugging my HS70 Pro Wireless into my PC, updating drivers, and firmware, I jumped straight into a game of Apex Legends. Apex Legends, or any battle royale or even any first-person-shooter game, is a great test for headsets because of the directional audio support being such a pivotal part of the game's experience. Players should be able to pinpoint where enemy players are by simply listening, and depending on the headset quality; this task can be either extremely easy with a good headset or more difficult with a not-so-good headset.
As for the HS70 Pro Wireless, it sounded fantastic in-game, and the sound quality resembled a much more higher-end headset. The sounds I heard were clear, clean-cut, and had no distortion whatsoever - even at higher volumes. Grenades that give off the deep lows sounded really nice with the bass kicking in at perfect times. As for gunfire, each shot rang cleanly, and I didn't notice as crackling or air in the audio. Directional audio is fantastic, and I could precisely locate enemies by listening for their footsteps.
After testing the 7.1 surround sound audio feature, I noticed that the audio didn't sound hollow or far away, which is a massive positive for this headset as most gaming headsets that have 7.1 surround sound audio support seem to have this issue. Overall, the in-game audio quality is extremely impressive for a $100 headset, and I believe that gamers would be more than satisfied if they chose to use the HS70 Pro Wireless as their daily gaming headset.
I listened to various genres of music with the HS70 Pro Wireless, and usually with a gaming headset music audio quality isn't that great, but with the HS70 Pro Wireless it above average. Genres such as hip-hop, dubstep, movie soundtracks, and acoustic all sounded great. I have no complaints when listening to music or watching movies with the HS70 Pro Wireless.
The microphone that comes with the HS70 Pro Wireless isn't the best microphone on the market, but it's a microphone that users can certainly get-by with. On the front of the HS70 Pro Wireless box, there's a 'Discord Certified' stamp, and I can say after using the headset extensively in Discord talking to my friends that it is certainly certified.
The microphone quality is nowhere near as good as a desk microphone as it appears to have some cracking and a robotic sound to it. The microphone is also very sensitive to its position near the mouth, and while it does come with a noise gate baked in sometimes, users might find that they are annoying their teammates with their breathing. This can be solved by moving the microphone slightly away from the user's mouth and applying the provided pop filter. What the noise gate does do is cancel out any mechanical keyboard strokes, and it does this very well. I use a Cherry Red switches on my Corsair STRAFE, and no strokes were heard while I was chatting to friends on Discord while typing away at my keyboard.
I can really tell that Corsair cashed its chips into the audio quality side of this headset rather than the microphone quality side. While I would have liked for a higher-quality microphone, I can understand and respect the decision.
- Page 1 [Introduction & Specification Details and Close-up]
- Page 2 [Design & Software]
- Page 3 [Performance & Microphone]
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