Corsair HS70 Wireless PC Gaming Headset Review
Peter Donnell / 3 weeks ago
A Closer Look
The Corsair HS70 borrows heavily from the design of its predecessors, and rightly so, it’s a fantastic design. As they say, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it! The only main difference I can see between this and the HS60 is the colour, with the silver trim around the back of the ear cup now blacked out, and the white stitching is now grey. That’s not a lot of change, but this stealthy adjustment is quite nice in my opinion. Even the cables between the headband from driver to drive are hidden out of sight, which is pretty cool how they’ve hidden them inside the thinner aluminium metal sections.
Of course, the headset is now wireless too, so that hard-wired cable is long gone, and replaced by a built-in transmitter and some built-in batteries. Despite going wireless, the headset doesn’t feel particularly heavy either; gone are the days where wireless meant heavy! The headset still features the same volume control and microphone mute design too, with the addition of a micro-USB port for charging where the old wired cable used to attach. There’s also a master power switch on the right ear cup, allowing you to power down and save power when the headset is not in use.
Build quality is premium from top to bottom here, with a stitched headband design and embossed Corsair logo giving it a real quality look and feel.
All the usual adjustments are here too, with a metal headband slider provided rigid support and adjustments.
Meanwhile, the memory foam padding is designed to lock in the sound, and it’ll lock out the ambient noise of your room too. It’s not 100% blocking, but the passive abilities are pretty great, and it’ll help you spend more time focusing on your games and movies, less so on your kids running around behind you (speaking from experience here). The 50mm drivers pack plenty of punch though, so cranking the volume is always an option. The headset is surprisingly loud too, not that I condone deafening yourself, but if you’re dealing with a quiet audio source, that extra gain will come in handy for sure. You can tweak the EQ in the CUE software and enjoy the surround on PC, but PlayStation 4 is limited to Stereo. However, even the Stereo still sounds fantastic.
The HS50 and the HS60 both proved to be fantastic headsets regardless of what your enjoying. The VOID series is more gaming focused, but the HS70 is certainly a master of all trades. When it comes to gaming and movies, the surround processing is fantastic. Of course, we knew it would be given that Corsair has been doing virtual surround pretty darn well for years now. The bass is punchy and responsive too, and the closed ear cup design really thickens up the low-end frequencies quite a bit, yet the headset still maintains a fairly flat and clear response beyond that, making dialogue and team chat easy to hear even at high volumes.
Music, Movies, Gaming and More
I’m a big music lover, and while the Hs70 isn’t going to replace my dedicated music headphones, they’re still fantastic for enjoying anything from Dance to Death Metal. Again, a punchy low end and clear highs go a long way to delivering this. Even gaming music shines through with detail, and I had a lot of fun romping around Skyrim again and just enjoying the ambience and score.
For a wireless headset, it feels well balanced and not imposing at all. In all honesty, I can’t feel much difference at all from the wired model. This one may be a smidge heavier, but it doesn’t have any cables dragging either.
I rarely use a microphone for gaming, but for screaming and your friends chatting on Discord, this is pretty decent. It even comes Discord Certified. The excellent performance comes courtesy of its noise-cancelling tech, and the ability to adjust side-tone means you can hear some ambient noise while gaming; handy if you’re gaming with friends in the room. Having it detachable means it’s out of your way when not needed too. Just be sure not to lose it, as it could be easily misplaced.