Corsair is no stranger to the gaming headset market. Its VOID line of gaming headsets blends futuristic design with superb audio quality and exceptional comfort. In fact, the VOID Pro RGB is widely considered by many gamers as one of the best headsets. Retailed at $100, the VOID Pro RGB is certainly not a cheap investment for a budget conscious gamer. This is where the latest addition to the Corsair headset family, the HS50, could be the choice for you. Retailed at $49.99, the HS50 is a stereo gaming headset that could just be the headset that delivers the immersive gaming experience that you wish for without asking for a lot of money. We shall find out.
Closer Look at the HS50
There is no question that retail at half of the price of the more expensive models, the HS50 is not packed with as many features as the VOID Pro RGB. What we won’t find on the HS50 is the Dolby 7.1 surround and wireless connectivity that is on the more expensive model. Instead, we have stereo sound and tethered to the PC via the good old 3.5mm headphone and mic jack. This may sound like a bad thing but it is actually not. When using a good quality sound card, a wired connection would yield a higher sound quality. And a high-quality stereo sound is definitely better than a crappy and muddy software-based 5.1 or 7.1 sound.
Unlike the VOID Pro that has a futuristic angular design, the HS50 looks like your typical headset. While it does not scream “I am designed specifically for gamers”, its subdue looks also will not attract too much attention while you are using the headphones outdoor listening to the music from your phone. However, while the HS50 is a black headphone, it is not boring looking since there are green accents (which also available in blue and carbon) along the earcup and the stitche pattern along the headband add just enough cosmic touches to enhance the looks.
The headphone is lightweight at 319 grams though but it does not feel cheaply made. Corsair adds a metal internal headband and aluminum yokes which enhances its durability. The ABS plastic used also felt smooth and high quality where there is no flex. Padded headband and the internal memory foam covers the oval-shaped ear cups adds exceptional comfort. I wear glass and finding a good over the head headphone that I can wear for a long period is tough as many of them are too tight that press against the glass to my head. However, the HS50 is very comfortable for wearing extensive period because of the padded foam and the headband and it is not overly tight so the headphone clamps onto my head without pressing the glass into my head. The honeycomb pattern on the outside of the earcup also helps as it makes the headphone more breathable. Not only that it is comfortable, the fit is also great as the headphone is also tight enough yet not swivel around when I move my head.
The earcups have a small range of extension (roughly 1 inch on either side) where for me is not an issue. On the left side of the earcup is where we will find the on-ear volume control and the mute button. Here is where we also find the mic in port that we can attach the included microphone. I do like Corsair includes detachable mic so that if anyone decides to use the headphone to watch a movie or listening to music, it will look like regular headphones as oppose to the headset. The included unidirectional noise canceling detachable mic is included with a frequency response of 100 Hz to 10 kHz and -40dB sensitivity.
The open back earcup will help to maintain better sound quality by minimizing sound reverberation though be mindful when using the headphone listening to music as sound isolation is not going to be as good as closed back. The audio is delivered from the custom-tuned 50mm Neodymium driver that delivers stereo sound with a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz. The sound impedance is rated at 32 ohms at 1kHz with 111 dB sensitivity.
The attached cable is about 2 feet which is a bit short if you are going to be using the headphone with your gaming console. The 3.5mm TRRS headphone jack would work with smartphone or laptops that features single audio port and a Y-splitter is included for connecting the headphone to a desktop PC with dedicated mic and headphone port.
The HS50 is a discord certified and Corsair likes to point that it is cross platform support which just translates that any device with a 3.5mm headphone jack will be compatible, so you would be able to use it with PC, Xbox One (with an adapter), PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. The unit also comes with rather generous 2 year warranty whereas most others only comes with one year.