Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset ReviewnVidia_Freak - October 20, 2010
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Corsair wants to enter the gaming headset market and their introduction is the HS1. It's not particularly amazing sounding as far as headphones go. However, compared to other headsets, the HS1 has a small edge. The HS1 is very sturdy and feels as though it can handle a few beatings with no problem. Although it does become warm and slightly damp under the ear pads, there isn't too much pressure and there's no physical fatigue on your ears. The microphone is very average and voice through the HS1 will be heard by teammates as it would from just about any other headset. One mild problem is that there are far too many options to choose from when configuring the drivers. Removing most of them and simply offering presets based on what function the headset will be performing would make it much simpler to configure and make it much easier to highlight the uses of Dolby Headphone.
The cheapest the HS1 can be purchased for is approximately $100 USD. However, many more places charge $110 - $130 USD so make sure you shop around for the best deal. Although this is in keeping with other headsets that use 50mm drivers, other headsets in this category offer better frequency response not only from the drivers, but also from the microphone. The main selling point for the HS1, though, is Dolby Headphone and licensing undoubtedly drives the price up. For competitive gamers, this is a very useful feature that provides excellent simulated surround sound in a small package that can be had for $100. Therefore, the only decision to make concerning the HS1 is whether or not it's worth that money. I believe the HS1 is well worth it and that Corsair has made a great introduction into the gaming headset market and should continue to produce more and better gaming headsets.
- Excellent use of Dolby Headphone for games and movies
- Too much clutter in driver configuration
- Not the best choice for music