Honest warning, there can be lots of implied “at this value level” statements on this overview. With an RRP of simply $39.99, the Corsair HS35 punches up in nearly each class.
A wired gaming headset with completely no frills, the Corsair HS35 units itself aside by being fairly good at every part you want it to do. The microphone’s adjustable (so that you don’t overdrive it throughout these shouty multiplayer moments), whereas the drivers have an excellent, clear dynamic vary and reproduce the band of frequencies you want for gaming with little effort.
What it doesn’t do is mild up or join through USB. Nor does it have gold-plated plugs or energetic noise cancellation. It’s additionally plasticky and a bit on the sunshine aspect. However, for $40 or thereabouts, you’ll get a headset which you can take into battle and that may serve you properly. It’s actually ok to qualify for our finest low-cost gaming headsets listing.
Discover out what we like — and don’t like — about it in our full Corsair HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset overview.
Corsair HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset overview: Design
The Corsair HS35 is the gaming headset equal of a TJ Maxx little black gown; basic attractiveness and magnificence, however on a finances. In an period the place producers signify particular options with LEDs and glowing rings, this minimalism is welcome. Although wired and low-cost, the headset’s cable is lengthy and reassuringly robust.
A lot of the HS35 is comprised of matte black plastic; the cups, hinges and the outer headband. There’s one inset ring that’s shiny black on every cup. The one deviation from the scheme is a tasteful, inset, chrome emblem. It’s price flagging up that the set can be out there with crimson, inexperienced or blue padding and cabling. The colour I examined is known as “carbon,” which made me marvel why the opposite selections aren’t referred to as “blood,” “grass,” and “antifreeze.”
The hinged cups are basic ovals although, at first look, a bit shallow for closed telephones. The left cup is the place you’ll discover a discrete quantity management wheel and, beneath that, a mute button. It’s additionally the place you connect and lock within the microphone stalk. When you don’t want the mic, the socket might be coated with a black rubber grommet.
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One in every of my favorite design parts was using easy mesh fabric over the cup padding. It might be a private factor, however I discover leather-based or plastic much less snug.
Corsair HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset overview: Consolation
Confession time — my ears stick out. They appear to be teacups glued to the edges of my head. These shallow cups on the HS35 apprehensive me, however there was area sufficient. Because it turned out, the sleek fabric and comfortable padding made an excellent seal with out being too tight.
Although the outer headband is black plastic the inside is an aluminum strip with an attenuated, plastic ridge. It adjusts actually simply throughout the top. Gentle headphones are usually not essentially snug headphones, however the HS35 advantages from being stable fairly than weighty.
There’s sufficient flexibility on the hinges and provides within the padding that I forgot I had it on after I switched from game-playing to admin. With the mic stowed away, you may even be tempted to take it in your day by day commute (although I’d draw the road at jogging).
Corsair HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset overview: Gaming efficiency
With only a straight TRRS 3.5mm connection, there’s no software program to put in with the HS35 (on any platform), so you possibly can plug straight in and begin gaming. So, that’s what I did.
With a headset on this class, you don’t count on an awesome deal. You need the audio to be crackle-free and for the drivers to deal with the loud rumbles and crashes of Doom: Everlasting with out it sounding like a pub band protecting Metallica in the course of a bar combat. You want stereo separation clear sufficient which you can hear enemy fireplace in Superhot and know the place it’s coming from.
The HS35 does this with aplomb, however it additionally delivers past that. The bass and mid response was clear when racing a souped-up Mini hatchback in Filth Rally 2.0. There’s no energetic noise cancellation, however the closed cups do the job for you. In truth, they labored properly sufficient that I missed an Amazon supply. C’est la vie.
Microphones is usually a weak level in cheaper gaming cans and the dangerous information is that you just gained’t be recording your subsequent album with the Corsair HS35. It really works, however is significantly better at selecting up mid and treble than bass — the alternative of the drivers. It additionally lacks a pop-guard out of the field, which you’ll want to chop down plosives and sibilance. Fortunately, adjusting the mic away from the face improves copy, too.
Corsair HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset overview: Music efficiency
Right here’s that phrase once more: the HS35 carried out properly in our music take a look at at this value level. There was an audible bass response from 20Hz upwards in our frequency take a look at, however extra importantly, it dealt with our playlist of classical, metallic, folks and electronica persistently and properly.
The HS35 favours the bass finish of the spectrum; widespread sufficient in cheaper, closed-cup headsets, however the mid-range was refreshingly huge too. There was little of the synthetic squeeze in the direction of the centre you possibly can hear in much less solidly constructed headphones.
How does that translate to English? It really works properly with each conventional and digital instrumentation, lending heat and air to each. The one factor lacking was some sparkle on the high finish; all that bass and mid masked a number of the treble. That’s not an enormous downside in gaming, however for those who use the HS35 to hearken to music, it’s possible you’ll wish to compensate a bit on the system aspect.
Corsair HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset overview: Options
The Corsair HS35 doesn’t actually do “options.” It’s a wired gaming headset with a removable mic and that’s just about all she wrote. The wire terminates in a stable, 3.5mm jack plug that may connect with consoles or laptops and a headphone/mic splitter is included within the field, for PC avid gamers, with separate jacks. The jacks match snugly, with out pop, crackle or every other rice-based cereal noises.
I’m a fan of the removable mic stalk and its versatile, gooseneck design — widespread to Corsair headsets. It’s really easy to place the microphone wherever you want it, however not really
easy to flip away once you don’t. Then once more, that’s what the mute button is for therefore — full-disclosure — I’m solely pointing it out as a result of I’m reviewing the headset. I did have one gripe, and it was small. Why make the mic removable? The cable is related with versatile moulding and that’s a failure level. Equally, although, some people desire to not need to rummage round their desk in search of a headset cable after they want it.
Corsair HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset overview: Verdict
Some no-frills gaming headsets holding onto the underside of the finances ladder strike you as low-cost out of the field. I’m reminded of my Grandma’s previous saying “purchase low-cost, pay twice.” Effectively, my Grandma by no means performed Sniper Elite 4 with the Corsair HS35.
It’s not implausible however, at this value level (that phrase once more) it does precisely what a gaming headset ought to, functionally and competently. Funds merchandise ought to by no means be a chore to make use of; a hurdle to beat or a bottleneck in your system. They shouldn’t be so ugly you hate having them in your desk or constructed so poorly they break in a few months.
So, the truth that the HS35 does every part it’s imagined to do and does it fairly properly general is welcome. There’s no level in being snobbish about that.