Review: Corsair HS75 XB Wireless Gaming Headset

Known for numerous PC peripherals, it feels like it has only been the last few years that Corsair has been making their name known in the gaming headset space. The Void series of headsets had a bizarre angular design, but they proved to be a contender with the audio and microphone quality. Moving away from PC this time, Corsair has teamed up with Microsoft to release a gaming headset specifically designed for Xbox players in mind. The HS series has already started off a bit rocky with the HS60 being less than ideal in terms of comfort and mainly felt like a haptic gimmick, although the Bluetooth HS70 was far more appealing for its flexibility. The HS75 looks to skirt the line between the two, being less flexible in how players are able to use the headset, but at the same time has phenomenal audio and microphone quality.

In terms of comfort, the HS75 is solid. Maybe a bad term to use in this regard because its comfort derives from soft plush foam, but they’re far better than say the HS60 which we had issues with its earcups being not deep enough. These are far deeper, allowing for breathing room and never really heating up your ears. They feel like they’re built for extended use, in which we definitely got our time with. The design is pleasing even though it isn’t exactly the most portable headset available. The earcups are large and take up a bit more space compared to other alternatives. If it came with a mount (which you can get for an additional charge) or charging station it could’ve been better, but as it sits on your desk, it’ll catch your eye in the wrong way. They are fully noise-cancelling, and the earfoam is rather comfortable, so you’ll have to take the good with the bad.

There’s a scroll wheel on the left side to adjust the headset’s volume while on the right earcup there’s a built mixer that adjusts game audio with chat. I’m surprised Corsair added the latter; it’s a convenient feature that shouldn’t be overlooked. With that said, it will take some time to adjust to the features only because of how they’re setup on the headset. Not only is there a scroll wheel in the exact same position on the left and right earcups, but the mute and on/off buttons are in the same position and are the exact same shape. Because of this, I wish one of the two were more defined and different to allow yourself to properly identify which is which. It took a considerable amount of time to get use to which wheel I was scrolling or if I was hitting mute (most of the time I was not), and I get them mixed up even to this day. It’s hard to believe uniformity actually became a negative in this well-shapen device.

In terms of quality, there’s nothing quite like the HS75 XB Wireless on the Xbox platform. It features Dolby Atmos surround sound quality, 50mm neodymium audio drivers and up to 30 feet connectivity. It has been advertised to last around twenty hours before it needs a charge, which is roughly what we experienced (give or take a couple of hours). The frequency response is between 20Hz and 20kHz, the impedance is 32 Ohms with a 111dB sensitivity. The bass and overall sound quality is crisp, and the Dolby Atmos only helps this. This is the best headset to experience high octane action games such as Gears of War or the more relaxing adventures such as Sea of Thieves. The microphone has a frequency 100Hz – 10kHz, an impedance of 2.0k Ohms and -40dB sensitivity. With all the technical features aside, this is a fantastic microphone and one of the best I’ve experienced on an Xbox specific headset as the quality is crystal clear. Obviously, it will never compete with a dedicated studio mic, but its quality and detachable functionality is one of the best available on Xbox.

Unfortunately, one of the biggest downsides with the HS75 is its inability to function on any other platform outside of the Xbox ecosystem. This is an Xbox exclusive headset through and through, with even PC being excluded from compatibility. This is a huge bummer considering the amount of money the headset runs; it’s not a deal breaker considering the quality of the headset, but it makes you wish you could use it on other devices. At the very least, one of the best part about the HS75 is its ease of use. Being a wireless headset, all you need to do is quickly pair to your Xbox with a simple press of the button and you’re on your way. I’ve had headsets take an unnecessarily amount of steps or time to get set up along with dongles, so it’s refreshing to see this be accessible pretty much right out the box. I guess having it specifically designed for the Xbox does have its upsides.

Closing Comments:

For Xbox players, the Corsair HS75 is dollar for dollar one of the best headsets. At under $150 for a gaming headset that’s not only comfortable but sounds great with Dolby Atmos support and is wireless, it’s hard to find flaws, but that’s what we have to do. The biggest disadvantage the headset has is its incompatibility with other platforms. Yes, it works for Xbox One and Xbox Series X, but it unfortunately lacks support for PC. The earcups are also large, taking up even more space than most other headsets. It’s not too heavy so it won’t weigh on your neck too much, but it’s not exactly the lightest we’ve had either. The memory foam is plush and the ear cups are deep enough for most sizes of ears without irritating them. The fact it has a built-in mixer on the side of the headset is great, although I would have liked to have seen more variety when it comes to the design. Uniformity is great, but I still have a tough time remembering which button is mute and which is the headset volume. The Corsair HS75 is sleek, stylish and downright one of the best Xbox headsets available. With a couple of adjustments, it could be one of the best headsets out there.