Corsair HS65 Wireless Review: Best Gaming Headset Of 2023?
If you have a long list of requirements from a gaming headset for your console, PC or laptop, then keep reading because the new Corsair HS65 Wireless has a very long list of great features. In fact, this could be the best headset Corsair has ever made and a real contender for the best headset of 2023.
Available in black or white, the HS65 Wireless is a supremely comfortable headset and for a number of reasons. Firstly, the fact it weighs only 275g (10oz) thanks to aluminium construction means that there’s no signifcant weight to deal with. Even after hours of use, there’s no ache to your head or ears thanks to the plush cushions here, although the cushion on the adjustable head band could maybe do with being a tiny by larger and softer – that’s being very picky.
The ear cups rotate so the headset can slip easily into your rucksack. Again, in a perfect world you might want to have it collapse down further, but it’s still extremely compact with the earcups rotated. Given it’s price of $130 (£120) you’d maybe expect a carry bag to protect it, though, especially as its light weight means it’s ideal as a portable headset too.
Custom-tuned 50mm drivers sit inside the earcups that have circumaural cushions, sitting outside your ears. They have a wide frequency range too of 20Hz-20,000Hz – although this isn’t any wider than the likes of the Razer Barracuda X. However, the Corsair HS65 Wireless brings Dolby 7.1 surround sound to the equation too.
Sound quality was fantastic and very balanced out of the box with a strong emphasis on bass, but without losing clarity in the mid-range and high-end with vocals in music and gunshots and bullets wistleling past in games all easy to pick out. It’s a fantastic all-rounder that’s happy to switch between gaming and music and still sound awesome. The microphone is permanently attached to the headset, rotating up out of the way if you don’t need it. This offered excellent recording quality too.
You have two options when it comes to connecting the HS65 Wireless to your devices. It has built-in Bluetooth, so you can connect it to any Bluetooth-enabled device, be it your smartphone, console, TV or PC. Alternatively, you can use the included USB 2.4GHz wireless dongle. Thankfully, if you forget the dongle, you can just use Bluetooth, which isn’t always possible both with older Corsair headsets and those from other manufacturers.
The main benefits of the latter compared to Bluetooth are the ability to fully sync with Corsair’s iCUE software to access an equalizer, update firmware and tweak settings such as the auto shutoff time, microphone boost, toggle 7.1 surround sound on and off or use SoundID audio personalisation. If you use Bluetooth, then iCUE won’t detect the headset, but you can still see the battery life indicator in the notifcation centre, which is useful.
Battery life sits at a claimed 24 hours, but if, like me, you forget to charge it using the included USB cable, the HS65 Wireless features quick charging via its Type-C charging port, grabbing six hours battery life in just 15 minutes – enough for that late night gaming session after school or work. Range is excellent too – certainly good enough to wander around your house listening to music, with a maximum 50ft of range.
Controls and buttons
The HS65 Wireless has a volume dial as well as power button and multi-function button. Pairing Bluetooth devices and switching between Bluetooth and wireless dongle modes is a bit fiddly. To pair hardware with Bluetooth, you need to hold the multi-function button to set the LED indicator light to flashing red and blue. However, to switch between Bluetooth and Wireless dongle modes, you need to double tap the power button.
The status LED will also blink in different colors depending on the battery level too – it’s maybe a tad too much for one LED to deal with. A simple switch for toggling between RF Wireless and Bluetooth modes would be better, especially as this button is very close to the power button and also acts to control media playback and phone calls.
Corsair gets an awful lot right with the HS65 Wireless. The sound quality is fantastic in both games and music, comfort could not really be better, it’s lightweight, well made and has the benefit of both Bluetooth and RF Wireless connectivity too, with the latter being via a dongle.
The price reflects the fact that this is a well-made, premium wireless headset, with useful features such as rotating earcups, software control and light weight aluminium construction. I’d liked to have seen a carry bag and the buttons could be a little more intuitive, but overall this is the best Corsair headset I’ve reviewed, and easily a contender for the best lightweight premium wireless gaming headset of 2023.