During years Corsair has sold two sorts of casks: the VOIDs, on the one side, and the HS, with a somewhat more classic look, on the others. While products from the company usually have good quality/price ratios, a leading product has been lacking to attract even more people. The HS35, sold under the symbolic bar of EUR 50 comes in at this stage. This headphone
has four colours, the same features and the same price. All is black (alleged to be PC), blue (allegedly PS4 / PS5), black / green (allegedly Xbox), or black / red (supposedly for Switch). The available colors are originally planned for the various game platforms, but in fact all four versions are similar and can be fully exchanged. It’s all about taste.
Corsair HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset Reviews
- Multi-platform compatible with PC, Xbox one, PS4, Nintendo switch and mobile devices
- A pair of custom-tuned 50mm neodymium speaker drivers deliver excellent sound quality with a wide range and reliable accuracy
- A fully detachable unidirectional microphone is optimized for voice quality while reducing ambient noise, so that you're heard loud and clear
- Plush memory foam with adjustable ear cups, combined with lightweight construction, provides the comfort you need for hours of game play
- On-ear volume and mute controls let you adjust on-the-fly without pulling you away from the game
A well-finished, comfortable headphone
The esthetic with the HS family, i.e. gaming headsets of a very classical look and big red ear cups, we instantly recognize. Apparently, the HS35 is all in plastic, to limit costs: leave their predecessors’ metal ear pillows, leave even the leather imitation finish on the arch, finally leave the metal grilles outside of the two ear pillows. No illumination from RGB, so it couldn’t be terrible for everything.
However, the HS35 is especially finished and does not look cheap in terms of its obvious fragility and its less advanced appearance. There is a metal frame inside the hoop, which can be adjusted in size. This is a quality assurance as many 100% plastic headphone break at this stage.
The HS35 is ideally built and adapted to any body shape, unlike the VOID versions reserved for big heads (its tightest modification doesn’t properly serve the skull). Even for people with glasses, it is very easy to wear. The dense, vented memory spumes allow you to play for hours without being overheated in the ears.
The headset, from the left ear cup, runs a single cord. This color is well made with the same color as the foam fabric and ends in a 3.5 mm 4-pole jack if you want a colored variant. The HS35 connects to nearly anyone, PC, tablets, Xbox or Switch, thus. It is also a great headset for Playstation 5, particularly since the official headphones for Sony are out of stock in many stores at the time of this writing (a few weeks after console release). It must be noted, however, that Corsair has not carefully supplied a Y adapter that divides the headphone and microphone cables into two different 3.5 mm jackets. This is an issue for fixed PCs that never have a combo jack. An adaptor of this kind can costs you between five and ten euros extra, or even a female combo jack to USB adapter. Notice that this headset doesn’t plug into Xbox One controllers that have not yet been sold with regular plug without an adapter between 2013 and early 2016.
The microphone that’s removable is found in the box next to the headset itself. The pin is an adjustable small pole which plugs easily under the left atrium, but you risk losing it from the first days as it’s so small and no place to store. The small rubber cover blocks this socket when the microphone is missing.
Last but not least, controls are given under the left ear cup, again it is the microphone silent and the headphone volume control knob. This placement is perfect, the controls are not sought, and it is not pulling on the head unlike a wired remote control.
A sound that surprises
We must admit the HS35 shocked us from a good quality perspective! It’s not bad, and it’s even nice to say his two 50-mm transductors! The sound is punching, without distortion you can listen hard, the heights are very detailed. This is valuable for several casks, bravo Corsair, available between $75 and $100. It does the job with the microphone. Discord certification, though it does not mean much, will reassure you. We can hear and understand you clearly, but the output of a decent microphone is still very much below that of a good one. In particular, there is a cruel lack of bass, but it may be a way of alleviating the worst ambient noises (in particular breathing or friction).
The HS35 is the perfect example of a decent affordable headset. It may well be Corsair’s entry stage, it is already really nice and should be purchased! The only drawback for desktop PC users is that there is no Jack Splitter that allows a separate adapter to be purchased.