Corsair HS35 Headset Review
Published: 2nd August 2019 | Source: Corsair | Price: |
We review a lot of headsets here at OC3D and they usually fall into two distinct camps. At one end we have the all-singing and dancing models that are either wireless or USB, with surround sound, RGB lighting, all metal constructions and the like. These are meant to be treated like precious jewels, placed carefully upon the stand at the end of each session so as to keep them pristine. They often have drivers which push the boundaries of how large you can make them whilst still fitting them around ears, or have very broad frequency response ranges to bridge the gap between gaming headsets and HiFi audiophile quality options.
At the other end of the market, the one the Corsair HS35 is squarely targeted towards, you have what we consider to be gaming headsets. Models with microphones usually on an arm, a 3.5mm jack, and more often than not a driver which is either 40mm or 50mm with a 20Hz-20KHz frequency response. These cover the majority of sounds that you'll get when you're gaming or watching videos, without costing too much. Of course in the price band below those there are the headsets which are so cheap as to be nearly useless.
Normally we save the price until the end, but the Corsair HS35 is specifically designed to be extremely affordable and flexible, to the point that it is probably its primary reason for existing. There are four colour versions available - Red, Green, Blue and today's review Black - which some might argue is deliberately aimed at the four main things you can plug the HS35 into, the Nintendo Switch, XBOX One and Playstation 4 respectively, with the black option for those who either have multiple devices or just want something more neutral. Its ability to connect to these three main consoles whilst also being just as happy plugged into your tablet, or laptop, or anything with a 3.5mm jack means that the Corsair HS35 is going to find itself in a lot of rucksacks. Why carry umpteen audio solutions when one will do? That low pricing suddenly makes a lot of sense because if it's designed to suffer through lots of public transport travelling then at just shy of £40 it isn't the end of the world if it gets broken/nicked/whatever. We're not pretending that for many people £40 isn't a fair chunk of change, but given the numerous headphones which cost significantly more then the HS35 definitely falls into the value category.
Build quality is surprisingly robust for such an affordable headset. It probably wont win any design awards, and if you like your headphones to have a lot of tactile pleasure when handling them you might be a little disappointed. However, just because it's mainly plastic doesn't mean that it is flimsy. With a steel headband combined to some thick plastic and sturdy hinges the HS35 is more robust than you might imagine. It's very comfortable too with the lightness and thick foam headband and ear cups letting you wear it for lengthy sessions without fatigue. The Corsair HS35 holds no real surprises for either good or ill in the audio quality department. The 50mm 20Hz-20KHz drivers are tuned slightly towards the bass side as most gaming headsets are and whilst you're not going to be gobsmacked by the quality of the audio, neither will you be disappointed with the muddy, indistinct audio that can plague other headsets around this price point.
The Corsair HS35 headset is flexible enough to connect to pretty much anything you can think of, robust enough to be usable out and about and yet affordable enough that it isn't the end of the world if an accident befalls it. With four colours there is a choice for everyone and it wins our OC3D Value For Money award.