Corsair HS60 HAPTIC Review 0

Corsair HS60 HAPTIC Review

Value and Conclusion

  • The CORSAIR HS60 HAPTIC is available online for $129.99/€129.99.
  • Good, crowd-pleasing overall sound quality, especially for bass heads
  • Excellent build quality
  • Great wearing comfort, even for longer sessions
  • Truly immersive haptic bass technology
  • Good surround sound performance
  • Useful additional software features (microphone monitoring and system-wide equalizer)
  • On/off button for the haptic bass system would be great, in addition to the "intensity" dial
  • No visual indicator of a muted microphone
  • Current sound profile voice notifications could be improved
  • White camo design probably won't be to everyone's liking
The CORSAIR HS60 HAPTIC is a great USB gaming headset with a unique haptic bass feature that makes it stand out from the crowd. The Taction haptic bass technology responds to low frequencies by making the ear cups vibrate. This in turn allow you to not only hear, but also feel the bass. Gunfire, explosions, tanks storming over the battlefield, airplanes dropping bombs—these and similar events will literally shake your head. It struck me as a gimmick at first. However, after adjusting the haptic bass response properly—don't set its intensity range to anything over 50%—I really liked what I was experiencing. It's a feature that does exactly what it sets out to do: improve immersion. You won't find any use for it outside of gaming, but for games, especially single-player ones, CORSAIR came up with something really special with the HS60 HAPTIC.

There are plenty of other aspects to like as well. The HS60 HAPTIC is built like a tank. With an aluminium-reinforced frame and sturdy plastic ear cups, it seems capable of taking quite a bit of abuse. Excellent wearing comfort is ensured by ear pads filled with soft memory foam and covered in pleather, a wide inner headband, and very maneuverable ear cups suspended on a pair of metal hangers. The white camo design definitely won't be to everyone's liking, but it reveals the true nature of this headset as it's completely oriented towards gaming.

The sound quality is quite good as well. Although definitely not a headset for purists because of its colored sound signature, bass heads and most gamers will love its bass-heavy reproduction. It's only mediocre in terms of spatial awareness at its default setting. Luckily, that can be improved either by switching to a more appropriate sound profile, like "FPS Competition," manually adjusting the 10-band equalizer in iCUE software driver, or switching to Windows Sonic for Headphones virtual surround sound.

Add to that its solid microphone perfectly capable of loud and clear communication with your teammates and what you get is a well-rounded, highly recommendable gaming headset. It's not exactly cheap, but makes up for that with the unique user experience provided by its haptic bass technology.
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