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Corsair Raptor HS30 Dual 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
  • 20Hz–20KHz
  • Dual 3.5mm Connector
  • 2.7m / 9' Cord Length
  • $49.99
  • Free Shipping (restrictions apply)

4 out of 5 eggs Competent Mid Range Headset 12/07/2013

This review is from: Corsair Raptor HS30 Dual 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset

Pros:

So what do you want from a gaming headset? If build quality and comfort are at the top of the list, followed closely by price, these headsets look like they might deliver.

These are big, closed back headsets with nice cushy pleather padding. Very comfortable for me. Nice and cozy. By closed back, I mean they don't leak sound out, so your neighbor won't hear what you're listening to, and they also do a pretty good job of keeping outside sounds out. The former is a social benefit, and the latter means you won't have to crank the volume real loud to hear game details, which is good for your ears.

The headset seems well built, the cord is fairly hefty, and the volume control/mic switch is reasonably substantial. The price point adjusted build quality of these is pretty darned good. Time will tell if they hold up, but its a good start.

These are analog headsets. Meaning they don't come with a USB adapter, they plug directly into your sound card's headset and mic jacks. Why pay for a USB adapter when you already have a sound card? Especially when that sound card may sound better.

Note to Newegg staff: The photo of the headset above currently (12/7/13) shows the HS40, which has a USB connector and pushbutton volume control, rather than the HS30 dual 3.5mm connectors and manual volume/mic switch. Otherwise, the headsets appear identical.

Design-wise, they are pretty sharp and fairly conservative. The "red" color is more like "brick", and these would not look out of place in your cubicle at work. I think that's good, since these would be great as work headsets for comfortable isolation and background music as well as skype and web conferences.

Cons:

Very few cons that I can tell so far. Most are a consequence of the lower price, so wouln't necessisarily merit egg deductions.

Sound Quality: Sound quality is competent. It is not audiophile quality. Does that mean its bad? Nope. Think "massed voilin's in an orchestra sound smeared" and "low frequency sounds, while present, don't sound particularly tonal." Stereo imaging, howver, is just fine (gamers don't worry), and voices sound very clear. Music sounds just fine, too, but if you're an audiophile you'll want better.

Volume Control: This isn't a con, just an engineering note. Its a particular consequence of putting an analog volume control between a sound card and the headset that the tonal balance and sound quality can change as you adjust it. In general, to get the sound quality engineered into the headset, keep the analog volume set to full. As you lower the volume (and turn up your sound card to compensate) you may notice more or less treble as I did, or other subtle changes. This is normal, but I just thought I'd mention.

On the plus side, if your sound card has some background noise, the analog volume control allows you to keep your sound card turned up to 100%, so background noise is minimized. Dealer's choice.

The headset is big. One reviewer already mentioned it, so keep it in mind if you think you have a small head (or maybe high ears :)?)

Other Thoughts:

To me these are great for gaming but can easily do double duty in the corporate environment.

At work, these would be great for listening to background music while programming or writing, or just masking that noisey office mate on the phone. Its also a great Skype headset.

I could see these becoming pretty popular among the Newegg value gamer crew especially if they gain a reputaion of not breaking and are discounted frequently.

Of course, a more expensive headset would give you more, and its easy to spend over $100 for a gaming headset. Pleather is not the best for all day comfort (they can get hot), and sound quality does get better as you spend more money. If your gaming sessions aren't too long, these are fine. You can always relegate these to backup or guest headset status when you upgrade.

In addition, I would not buy these if I didn't want them for gaming or for work. There are better sounding headphones for less money if you don't need the microphone and sound isolation and just want to listen to music.

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