The Corsair HS65 Surround gaming headset is the company’s new high-powered and low-cost gaming headset, offering exceptional 7.1 surround sound performance for PC gamers. The 50mm Neodymium audio drivers deliver exceptionally clear stereo audio and 7.1 Surround sound virtualized audio, and with the audio in the best PC games becoming more sophisticated, this headset will allow you to hear battlefield carnage exactly as the developers intended.
With an omni-directional polar mic pattern, the headset microphone provides an incredibly clear response. Anyone who is familiar with microphone polar patterns may be concerned that the omni-directional pattern will pick up too much ambient noise while you use the mic. Fortunately, this hasn’t been an issue during Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sessions or Zoom chats.
The HS65 Surround is extremely light, weighing only 4.5 ounces. It also has a low clamping pressure around the ear cups, so if you wear glasses or have a larger head, you’ll be fine. The ear cups and headband both have plenty of foam padding and a faux leather shell that make the entire unit feel more premium, and the faux leather makes the headset super easy to clean. The ear cups also rotate outward, allowing the headset to lie flat, which is useful when wearing it around your neck or storing it.
The 3.5mm audio jack or USB adapter on the HS65 Surround connects to your computer or console. The 3.5 mm audio jack is ideal for plugging into controllers for greater mobility or for simplifying connectivity for PC gamers who may not have enough USB ports to plug in a headset.
The USB adapter is what enables Dolby 7.1CH surround sound for the headset, which is great for games like Apex Legends where pinpointing audio cues can mean the difference between victory and defeat. Unfortunately, the virtual surround sound is only compatible with Windows and Mac computers, which means that console gamers will miss out on one of the HS65 Surround’s main selling points.