The Corsair HS80 RGB USB is built like other Corsair headsets we’ve tested: it’s sturdy and well-made. The main parts are made of thick plastic and machined aluminum, and the square earcups make it look different from Corsair’s lower-end headsets, which have round earcups. Even though the name has “RGB” in it, there aren’t many gamer elements.
The only RGB parts are the Corsair logos on each earcup, which light up, and the red LED ring on the microphone, which lights up when the mic is muted. The single RGBs won’t make you the center of attention at the tournament, but you can use the iCUE software to set up effects that work with other Corsair devices.
- Top-notch microphone
- Solid build quality
- Comfortable earcups
- Above-class surround audio quality
I made a cool strobe effect with multiple colors that started on my K95 RGB mechanical keyboard and ended on my headset, for example. Only “Corsair” is written on the top of the headband in a tasteful way. The earcups are connected by hinges and can turn up to 90 degrees, which makes them easy to fit and move.
They’re padded with memory foam that’s covered in fabric, so they’re very comfortable and don’t get too hot even when you’re playing for a long time. But they don’t do a great job of blocking out outside noise, and especially at quieter events, people can still hear what you’re saying. In an open office, these probably aren’t the best choice.
On the left cup is where everything happens. Here you’ll find a microphone that can’t be taken off, a programmable Mute button, and a volume dial. If you don’t need the Mute button here because you can also mute the mic by flipping it up, you can change it with the iCUE software.
How to get Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless Premium Gaming Headset?
The non-removable 71-inch USB-A cord on the HS80 RGB USB makes it slightly heavier than the HS80 Wireless, even though it doesn’t have a battery. Since this is the only way to connect, this headset can only be used with PCs and Macs (with a docking station or a USB-A to USB-C adapter). The macOS version of iCUE works well with all Macs.