Wireless headsets are popular with console gamers, as only a few feel like having a cord on their gamepad at all times. The competition, however, is tough, especially with the few headsets that use Xbox wireless technology. Corsair chose a good time for the new HS75 XB Wireless, so shortly before the launch of the Xbox Series X / S. How does the headset fare against strong competitors from SteelSeries, Plantronics, Turtle Beach or LucidSound?
The league of headsets with Xbox wireless technology is not that full, so a new addition, even if it is not cheap at just under 180, is very welcome. The timing is appropriate anyway, as the new consoles will be on the market in a few months. So let’s see where the Corsair HS75 XB Wireless ranks.
Let’s start right away with a nuisance, namely the packaging. Actually, it shouldn’t be a problem to act a little more sustainably with headsets. A thick molded plastic part in a cardboard box, plus a number of small bags and lots of completely unnecessary protective films, which also have to be nibbled off – surely it has to be better? We have now received headsets that can be easily packed without plastic in a molded cardboard part with a cloth bag for all the odds and ends. Surely something like that should also be possible at Corsair?
In any case, it is certain that it is one of the more robust representatives. The construction is similar to that of other headsets in the HS series, i.e. a robust metal bracket forms the base to which the ear cups are attached. The soft cushions for the head and ears are covered with high quality synthetic leather. The metal grilles as side panels exude stability.
The wearing comfort turns out to be good, the weight of about 330 grams is well supported. The pressure on the side is moderate and does not cause problems even when wearing glasses during longer sessions.
The controls are kept simple, but offer everything you need. Volume control and microphone button as well as Type-C connection for the charging cable on the left, power / pairing button and game chat balance on the right. Finished. Add a detachable microphone with pop filter and you’re done.
The headset is connected via Xbox wireless technology and can be used with a PC (if an adapter is available), Xbox One and the new Xbox Series X / S consoles. Pairing is quick and easy: Activate the pairing button on the console, press the power button for ten seconds and the headset is ready for use. The wireless range is around ten meters and the battery life is very good at around 20 hours.
50 mm drivers with the usual frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz are installed, optimized for use with Dolby Atmos. Corsair has built in pretty good drivers and tuned them cleanly and largely balanced. The sound is a bit more bass-heavy, which is not unusual for gaming, but does not neglect the mids for clean voice output and clear highs.
Thanks to the good stereo sound image and clean Dolby Atmos coordination, the headset offers good surround sound and equally good directional perception. In several games of different genres that we tried, we could not find any noteworthy weaknesses.
Corsair did not save on the microphone either. In addition to pop protection and good placement of the microphone arm thanks to the wire jacket, the microphone offers clean, unadulterated voice transmission. All in all, the headset made an all-round successful impression in our gaming sessions and is therefore in the upper range of wireless headsets for Xbox.
In terms of price, it is between the Plantronics 800LX and the SteelSeries Arctis 9X and that fits pretty well. In terms of sound, the three headsets don’t take a lot and in terms of workmanship, the Corsair headset is just one step ahead. The significantly cheaper Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is clearly behind in all areas, both in terms of sound and workmanship. So the pricing is okay.