Photos and Features
So like I said before, the whole thing about the HS60 is the traditional look. That means oval-shaped earcups, normal headband, and a regular microphone, not something in the cord or huge. Corsair did all of those things. The HS60 has oval earcups with just a touch of style. The Corsair sails on the middle are a nice touch, as is the white ring but I like the full mesh sides. This is because the HS60’s are an open-air design. That means some airflow to keep your ears cool but mostly it means you can hear things around you while wearing them. So that is a preference thing, some people will prefer a sealed headset to cut down outside noise.
To go with the traditional design Corsair went with a normal headband, not a suspended design. This means a faux leather covering on the underside with thick padding. They did a little more than that with the diamond-shaped stitching in white that really pops. The top is also covered, this is where they embossed the Corsair name for a simple and clean design.
On the left earcup, the HS60 has all of its controls together. The HS60 is in itself a normal headset, not a USB headset. There is a USB sound card included but being separate you aren’t going to find lighting for example. What you have is a volume control that controls the volume coming into the headset, not a USB style volume control that is actually changing your windows volume. Then below that is a microphone mute button, without USB power this mute isn’t going to have a microphone status indicator. So keep those in mind.
So traditional earcups also mean a traditional oval inside the earcups. The HS60 has a faux or fake leather material on the earcup padding. What stood out to me though was just how thick the padding is, as someone who has had trouble with over the ear headphones and headsets rubbing on my ears, I welcome anything that helps keep my ear off the inside of the earcup. Also inside the earcup, you have to have speakers to listen to things right? Well, the HS60 has 50mm drivers in each earcup. These are listed at 7.1 headphones but I will get into what that is all about in just a minute. Just know you aren’t getting multiple drivers per ear, just the one big driver. They have a total range of 20Hz - 20 kHz, not too far off the 20-22 kHz of the SteelSeries Arctis 5 for example.
For adjustment, the HS60 has adjustability built into the headband on each side. You can pull down on each earcup to pull a little more length out of the headband. In total you get under an inch on each side, the measurements as you pull it out show you where you are set. The earcups also have a little bit of adjustment as well. They tilt to fit your head but I was surprised that there wasn’t a little more play available, you can only move them maybe 30 degrees in total. There is a small amount of twist as well, at most 20 degrees, I would prefer to have enough to be able to flip the cup sideways to lay the whole headset flat or to flip an ear up when it gets hot when gaming.
The left earcup is also where you plug in the detachable microphone. By default, it comes detached with a rubber plug in the hole. The microphone plugs in with a 3.5mm jack but the design is uniquely shaped so you can only plug it in one way. This also means you can’t, later on, switch to a microphone off of another product. The microphone itself is on a long flexible boom. I like the flexible design as it is metal and it allows for almost infinite adjustment where some headsets only have a small amount of play in one direction if you are lucky. The microphone is Unidirectional with sound canceling, you can see that there is a microphone on the back side of the microphone for the sound canceling. The microphone itself has a range of 100Hz to 10kHz, about half the range of the HS60 speakers.
So I’ve brought up the connection type and the included USB sound card a few times. I did that because it plays multiple roles for starters, the USB sound card is, from what I can tell, what sets the HS60 apart from the HS50. It is why they list this as a 7.1 headset rather than a stereo headset. That is because the sound card is set up to simulate 7.1, I’m not a big fan of this solution of 7.1 in general but I will reserve my judgment until I get into the testing here in a minute. The other reason this setup is important, is because this dongle gives you two different connection options. The headset itself comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can plug it into most gaming consoles, some phones, and of course into computers. The USB option is nice for people with poor quality onboard sound or who want to cheat and plug into a USB hub on their desk lol. As for the cord, the HS60 has a 1.8-meter long cord or just under 6 feet long. It is a thick rubber that should have a lot of protection in it, even without the almost standard sleeving that you see on other gaming-focused devices.