Photos and Features
At first glance, the HS35 looks a lot like the HS60 that I took a look at last year. It is a full sized over the ear headset and it's clear it shares a little with its older brother. Now the HS35 doesn’t have the mesh on the outside like the HS60, Corsair went with a closed air design this time. There is a little styling touch with the black ring around the earcup which is a gloss black compared to the flat finish that the read of the headset has. The Corsair Sail logo is in the middle and Corsair skipped adding any unneeded LED lighting or overdone styling. This is a simple oval headset design. The earcups have a C shaped mount that only offers vertical adjustment, you can’t twist these side to side at all.
The left earcup is basically where everything is going on. This is where the cord plugs in, where the microphone plugs in, and where you will find the volume and mute controls as well. The volume and mute controls are on the back of the earcup so to use them when you are wearing them you will use your left hand’s thumb. It is a simple scroll wheel for the volume and under it, the microphone mute button sticks out. This is nice because when you are wearing the HS35 you obviously can’t see if the button is pressed but you can feel the status of the button.
So the HS35 is running 50mm drivers for a simple but proven setup. The earcups like I mentioned before are a full sized oval over the ear design. The most important part of that is the memory foam padding they used. The padding is extra thick and has a micro fiber weave on them. If you were to just go by the look of the weave you might think the fabric has that same rough texture that Logitech likes to use on their headsets but the HS35 actually has a really soft fabric on the earcups that should be comfortable. If nothing else I know for sure (before testing) that it isn’t going to be scratchy and uncomfortable like the Logitech weave. The HS35 is also available in a few color options and one of the two things they recolor is the earcup pads so while ours is black there are also Green, Blue, and Red options as well for a brighter look.
So the HS35 has a traditional headband design meaning there isn’t a fancy suspension design. The headband is plastic with a metal strap in the expansion areas. You can expand the headband out 1 ¼ inch on each side helping cover big and small head sizes. The plastic headband has the Corsair branding debossed into the top. Up under the headband, the HS35 has surprisingly thick padding at just under an inch thick. This is the same memory foam padding that was used on the earcups as well as the soft fabric used on them as well. If you get one of the Green, Blue, or Red color variants of the HS35 this part is also colored. Our black model has the padding blending into the all-black headset but those three bright colors would really stand out.
So the HS35 doesn’t ship with its microphone attached. In fact, the plug on the headset comes with a rubber plug filling the hole. The microphone uses a 3.5mm jack as well but if you look closely you can see at the connection base the microphone has a keyed base so don’t expect to be able to plug and play a different design which is a shame. The microphone boom uses a bendable metal with a thin plastic coating over it. This combined with the length of the boom gives it just enough flexibility to wrap the microphone boom into a circle so there is enough flexibility to be able to move the microphone wherever you need it.
The microphone is running a 2.2k Ohm impedance and a -40 dB sensitivity with a 100Hz – 10kHz range. This seems to be the same microphone used on the HS60 at least as far as specs are concerned. Once plugged in the microphone locks into place, there isn’t a concern of it coming unplugged like on some detachable microphone designs.
The cord a thick rubber and being a budget model Corsair skipped out on any sleeving that you might find on some other models. I’m happy there isn’t sleeving though and the rubber cord is thick and feels durable. It is around 2 meters long which should reach most PCs on or around your desk. The HS35 uses a 3.5mm phone connector which used to be standard on phones and is used on all three of the big game consoles without any adapter needed. Corsair also included an adapter to switch this single plug into a dual 3.5mm which is what is used on PC. The adapter also has about 6 inches of reach on the off chance your microphone and headphone plugs aren’t directly next to each other like on the Creative Labs X7 that I test with.