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Corsair HS50 Pro Review

While the HS50 is an inexpensive headset, it struggled to make much of an impact compared to some of the other options
Corsair HS50 Pro
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Price:   $50 List | $41 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, decently comfortable
Cons:  Unimpressive sound quality, could be more user-friendly
Manufacturer:   Corsair
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Apr 13, 2021
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  • Comfort - 40% 6
  • Audio - 30% 6
  • Microphone - 20% 6
  • Ease of Use - 10% 5

Our Verdict

Overall, the Corsair HS50 Pro did score average or above in all of our testing metrics and improved on its predecessor but failed to claim an award. It does have one of the lower price tags of the entire group but we found that we preferred other comparably priced models considerably more than this one, making it hard to recommend.

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Pros Inexpensive, decently comfortableComfortable, great microphone and audio qualityComfortable, good audio qualities, great valueIncredibly comfortable, great value, solid sound qualityComfortable, wireless, good sound quality
Cons Unimpressive sound quality, could be more user-friendlyExpensive, doesn't block background noiseNo detachable mic, easy to accidentally change the volumeHarder to mute, no mic sidetoneExpensive
Bottom Line While we do like the lower price tag of this headset, it struggled to distinguish itself compared to some of the other optionsFor those that want a top-notch headset and are willing to pay a premium, this product is an excellent optionIf you are shopping for a solid product that won’t cost you too much, then we think this headset is a great choiceIf you want a great headset that does well across the board and won’t blow your budget, look no further than the Cloud IIIf you are ready to make the switch to a wireless headset, then this is our all-around favorite cord-free model
Rating Categories Corsair HS50 Pro EPOS GAME ONE Razer Kraken Kingston HyperX... Razer Black Shark...
Comfort (40%)
6
7
8
8
8
Audio (30%)
6
8
7
7
7
Microphone (20%)
6
8
7
7
7
Ease Of Use (10%)
5
7
6
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Specs Corsair HS50 Pro EPOS GAME ONE Razer Kraken Kingston HyperX... Razer Black Shark...
Wired or Wireless Wired Wired Wired Wired Wireless
Measured cable length 6 feet
with the audio/mic split 80"
9.65 ft 11.1 ft PC
4.5 ft console
10.6 ft Wireless
charging cable is 5 ft
How to mute the mic Button Lift mic Switch Switch Button
Detachable mic Yes No No Yes Yes
Control location Headphone Headphone Inline Inline Headphone
Measured weight 10-3/4 oz 9-5/8 oz 12-1/8 oz 10-7/8 oz 11-3/8 oz
Measured ear cushion size 2-1/8" X 2-5/8" 1-5/16" X 2-5/8 " 2-1/4" X 2-1/2" 1-1/2" X 2-9/16" 1-3/4" X 2-1/2"
Ear cup shape Oval Oval Oval Oval Oval
Ear cup fabric type Leatherette Velvet Heat transfer fabric with cooling gel Leatherette
Velour included
Flowknit similar to microfiber mesh

Our Analysis and Test Results

This headset is available in three different versions, with the accents being colored either green, blue, or carbon.

Performance Comparison



The HS50 Pro is far from our favorite headset.
The HS50 Pro is far from our favorite headset.
Credit: Laura Casner

Comfort


We started by rating and ranking how comfortable the HS50 Pro and all of the other headsets are to wear. We looked at the ear cups, the headband, and how many hours we were comfortable wearing the headset when it came to determining scores, with the HS50 Pro scoring just above average.

Right off the bat, we noticed that the HS50 Pro is definitely not the headset for you if you have a larger than average or a particularly petite head, as it doesn't expand or contract all that much. Overall, this meant most people only found it acceptable to wear this headset for a few hours, unless their head circumference was the perfect match.

We found a relatively small subset of head sizes fit this headband...
We found a relatively small subset of head sizes fit this headband well.
Credit: Laura Casner

The headband has firmer padding covered in leatherette fabric. The ear cups are covered in the same leatherette fabric but the padding feels slightly softer. We did find the ear cups to be just a bit on the smaller side as well.

This headset sounds good, not great in our opinion.
This headset sounds good, not great in our opinion.
Credit: Laura Casner

Audio


We looked at how the speakers sound on this headset for our next metric. Our scores are based on how other player's voices sound, how the HS50 Pro did in our audio benchmarking and positional tests, how soundtracks and music came across, and how well this headset did at filtering out background noise. The HS50 Pro delivered another decent performance, earning a score just a bit better than average.

The HS50 Pro got off to a good start in our audio benchmarking test. It only had a minimal amount of parasitic buzz in our bass test. It also did well in the driver matching test and made it easy to locate where a sound is coming from in the binaural test. This mirrored our results in the positional test, with our judges able to accurately locate the origin of an in-game sound the bulk of the tie.

The closed-back design does help reduce ambient noise.
The closed-back design does help reduce ambient noise.
Credit: Laura Casner

This headset cuts down background noise a small amount, approximately 15-20%. Other players' voices also sound quite clear and full, making them very easy to understand. Music sounded fine through this headset, though it definitely paled in comparison to the top models in our minds.

We though the mic on this model made our voice sound like it was...
We though the mic on this model made our voice sound like it was coming from a distance for other players.
Credit: Laura Casner

Microphone


Our next set of assessments for the HS50 Pro evaluated and compared how well its microphone did at picking up our voices and if it is effective at filtering out other background noises. It again delivered an acceptable performance, earning a score that is just above average.

We found this headset made our voice sound a bit echoey and far away to other players. Some of our teammates even commented that it sounded like we were talking through a mask, due to how muffled it sounded. Other players felt that it sounded fine, albeit faint.

The microphone also will usually pick up any side conversations...
The microphone also will usually pick up any side conversations unless the speaker is a fair distance away.
Credit: Laura Casner

We did like that it doesn't seem to be overly sibilant or pop too much with hard "t" sounds. It also has the benefit of filtering out most external background noises but unfortunately will pick up just about any side conversation unless it's happening more than 15' away from you.

The included cable for this headset isn't particularly long.
The included cable for this headset isn't particularly long.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


Our last metric rated and compared how convenient the HS50 Pro is to use by looking at if the mic is detachable, if it has a sidetone, the length of the cable, and the onboard controls. We found this headset to be above average in this regard, earning it a so-so score.

This headset has onboard controls to mute the mic or adjust the volume. We like that the mute feature is a button, rather than a slide switch, making it much easier to use.

This headset does have a shorter cable at around 6'. The cable isn't detachable but the microphone is. However, it doesn't give you the option for a mic sidetone.

Value


This headset is one of the cheaper options, making it a good budget buy, but we found similarly inexpensive models that we would recommend over this one.

Conclusion


All in all, the HS50 Pro is a fairly middle-of-the-road headset in our minds. It doesn't have any major flaws, just so-so performances across the board. It's got decent audio and mic quality and is fairly comfortable but far from our favorite.

David Wise and Austin Palmer