Corsair’s new HS60 Haptic gaming headset is, as the name would suggest, the company’s entry into the haptic-enabled headset market. Haptics allow you to actually feel the bass of whatever audio source your listening to. The experience of this haptic response is interesting and sort of what you’d imagine if you had a rumble pack attached to your head – but not quite so . The intensity of this haptic feedback is adjustable via a rotary dial on the right ear cup – no software is required for it. That being said, Corsair’s iCUE software suite to fine tune the HS60 Haptic’s EQ is well-designed and very easy to use. The software features several presets for the headset to utilize – or – you can create your own. Interestingly enough – the HS60 Haptic is Windows Sonic compatible. But, when Sonic is selected, the EQ settings of the HS60 Haptic don’t seem to stick.
Looking at the design and style of the Corsair HS60 Haptic, one is left to wonder “Why?”. The company chose to outfit the headset with this odd arctic camo color scheme and not include any RGB lighting effects whatsoever. Why they didn’t just offer it in black or white is beyond me. Thankfully, the HS60 Haptic’s performance makes up for its interesting outer flair. For those astute gamers out there that are familiar with Corsair’s past audio offerings, you might put it together that this is actually the same headset as their HS60 – but with the addition of the haptic tech. That being the case, it does have the HS60’s durability, comfort, and performance.
The Corsair HS60 Haptic’s microphone is detachable and very flexible to ensure a proper placement on the wearer’s face. I found its audio pick-up and quality to be very good – and when listening to payback of myself, noticed it does have some adequate noise-cancelation capability to help make sure your audio gets to your teammates when needed.
Actually getting to play a game while wearing the Corsair HS60 Haptic headphones is something I recommend every gamer get the chance to try. It is such a strange experience – the feeling of the rumbling during explosions, roars, or any other bass-inducing noise. Depending on user preference, you will want to fine-tune the adjustment knob to your preference. I tried using it at full blast several times but it was nearly unbearable during intense games where those low-end sounds are constant. I preferred instead to have the knob adjusted so that I could feel a small bit of the haptic feedback, just a hint of it. That’s where I got most comfortable – again, your mileage will vary based on your tolerance and preference. In contrast to the low-end sound, which the HS60 Haptic puts out in spades, the high-end audio can sound slightly more muffled than it should – especially when listening to music. During my game sessions, I didn’t really notice this as much but that could probably just be because how engrossing games are.
At $129.99, the Corsair HS60 Haptic is not cheap – especially considering its lack of RGB elements and aforementioned style choice. However, when looking at its actual audio quality as well as the inclusion of haptic feedback, the price is justifiable. Now, if you simply don’t care about haptic feedback, you can get the Corsair HS60 (without the Haptic) for a lot less money. Aside from haptics, it’s identical to the HS60 Haptic. Corsair’s HS60 Haptic gaming headphones are a great option for gamers looking to take their gaming audio to a new level of immersion. I would love to test this out with a VR headset if I could find a way to wear everything at the same time.