Corsair HS65 Wireless Review – IGN

The Corsair HS65 Wireless gaming headset iterates on the previous version by adding wireless audio capability for PC, Mac, PS5, and PS4, as well as support for Bluetooth audio devices. It’s a well-built, lightweight headset that features all-day battery and capable surround sound audio for games, music, and movies.

Corsair HS65 Wireless – Design and Features

Like its predecessor, the Corsair HS65 Wireless headset is a pretty straightforward headset without many frills. What it does offer, however, is the freedom to play wirelessly, either using the included USB receiver or connecting to your device of choice via Bluetooth.

Right off the bat, the HS65 Wireless feels nice to hold. It’s made from aluminum to give it a premium feel without the added heft. And at just 275g, it’s a rather lightweight headset, all things considered. It features rotating ear cups that lay flat when not in use, and is made with leatherette memory foam for added comfort while playing games or listening to music. It’s available in two different matte color options: Carbon (black) or White, although I found the Carbon to attract fingerprints quite easily.

At the core of the headset are custom-built 50mm audio drivers to deliver a wide spectrum of sound, as well as support for Dolby Audio 7.1 surround sound on PC and Mac. If you’re using Corsair’s iCue software, you can also utilize SoundID for a personalized audio experience that’s tailored to your specific taste. Additionally, the HS65 Wireless also works with PS4 and PS5 consoles, with the latter enabling Sony’s Tempest 3D audio for supported games.

The USB receiver provides a solid plug-and-play wireless experience right out of the box, letting you jump into your game right away. The 2.4GHz wireless connection works well up to 50 feet, and Bluetooth 5.2 gives you even more connectivity options. While you can connect to two devices simultaneously (one via the USB receiver and one over Bluetooth), you can’t listen to two concurrent audio streams, a feature found on some higher-end headsets like the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 and Logitech G735.

The headset features minimal control options on the exterior of the left and right earcups. On the left side, you’ll find a notched volume dial that provides subtle feedback as you rotate it, as well as a mute button and USB-C port for charging the device.

The left side of the headset is also where you’ll find the omnidirectional microphone. While you can mute the microphone by pressing the mute button, you can also flip the microphone upwards to automatically mute your voice without fumbling with the controls. The microphone is rigid, yet flexible, allowing you to position it in a way that best suits your vocal preferences. On PC and Mac, you can also take advantage of built-in Nvidia Broadcast through the iCue app for more robust noise removal.

The rechargeable battery provides 24 hours of continuous listening time using the 2.4GHz wireless connection. And with USB-C quick charge support, you can get six hours of listening time from just a 15-minute charge. However, I did find the lack of a 3.5mm auxiliary port a bit concerning as there’s no option to manually connect your headset if the battery goes out while playing a game or listening to music, so you’ll need to be diligent about maintaining its charge.

Corsair HS65 Wireless – Software

As previously mentioned, you can download the optional Corsair iCue app on PC or Mac to further customize your headset. Here, you’ll find mostly expected options to tweak such as custom EQ settings, firmware updates, battery percentage, and more.