Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset Review
Features and Packaging
- Acoustically-tuned enclosures with oversized 50mm drivers
- Circumaural, closed-back design
- Replaceable memory foam ear pads with soft fabric covers
- USB Connection
- Dolby® Headphone technology provides multi-channel sound and improves audio quality to reduce listening fatigue
- Uni-directional noise-cancelling microphone on adjustable boom
- Extra-large inline volume and microphone controller that's easy to grab during gameplay
- Control panel software allows you to customize the listening experience
The HS1 is creatively packaged to match Corsair's new marketing strategy for all of their new products. This new marketing campaign focuses on clear and concise graphics combined with a clear window to get a clear view of the headset and mic boom. There aren't any distracting case badges highlighting the headset's sub-features and the retail packaging looks very professional.
The back panel of the retail packaging includes more information about the features available with the HS1. They also added a couple small studio photos of the headset and volume control attached the braided USB cord.
The side panel gives all the technical specifications about the HS1 to consumers in multiple languages. This headset supports all modern Windows operating systems, but I can't confirm that the included software supports Apple operating systems.
After we removed the unit from its exterior packaging, we got to see how the headset looks outside of the box. Corsair actually added an interior packaging to to secure the unit during shipping. This isn't the typical foam packaging you would see in other hardware because Corsair chose to use cardboard to ship the HS1 instead.
The back panel of the inner cardboard packaging has a small cutout for the quick start guide and software CD. Pretty nifty idea that is functional as well.
Here's a quick shot of the quick start guide and driver and software CD.