Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Setup & Software

All you have to do is charge up the headset, plug in the USB dongle, and you are basically good to go. Windows will automatically detect the dongle and you turn on the headset and you are all set.

Both the headset and microphone will work, but if you want to do any type of customization you’ll need to download either Corsair’s iCUE software or the Dolby Access app. Let’s go with iCUE first. When you first open the application you’ll see both the Headset as well and the dongle listed.

Let’s start with the headset settings. The first tab is Lighting effects. There is a single lighting zone, which is the two Corsair logos on the headset.

The next tab is Equalizer. Here you can set different EQ Presets or create your own. You can also set the microphone and sidetone level. Now if you plan on using Dolby Atmos you won’t need to mess with the EQ presets at all.

The last tab is Device Settings. This brings up a window where you can check for firmware updates, see the battery level, set the brightness of the RGB lighting, set the auto-shutoff time, show the battery gauge in the notification area, enable or disable voice prompts, disable the microphone LED, and pair the headset to the receiver.

For the receiver you’ll be able to see what it is connected with, the mode, and pair it if for some reason it gets disconnected. Also you have the option to update the firmware on the dongle under the settings.

Now to use Dolby Atmos you’ll need to download the Dolby Access application. This can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. When you open up the application you are brought to the “Home” tab where you can see Dolby news and see game and movie clips to test your Dolby device with. Under the “Products” tab it should show Dolby Atmos for headphone and that it is ready to use.

Under the settings tab you can see the different modes you can enable or disable. The first is Game. There is an option for Performance Mode (competitive gaming) or you can set the Intelligent Equalizer to Detailed, Balanced, Warm, or off. The Movie and Music tabs have the same Intelligent Equalizer options.

Under Voice there are no options, you can just enable the Voice setting, which says it gives you clear, consistent voice quality so you can hear every word. Finally there are four Custom settings where you can set your own EQ settings as well as turning the Surround virtualizer and Volume leveler on or off.

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