Corsair Raptor HS30 and HS40 Gaming Headsets Reviewed

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Final Thoughts and Conclusion

The Corsair Raptor HS30 and HS40 headsets are virtually identically with few differences. As such, the experience with both these headsets was the same. We’ll first examine what we liked and didn’t like about the design and the impact that had on comfort. Like most other mainstream-priced gaming headsets, the Raptor HS30 and HS40 are constructed almost entirely out of plastic. The Raptor headsets don’t feel hollow, which while at the expense of being heavier, does make them feel more durable. The earcups can use an improvement because the inner diameter leaves little space for the ear. People with large ears may not be able to comfortably wear the HS30 and HS40 and those with more normal sized ears may have to carefully to align the elliptical earcups on their heads. A properly fitted Raptor HS30 or HS40 is very comfortable to use even for long sessions, but the work needed to adjust the headsets can be an annoyance for those especially accustomed to more forgiving headphones.Corsair Raptor HS30 and HS40

Sound quality needs improvement as the Raptor HS30 and HS40 recreate music very poorly. Deficiencies were less noticeable with movies and games due to their audio being less busy than music. A very large frequency peak from 300 to 1000 Hz gives music a very empty sound, like speakers placed at the end of a long hallway. Bass, upper-mids, and treble frequencies suffer from the overemphasized peak. Those particularly bothered by the way how the Raptor headsets play music may want to use a graphic equalizer. Our own results were mostly successful and it reveals surprising clarity for a mainstream headset. The microphone is something we aren’t complaining much about. Despite the microphone’s flimsy feel, a very good pickup range means bending the microphone boom is not entirely necessary in a home environment. Recording quality is also very good. Transmitted voice was audible and clear with minor fault to accuracy.Corsair Raptor HS30 and HS40

It’s unfortunate there are so many shortcomings with both the Raptor HS30 and HS40. Both of our headset review samples were much more likable after figuring out some workarounds, but the mainstream market is an unforgiving crowded space. Corsair will have to improve upon the Raptor headsets’ current design if they want to lure buyers away from the competition, such as the popular Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 that just just $44.99 shipped

$49.99 for the HS30 and $59.99 for the HS40 are very reasonable prices as far as gaming headsets are concerned, though gamers with a love for music should consider other products including Corsair’s higher end Vengeance headset lineup.

Legit Bottom Line: The Corsair Raptor HS30 and HS40 are flawed mainstream-priced gaming headsets with a questionable ergonomic design and poor music playback performance that required aggressive equalization to correct.

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  • Armando Cerón

    Bought 5, sound quality and noice cancelling is good, but 4 of them just broke or got welding problems after 3 months of constant use. I would not recommend to buy this unless you are super carefull and have some electronics knowledge to repair them.

  • ReasonableConsumer

    Don’t listen to these chimps they know nothing about headsets and surround quality, the HS40 have real 7.1 wich for its price its surprising the sound quality its literally the best you can find for that price, some ignorants like Kiba Gonzalez that say ”it doesn’t work!” don’t know that you must first install the drivers first, it also would be a good ideia to configure it to your preferred settings before you start using them, IF it happens that your hs40 really doesn’t work just after buying them you should not worry because they have 1 year warranty and you can get a new one.

  • Kiba Gonzalez

    just bought them, plugged them in, they didnt work. dont buy this.

  • Helen

    There is a back ground noise that shouldn’t be there can I fix it

  • Cukumbermouth

    I have this headset and i have no regrets, i like it. Dont like sound quality? fix it up with the eq. the virtual surround is good for gaming i use it for bf 4 and it makes the game more immersive

    • Christopher George

      does it require the corsair software to work or will it work right out of the box?

      • David Yee

        The HS30 is analog and will work right out of the box.

        The HS40 is USB and technically works right of out of the box after the plug-and-play driver is loaded.

        • Christopher George

          That’s what I figured just wanted to make sure.

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  • madlamb

    Does it works for ps3?

  • Wolf

    Have you tried testing the playback quality without Xear activated? bypassing Xear for me brightened up music or any audio. With Xear on i found them extreamly muddy and bland.

    • David Yee

      Yes. Sound quality is lost when processing virtual surround through Xear and Dolby Headphone (latter is used with the Vengeance headsets.) I prefer to let the game engine handle the positional audio.

  • Not Pound Land Manager

    ~Dear Not Happy mr Nappy.

    Pound Land Doesnt Make Headsets. They Buy Generic Headsets From Other Companies And Sell It.

    Not Pound land Manager

  • Not happy

    PoundLand makes better headset than this.. Mic only kinda works if you gaffa tape it to your face