Corsair has launched its new HS55 Wireless Headphones, which look quite similar to the HS55 Wireless Core. That’s because it is an upgraded variant that boasts Dolby 7.1 surround sound, a lighter design compared with its predecessor, and a longer battery life of up to 24 hours of playback.
In terms of the design, Corsair has stuck to a mostly matte-black, elegant appearance with a glossy, grooved section on the outside of the ear cups featuring the silver brand logo. The ear cups are foldable, allowing you to wear the headset around your neck when not in use.
The control buttons remain unchanged – the mute button, a grooved and clickable volume wheel with a smooth grid, and a USB-C port for charging are all located on the bottom left. The Bluetooth button, power button, and status LED are placed on the bottom right.
The flexible microphone boom, meanwhile, is located on the left ear cup and measures 13 centimeters, which is very similar to the Core model. Overall, the design and build quality of the Corsair HS55 Wireless are top-notch.
The headphone weighs just 266 gms – so when you pick the Corsair HS55 Wireless up for the very first time, you will be surprised at how lightweight a gaming headset can be. The HS55 Wireless is also quite comfortable to wear for an extended period of time. The ear pads, made of artificial leather and measuring approximately two centimeters thick, along with a 1.5 cm thick headband cushion, provide a comfortable fit.
The Corsair HS55 Wireless offers great connectivity options. It can be connected to a PC, Mac, or PlayStation gaming console through the included USB receiver. In addition, you can also use Bluetooth 5.2 to connect the headphone to smartphones, tablets, and other devices. To pair the devices, simply hold down the Bluetooth button for five seconds, and you’re good to go.
The volume wheel is also clickable and allows you to switch between different equaliser presets. The wireless range of the Corsair HS55 Wireless is very good. It offers a range of up to 15 meters in 2.4 GHz and 9 meters in Bluetooth mode. During our tests, the HS55 Wireless held its ground when it came to the wireless range and connectivity.
Corsair claims that the HS55 Wireless offers up to 24 hours of playback time on a single charge. During our tests, we were able to achieve a playback time of around 20 hours before it needed a recharge, which is quite impressive.
The omnidirectional microphone on the HS55 Wireless effectively filters out background noise and isolates the user’s voice for clear, easy-to-understand audio. The accompanying software for the Corsair HS55 Wireless is iCUE. After the initial setup, the firmware of the headset will need to be updated, which is a quick and seamless process.
This time around, you also get the option to download NVIDIA Broadcast, a software that allows you to reduce noise and echo during recording using the device’s microphone. In the Equalizer settings, you can activate Dolby Audio and choose from various EQ presets or create your own.
The Corsair HS55 Wireless headset offers solid sound quality with its deep bass and clear treble. When using the Dolby 7.1 surround sound feature, the performance is further improved to enhance the overall audio experience.
Additionally, the headset is lightweight and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, thanks to its padded ear cups and headband. The microphone is effective in filtering out ambient noise, and the controls are intuitive and easy to use. The wireless range is impressive, while the accompanying iCUE software is straightforward to use and offers the option of customising the audio to your liking.
With its reasonable price point and strong performance, the Corsair HS55 Wireless is a great option for anyone looking for a solid wireless headset. The Corsair HS55 Wireless thus comes across as highly recommended.