Gaming Headset Final Thoughts
The Corsair Raptor HS30 Gaming Headset performed admirably. My first impression was that it was a bit clunky, but after working with it, at home and while travelling, it grew on me. I like the looks of the headset, and the way it carries out its job. For me, it provides effective isolation from the household background noise, it is very comfortable, and the noise reduction microphone works very well. The nine foot cord is also a big plus.
Corsair Raptor HS30 Conclusion
The performance of the HS30 was assessed through various audio tests. It was rated as an 8.50, on a scale of one to ten. This performance rating reflects the ability for the headset to reproduce sound and create an effective audio picture, which is important while gaming or just relaxing.
The Raptor HS30 Gaming Headset has a very modern and pleasing appearance. The colours are eye catching, but muted. Angular surfaces are used to create a dynamic appearance and the lines are clean and pleasing. All in all the Corsair Raptor looks like a much more expensive gaming headset.
The Raptor HS30 is solidly constructed, and sturdily made. Once again clean lines are reflected in that there are only four screws in evidence on the whole headset. At 16 ounces the headset may seem a bit heavy at first, however no one in the household who wore the Raptor HS30 complained at all about the weight, in fact I received far more comments on how light it is.
On the question of functionality I would say that the Raptor HS30 covers all the bases. It has good isolation, and when using the microphone background noise is all but eliminated. I would say that when it comes to functionality the Raptor HS30 gives a great bang for the buck.
Value for me is a function of how well an item carries out the critical tasks versus how much it costs. The Corsair HS30 comes in at a price of $49.99 (Amazon | Newegg), which given the functionality, and performance provided makes it a great value. At press time there was even a $10.00 rebate card on offer at Newegg, making it an even better deal!
In its class the Raptor HS30 performed very well in every category assessed and so I would recommend it to those who want a quality, entry level headset, at a value price. You can meet most of your gaming needs with the Corsair Raptor HS30 Gaming Headset.
+ 3.5 mm connectors means a wide variety of computers are supported
+ Large comfortable, circumaural ear pads make for very good noise isolation
+ Microphone has very good ambient noise canceling
+ Well constructed and stylish design.
+ A great value at a very competitive price
– Spatial awareness limited to side to side movement
– Unable to lock Microphone boom curve relative to your mouth
- Performance: 8.50
- Appearance: 9.25
- Construction: 9.25
- Functionality: 8.75
- Value: 9.50