Corsair HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Gaming Headset Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Jan 08, 2021 at 09:31 am
Corsair HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Gaming Headset Picture
5.4
Mixed Usage
6.8
Neutral Sound
4.4
Commute/Travel
5.4
Sports/Fitness
5.0
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
7.6
Wired Gaming
7.0
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Gaming Headset is wired-only with a haptic bass slider. Out-of-the-box, these headphones have a bass-heavy sound profile that adds thump and punch to action-packed scenes in your favorite games, and you can add more bass using the slider. They're compatible with Corsair iCUE software, which gives you sound customization options including a graphic EQ. Unfortunately, they have poor noise isolation, and they leak a bit of sound. However, their detachable boom microphone has an impressive recording quality, making it easy to communicate with your teammates.

Our Verdict

5.4 Mixed Usage

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC are inadequate for mixed usage. These gaming-oriented headphones have an impressive recording quality, so you can easily communicate with your teammates. However, they have poor noise isolation, so you may be distracted by ambient noise during your commute or while working in a busy office. They also aren't stable enough to wear to the gym. While their bass-heavy sound profile may be overwhelming for fans of neutral sound, you can customize their sound using the graphic EQ and presets.

Pros
  • Impressive microphone recording quality.
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Not stable enough for exercise.
  • Not very portable.
  • Sub-par frequency response consistency.
6.8 Neutral Sound

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC are fair for neutral sound. Out-of-the-box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile, and vocals and lead instruments can sound weak and distant due to the underemphasis in the treble range. Fortunately, you can use the graphic EQ and presets to customize their sound profile to your liking. They also have a haptic bass slider, which lets you control the haptic bass level.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
Cons
  • Sub-par frequency response consistency.
4.4 Commute/Travel

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC are poor for commute and travel. They're comfortable and well-built; however, their bulky design isn't very portable. Also, they have poor noise isolation, so you can still hear bus and plane engines while listening to audio. They also leak a bit of sound, which may be annoying for people around you.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Not very portable.
  • Leak some noise.
5.4 Sports/Fitness

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC are disappointing for sports and fitness. These headphones are stable enough for casual listening sessions, but they aren't intended to be worn to the gym, and they may fall off your ears during low-intensity workouts. They're bulky, too. On the upside, they have a very comfortable fit.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Not stable enough for exercise.
  • Not very portable.
5.0 Office

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC are inadequate for office use. They're comfortable enough to wear during your 9-5 without a lot of fatigue. However, they leak a bit of noise, which can be annoying for coworkers around you. Also, they have poor noise isolation, so you can be distracted by background noise around you.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Leak some noise.
5.5 Wireless Gaming

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC are wired-only, so they aren't suitable for wireless gaming.

7.6 Wired Gaming

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC are good for wired gaming. They're comfortable enough for long gaming sessions, and their bass-heavy sound profile helps you feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed scenes. You can also use the haptic bass slider to add extra bass if you like. Thanks to their wired connection, they have negligible latency, so your audio and video syncs up. You can easily communicate with your teammates, thanks to their boom microphone's impressive recording quality, too.

Pros
  • Impressive microphone recording quality.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
Cons
  • Sub-par frequency response consistency.
7.0 Phone Calls

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC are decent for phone calls. Their detachable boom microphone has an impressive recording quality, so your teammates on the other end of the line can understand you, even if you're calling from a noisy environment. However, they have poor noise isolation, so you may be distracted by background noises during your calls.

Pros
  • Impressive microphone recording quality.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • 5.4 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Neutral Sound
  • 4.4 Commute/Travel
  • 5.4 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.0 Office
  • 5.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.6 Wired Gaming
  • 7.0 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC are gaming-oriented headphones. They look similar to the Corsair HS60, but the 'Arctic Camo' design surrounding the ear cups offers a unique look. While they come with a boom microphone, you can remove it for a more casual look.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.87 lbs
Clamping Force
1.2 lbs

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC are comfortable. They're comfortable enough to wear for longer gaming sessions without feeling a lot of fatigue, as the ear cups and the headband are well-padded. However, they're quite bulky, and they feel a bit heavier than the Corsair HS60, which some listeners may not enjoy.

5.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Haptic Bass Slider

The controls are middling. There's a mute/unmute button, which feels clicky and offers audible voice feedback so you know when you change the setting. There's also a haptic bass slider wheel on the right ear cup and a volume wheel on the left ear cup. The haptic bass wheel has notches to help you know when you've reached the minimum or maximum setting. However, the volume wheel is infinite, so you don't know when you're at max volume.

5.4
Design
Portability
L 8.8 "
W 6 "
H 3.9 "
Volume 205.9 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC have disappointing portability. They're big and bulky, so they may not fit easily into your bag. Also, they don't fold into a more compact format, which can be disappointing.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones don't have a case or pouch.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

These headphones have an impressive build quality. The body is mostly made of plastic, with aluminum-like hinges. There's faux leather padding on the ear cups and the headband, and a braided cable. Overall, the materials feel quite solid and durable.

6.5
Design
Stability

These headphones are fairly stable. They shouldn't fall off your ears during casual gaming sessions. However, they aren't suitable to wear during low-intensity workouts, as small shakes can cause the headphones to move around.

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In The Box

  • Corsair HS60 HAPTIC
  • Detachable boom microphone
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.26 db
Treble Amount
-3.31 db

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC have a bass-heavy sound profile suitable for listening to thumpy, punchy music genres like EDM and hip-hop. You feel the deep thump and rumble from sound effects in action-packed video games, too. However, vocals and lead instruments may sound a bit weak or distant.

Note: We tested these headphones on the low Haptic setting, as these results were closest to our target curve. You can see the compare results from the Low, Medium, and High Haptic settings here.

5.4
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.3 dB

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC have disappointing frequency response consistency. The bass and treble delivery are inconsistent, so they may perform differently depending on their fit, seal, and positioning.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.8
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.55 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
12.97 Hz
Low-Bass
1.35 dB
Mid-Bass
5.21 dB
High-Bass
6.39 dB

These headphones have reasonable bass accuracy. The range is overemphasized, so you really feel the deep thump and punch in action-packed scenes. However, audio can also sound boomy and muddy. You can also use the haptic bass slider to add more bass if you like.

7.5
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.39 dB
Low-Mid
3.91 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.08 dB
High-Mid
-3.49 dB

These headphones have good mid accuracy. The low-mids are overemphasized, so vocals and lead instruments can sound cluttered and muddy. However, the mid-mids are balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are still present in the mix. Also, the dip in the high-mids can make those same instruments weak and distant.

7.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.98 dB
Low-Treble
-2.57 dB
Mid-Treble
1.13 dB
High-Treble
-8.35 dB

These headphones have satisfactory treble accuracy. Vocals and lead instruments may not be very clear due to the dip in the low-treble. The peak in the mid-treble can make sibilants like cymbals sound harsh or piercing.

7.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.95 db
Dips
1.21 db

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC have decent peaks and dips performance. The peak across the high-bass and low-mid ranges can make audio sound muddy, boomy, and cluttered, while the slight dip in the mid-mids nudges vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix. The dip in the high-mids can make those same instruments sound weak or distant. The uneven low-treble can make instruments alternately harsh or veiled, while the peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants piercing and painful.

7.9
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.38
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.17
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.23
Weighted Phase Mismatch
8.53

These headphones have very good imaging. Their weighted group delay falls mostly below the audibility threshold, resulting in a mostly tight bass and transparent treble. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit are well-matched in amplitude and phase response. However, there's some minor frequency mismatch, so objects like footsteps or voices in the stereo image may not be accurately placed or localized. Note that these results are only valid for our test unit, so your experience may vary.

6.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.88 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.37 dB
PRTF Distance
13.56 dB
Openness
7.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.6

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC have a fair passive soundstage. There's some interaction with the outer ear, which helps create a spacious and open soundstage. However, it doesn't seem as open or speaker-like as that of open-back gaming headphones.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Windows Sonic Spatial Audio

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC support Windows Sonic Spatial Audio, but we don't currently test its performance.

7.1
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.311
WHD @ 100
0.352

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC have a decent weighted harmonic distortion performance. At normal listening volumes, there are a few peaks in the treble range, but most of the audio reproduction is clean and pure. Fortunately, there isn't a large jump in THD at max volume, except for in the low-mid to high-bass range. However, this may be difficult to hear with real-life content.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
USB
Connection
USB
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

Isolation
3.3
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-9.24 dB
Bass
-0.2 dB
Mid
-1.71 dB
Treble
-25.58 dB

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC have poor noise isolation. They struggle to block out bass-heavy noises like bus and plane engines as well as the sound of people talking nearby. They perform a bit better against background noise in the treble range, like the hum of AC units.

6.0
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
45.23 dB

Their leakage performance is mediocre. If you listen to audio at higher volumes, people around you may be able to hear it even if you're in a noisy environment, which can be annoying.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
Yes

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC have a detachable, flexible boom microphone.

8.2
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
108.34 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.93 dB
HFE
6267.15 Hz
Weighted THD
0.465
Gain
28.79 dB

The microphone's recording quality is impressive. Your voice sounds deep and full-bodied to your teammates on the other end of the line.

8.5
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
35.07 dB

The mic's noise handling performance is amazing. Even if you're gaming in a lively home environment, whoever's on the other end of the line should be able to understand you.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port None

These wired-only headphones don't require a battery.

7.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Corsair iCUE
iOS No
Android No
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Yes

Like the Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND, these headphones are compatible with Corsair iCUE software. You can use the software to access a graphic EQ and presets, which lets you customize the sound profile to your liking. You can also adjust the microphone levels and sidetone.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC are wired-only, and they aren't compatible with Bluetooth.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones are wired-only.

9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
USB Type A
Detachable No
Length 5.9 ft
Connection USB
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC come with a USB-A audio cable that offers very low audio latency. As a result, they're suitable for gaming over a wired connection.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

You can plug these headphones into your PC or PS4 controller for full audio and microphone compatibility.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones aren't compatible with Xbox One consoles.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones don't have a dock.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC come in 'Arctic Camo', and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC are wired-only gaming headphones with a similar look and performance to the Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND. However, they come with a haptic bass slider and a distinct 'Arctic Camo' print surrounding their earcups. Also, unlike the PRO SURROUND, they only have a USB-A audio cable, so they can't be used with Xbox One. On the upside, they're compatible with Corsair iCUE gaming software, so you can customize their bass-heavy sound profile to your liking. See also our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best PS4 headsets, and the best gaming headsets under $100.

Razer BlackShark V2

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Gaming Headset are better for wired gaming than the Razer BlackShark V2. The Corsair are better-built, and their microphone has a better recording quality and noise handling performance. Also, they come with a haptic bass slider that may be preferred by listeners who like a bass-heavy sound. That said, the Razer are still a decent option for wired gaming. They have a more stable fit, their default sound profile is more neutral, and they're compatible with Xbox One.

Corsair HS70 Wireless

The Corsair HS70 Wireless and the Corsair HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Gaming Headset are two different pairs of gaming headphones, so depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The HS70 are wireless headphones, while the HS60 HAPTIC are wired. The HS70 have a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box and a more consistent audio delivery. However, the HS60 HAPTIC come with a haptic bass slider, and their microphone has a better overall performance.

Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Gaming Headset are better for wired gaming than the Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND. The HAPTIC come with a haptic bass slider, which lets you control the level of haptic bass. Their detachable boom microphone has a better recording quality, and the mic performs better in noisier environments. However, the PRO SURROUND are compatible with Xbox One consoles, unlike the HAPTIC.

Corsair HS60

The Corsair HS60 and the Corsair HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Gaming Headset are both good for wired gaming, so depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The HAPTIC come with a haptic bass slider, and their microphone has a better recording quality and noise handling performance. However, the HS60 are compatible with the Xbox One, unlike the HAPTIC.

Corsair VOID RGB Elite

The Corsair HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Gaming Headset are better for wired gaming than the Corsair VOID RGB Elite. The HAPTIC are better-built, more comfortable, and more stable. Their microphone's recording quality and noise handling performances are better, too. Fans of a bass-heavy sound may appreciate the HAPTIC's haptic bass slider. However, the VOID RGB Elite have a better frequency response consistency.

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