Reviews by Topic

Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Comfort

Corsair HS80

(1/2)

I think the earpads are a downgrade from the wired version, but aside from that it's been like my ideal headset. It's still comfy, but not as comfy as the wired Alphas. Replaceable earpads like Wicked cushions worked and fit for me and are a big improvement over the default. The headband extension is about the same as the wired Alphas

Negative
Razgriz1223
3 months ago

Panasonic RZ-S500W

(1/2)

Neutral -sound quality is ok. It's not very dynamic. Bass will be lacking if you really like the low range. There's no staging, though you really shouldn't be expecting it here

Negative
ZZ
2 years ago

Battery Life

Corsair HS80

(1/2)

The battery icon changes based on integer percentages (90%, but no 90.1%). The 300 hour battery claim seems to be accurate so far. Also the power button on the headset that tells the battery only updates every 10%, so it'll only tell 100%, 90%, 80%, and so on

Positive
Razgriz1223
3 months ago

Panasonic RZ-S500W

(1/1)

-touch controls work, but it takes a little practice. Cons: -the charging case will continually charge the buds even if the buds are fully charged. This means your charging case will drain itself in a few days even if you never use the buds. This also means you're going to wear out the lifespan of both the batteries in the case and buds since discharging to zero (for the case) and continually charging a full battery (for the buds) stresses the batteries

Negative
ZZ
2 years ago

Fit

Corsair HS80

(1/4)

Replaceable earpads like Wicked cushions worked and fit for me and are a big improvement over the default. The headband extension is about the same as the wired Alphas.

Positive
Razgriz1223
3 months ago

Panasonic RZ-S500W

(1/4)

The Panasonic RZ-S500W's fit this bill also. Not only are they a single tap pause, unlike most earbuds the reaction time is instantaneous. Very easy buds to use. 👍

Positive
tedfreitag
8 months ago

Sound Quality

Corsair HS80

(1/3)

Corsair impressed me last year with its $150 HS75 XB Wireless, an Xbox-exclusive wireless headset that looked and felt more like a high-end set of headphones than a gaming accessory. They also had great sound quality and an easy-to-learn button layout with the right amount of features. It wasn’t necessarily a flaw that they only worked with Xbox consoles, but no one likes to be excluded. The company has now released the HS80 RGB Wireless for the same $150 price with PlayStation compatibility, but these aren’t quite the successor that I was expecting or hoping for

Positive
Cameron Faulkner
4 months ago

Panasonic RZ-S500W

(1/4)

Between trip hop, 90s hip hop, 90s grunge & alternative, classic showtunes - almost everything sounded excellent. Clear & spacious. The two things that didn't sound that great were punk (I just wanted more bass, I dunno why they cut the bass so much) and Aphex Twin's 'Ambient Works Vol II,' which shocked me by sounding a touch muddy. (or maybe I hadn't heard it this way before, because I picked out some new sounds in the trip hop and hip hop that I hadn't noticed before

Positive
4 months ago

Durability

Corsair HS80

(1/2)

I love my Razer Nari for it and I detest Razer devices (especially mice) and software. Honestly I'm bouncing between a few old ones seeing which feels the best. As for which: Astro A40TR (as I recently found my old pair and they still work 5 years later), Razer Nari (for the flex band and earcups), and the Virtuoso for it's connectivity to my RGB setup. Two of those are wireless because I prefer that, however I like the mixamp from Astro enough to forego that

Positive
Mike S.
10 months ago

Panasonic RZ-S500W

(1/2)

they make Eneloop batteries... the most reliable ever ! They are in business with tesla making batteries

Positive
Hussain
1 year ago

Bluetooth Connectivity

Corsair HS80

(1/1)

What an odd niche to try and fill. UPDATE - So I have been back and forth with Corsair since purchasing this headset (great support, btw - 10 out of 10 for this) - they never led on that the mic would not work across Bluetooth, but everything we tried had no effect. Today I installed a new Logitech mouse on my system - previously had a Corsair unit with their software installed. After uninstalling the Corsair mouse software, the mic started working across Bluetooth

Negative
Rob Pryor
2 years ago

Panasonic RZ-S500W

(1/1)

Disconnect randomly from my phone, at first I thought it was my phone, but tried my other earbuds, non of them disconnect. Only this $180 ANC earbuds unacceptable.

Negative
X. Chen
2 years ago

Noise Cancellation

Panasonic RZ-S500W

(1/2)

If you care only about sound, noise reduction and the size of your wallet, Panasonic wins, hand down. Airpod Pros are a premium product, but I truly preferred the Panasonics. Airpod Pro buttons were difficult and I never quite got a perfect fit with them. I wanted to like the Airpods, but after using the Panasonics, I used common sense

Positive
GMAC10
10 months ago

Price Point

Corsair HS80

(1/1)

I really wanted to like them, but for $150, I personally don’t think it’s worth it with all the downsides. If it was priced around $100, I might have kept them.

Negative
Rob
9 months ago

Panasonic RZ-S500W

(1/1)

If you care only about sound, noise reduction and the size of your wallet, Panasonic wins, hand down. Airpod Pros are a premium product, but I truly preferred the Panasonics. Airpod Pro buttons were difficult and I never quite got a perfect fit with them. I wanted to like the Airpods, but after using the Panasonics, I used common sense

Neutral
GMAC10
10 months ago