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

Sony WF-1000XM3

(1/3)

In a clever design move, Sony put an extra-grippy finish on the bottom section of the earbud that rests in your ear, and this helps keep everything even more snug.

Positive
Chris Welch
4 months 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

Sony WF-1000XM3

(1/1)

I'm testing these right now on an iPhone 12 Max Pro but I'll switch them out to my OnePlus 7 Pro tomorrow. I haven't tested battery yet as I just received them. I'll have a better idea by the weekend.

Negative
mastabootwrecka
1 year 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

Sony WF-1000XM3

(1/4)

But Sony is back. The new WF-1000XM3 earbuds, launching in August for $229.99, address many of my complaints about the original product. They fit better, look nicer, exhibit very little signal loss, and have improved battery life

Positive
Chris Welch
4 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

Sony WF-1000XM3

(1/4)

 The Beats Powerbeats Pro have slightly bigger bass, but I thought these Sonys have more refined sound and are more articulate overall. You can tweak the sound settings in the companion app, but like with the WH-1000XM3, I didn't think playing around with the EQ offered any improvements in the sound quality (I ultimately ended up leaving it in the "flat" setting).Aside from the call quality in loud environments, the only other real strike against this model is that it's not listed as being sweatproof or water-resistant. I like to run with my true wireless earphones and these stayed in my ears pretty securely despite not having any sport fins

Positive
David Carnoy
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

Sony WF-1000XM3

(1/1)

Don't use it for a workout, you will damage it, it will violate the warranty and it is not suitable for it. I do agree that the Sony WF-1000XM3 have the best sound quality on wireless earbuds but you definitely want to have something different for workouts. The stock tips are definitely not suitable for it, I had to use Spinfit CP 360 tips for these earbuds to stay in my ear but they were definitely worth the money. People also use foam tips which helps

Negative
Kirei13
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

Sony WF-1000XM3

(1/2)

The AirPod Pros have been my personal preference for true wireless after testing regularly AirPods, AirPod pro, Samsung Galaxy Bud Lives, and Sony WF-1000XM3’s for overall comfort and ANC, although I think each earbud set has different benefits for different people.

Positive
hbchristofer
1 year ago

Noise Cancellation

Sony WF-1000XM3

(1/3)

If you did a double-take on the model number, that's because Sony also makes a popular over-ear noise-canceling headphone called the WH-1000XM3, the current CNET Editors' Choice for full-size noise-canceling headphones. For this new true wireless model, Sony skipped the Mark 2 and went straight to the Mark 3 in an effort to unify the current model numbers of its flagship 1000X headphone line.

Positive
David Carnoy
4 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
10 months ago

Sony WF-1000XM3

(1/1)

That’s a good price. I will say headphones in this range aren’t actually worse sounding than more expensive consumer-oriented sets like Bose QC35 and Sony WH-1000XM3. Less features, but solid driver and balanced sound. Good value

Positive
SteakTree
2 years ago