The biggest point of contention in the comfort department is the thick cord that tends to get in the way when typing. I̵
The Nari Ultimate has an edge in this department because it is a wireless device. However, the downside of the HS60 is that you never have to charge it. It’s USB-A for recording, which many slot machines still contain while my work computer doesn’t. While most computer accessories have switched to USB-C, the gaming category largely sticks to the older port. This isn’t a problem for gamers on gaming desktops or laptops, but my desk is a mess of dongles.
The HS60 Haptic is compatible with Corsair’s iCUE software which allows you to adjust the equalizer settings, even though it works just fine right away. And that was my first impression: “Good.” When you first listened to it, the rumble was a bit more noticeable than that of the Nari Ultimate, which made the music seem crisper and even a bit louder. I ended up lowering the volume on my preferred settings on the HS60, for which my eardrum is grateful.
I still wasn’t completely enthusiastic about the concept until I experimented with a few tracks with pounding beats like Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ with the headset pulsing against the edge of my jaw. I don’t usually like bass heavy music, but it actually felt good on the HS60. Like many people who have gone through this crazy year, I am very stressed out. That can lead to clenching and grinding – and dentists have reported a lot more cracked teeth this year. So I’ve been a bit paranoid since suffering from TMJ in the past. I often do exercises to stretch the muscles there and to rub the edge of my jaw a lot. The HS60 does not offer as much relief as these actions, but acts like a mini massage and loosens everything up after long listening.
The pulsating beats were nice, but where the HS60 Haptic really shines, noises sound like the rumble of an approaching tank or spaceship. And not just because of my aching jaw. The increased presence of the audio reminded me of a cinema. Do you remember this The kind with immersive surround sound that is so loud that the chairs shake? My seat didn’t move, but I still had a brief flash the last time I saw a major event film in a theater (probably war of stars) and was blasted with audio from all sides.
The HS60 is just a stereo headset, but it’s great for positional audio – I was particularly impressed when I saw an episode of Star Trek: Lower Deckswhere a character walked across the screen, switching tracks from ear to ear so gently that it sounded like walking past me.
Would I have felt so positive about the HS60 Haptic in a year when I wasn’t constantly stressed and could go to the cinema as often as I wanted? I do not really know. Corsair certainly didn’t have a pandemic planned when it designed the HS60, just as Nintendo wasn’t when it was released Deer crossing back in March. It’s still a great $ 130 headset with solid audio quality and a good fit. The value of the feel will only become clearer this year.