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Asus HS-W1 review

Fantastic sound, shame about the headset's comfort

Our Verdict

For

  • Very good sound quality
  • Good recording quality

Against

  • Not very comfortable
  • Lack of precise controls

Asus is well versed in giving gamers what they want when it comes to its great line of motherboards and graphics cards, such as the Asus Sabertooth X79 and the Asus EAH 6770 DC, but how does it do with its headsets? Unfortunately, in some areas the Asus HS-W1 wireless USB headset falls slightly short of our expectations.

The good news is that, on the whole, the sound quality is a very good representation across from highs to pleasantly deep lows. Bass is present and at about the right volume for music, although some more bombastic scenes when playing games lack the punch of headsets such as the Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship.

Recording is pretty good with the small built-in microphone, with crisp and clear voices being recorded when the mic arm is rotated down. It's not entirely successful with noise cancelling, however, with some background noise picked up behind the voice. It's not enough to be too distracting, though.

When it comes to headsets that are going to be used for long gaming sessions or video chats, comfort is a big issue. With a pair of cans clamped on our lug holes for hours at a time, things can quickly become sweaty, sticky and uncomfortable. In this respect the Asus HS-W1 headphones aren't great, with a small and rather flimsy feel to them.

The ear cushions are rather flat, so while the Asus HS-W1 looks good, it's just not that comfortable to wear for long periods.

Verdict

The Asus HS-W1 wireless USB headset has very good sound quality, but it feels like Asus has forgotten to concentrate on other, arguably just as important, aspects that make a great headset.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHeadset
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Earpiece TypeBinaural
Driver Size40 mm
Minimum Frequency Response20 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz
Wireless Operating Distance15 m
Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSemi-open
Wireless TechnologyRF
Sound ModeStereo
Earpiece DesignOver-the-head
Microphone DesignBoom
Height650 mm
Width1750 mm
Depth1800 mm
Battery Standby Time2160 Hour
FeaturesFoldable
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelHS-W1
Product NameHS-W1 Headset
Manufacturer Part NumberHS-W1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Equalized digital audio
A built-in equalizer optimizes voice and music, delivering clear and faithful sound reproduction. Dual 40mm drivers ensure full-range stereo sound.

8-hour rechargeable battery
The HS-W1 provides you up to eight-hours of non-stop conversation. If you are running low on battery, just plug the headset into a USB port without missing a beat.

Microphone TechnologyNoise Filtering
MaterialLeather
Weight (Approximate)170 g