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James C.

James C.

Joined on 11/14/06

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Most Favorable Review

Great for Windows users, nothing special for Linux

Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset, Carbon
Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset, Carbon

Pros: This is a solidly built headset, fit and finish is excellent. Having only owned them for a week, I cannot comment on how they will hold up... but the initial impression is good. Sound quality - overall, the sound is good. Being a combat veteran and having lost some of my hearing (high frequency) from concussive blasts, I needed a set of cans that was semi-closed and could contain and provide good sound production at higher volume. This work well and the additional 7.1 reproduction works so well that I haven't turned it off. As I've grown older, I don't tend to listen to music as much with as much volume, but what I've used these for so far has sounded good, both in 7.1 and regular headphone mode. Comfort - With any set of cans, there needs to be a level of pressure applied to contain sound leakage while also not hurting the user. At first these were very firm, but after a few hours they became very comfortable after about 24 hours (3 working days) of use. I use these for work (lots of Zoom/Webex/etc) and they do a very good job of keeping sound in. The ergonomics of the buttons is good - the mute gives a tactile click and the volume dial provides enough resistance so the user does not over adjust or adjust to quickly.

Cons: As I've used these, there are a few "I wish that was better" moments. 1 - The first is the mute button - while it provides a good tactile response, there are times where it feels as if the movement is inhibited or does not travel through the full range of motion. Sometimes, I cannot tell if I'm muted by feeling the button. If the button were to travel 3-5 more millimeters, I think it would be a better experience. 2 - iCue. This is yet another piece of software which I have to download and run. It doesn't work particularly well and I don't know why I need to download 700mb+ for headphones. If I have to use iCue, at least give me the option to not download all drivers/profiles/etc for your products. Let it detect which product I'm using and download the appropriate firmware/updates/etc. Also - there is no software for Linux (using Ubuntu) so I can't use all of the headset features with my other computers. 3 - Usage with Linux - using the dongle just creates issues and provides no benefit. I use a USB switch for the two computers I have at my desk and it works fine with Windows, but I end up just unplugging the headset from the dongle and plugging it directly into my other computer. Its silly and one more thing I have to do when switching systems.

Overall Review: This is a good set of cans - I would recommend them to friends if they were in the market. My usage for work and gaming has been mostly good, minus me being picky using Linux systems. iCue is a weakness here and I think Corsair should invest more time in a better software experience for users.