Joined on 11/14/06
Great for Windows users, nothing special for Linux
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.