Corsair ST100 RGB Premium Gaming Headset Stand Review
Corsair ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand – Solid Form
The Corsair ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand is made from aircraft grade aluminum and it feels extremely durable from top to bottom. There is no rattling or other build quality issues apparent and everything flows every well. The stand also has a great balance, as I was able to push it up several degrees in any direction and it would immediately come down back on its base with no bounce, just a single setting thud.
The aircraft grade aluminum that Corsair manufactured the ST100 RGB Premium Headset stand with has a great feel to it, doesn’t pick up fingerprints easily and is very easy to clean. The base of the Corsair ST100 RGB Premium Headset stand also passed the scratch test with the metal edge of a USB drive. There are two screws that secure the central piece of the ST100 RGB to the base and everything fits together very well, with clean machining between the base and center bar. Corsair doesn’t include a flat port cover for the USB 3.1 Gen 3 pass thru port, which would have been a nice aesthetic touch for users who aren’t going to use the port.
The Corsair logo on the ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand features an RGB lighting zone and is manufactured from a single piece of diffuse plastic material that looks great. The diffuse plastic material that Corsair uses does a great job of display LED effects in an even pattern without them being too bright. Unfortunately, because of how the aluminum and diffuse material are machined, there are very faint lines that go through the logo. The lines in the logo are a minor aesthetic shortcoming that many people won’t notice, but it stood out to me in testing and it will definitely stand out to other PC enthusiasts who spend $60 on a headset stand and expect every little detail to be perfect.
Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 pass thru ports and a 3.5 mm audio jack are present on the Corsair ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand. The ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand doesn’t need to be connected to a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port to function, but the pass-thru speed will be limited to the speed of the port it is connected to. The ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand is rated for up to 2000mA of draw, so for the best compatibility and results, connect the ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand to a properly power USB 3.0 port.
The headset support bar of the ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand has quite a bit of room from front to back and it will accommodate pretty much any headset I can think of. There is a grooved area for the headset band to rest in so that it doesn’t slide off of the front or rear of the headset stand. Corsair has ensured that this area of the ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand has been machined properly and there aren’t any sharp areas that will damage headset band material. The straight edges do push in a bit on the headband material, which shouldn’t be a major issue, but Corsair could have definitely made this a non-issue by rolling the sides of the stand.
The diffused LED ring of the Corsair ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand runs between the main rubber bottom and base. You can see where there is some slight imperfection on the machining where the ring meets the base of the ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand, but it’s nothing major and there are no sharp edges. When dealing with aluminum being mated with other materials, these small types of imperfections along mated edges are often to be expected and Corsair has kept the machining on the ST100 RGB tight and within good tolerances, as to not allow for any sharp edges or major imperfections.
The USB 3.1 Gen 1 B port is placed on the rear of the ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand and the port seems to be solid enough, with the cable providing quite a bit of reinforcement thanks to the two connection points. With the back of the Corsair ST100 RGB Premium Headset stand being so empty, it would have been cool to see Corsair use the area for some additional connectivity, such as more USB ports, or perhaps a dedicated volume control or physical switch to toggle 7.1 audio on the headset, as it would be out of the way and not affect aesthetics as much. Unfortunately, there are no hooks on the rear of the ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand to allow for cable management, which is a feature I really appreciate in a headset stand and one I expect in one touted as premium.
The base of the Corsair ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand has a soft-touch rubber coating applied, along with a stamped Corsair logo and information sticker. The base of the ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand holds great to wooden and glass surfaces and it was a very solid choice of material on Corsair’s part, as it has a premium feel to it and looks to be applied in a way that will last for years and years of use.
Let’s take a look at Corsair CUE software and how it interacts with the ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand, next.