Cooler Master GS750 Review Verdict
Product Name: Cooler Master GS750 RGB Headset Stand
Product Description: A headset stand with all the bells and whistles: RGB lighting, Qi wireless charging, 2 USB ports, and 7.1 virtual surround sound.
Brand: Cooler Master
Design - 7.5/10
Lighting - 7/10
Sound - 8/10
A headset stand with all the bells and whistles: RGB lighting, Qi wireless charging, 2 USB ports, and 7.1 virtual surround sound.
- Easy setup
- 7.1 virtual surround sound
- Solid aluminum neck
- Qi wireless charging is touchy
- Cannot display multiple colors at once
In this review, I check out Cooler Master’s new GS750 Headset Stand. It is a sturdy stand with a decent amount of heft to stay rooted to your desk. From an aesthetic standpoint, it looks like a plain black stand without much style when it’s not plugged in. You’ll find that there’s more to this stand that meets the eye.
What’s in the Box?
- RGB Stand
- Quick Start Guide
- Power Cable
- Micro B USB Cable
The only component that may leave some of us wondering ‘What’s that for’ is the Micro B USB cable. This cable is plugged into the back of the stand and then into a USB port on your PC. That will activate the 2 USB 3.0 ports on the stand itself. A nice benefit if you find yourself running low on USB ports or don’t want to be shuffling behind your PC to plug things in every time.
Cooler Master GS750 RGB Headset Stand Ratings
Below, I’ve rated the headset stand in three categories: design, lighting, and sound.
I think Cooler Master executed really well on the design of the headset stand. The aluminum neck with a matte black finish as well as the glossy black edges around the base catches the eye. The minimalist logo is attractive to me and placing a phone over it for charging seems like a natural fit.
Of course, it goes beyond being simply a sharp stand. The Cooler Master GS750 offers Qi wireless charging, USB 3.0 ports, RGB pizzazz, cable management, and perhaps most importantly, virtual 7.1 surround sound. If you’re main mission is just finding something to perch your headset on, I suggest you save the extra cash and pass on the GS750. But if you’ve got an older stereo headset and dig RGB lighting this is the stand for you.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a wide range of devices to test the Qi charging functionality thoroughly. Nevertheless, I surfed around and found some other users admitting the wireless charging isn’t perfect. For example, some phone cases had to be removed completely for it to work, while other cases even seemed to aid the charging mechanism. Sometimes, the phone had to be angled just so for the charging to initiate. Likely this is in part caused by Cooler Master choice of a single coil charging pad design rather than a two coil. That being said, most users were able to charge their Galaxy, iPhone, Pixel, and other Qi enabled devices with enough persistence.
The lighting is crisp, bright, and easily modified with Cooler Master’s Portal Software. If you’ve experienced Razer Chroma, the Portal software is along those lines. It doesn’t look as pretty or have as many features, but it gets the job done. Just like with Razer or Corsair’s suite, the benefit of using the software compounds as you add more Cooler Master products to your station.
There are four LED modes to choose from: color cycle, static, breathing, and off. When breathing or color cycle mode is selected, you can choose the ‘LED Speed’, or how fast the headset stand base rotates colors. The GS750 is capable of displaying only one color at a time. Competitors Razer and Corsair win in this regard, as both those stands are able to display multiple colors at once.
I tested the Cooler Master GS750 RGB Headset Stand’s 7.1 surround sound with the Creative Sound BlasterX H5 analog headset. I instantly noticed an improvement when switching from the 3.5mm headphone jack on my PC to plugging directly into the base of the headset stand. The sound was fuller without requiring me to do any tweaking in the Portal software.
For those users who do want to play around with the settings there’s a range of options such as rotating the surround sound or adjusting each of the 7 virtual speakers individually. Furthermore, Cooler Master provides users with three presets: Pop Music, Movie, and Gaming. Click over to the ‘Sound’ tab on the software and you’ll find an equalizer where you can really get granular.
Zoom In: Specs
Here’s a closer look at the stand.
- $79.99 MSRP
- 4 x 6 x 11 inches (100 x 155 x 280mm)
- 2x USB 3.0 ports
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- USB 3.0 micro B port
- Compatible with Windows OS
- 2 year warranty
- Qi wireless charging
- Cable management routing
- 7.1 surround sound DAC chip
- Cooler Master Portal Software
Zoom Out: Summary
A great way to upgrade the audio of a stereo headset, the GS750 offers plug and play virtual 7.1 surround sound. Tack on Qi wireless charging, a couple USB 3.0 ports, and RGB lighting and the $79.99 MSRP starts to make sense, but it is a much more attractive if you’ve got an old headset that needs a boost.