Corsair is a brand that was known for their power supplies and RAMs, but they’ve since ventured into the gaming peripheral niche. Knowing the company, they’ve built some solid peripherals in a short span of time and that is why I am excited to review their Corsair Void RGB Wireless Gaming Headset.
Is the Corsair Void Wireless good headphones for gaming? Does it follow the great standards that the company is known for? We will find out in this article.
Before anything else, I would like to talk about the Design first.
Of all the gaming headsets I’ve tried, the Corsair Void is probably the one with the most peculiar design. Instead of having that usually rounded shape for the ear cups, the Void has more of a kite-like appearance.
Despite its odd shape, I find the Corsair Void to fit my ears just fine. Although you have to note that some people find this odd design uncomfortable. If you can, try this headset first before making the purchase. But for the most part, if you have a medium-sized head, this headset should fit just fine.
Now, early batches of the Corsair Void Wireless are shipped with the black and yellow color scheme. But, the company has since changed that and they are now shipping both black/yellow and all black designs. Anyway, the earpads of the Void are memory foam for a better comfortable feel. If you prefer leather ear pads, then you may want to look for another gaming headset.
On the underside of the headband, you will find the reinforced memory foam padding that feels great to the touch, especially when you’re planning for long gaming marathons. In terms of overall comfort, the Corsair Void is surprisingly comfortable given its odd-shaped ear cups. I do not find the ear cups much of a nuisance and I actually like the memory foam padding because it allows my ears to breathe; eliminating the need to take off the headset from time to time.
Gaming headsets are called as such because they come with a microphone that you can use to communicate with other people. The Corsair Void does have a gaming microphone, but the sad thing is that you can only fold them in or out when using it. Why is it sad? Because you can see the microphone even when it is folded to the side. I am not against the idea, but the microphone is just too ugly to look at and can hinder the RGB lighting as well.
Anyway, despite the annoyance I’ve had with the microphone, it does have some nifty functionality. Corsair deemed this as the “Infomic” which basically has an LED light that tells you that some features are turned on or off. More on this later in the article.
On the left ear cup, you will find the mic mute, power button, a rocker switch, and the micro USB port. The rocker switch allows you to cycle through the different EQ settings you’ve saved on the CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) software, as well as it allows you to change the volume of the headset. Furthermore, it also allows you to turn on the 7.1 surround sound feature by pressing it for a few seconds.
One of the biggest features of the Corsair Void is its “InfoMic”. As previously mentioned, the InfoMic is essentially just an LED indicator that tells you the different pertinent information you want to know without firing up the CUE software. For example, the InfoMic tells you if the Dolby Surround sound is enabled. It will also tell you what EQ setting you’re currently on. These are just some of the nifty information the InfoMic can tell you. They are pretty handy, but I do have to point out that the LED indicator is a bit small.
Anyway, RGB peripherals have slowly become mainstream and Corsair wants you to enjoy that impressive 16.8 million color light show when using the Void Wireless gaming headset. The part that will illuminate are just the Corsair “Sails” logo on each can and you can configure its manner of illumination from within the Corsair Utility Engine.
The Corsair Void also has an impressive battery life. Even though the company has rated this to last up to 16 hours, I was able to achieve more than 17 hours of battery and that’s even with the RGB lighting turned on! Obviously, you can get more battery life if you turn off the feature, but I am pretty well impressed with the longevity. Now, if you forgot to charge your battery (I admit, I do forget at times), do not worry. You can still use the gaming headset when you wire it up for charging.
When you plug the headset into your computer for the first time, it will ask you to update the firmware, so be sure to do so.
The Corsair Void comes with a USB dongle. There is just something I want to point out in that the actual dongle is a bit long for my tastes. Still, it provides a considerable range of up to 40 feet. I’ve walked about 35 feet away from my PC with some walls blocking the path and I can attest to the range of the gaming headset.
Furthermore, it has an impressive battery life that can last up to 20 hours without the RGB lighting. You have to note, however, that the USB dock for the dongle should be placed in a position where the dongle can be seen without anything blocking it. This is just to help improve the range.
The Sound Quality
Now onto the part that you’ve been waiting for. How does the Corsair Void Wireless perform in terms of audio quality? I must say that for a $100 gaming headset, the sound is pretty good. It has a neutral sound, but once you crank up those EQ settings, it provides a well-rounded sound signature.
Because of its output, the Corsair Void does lack some bass. It is not as punchy as other gaming headsets out there. So, if you’re a guy who’s bass-heavy, then the Corsair Void may not be for you. Having a neutral-sounding headset is actually a plus for me. This is because the highs, mids, and the bass can be heard without one overpowering the other.
This translates to better overall sound. Whether you’re playing your games, listening to music, or watching your favorite movies or TV series, the Corsair Void Wireless has got you covered. Just don’t expect too much bass because you aren’t going to get it with this one. Do remember that the Corsair Void has the 7.1 Dolby Surround sound technology. Unfortunately, it is a bit underwhelming, at least, when compared to other gaming headsets such as the Razer Kraken Pro.
The 7.1 Surround sound is okay, but not something to brag about.
I have to be honest with you, if the Corsair Void had a weakness, it would be the microphone. The microphone is good, but it is a bit tinny for my taste. Although it does provide a clear sound, meaning, people on the other end will be able to grasp what you’re saying, the quality is just subpar.
Furthermore, the placement and the fact that the microphone looks ugly is just a huge letdown for me. But hey, given that this gaming headset costs only $100, who am I to complain?
Note: even though it is not mentioned in the product’s documentation, the microphone of the Corsair Void can actually be bent slightly for optimal performance. Just want to let you guys know.
|Frequency Response||20Hz- 20 KHz|
|Connector||USB Type A|
|Wireless Range||Up to 40 feet|
|Battery Life||Up to 20 hours|
|Type||Unidirectional noise-cancelling condenser with InfoMic lighting|
|Frequency Response||100Hz- 10 KHz|
Corsair has proven that a good gaming headset need not be expensive to have impressive features. The Corsair Void costs only $100. It has RGB lighting, a sturdy build quality, an impressive neutral sound, extensive companion software, an impressive wireless range with an equally impressive battery life, and it also has the Dolby 7.1 surround sound support.
With all of those features on a $100 gaming headset? Corsair has made a huge statement that you can indeed get a quality gaming headset without the heavy price tag.
+Pretty good neutral sound quality
-Microphone could’ve been better
-Ugly microphone without an option to conceal it
-Subpar 7.1 Surround Sound implementation