Corsair VOID RGB Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset Review
Today at pcG we are taking a look at the new Corsair Void RGB wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming headset. The Corsair VOID is a certified Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound wireless headset which works via a 2.4GHz USB transmitter. The headset features 50mm Drivers which are capable of offering a 20Hz to 20Hz Frequency Response and comes with an impressive 2 year warranty. Also, the VOID has RGB lighting, approximately 16 hours battery charge, InfoMIC (audio status indicator) and utilises the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE for short) for lighting and sound configuration. The VOID fully supports Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista and now more importantly Windows 10. So with all that in mind it’s time to take a closer look, or listen as I should say to the Corsair VOID…
The Corsair VOID arrived at pcG in the new look black boxes with the yellow trim that Corsair have been using as of late. The front of the box has a matte finish with a glossy image of the VOID in the center, above it you can find the Corsair sails logo and below the full product name ‘VOID RGB WIRELESS DOLBY 7.1 GAMING HEADSET’. There is a set of logos down the left hand side of the box highlighting some of the Corsair VOID’s features; Wireless, Dolby Pro Logic, InfoMic, Corsair Utility Engine, CUE Control. 50mm Drivers and Long-Wearing Comfort. On the right hand side Corsair have highlighted three features which must be the most important to them, which are:
The back of the box follows on from the same theme as the front did with an image of the VOID and six features highlighted in different languages which are:
Apart from the Technical Specification which can be found below in a category roughly of the same name, the only other thing that stands out on the back is a shiny silver strip highlighting that the Corsair VOID has 7.1 CHANNELS. 0.0 WIRES.
The left side of the box continues the well designed black and yellow theme, also we find the same list of features that were highlighted on the front of the box in six different languages.
You can read the paragraph above for a description of the right side of the box as it is so similar, again, we have a list of five features in six different languages.
The top of the box is totally matte black (I know it’s blue in the photo, I tried everything Ed!). Apart from the Corsair logo and the product name all we find here is a clear plastic tab which is used for hanging and displaying the box in a shop.
The bottom of the box has a lot of bar codes and other manufacturing info, but tucked away on the bottom is a list of the package contents, which is as follows:
Inside the main box we find a well folded sturdy yellow cardboard package which contains the headset itself, half the headset is hidden and wrapped in a clear plastic bag, not sure why only this half of the headset gets protection, but there you go. Opening the middle angled section we find the rest of the contents of the box.
In the box other than the headset of course, there’s the Quick Start Guide, 1.5m USB Charging Cable and the Wireless USB Adapter, all in the new Corsair yellow and black design.
At the time of writing the Corsair Void is retailing for approximately £90.00 on Amazon and comes with a 2 year warranty.
courtesy of Corsair
My first impressions of the Corsair VOID headset was very good, I liked the all black design and the general sturdiness of the whole thing, it felt very robust. From a textural point of view I was also very happy, the VOID has a well polished matte finish plastic headband to start things off and I was very impressed by the sleekly angled cold metal bars that are connected to it. The design department have done well with how the ear-cups are angled perfectly with the rest of the headset, to be honest I really like the look of the VOID so far…
The Corsair VOID has circumaural ear coupling and Closed Back design ear-cups and are of a rectangular shape with one corner stretched out to fit your ear comfortably. Both ear-cups are made of a matte finish plastic with a glossy section that incorporates the Corsair sails logo, I do know that these will illuminate later when they are connected. Both ear-cups allow for a small amount of vertical swivel and a more substantial amount of horizontal swivel, this allows the VOID to fit your head more comfortably whatever shape it is. As you can see from the photo (above right) both ear-cups can be laid flat, also, without any wires getting in the way it gives the headset a rather striking look I think.
Both of the Closed back ear-cups feature a microfiber material covering the memory foam cushioning, there is a good amount of padding so there should be no complaints there. Inside the ear-cup there is a thin piece of grey material which sits between your ears and the 50mm Driver behind it.
The left side of the headset is where all the action is though, on this side we have the boom microphone which moves up and down (more on this part later), also, we find the power on/off switch and MIC mute button. On the underside of the left ear-cup we also have the charge port connector for the 1.5m USB Charging Cable and a dial which adjust the volume levels and sound mode configuration.
The top of the headband has a well polished matte finish to it as I said earlier and even though I am not an expert on the strength of plastic the whole area feels very strong. The left side of the headband has ‘CORSAIR’ printed in light grey giving it quite a simplistic look. The inner part of the headband has a very malleable strip of memory foam which is covered with the same microfiber material that is used in the ear-cups, this strip is approximately 30mm wide and 20mm thick, so the top of your head is going to feel pretty comfortable.
The headband can be adjusted on both sides by approximately 40mm, the headset is of a larger size to begin with, so even with my big head I only needed to extend it by less than 50% on each side to give me a comfortable fit. This means that even if you have some large Middle Earth sized head (no Disrespect meant!), you will have no problem feeling comfortable using the Corsair VOID during your long Shadow of Mordor Gaming sessions. 🙂
The left ear-cup features a boom microphone that rotates up into a stored position and down to near your mouth for when in use. The arm of the boom microphones is made of black rubber with cut-outs revealing a grey rubber cable inside, the actual voice part at the end is made of hard plastic with a metal speaker area. There are a series of LEDs on the hard plastic part, this is what gives the boom microphone the name ‘InfoMIC’, these will give you a visual indication of your in-game audio such as microphone mute status, battery life, Dolby and EQ settings.
The 1.5m USB charging cable connects to the port on the underside of the left ear-cup, once fully powered up we are promised approximately 16 hours battery life by Corsair, this we will have to see.
Overall the Corsair VOID looks very well made, the design is sleek and the materials have a high quality look to them. From a textural point of view I am very happy, from the matte finish plastic headband, to the cold metal connector bars and finishing with the well padded microfiber breathable ear-cups. Let’s hope the VOID performs as well as it looks…
|The Corsair VOID connects to your Gaming Rig via the receiver/transmitter USB dongle. For Charging the Corsair VOID you will need to use the supplied 1.5m USB charging cable.|
|The Corsair VOID headset was tested on our new Test Rig, a fresh installation of Windows 10 64Bit with all associated drivers also installed. As no software is provided with the VOID the latest Driver for this headset was sourced from the Corsair website (here). Version 1.10.67 was installed and used throughout testing.|
The following games were used during testing:
- Metro Last Light (benchmark)
- Unigine Heaven (benchmark)
The performance of a headset is predominately based upon what it sounds like, therefore what we have here is my opinion on what I think about the audio performance of the Corsair VOID headset; of course this is somewhat subjective…
All the testing was done using the supplied receiver/transmitter USB dongle, this was not a problem for me, but, it would be if you wanted a headset to use with other audio devices. The sound produced was much better than I expected for a wireless headset as long as I avoided using the Dolby Surround that is, the only time that I found this worked was when I watched game trailers. Tweaking the Void’s EQ gave me the right bass level I needed whilst keeping the highs that I am accustomed to. I found that the Corsair VOID gave me everything I needed in a headset.
On a Gaming level the Corsair VOID performed very well, during Metro Last Light all the sounds were clear and defined with beautiful ambient back noises to thumping bass explosions. The audio in Mad Max stood out, especially where the cars were concerned, the revving of the engines and collision noises were spot on through the Corsair VOID’s speakers. My most enjoyable moment of Gaming though with the VOID was whilst playing ‘The Forest (ALPHA/BETA), This is a game which truly relies on sound to immerse you in the environment you are playing in. This could be anything from the rumble of thunder, or the sound of a tree falling but mostly to the ghoulish sounds of the cannibals appearing right next to you. Trust me, there was more than one time than I suddenly heard the scream of a hideous creature in my right ear cup, I did not need to turn my character to see what was there, the sound already told me. It is times like these that make me think Oculus Rift is not such a good idea after all. 🙂
The Surround Sound of the Corsair VOID is not the best feature that it has, with two 50mm drivers it is more in fact stereo. This stereo sound is then being manipulated to 7.1 surround sound as each ear-cup does not have multiple drivers. I used the Dolby Surround when I was watching Game trailers and so forth, it did not really do much for me during my Gaming experiences, I found that I preferred it when it was switched off to be honest.
The wireless side of the Corsair VOID is really useful and practical, I loved not having to fight with a wire or feel the restriction it may give me. I found that I had perfect sound and MIC capabilities up to approximately 8m away, after that it would fade out a bit and then come back when I was in range again. The Battery life of the VOID was also good, I am not sure about 16 hours of battery life but I definitely got into double figures before I needed to charge it. Also, you can also continue to use it whilst you are charging, making you feel like you are wearing a regular wired headset. 🙂
The RGB lighting of the Corsair VOID is a nice touch, but, it is more for the benefit (or annoyance) of others really, I mean you cannot actually see the illumination when you are using the headset can you? Anyway, the colours were well represented, even white for that matter, plus the preset effects choice was very varied. The InfoMIC is also a nice idea, but I found that it was too close to my face for me to focus on and I ended up just hearing the difference in the earpiece rather than be told by a small flashing light.
I found that the Corsair VOID was extremely comfortable, this was also made better by not having a wire dangling all over the place of course. You can really enjoy long Gaming sessions due to the headset only weighing 338g and sporting a very comfortable memory foam inner cushion. The thickness of the memory foam in the ear-cups meant that my ears did not touch the inner material next to the 50mm Drivers which pleased me very much. All in all the comfort level of the Corsair VOID was very high and you would certainly get no complaints from my end or my ears for that matter. 🙂
On-line testing with our VOIP program of choice (Razer Comms) went very well with the Corsair VOID and its boom microphone, I had no complaints about any speech problems from my online friends (careful Ed!). The sensitivity was of a good standard and I dialed it down in the CUE software to approximately 50% and found the balance was just right.
The microphone mute switch is easy to locate on the left ear-cup, the button is quite big so you will not press the power on/off switch by accident (well you might, depending on how excited you are!). The InfoMIC lights show you when you are in microphone mute mode, Dolby Surround, EQ settings and also the status of your battery life. This is a nice touch if you have perfect eyesight, I found it impossible to focus on the end of the microphone with it being that close to my face. 🙁
You do not need the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) software to use the Corsair VOID, but if you want to use the EQ feature, Surround or configure the lighting then you will need to download it. The link for the software can be found in the Testing Methodology/Setup section earlier in the review. Once you have installed the CUE software you will be greeted by the first page which is Profiles, you may notice in the following photographs that there are images for both the Corsair VOID headset and Corsair STRAFE keyboard in the bottom right hand corner. This is due to the fact the the CUE software supports multiple Corsair devices, enabling you to switch between them and as I am still using the STRAFE it appears alongside the VOID in the screenshots.
I must admit that I was not a big fan of the CUE software when using the Corsair STRAFE keyboard, I had a big moan about it then so I will repeat myself here and as it is much simpler to use with the headset and I want to cut them some slack. 🙂
The first tab in Profiles is Audio and things are pretty simple here, you have the EQ on/off and Surround on/off which both have presets. The preset EQ settings were just okay and I found them to be a little bit middle of the road, especially when it came to areas such as Bass. Also, I was not a big fan of the Dolby Surround as it took some of the clarity away from the music in the games I played, I preferred to play without it so I always had this switched to off.
It is simple to tweak the sound to how you want it, simply click the small EQ tab, select which setting you want to configure such as ‘Pure Direct’ and then manually change the settings in the equalizer to what you prefer. Once you have done this just save your changes to a profile or as your default profile and you are all finished, don’t forget to switch off the Dolby Surround sound (IMHO).
In the Lighting section of the Profile tab you can configure the lighting on the the Corsair VOID to suit your needs or match the colour of your Gaming Rig maybe. You simply just choose a colour to go with or choose from the list of effects that Corsair have provided you with, even though the effects were well executed I just went with a solid colour as I couldn’t see it anyway when I was wearing them. 🙂
The last area of the CUE software is the Settings tab which is split into three sections. In the Device section we can check on both the Void and any other Corsair peripherals that you may be using. In here we can disable the lighting for the headset, check the Firmware/Dongle version, see the battery level and also see in the Status that our device ‘Works Normally’ (what a relief). The Program section lets you play with the on screen display transparency settings, language options, Macro options, Media Players list and there is also a software update tab. The last tab which is Support shows you your system information and gives you tabs to access technical and online support.
Overall the software was easy to use and much easier with the headset than when I used it with the Corsair STRAFE, maybe I am getting used to it or the headset has less to configure, I think the latter is more true. 🙂
I was a bit unsure about the quality of a wireless headset, but thanks to the Corsair Void my faith has been restored. It may not be a true audiophiles peripheral, but for a Gamer you have RGB lighting, sturdy sleek design, configurable CUE software and the luxury of being wireless…
The Corsair VOID arrived at pcG in smart and striking black box with yellow trim, which of course is the go to design for Corsair at the moment for all their peripherals. The yellow cardboard packaging inside was very strong and well folded, only showing you half of the headset itself. Once removed you can feel the robust sturdiness of the Corsair VOID, from its Sleek matte polished plastic headband, down to the cold strong angled connection bars and finally finishing with the ear-cups and their microfiber material covered memory foam cushions. The whole headset has a well angled look to it and all the materials used feel of a good quality.
On a performance level I was very happy with the Corsair VOID, It felt as good as a wired headset in my opinion, plus, how many wired headsets will let you go approximately 8m away? I felt happier with the sound once I had gone into the CUE software and done a bit of personal tweaking. During sound driven Games like ‘The Forest’ and ‘Survarium’ I felt the headset enhanced my Gaming experience, I knew when someone or something was right next to me and which side of me they were on, I did not need to look, the goosebumps on my arm told me what I needed to know.
The Dolby 7.1 Surround sound did not do it for me personally, I found myself switching it off more than I had it on. Maybe this was because it was not true 7.1 Surround Sound and more of a manipulated version of it. Anyway it worked okay in some aspects such as Game trailers and cut scenes but personally I found a better Gaming experience was had when I was not using this feature.
The Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) software is definitely worth installing as it will not only let you configure the lighting but also tweak the EQ sound to your preference. This is very important as I felt that I was only truly happy with the headset once I switched off the Dolby Surround off and altered the equalizer to my preference.
The RGB lighting was of a good quality, all the colours were truly represented and there was a feast of preset effects to play with. The only thing is that this is more for the benefit of your friends rather than yourself as you wont see much whilst you are wearing them.
On a comfort level the Corsair VOID really comes out tops, the headset will have no problem fitting any size or shape of head. There is a good amount of adjustment for the headband, the ear-cups have a lot of swivel to them, fantastic thick memory foam cushions covered with microfiber material throughout and no wires, yay!
The swivelling boom microphone performed brilliantly during Gaming and whilst using VOIP, my online friends said that my voice had true representation (phew!!!). The InfoMIC feature is a nice touch but a little too close to my face for me to make any use of it, maybe those of you with better or younger eyesight will benefit more from this feature.
Overall I think that the Corsair VOID is a really enjoyable headset for Gaming, It has a really clear sound with plenty of bass whilst letting you enjoy the ambient affects in your Gaming world at the same time. It is not the cheapest headset at approximately £90, but you do get great audio, clear MIC, RGB lighting, high comfort and no wires…
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