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Corsair VOID Wireless Gaming Headset Review

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Headset Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

There’s a little more involved when testing a wireless gaming headset. Not only is the sound quality and comfort being judged, but also qualities such as range and battery life must be tested. All of the findings that you read below regarding the Corsair VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset are based on my unbiased opinion of it over the course of approximately 20 hours of use. Plenty of different activities were part of the testing phase. These activities included watching movies, listening to music, playing games, and communicated via Skype.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
  • System Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 G.Skill Ripjaws X Series
  • Processor: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3 GHz Six-Core Processor
  • Audio: ASUS XONAR DG PCI 5.1 Audio Card
  • Video: HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ Boost Clock 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card
  • PSU: Corsair HX Series HX750 750W GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Monitor: AOC e2752Vh (27?) & Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 (24?)
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate

Corsair VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset

Test Results

To date, the Corsair VOID Wireless gaming headset provided the best in-game audio that I have personally experienced. Much of this opinion is based on Battlefield 4 sessions. The detail was truly stunning; there’s nothing on the Battlefield that, from an audio standpoint, I missed. I was able to easily identify the origin of gunshots, the location of footsteps, and the genesis of other ambient noises. As was the claim with the H2100, Corsair states that the VOID also, “delivers lethally accurate positional audio.” Believe it.

Corsair boasts that the 50mm neodymium drivers “create staggering bass, scintillating highs, and towering dynamic range.” If you read the paragraph above, there’s no reason why you’d believe that I would refute that claim. Considering the hardware this headset is packing and with the assistance of the CUE, the VOID gaming headset can be adjusted to suit anyone’s ear. This is obviously beneficial when employing the VOID for other purposes, such as listening to music or watching movies. Plus, the CUE helps you to build profiles, so your preferred settings can be saved for each medium.

The bottom line in terms of audio quality for the Corsair VOID, it doesn’t have a weakness. The H2100, while sounding great in-game, had a “flat” sounding quality when listening to other medium. Obviously, Corsair took an already impressive design, which is the H2100, and made improvements. The result is the Corsair VOID Wireless gaming headset.

The visual element, in terms of lighting, is something that was a major focus of this organization when developing the Corsair VOID. Even I, as someone who prefers more of a clean and simple look, was impressed by the lighting options and the output of said lighting. I can only imagine how cool all three RGB peripherals must look when working in concert. The ripple and wave effects look impressive when applied to the VOID; it must be a sight when running across three devices.

The improvements over the H2100 continue… The comfort level provided by the VOID is far superior. The ear padding is much softer and the shape of the ear cups is more accommodating to the ear. Also, the headband, while thinner, has softer padding and more of it to ensure that the top of the head won’t end up being tender after long gaming sessions. The VOID just might be the most comfortable headset I’ve had on.

The noise-cancelling microphone does what it is advertised to do, which is to “put your voice in the spotlight.” However, it does not provide “crystal clear voice communication.” I was informed that, even though the folks on the other end could hear me, I sounded a bit muffled. One bit of advice; make sure that you heed the suggestion in the Quick Start Guide and adjust the microphone so that it sits between an inch and two inches from your mouth.

Corsair claims that the wireless range of the VOID is about 40 feet. I could only test line-of-sight to about 25 feet, and the connection held true. When the line-of-sight element was removed from the equation, the connection was interrupted. In other words, try to use them without introducing a wall or some other type of barrier between the headset and the wireless adapter.

So, does the battery life compliment the great sound and comfort that the Corsair VOID Wireless gaming headset delivers? It certainly seems as if it did. Not a definitive statement, I know, but who is really going to use it for 16 hours straight? Okay, well, maybe some of you will, but not me. I used it for several different sessions that added up to 16 hours, and it finally fizzled out around the time I expected it to drop. Bottom line, the battery life is as advertised.


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  1. Robert Johnson

    I wrote a personal review of this headset a few weeks back and completely agree with your conclusions. One added point I’d like to make is that if you wear eye glasses like I do you will find this headset to be the most absolute comfortable headset available. It’s probably one of the very few that don’t give me a headache. Other headsets pinch the ear frames of my eye glasses which is very uncomfortable.

    Yes the price isn’t cheap but if you want comfort while gaming as well as some of best in-gaming audio this headset is the best available. Corsair is for the win. (a.k.a rjohnson11, volunteer EVGA forum moderator)

    1. Greg Schepers

      Robert!

      Thanks for sharing! That’s a great comment for those folks wearing prescription eyeglasses. It might be good news for those of us who are looking into or have already purchased gamer glasses. I’m not sure how much traction gamer glasses have, but the VOID would be a great option here.

      Thanks again!
      Greg

  2. kzinti1

    Why would you want lights on a headset?
    Are you supposed to set a mirror in front of you so you can stare at yourself, as a Canary stares at itself in a mirror?
    Are the lights supposed to indicate something? So that every time you need to make an adjustment you have to remove the headset every single time to confirm through the lighting whatever settings you are making?
    Are you supposed to think that you don’t look like a complete idiot by wearing a headset with lights?
    Inquiring minds want to know why this isn’t the most ludicrous thing Corsair has come out with to try and sell you something you neither need nor should ever want?

    1. Greg Schepers

      Hey kzinti 1!

      Thanks for your post! I get what you’re saying; if you’ve read any of my reviews in the past, you’d know I’m more of a function over form guy myself. That’s what I tried to focus on in this review. From a functionality standpoint, the VOID is a great headset. It sounds fantastic and the buttons are easy to find and manipulate so in-game adjustments can be made with ease.

      In terms of the lighting effects, it seems as if Corsair’s intent is to market the RGB line as a set. In other words, if you purchase all three devices, the VOID headset, the SCIMITAR mouse, and the STRAFE keyboard, you’ll benefit from these devices working in unison to put on a fantastic light show. Aesthetics grab attention and sell product. If I’m a betting man, I would bet that an organization the caliber of Corsair did their homework and, after doing some market research, realized that this campaign will lead to plenty of sales. That’s my take anyway. I could be wrong.

      You asked if the lights are meant to indicate something. The only lights that are meant to indicate something are the LED lights on the “Infomic,” which are located on the end of the microphone. I talked about this in the review. Great concept, but unfortunately, you cannot see those lights while wearing the headset. I think someone dropped the ball there.

      In all honesty, I don’t care if it’s hot pink with lace trim; if it is a great device, that’s all I care about. Okay, maybe that’s taking it a bit far, but I think you get my point. The VOID is a great headset. If you don’t like the lights, you can always turn them off.

      Thanks again for the post!
      Greg

  3. Radek

    Hi!
    You didn’t mentioned anything about sound isolation in Your review.
    Is this set quiet (on the outside) or not? Can it be used few feets from ie. a sleeping spouse? 🙂

    So far the worst headset in this matter was Creative Rage 3D Wireless. It was so loud that it didn’t matter if I used speakers or headset while gaming. They were both loud…

    1. Greg Schepers

      Hey Radek!

      You are absolutely correct; I did not mention anything about sound isolation! When I write a review, I try to focus on addressing the claims made about the specific device as well as covering points that are common to the type of device. I missed this one because I didn’t see any claims made by Corsair regarding the VOID’s ability in terms of sound isolation. So, I’ll do that now…

      It’s pretty simple; Corsair didn’t talk about sound isolation because it clearly wasn’t a focus. Microfiber-wrapped memory foam padding is great when comfort and breathability is the focus, but it is not conducive to sound-proofing. If you want sound isolation, you’re probably going to have to find a headset that has leather or faux leather-wrapped padding. They’ll likely still be comfortable until you start sweating.

      Suggestion, if you want the VOID, get the wife some comfortable earplugs or do the white noise thing… you know, turn a fan on or get an app that has nature noises like rain or waves crashing on the shore.

      Thanks for the great question!

      Greg

    2. Robert Johnson

      @Radek: our bedroom is next to my gaming room and my wife never complains about noise from the VOID headsets no matter how many aliens I am trying to kill. In fact she probably complains more about the mouse clicks than anything else. She used to complain about the keystrokes as well, but she said my new STRAFE keyboard is not as loud as the previous model.

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