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Corsair VOID Wireless Gaming Headset Review

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Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset Final Thoughts

Corsair is one of those companies that produce such great products that people almost become programmed to believe that, if it has “Corsair,” slapped on the side of it, it’s going to be awesome. The Corsair VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset helps to further solidify that stereotype. There isn’t an audio event I could throw at this thing that didn’t end up sounding fantastic. This is the first time I’ve been able to make the following statement; I believe an audiophile would appreciate the sound quality produced by this gaming headset. What makes this headset’s appeal even greater is that it is built for comfort. The shape of the earcups, the density and thickness of the memory foam padding, and the microfiber wrapping were all perfect choices for ensuring that the VOID could be employed comfortably for long periods of time.

There was a head-scratcher for me, though. As innovative and useful as the concept of the “Infomic” appears to be, I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to be able to see the LED lights while wearing the Corsair VOID Wireless gaming headset. This completely defeats the purpose of the Infomic. It appears as if the only individuals that will benefit from the LED lights on the mic are those individuals NOT wearing it.

I would like to offer one final suggestion to Corsair; include the base station extender with each version of the VOID. I’m sure there is another way to distinguish this version of the VOID from the “Special Edition” version. Throw the extender in every box of every version, please.

Corsair VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset

Corsair VOID Wireless Headset Conclusion

In this section, I will conclude the Corsair VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset review by breaking it down into categories and producing a brief summary for each category. The categories include appearance, performance, construction, functionality, and value. As you read my concluding remarks, keep in mind that they are based on my experience with the VOID. Another reviewer may have had a different experience with this gaming headset.

In its dormant state, the Corsair VOID Wireless gaming headset is an attractive piece of hardware. Clearly, much thought was put into its unique shape, which is far more appealing that a standard set of cans. I also am a fan of the color scheme of this version of the VOID, which is a tasteful combination of both matte and glossy black finish. Some may find it a bit drab. However, it isn’t until the lights come on when Corsair really shows off the VOID. Cutting-edge styling coupled with a light show that is second-to-none; aesthetically, the VOID is a winner.

In my opinion, Corsair’s marketing effort for the VOID and the other RGB peripherals was focused mainly on the light show that these devices can produce. I can’t yet speak for the SCIMITAR and the STRAFE, but as for the VOID, Corsair needs place more emphasis on the performance of this headset. The statements made regarding the VOID’s performance are nearly identical to that of the H2100’s, yet I found the VOID to be far superior in sound quality. In every facet of testing, the Corsair VOID Wireless gaming headset far exceeded my expectations. As cool as the lighting effects are, the performance of this device is top-shelf. The only performance-based item that was ordinary was the noise-cancelling microphone.

There are a couple of other performance points that need addressing. First, the Corsair VOID Wireless gaming headset is extremely comfortable and very much suited to those marathon gaming sessions. The smartly designed earcups are the perfect shape for most anyone’s ear and the microfiber-wrapped memory foam padding on both the earcups and the headband eliminate any possibility of soreness. Second, in terms of both battery life and wireless range, the VOID was on par with Corsair’s claims.

The Corsair VOID Wireless gaming headset is made primarily of plastic, but it is a solid device. My first impression of it was, “well, it doesn’t seem to be built as well as the H2100.” However, the more time I spent with it, the more I realized why Corsair made the choices it did on the VOID in terms of construction. On the H2100, one of the design elements that makes it appear to be so well constructed is the headband, which is made of faux leather with gold stitching. The VOID doesn’t have that level of detail, but I found it to be far more comfortable than the H2100. Bottom line, I have no doubt that the Corsair VOID Wireless gaming headset will provide you with many years of service.

One of the most compelling features offered on the Corsair VOID Wireless gaming headset is the “CUE Control,” which allows you to adjust the volume, change equalizer settings, or switch Dolby off or on all with one appendage. I also appreciate the raised mute button that is fairly easy to locate. However, the “Infomic” is another issue. Why place LED lights that indicate status on the headset if they cannot be seen by the individual wearing it?

As of mid-September 2015, the Corsair VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset can be purchased online for $129.99 (Amazon | B&H | Newegg). That certainly isn’t a pittance to pay for a headset, but if you consider the performance you are getting in a wireless gaming headset, the value is easily there.

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+ Fantastic sound regardless of application
+ Cutting-edge design
+ CUE Control
+ CUE GUI
+ Extremely comfortable
+ Raised mute button
+ Earcup shape
+ Battery Life

Cons:

– Hey, I can’t see my Infomic LED’s!
– Where’s my base station extender?

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.25
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 8.50
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 9.05 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

COMMENT QUESTION: How important do you consider the lighting options to be on a gaming headset?

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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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