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 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.
+ Fantastic sound regardless of application
+ Cutting-edge design
+ CUE Control
+ CUE GUI
+ Extremely comfortable
+ Raised mute button
+ Earcup shape
+ Battery Life
– Hey, I can’t see my Infomic LED’s!
– Where’s my base station extender?
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?