The Corsair Gaming Void Surround delivers good sound quality while being comfortable for hours of use. The ear cups can get a bit warm after a while, specially if you live in a warm climate. Although, I could see this as a side benefit during cold days or nights.
I have to say I’m disappointed in the Dolby 7.1 surround quality. Granted this is only a virtual surround headset, which has always lacked performance in my experience with other headsets that offer virtual surround sound.
Using the Void Surround with my cell phone was a bit awkward to say the least. It functions well enough, but it is just too big and bulky to use in an everyday situation with a mobile phone.
If Corsair had nailed the Dolby 7.1 surround experience they would have a knock-out headset on their hands, but it ends up being a good stereo gaming headset instead.
The Corsair Gaming Void Surround is a solid performer for stereo use. The Dolby 7.1 surround was useful in widening the sound stage, which made some content more enjoyable, while others not so much. For voice chat the surround function was more annoying than anything. I preferred to leave the Dolby 7.1 surround off most of the time, limiting the use of the CUE software for my personal tastes.
The looks of the Corsair Gaming Void Surround are sleek and functional. Keeping with what seems to be the industry standard for any ‘gaming’ device, the red and black color scheme will blend with most of your other ‘gaming’ hardware in your PC. I would say they looked a bit odd at first with the shape of the ear cups not being oval or round in shape, but after wearing them this is a purely functional aesthetic, and makes the Void Surround headset comfortable to wear for hours at a time.
Construction of the Corsair Gaming Void Surround headset is solid. They have a beefy feel and heft without feeling like cheap plastic that is going to break if you were to accidentally drop them. The only point of concern with construction is where the ear cups can swivel inward so you can lay them flat. If they were to fall, this area might be the weak link that could break if they landed in a way to put pressure and twist the ear cup too far.
The functionality of the Corsair Gaming Void Surround is mixed. While the headset does perform well in stereo and the mic works great for voice chat, the Dolby 7.1 implementation falls short in my opinion. Which makes the CUE software practically useless for my personal usage of the Void Surround headset.
Selling for $59.99 (Amazon | NewEgg) at the time of writing this article, the Corsair Gaming Void Surround is a good value. Even if the surround function leaves you a bit wanting, the sound quality, mic, and comfort level make up for this short-coming.
As a final recommendation, If you are looking for a Dolby 7.1 Surround headset, I would look elsewhere for a true Dolby surround headset that uses multiple drivers to deliver real surround sound instead of ‘virtual’ surround with software.
However, if you like the style and price, the Corsair Gaming Void Surround is a solid stereo headset, with a good mic, and comfortable to game with for hours at a time.
+ Comfortable for hours of gaming use
+ Good quality mic with noise canceling
+ Balanced stereo sound
+ Compatible with gaming consoles and mobile phones
– Dolby 7.1 surround falls short
– CUE software is not that useful
Final Score: 7.95 out of 10.
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