The Corsair VOID gaming headset range is here at last and while we’ve already taken a look at the flagship headset in this range, the Corsair Void Dolby 7.1 Wireless, today we’re taking a look at the other end of the spectrum, the Void Stereo 3.5mm. The Wireless absolutely blew me away, it’s by far one of the best headsets we’ve ever tested and the price was a real surprise, coming in at under £100. The wired stereo model is a fair bit cheaper though, coming in at around £60 from most major retailers, so it’s certainly going to appeal to a wider audience and the 3.5mm connector means it’s also going to be universally compatible with a huge range of audio devices, including mobile.
Corsair has put a lot of work into the design of the Void, which you can see in the video below.
In terms of specifications, the Void 2.0 doesn’t really offer a lot, but it does tick all the right boxes regardless. There are no crazy features here, but the basics are more than covered with powerful 50mm drivers, a 4-pole connector that’s perfect for mobile, although a Y-splitter is provided for desktop use, a noise-canceling microphone, and that’s about it really.
The packaging is nicely designed, keeping in theme with the rest of the Void range. There’s a large window on the box too, which is nice for people in retail, as you can get a look at the actual headset design. Down the bottom, you’ll notice a quick run-down of the major features, such as the 3.5mm 4-pole connector, Y-split cable and system compatibility; PS4, Xbox, Mobile, etc.
Around the back, a more in-depth run down of features, but we’ll take a much closer look at those ourselves in a moment.
Everything you need is included in the box, such as the headset, obviously, as well as the appropriate documentation.
There’s a Y-split cable with takes the 3.5mm 4-pole connector and converts it to dual 3.5mm 3-pole, which you’ll need if you want to use the microphone on your desktop computer for gaming, Skype or similar tasks.
A Closer Look
The headset comes hard-wired with a nice quality and fairly light weight cable, it’s not braided but the coating on it is of a good quality and shouldn’t tangle.
Both ends of the cable are treated with a rubber spring like section, which should also help prevent wear and tear and the connectors.
Despite being the lower end the new Void series, the stereo headset still uses the same premium materials and build quality that you’ll find on the more expensive models. There’s a nice mixture of matte and gloss finish plastics, as well as cast metal supports for the ear cups. This means the headset feels flexible, strong and lightweight, with no compromise on any of them.
There are two controls on this headset, the first is the large microphone mute button on the left ear cup, it’s shaped so that it is easy to find without having to take the headset off and look for it, making it simple to use while gaming. The volume dial in on the bottom of the ear cup, pretty self-explanatory and it gives you a quick way to control the master volume without having to tab out of your game or take your mobile device out of your pocket.
The RGB lighting of the USB models isn’t present here, but you do get that funky yellow Corsair logo, which I think looks pretty cool, plus it matches up nicely with the yellow highlights ont he cables.
Memory foam and microfiber cloth may not sound like the most exciting things in the world, but damn is it comfortable. The heavier wireless model was light enough and comfortable enough to forget you were wearing it, the same is even more true with this model.
There’s a good amount of adjustment in the headband and ear cups, combined with luxurious padding on both, so you’ll find it easy to get a comfortable fit with the Void.
Overall, this is certainly a great looking headset and one that I would proudly wear on my head and it’s clear from any angle that a lot of care has gone into its design and construction, as every joint, every fixture is perfectly aligned and clean-looking.
The padding is very comfortable over the ears and it does a fairly decent job of blocking external noise. Perhaps not as much as close-fitting leather pads would, but its a fair trade-off for comfort. The 50mm drivers are powerful, offerings plenty of volume that’s great for gaming. Compared to the flagship headset in this range, it certainly doesn’t sound as great as its USB/Wireless counterpart, but it’s certainly on par with other headsets in this price range. Gaming sounds great and for the most part so does music, but I found it a little lacking in wow factor for movies, and some of the mid-range detail wasn’t apparent in heavier rock music. What you do get, is endless clarity on the trebles, rich bass and distortion free sound at all volume levels, which is certainly nothing to sniff at, but they clearly perform better with gaming than anything else.
The fold down microphone is easy to position and has a decent length boom, so it’s easy to find an optimal speaking position. It also folds right up out-of-the-way, so if you’re not using it, at least it’s out of your line of sight.
Much like the USB version of this headset, the microphone is crystal clear and the noise cancelling tech works a treat, something that’s going to reap big benefits if you’re gaming somewhere noisy, such as a LAN gaming event.
The Corsair Void Stereo Gaming Headset can be picked up from Overclockers UK for just £59.99 while readers in the US can find it at Amazon for $69.99. This puts it against some stiff competition from HyperX, Creative and Roccat to name but a few, but it’s certainly priced about right given the performance and quality.
Is this the best sounding headset for this kind of money? Not really, there’s a few out there that I could argue sound a little better, such as the original Cloud headset from Kingston, perhaps even the Roccat Kave XTD, but there’s really not much in it, as this is still a great gaming headset in terms of audio performance. I wouldn’t go out and buy this headset for dedicated music or movie viewing, but when it comes to gaming, the drivers have enough grunt to satisfy, but it’s the microphone that is the star of the show. The noise canceling tech works perfectly, great for gaming in a noisy LAN gaming environment and it gives crystal clear chat that’s perfect for gaming, Skype, phone calls, etc.
The killer feature for me, however, is the sheer level of build quality on offer. The more expensive USB 7.1 version of this headset is now one of my all time favourite headsets, but this cheaper stereo headset doesn’t cut away any of the quality of its bigger brother. The headband and ear cup padding is luxurious, giving a super comfortable fit, which combined with the lightweight design makes it easy to forget you’re wearing the headset, even after long hours of gaming. The overall finish and build quality is perfect, certainly worth paying for in my opinion, as you know it’ll last.
Having the functionality to use this on mobile devices, as well as desk is a nice bonus, especially if you game on a mobile device when you’re away from your desk. I had them plugged into my Nvidia Shield Tablet and they were perfect for using Skype and playing games on that. The included Y adaptor is easy enough to use too, allowing you relatively effortless switching from one device to another.
- Crystal clear sound quality
- Great for gaming
- Noise cancelling microphone
- Lightweight design
- Exceptional build quality
- Stylish design
- Very comfortable fit
- Mobile and desktop compatible
- Not great for music of movies
“A comfortable and lightweight design, clear sound and a fantastic microphone is everything a gamer needs in the heat of battle, making the Corsair Void a welcome addition to any gaming setup!”
Thank you Corsair for providing us with this sample.