The latest range of Corsair headsets launched recently and they’ve already blown us away with their impeccable build quality and performance. The Corsair VOID Dolby 7.1 Wireless is by far one of the best headsets we’ve ever tested and to make it even sweeter, it was priced under £100. Of course, wireless isn’t ideal for every user, so naturally Corsair pushed to make a USB version too, giving you all the thrills, without the ticking timer of the battery or signal issues; not that we had issues with either in our testing of course.
“Enter the VOID—the innovative family of advanced gaming headsets from Corsair. Whether you choose wireless, USB, or stereo powered audio gear, you will always be one step ahead of your enemies. With fast forward design, spectacular fidelity, and innovative features like InfoMic and CUE Control, Corsair VOID gaming headsets enable you to command and control your gaming soundscape without hitting pause.” – Corsair
The USB version is pretty much the same headset as the wireless, albeit a little lighter as it doesn’t need a battery, so it doesn’t need charging or the required charging cable either. It offers two powerful 50mm drivers, the very impressive Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound technology, one of the first consumer virtual surrounds that I think is comparable to dedicated drivers. You’ll also find the InfoMic, Clue Control RGB lighting and more!
Corsair is really proud of what they have created and if the Stereo and Wireless models are anything to go by, they’ve every right to be. Check out the video below as Corsair gives you a bit of background on what went into creating their new headsets.
There’s not a lot in the box, just a few documents and the headset, but in all honesty, this is everything you’re going to need.
A Closer Look
The headset comes hard-wired with a good quality USB cable, which features a custom shaped USB housing and some light grey highlights, which match the monochrome appearance of the headset. Don’t think this is a colourless gadget through, it’s got some RGB tricks to show off shortly.
The headset is exquisitely made, with a mixture of lightly textured matte and smooth gloss plastics, that are certainly of the highest quality, while the ear cup mounts are cast metal that gives strength to the lightweight headset design.
There’s a hard-wired boom microphone, which folds right up out-of-the-way when not in use, and there’s a master mute button on the left ear cup for when you need a bit of privacy. The mute button has a slight curve to it which makes it easy to find with your finger when you’re wearing the headset, so no fishing around blind for it while gaming.
There’s a prominent jog wheel on the base of the left, flick it one way or the other to adjust the master volume. This is again an easy control to find without having to look. That’s all of the controls on the headset, it seems limited, but you can do a lot more tweaking from the desktop software, such as playing with the EQ, Dolby and lighting profiles.
As with the slightly more expensive wireless model and the cheaper stereo model, the USB Void features the same memory foam padding and microfiber coverings, which make it one of the most comfortable headsets on the market. It’s light enough and has such as comfortable fit that you can easily forget you’re wearing it, even after hours of usage!
The fit is aided greatly by the adjustable ear cups, which provide a close fit to your head without excessive pressure. The 50mm drivers within are breathtaking. I must admit I was expecting the USB version to sound a little better than the wireless one, but I really can’t pick out any differences, the bass is rich and detailed, with an impressive low-end response, the mids are full of warmth and texture that brings music to life and the treble is crystal clear, giving a really natural and balanced sound. Movies, music, gaming, voice chat, it doesn’t matter what you throw at this thing, you’ll be very impressive with the power and clarity on offer. Again though, I’m more impressed with how the wireless model sounds comparable to this wired model.
The headband is fully adjustable, with enough range to suit both younger and adult users head sizes with ease.
One of the coolest features of this headset is really quite simple, two small LED lights on the end of the boom mic. They’re small enough to be discrete and not distract you, but a quick glance at them will let you know if the microphone is muted or Dolby is enabled.
The microphone is certainly one of the most impressive aspects, as is the case with the other two headsets in the Void range. It’s rare I test a microphone and think of it as anything more than standard fare, but the noise cancelling mic on this headset is noticeably detailed, clear and it just works a bit better than most, making it a great option for game chat or Skype calls.
The RGB lighting is a subtle addition to the headset. Of course, you’re not going to enjoy it when it’s on your head, but if you’ve got an RGB keyboard, mouse and even PC chassis, then it’s nice to complete the set and pick your favourite colours to match.
The Corsair Void USB 7.1 RGB Headset is available from Overclockers UK for just £79.99. This is £10 cheaper than the Wireless headset which is £89.99, I prefer the wireless and think it’s not much more to pay for the extra tech, but you’re own preferences will obviously determine which model you prefer.
Corsair has blown me away this last few weeks, the Void range is quite simply the headset range to buy, with the only things that are in my opinion better than this costing significantly more money. Sure there is some great competition on the market for the same value, some offering great looks, excellent comfort, stunning sound, but Corsair mixes all aspects with laser-like precision and you’ll struggle to find a more rounded headset.
As I was saying, this is one of the best sounding headsets on the market, as is the wireless version, which is pretty amazing considering their different approaches to connectivity. The drivers are a little bass heavy on their default setting, which is great for heavy rock and a few movies, but you can dial in your own settings in the desktop software with ease to tailor it to your liking.
I’m not particularly interested in the current RGB trend, but it’s still nice to have that level of customisation regardless. It’s obviously good news for Corsair fans, as the headset should blend well with the new range of Corsair keyboards and mice. The overall design is what I like the most, it’s understated, yet still looks sleek and modern, without compromising on comfort or practicality.
- Exceptional sound quality
- Dolby 7.1 Surround
- RGB lighting
- Info Mic
- Extremely comfortable
- Competitive price
- Excellent build quality
- Stylish design
“The Corsair VOID Dolby 7.1 USB Headset is one of the best headsets we’ve ever tested. If you want a headset that offers excellent performance and comfort for movies, music, gaming or voice chat, you’ll want this, or the Wireless model, right at the top of your shopping list.”
Thank you Corsair for providing us with this sample.