Corsair Void RGB Elite USB Gaming Headset Review
The Corsair Void RGB Elite gaming headset (wired) comes to the table priced closely to the HS60 Pros. While this may be far from the best gaming headsets out there, it has a unique design, reliable build quality, and decent performance for an affordable price.
Corsair are no strangers to audio products but with the HS60’s being better overall as a wired pair and the HS70s being the preferred wireless option, what can the Void Elite’s offer from Corsair that is different? They appear to be competing with themselves, which we have seen many manufacturers do, but why buy this headset? Well, let’s take a closer look at the Void RGB Elite USB headset and see where it stands in the market.
- Performance – Good audio reproduction and solid mic performance
- Affordable – Great performance for the price
- Comfortable – Not too heavy, enough adjustment options, and the cushioning is sufficient
- Bulky – These scream “gamer”
- Loose Fit – Poor clamping force means these lose a bit of their natural seal and can fall off your head
The box is as standard as they come, looking smart, and fully protecting the product. This headset doesn’t come with very much though.
Inside the box, we see:
- Corsair Void RGB Elite USB Gaming Headset
- Pop Filter
|Headphone Frequency Response||20 - 30,000 Hz|
|Microphone Frequency Response||100 - 10,000 Hz|
The Corsair Void RGB Elite USB headset screams “gamer” with its design. The sharp angles, the D-shaped ear cups, and even the position of the microphone all make this headset look like it’s ready for the esports stage. The Void comes in two colors, the one we have here which is all carbon/ black and the black and white version. You can also grab this headset with wireless operation for an extra $30 but we will be focusing on the USB version today.
On the surface, these feel a little vulnerable to time and wear. The headset is mostly comprised of strong plastic with little to no give. Furthermore, there seems to be less flex with this headset than others, which could be a problem for any potential weak points like the hinges.
The fact is, these are as robust as the previous iteration but the hinges have often been a problem. There is aluminum inside the plastic to reinforce the headband and with the proper care, there is no reason that these cant last a while.
These may look good but they feel, well, plasticky. The earcups are pretty tough and feel as though they could withstand some rough handling. The earcups have been half done with a glossy plastic, which looks excellent out of the box and really lets the Corsair RGB logo shine bright, however, it’s a fingerprint trap. The glossy coat picks up dirt instantly and you generally grab the headset via the earcups, so yea, they will get dirty.
The microphone has seen an update on the previous version, with the garish old design being chucked. This is now one long rubber stem, with a more robust plastic end, separated by the LED. The mic is now more malleable than ever and is much easier to get in the desired position than the older pair.
Hardware controls were better than I expected, with some clever design added into the volume scroll wheel. The volume wheel is situated on the left earcup (as are all the hardware controls) and is a rocker style wheel. This rocker wheel is the first I’ve used with a gaming headset and I have to say it’s superb. You can notch the volume up or down gradually just like a wheel. However, when you hold the rocker up/ down you can achieve your desired volume quicker.
The volume wheel doesn’t just take care of volume though, it is also a programmable button for EQ presets and when you press it in, your EQ will switch. That’s not all, when you hold the button in for two seconds you can switch between stereo and Dolby 7.1 surround sound. Superb functionality and design from Corsair here.
Lastly, we see the mute microphone button on the earcup itself. Hitting the mute button will bring a red LED up on the microphone, to give you a visual indication but there is also an audible notification too which you can turn off in the software. What was a little bemusing was the fact that the wireless version of this features a swivel to mute mic and yet this one doesn’t. Not sure what Corsair is thinking here as it can’t of been hard to add. It is worth noting that if you hold down the mute mic button, you can hear audio back from the mic ion the headset.
The build quality is fine for the price but the HS60’s are certainly the more durable pair.
The comfort of the original Corsair Void headset was a bit of a negative, with the unconventional earcup shape having a tendency to apply pressure unevenly, trapping the top of the ear. This appears to be addressed with this iteration feeling quite comfortable to use.
The first thing you will notice when wearing these is the incredibly loose fit. There is little to no clamp force, meaning these will fall off your head unless you are playing games upright and nothing else. I found myself having to readjust these every so often and if you sneeze there is a good chance these are going to fly off. It is worth noting that I have a large head and they still feel loose, so beware.
The D-shaped ear cups are large enough to accommodate my ears and the plush cushioning does its job. I can’t say these are the comfiest pair I’ve used but they are comfortable enough to wear for extended gaming sessions. The padding doesn’t feel as good as the cheaper HS60’s and the material isn’t as soft as you would like but for the price, I would be happy gaming with these.
They felt more breathable than even the Astro A50’s (a very expensive headset) but I couldn’t tell if this was down to the incredibly lose fit rather than the materials.
The Corsair Void RGB Elites weigh about 370 grams but with the padded headband doing a good job of distributing weight, you barely notice these on your head. It is worth noting that due to the padding being lower quality than others, over time the headband lost its fullness, meaning I could feel the hard band on the top of my head.
As far as adjustments go, the Void Elites are a bit sparse. That being said, there are enough to get these reasonably comfortable, with ten adjustment steps on either side of the headband so you can get this even at all times. The earcups themselves have around 10 degrees of tilt, catering for different sized and shaped heads. These come with the 90-degree rotation feature so you can set these on your shoulders but I’m not 100% why. Sure, it is a welcomed feature but due to the lack of flex, they feel a bit tight around the neck. Furthermore, these aren’t wireless so what are the chances you are going to want to rest these on your shoulders anyway?
Due to that lack of clamping force, the Void RGB elites tend to flare out at the bottom of my ear, losing that snug fit and any chance of a natural seal. Overall these performed quite well in most games, so if Corsair can address this loose fit issue, these could perform even better.
The sound quality of this gaming headset is actually pretty good. They don’t clock a lot of external noise and do seem to have quite a bit of leakage but for gaming at home, this isn’t much of an issue.
The frequency response feels balanced, with decent bass and accurate audio reproduction. The low end of bass that is responsible for making distant explosions sound great wasn’t the best I’ve heard in a gaming headset but I remained fully immersed and actually quite enjoyed the overall audio experience from these.
The mids sounded quite consistent and while the treble range also sounded very good, the smaller details in music vocals, lead instruments, and in-game effects were all a bit lackluster. That being said, for closed-back headphones, they have a generously spacious sound stage and the stereo imaging was excellent.
Despite any cons I may have highlighted, these performed very well in games. I was fully immersed in in-game dialogue or big scale shooters like Squad. Background explosions, whistling bullets, screams for help all sounded superb and I fully enjoyed gaming with these. In CS:GO I can’t say the same clarity was there as some of the more premium headsets I’ve tested recently but they performed well enough that I could use these daily (if it wasn’t for the loose fit).
The virtual 7.1 surround sound wasn’t very good if I’m honest but this isn’t something that would stop me from buying the headset as I will always keep them in stereo. It is nice to have features like this and it can make a small difference for entertainment purposes.
The microphone has been improved upon since the previous iteration of this headset. While the quality sounds similar, the overall design is much better and it now makes it easier to get the mic in the perfect position.
The mic is Omnidirectional with a frequency response of 100Hz to 10kHz and an impedance of 2.0k Ohms. The microphone is actually really good out of the box, with older issues being fixed from Corsair.
While you would never broadcast with this microphone as it’s a bit thin, sounding slightly muffled at times, it is still great for gaming. I had no complaints in discord, with every bit of comms coming through clearly. The microphone does a good job of handling noise too, keeping most of the background noise away from my teammate’s ears.
Overall the mic sounds warm and maybe a bit better than he HS60/70s but obviously a million miles away from Corsairs top offering, the Virtuosos.
We have already touched upon the design, which for me is the main feature to the headset. This comes with a swivel mic (unfortunately not detachable) and some handy controls. The way Corsair has crammed 3 x the functionality into the volume wheel is excellent and a great way to save space.
RGB & Software
Corsairs iCUE utility engine has a lot of options for all your Corsair peripherals and components. You get access to a decent graphic EQ and you can alter the volume of the mic in here as well. You can play around with the various RGB options for your earcups and alter the speed at which they flash, blink, or whatever dizzying effect you choose.
The software doesn’t work with macOS but who cares, this is WePC after all. Strangely there were no noise gate options for the mic, making the app feel a little one dimensional but at least it works without issues.
It may seem like the Corsair Void RGB Elite’s have no special features but they are really good for gaming and do a stellar job of it for an affordable price, which in my book, is a top feature!
The bottom line here is that for an affordable mid-range headset, these are actually quite good for gaming. Unfortunately, while the sound and mic performance is decent, the loose fit is unforgivable and seems like a massive oversight from corsair.
What I found interesting is while these are n’t quite as good as the HS60’s, the sound profile is as good or at least similar to the premium Corsair Virtuoso SE headset. I know the virtuosos are wireless but they are nearly three times the price!
If the Corsair Void RGB Elite’s fit you better than me, then I’d say go for it. For a similar performance at an almost identical price, I recommend you pick up the Corsair HS60’s instead or if you want to cut the cord go for the HS70’s over the wireless version of the Voids. The design isn’t exactly subtle and you could never use these for anything other than gaming indoors really but it is all down to preference at the end of the day.
Great sound performance and a solid microphone but Corsair could do better.
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