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Corsair has released an interesting and very unusual headset in terms of design and features, which turned out to be every bit as interesting on the inside. We only had two issues with the wireless gaming headset: the first is autonomy, which could definitely be better, and the second is the ergonomics of the fit, which is different from all the standard looking gaming models.
Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless Gaming Headset Review
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Type: Over-ear Noise Cancelling Headphones | Bluetooth: 4.0 | Battery: 30 Hours | Charging: 4 Hours | Drivers: Dynamic | Drivers-Size: 45 mm | Weight: 385g
The headphones are delivered in a large package. Together with the gaming headset, there is a wireless USB adapter, a 1.5 USB charging cable, a wind-resistant nozzle for microphone, documentation, and a warranty card. The Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless, as you might guess, is a wireless, closed, full-size headset that has virtual surround sound and connects via radio to a PC without delays. The ability to use it with a smartphone via a 3.5 mm analog connection is not provided, therefore only a completely wireless connection. This imposes small restrictions on the versatility of connecting the device with other devices. Nonetheless, support for PCs and PS4 is provided.
When all headsets have traditional oval and round ear cups, the Void RGB Elite distinguishes itself when it comes to looks through its futuristic design and geometric features. The unusual shapes of all joints make it extraordinarily original. Besides, the snow-white color looks merely incomparable, and it is very skillfully combined with the black ear pads, inserts, and glossy plastic, which is found on the outside of the cups. All other elements are finished with a pleasant to the touch and non-marking matte painted plastic, and the connecting parts of the cups are made of metal.
The Void RGB Elite Wireless gaming headsets insides were made in the same careful manner, with a metal frame that guarantees reliability and joints that don’t creak nor make annoying sounds. The devices’ cups have all the degrees of freedom to adapt to the head in the best way. The headband locks into place with exact locking steps and is labeled with markings. The only thing that is a little ambiguous is the microphone. I won’t talk about its qualities yet, but I’m a little surprised that it is made in the form of a non-removable flexible leg. Taking into account the rotating mechanism of the cups, which assumes possible transportation,
The device has a closed design, with fabric ear cushions. Their insides are filled with dense memory foam, and there is enough space inside the shells so that the ears do not touch the nets, and the depth of the cups is sufficient so that the ears do not touch the ear cushions at all. They certainly don’t have the same scope as the Sennheiser cups in their flagship models, but this option will come in without any inconvenience for most users. The head pillow is also made of fabric and has softer padding in it so that the Void RGB Elite Wireless is practically not felt on the head. The device’s navigation has been simplified to the maximum: only the device power buttons and the microphone mute/unmute button are located on the left cup; it also houses a digital thumbwheel for adjusting the volume level.
The bottleneck of the Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless is its rather low battery life: a maximum of 16 hours of continuous operation. Of course, the backlight and other factors will play a role here (and not in favor of autonomy), but when many wireless counterparts work one and a half to two times more, another one is added to the Corsair questionnaire. Otherwise, this model is pleasant and friendly: when turned on, a female voice pronounces all the actions that are taken, where I also discovered one very cool thing. The gooseneck microphone turns off when raised and turns on when lowered. I managed to fall in love with this thing on the Sennheiser GSP 600 (as well as some other models), and every time I am glad when another manufacturer implements such a function on their microphone.
The fit of the headset is a bit specific, and all this is due to the implementation of the cups’ mobility. On the one hand, they walk quite freely in any direction. Therefore, in theory, they should adapt to the head in the best possible way. Still, the undeveloped hinges of the connecting legs at the cups are rather reluctant to adjust at first to the head’s position, so the shells have to be adjusted manually. I also noticed that in my case, due to the loose fit on the head, the lower edges of the cups move slightly away, and when the cups are pushed to the next couple of fixing steps, they simply begin to press the upper part of the ear pads on the ear.
In short, there is only one result: noise insulation suffers from this. And taking into account the fabric ear cushions, it is initially at an average level. But the possibilities and headband stock will allow the cups to adapt to any head size. By the way, I haven’t found any masses anywhere in the specifications, but the Void RGB Elite Wireless feels about 350 grams, so after a while, you still want to take it off your head and stretch your ears a little – it’s just unrealistic to sit in it all day.
Since the device is connected via a radio connector, some functions can be configured using the Corsair iCUE. In the Void RGB Elite case, you can customize the illumination of the cups and their mode of operation, tweak the settings in the equalizer, and activate virtual surround sound. The change of this mode is also accompanied by a voice prompt. You can also adjust the microphone sensitivity level and create several different profiles for different situations (for games, watching streams, and movies, with your own equalizer settings, for example). Simultaneously, all profiles are stored on the PC, whereas the settings are not available on PS4. Just like virtual surround sound: it’s all software, so only PC owners get the full range of features.
Unlike many gaming models, where the emphasis is mostly on bass, which often prevails against the general background, Corsair relied on the bass not on the lowest and percussive part but on mid-bass, which creates the basis of the scene and allows you to work out many musical instruments in the low frequencies. Simultaneously, the bass’s impact force is slightly tidied up against the background of the middle and top. The middle of the headphones is somewhat muffled but well-defined and detailed. Sometimes the sound lacks clarity and openness, but at the same time, all the harsh sounds are smoothed out, which is clearly noticeable in any vocal part. The tops are detailed, collected, neat, and what I liked most here is that they are correctly spaced across an imaginary scene, due to which they do not strain the ear and naturally complement any composition.
Generally, the virtual surround sound is a software feature of the device, and it works, let’s say, mediocre. It is quite pleasant to watch various streams and listen to commentators and watch films, but in multiple games where the action comes to the fore, an imbalance in frequencies immediately becomes audible, in particular, in the bass. Everything seems to jump out too zealously, which is why I could not use this mode permanently – the dull stereo panorama quietly spits out the same vaunted 7.1 surround in the quality of presentation, positioning accuracy, and balance of sounds in any game. As for the rest, the Void RGB Elite Wireless is very good at games, and in my experience, I even like the lack of bass pressure on the head. As in many other models, this kind of “explosive” sound is pretty dull. This does not make games and online shooters any more pleasant, and for esports, every rustle is heard. The microphone transmits the voice well and blocks out any unwanted noises and harsh sounds with high quality. Still, it does not record the voice’s timbre very realistically for communication with teammates – just right.
Void RGB Wireless is aimed at leisurely home use, and here, due to some landing nuances, which slightly spoil the sound insulation, all these moments are not very scary. But in terms of sound, appearance, and even customization options, there are no questions – this is a well-made device for its price tag. It’s another matter that for this amount, he will have more vigorous opponents just in terms of ergonomics, but if you are assembling a black and white setup at home or hate wires,