It’s pretty safe to say that out of all the PC DIY vendors, Corsair has made the most out of the ever-changing market by producing performance-driven products to a more gaming-centric brand. Perhaps this isn’t as applicable to their peripherals, but as a whole, Corsair has been able to improve all their products with each successive generation. Nowhere is this more obvious than with their keyboard and headphone offerings.
While for most products there may not be many avenues left to pursue innovation that adds tangible, meaningful value to the end user, finding ways to improve on your audio offerings is an entirely different matter. There’s undoubtedly a science to delivering great audio and showing an appreciation for acoustics, which is where I assume Corsair will be focusing their efforts going forward.
That’s an odd way to start a review, but it’s appropriate because despite how impressive the VOID PRO RGB headset is as a full product, sonically it could still improve. That’s not to say it’s in any way disappointing, but if you compare it to my old favourite, the Kingston HyperX headset, it becomes fairly obvious that some tuning of the VOID PRO’s audio production would go a long way towards improving what is otherwise a compelling package.
That’s perhaps an unfair criticism if it were levelled at any other PC DIY vendor, but it’s appropriate when dealing with Corsair and the high standard they set for themselves in all their other products. It’s especially true when you consider that the VOID PRO RGB is peerless in every other way. The advances made in material choice, detail, the finish and weight balancing is second to none. Just opening the package lets you know you’re dealing with a high-end headset, and this is pretty much continued throughout the experience.
Physically, the VOID PRO RGB is fashioned with some of the highest-quality plastics I’ve ever come across. The finish on it is impeccable. You’ll find plenty of screws and just about no glue used. If Corsair’s VOID PRO RGB looks premium, that’s because it is.
The cushioning is made out of sponge, but it’s wrapped in a breathable, soft material which makes for a comfortable, snug fit. Comfort is perhaps second only to build quality, especially when you compare it to the early Corsair Vengeance 2000. The strides made in every aspect are hard to ignore. As it stands, I’d say there isn’t a better-built headset on the market, at least in the space to which Corsair caters.
That said, the most important thing to consider is what it’s like living with the VOID PRO RGB. As stated earlier, the level of comfort is incredible. It’s not light by any means, but the weight distribution hides the headset’s heft in such a way that even quick head movements aren’t too much of an issue. Even after several hours of use, there’s little to no strain placed on one’s neck. For what looks like a cumbersome headset at first glance, this is quite an achievement.
One thing that probably gets on everybody’s nerves – and in particular those who primarily game with headphones – is sweaty ears. While I can’t claim that the VOID PRO RGB mitigates this entirely, by the time my ears started feeling clammy, my eyes were already fatigued. I’m talking over five hours of non-stop, sweat-free gaming, which is a first for me. Noise isolation is relatively good as well. It doesn’t block out all ambient noise, but just enough of it to not disturb your gaming session. You’d be able to have a conversation with someone about a metre or two away from you, but any further than that and you may struggle with the volume set to medium or so.
As for the tonal qualities of the headset, it’s a mixed bag. As far as delivering clean and precise audio, the VOID PRO RGB delivers. The issue is that it lacks the warmth of the aforementioned Kingston HyperX headset, which I still use as reference to this day. It’s hard to tell where this lack of fullness comes from, but I suspect it may have to do with the housing or more than likely the audio processor Corsair is using. That said, wireless headphones rarely sound as good as their wired counterparts, but they’ve come a long way. For most people who’ll be using the VOID PRO RGB purely for gaming, they sound great.
Since the VOID PRO RGB is targeted at “gamers”, it more than delivers with distinct and readily recognizable sounds/noises like gunfire, explosions, and even the quieter, subtler parts of stealth games and the like. In these situations, the VOID PRO RGB is more than a match for any gaming headset out there. Should you choose to use the Dolby Headphone 7.1 mode, be sure to select the appropriate audio configuration within your game, as it can result in some misplaced and ambiguous audio sources if you don’t. For titles that natively support this mode, it can be quite convincing. When the audio comes together with such titles, it’s truly immersive.
Finally, we come to the software suite, the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE). It’s an elaborate software suite, especially when dealing with keyboard and mouse configurations, but for headphones it’s rather straightforward. You’ll be able to customize the LED colours on the headset, sync all your RGB LED-equipped devices together, toggle between the Dolby 7.1 and regular stereo modes, and set various EQ settings. You’ll also be able to control microphone basics, such as mic and side-tone volume.
As much of a well-rounded package as this is, I do wish that there was a way to indicate battery levels without having to open CUE. It’s a minor issue, but one that could’ve easily been avoided. Then there’s also the question of the headset’s voice alerts, which occasionally give you a headset status report. There’s nothing objectionable in the voice itself, but whenever you do just about anything (like enabling/disabling the mic, charging the headset, powering it off, or when the battery’s low), you’ll get some kind of announcement. A simple beep would’ve sufficed, especially as it’d take a shorter time and would be less jarring.
Lastly, the included USB cable is rather thick and not as supple as I’d like. There are ways to make a durable, robust cable without resorting to such a cumbersome design. That said, there’s no question that this cable will last longer than most, but it’s rather noticeable when it’s plugged into the headset and you’re using it while it charges.
Outside of these reservations, I’ve nothing but praise for the Corsair VOID PRO RGB wireless headset. It’s taken a while, but Corsair has finally refined their approach to all peripherals – including their headsets, which have benefited from years of experience. The VOID PRO RGB is peerless in its execution on almost all fronts. If you have the money and are in the market for your next set of high-end gaming cans, this is a great place to start – and perhaps end.