Review on Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT
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Great chic looks Excellent build quality Versatile connectivity Can replace two headsets Convenient RGB microphone mute indicator
Below average battery life Short wireless range Duration
Buy for $269 from CORSAIR
Buying a gaming headset is not easy. It may be, if you set your expectations low, but if you’re looking for something a little more expensive, the thought of dropping $269 on a wireless gaming headset can be a little daunting.
That’s the cost of Corsair’s latest flagship gaming headset, the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT, and while it certainly looks worth its price tag, let’s see if the stuff you can’t see is good enough. Unlike many other headsets, there’s a lot to cover with this one, so let’s dig deeper. Build quality and comfort
The build quality of the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is excellent as expected. The headset uses a generous amount of pleather and metal, giving it a very chic look. Corsair’s back-to-basics basic design also plays well here, as it gives the headset a very ‘contemporary headphone’ look, rather than the look of many gaudy stylized offerings.
I actually quite like the design, and since the microphone is removable and supports Bluetooth with Apt-X, you can easily use this set on the go and in public. The slight bit of RGB might even attract prying eyes.
When it comes to comfort, the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is generally good, but a bit of a miss – that might be a personal observation, but I find the earcups too shallow. Of course, that’s done to maintain a slimmer profile for the modern look, but it does press a little against my right ear, causing discomfort with extended use.
That’s my only complaint about comfort – the pleat fabric is soft, the cushions are… cushiony and the clamping force is minimal, so it won’t give you a headache. If your ears fit better than mine, which is more likely than not, you’ll find the Virtuoso XT very cozy. For larger ears, Logitech’s G Pro X (Wireless) headsets are generally more comfortable thanks to roomier ear cups.
The ergonomics of the controls are also excellent, with most buttons bottom of the right auricle. The only button that is on the left cup is the mic mute button, and actually it sits on the microphone itself, right at the base where it plugs into the headset.
The mic even has an RGB light ring on the end of it, and I think it’s brilliant, even if it’s not strictly ergonomics. It shines bright red when you mute the mic, taking part in any light show you have when it doesn’t. That may seem like a minor detail, and it is, but tell me, when was the last time you forgot to mute yourself and wondered why your friends aren’t responding? Yesterday? Today? Yes, me too. Every headset should have this. Connectivity
Most wireless PC gaming headsets come with two or three types of connectivity. First and foremost there’s a wireless interface with its own dongle, then a 3.5mm jack for when you do need the cable, and they often work via their USB charging cable too.
But Corsair throws in something extra: Bluetooth with support for the Apt-X codec. This wouldn’t be a big deal on most gaming headsets, but this one looks pretty good and it’s nice to have it on your phone for use on the go. Pull the mic off and no one would say it’s a gaming headset. The closest alternatives with this set of features are the Steelseries Arctis 9 and Arctis Pro Wireless headsets because they also support Bluetooth, but they don’t do Apt-X and are still very similar to gaming headsets, making them less suitable for wearing in public.
The headset also supports multiple device inputs at once, which is another nice benefit feature. If the headset is connected to your PC via the dongle and to your phone over Bluetooth, is not only great for easy switching on the go, but you don’t have to take the headset off when you get a call. The music quality is also better than Apt-X.
A quick distance test yielded disappointing results. In my apartment, I have my office at one end and most headsets can reach halfway through the kitchen while maintaining a stable connection. The very best headsets stay connected to the other side of my flat, but not the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT: I could barely take a step out of my office into the hallway. Sound quality
Sound quality is always a bit of a mixed bag with gaming headsets, especially wireless units. This makes sense, of course: the drivers are tuned to help you choose up the enemy’s footsteps and reload sounds, and to give a captivating amount of bass for explosions. And since the wireless connection is geared more for low latency than audio quality, you end up with sound that generally displeases audiophiles.
And while the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is no exception to that set of buildings, it actually does quite well, especially over the Bluetooth connection when using a source device that supports the Apt-X codec. Music is enjoyable, voices are clear and there is enough detail to satisfy most listeners. It won’t compare to the best hi-fi headphones out there – they’re not even in the same league – but for a gaming headset that can practically double as your everyday pair of headphones, it’s more than adequate.
But again, keep in mind that audio quality will suffer a bit with the included 2.5GHz dongle on PC – this isn’t something you’ll notice in-game as most games don’t have rich enough audio quality anyway. The incoming voice streams multiplayer chats aren’t good either, but if you’re playing music for fun, you might prefer to do that from your phone or via a wired connection. The only downside is that battery life on dual devices is quite limited – you’ll be lucky to get to 15 hours. Our opinion
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