The Corsair Void RGB Elite gaming headset offers an intriguing proposal for those looking for a decent set of headsets with 7.1 surround sound and a microphone for less than $100. There are enough options nowadays for those looking for cheap gaming headphones, but if you are looking for a trusted name, this Corsair set certainly has a few tricks in store to interest you. This is our Corsair Void RGB Elite Review.
Released alongside a USB version and a set to Surround sound, you want to be sure that you are looking for wireless audio because Corsair seems to have split its latest range by function. The result is an honest audio experience for the price, but without the flexibility that some take for granted from Corsair’s premium offering.
Corsair Void RGB Elite Review – Design
The first thing you’ll notice about the Corsair Void headset is perhaps not the smooth matte finish or the enormous width of the headband, and it will be the depth of these cups. If your head is slightly larger than most, you will be grateful to finally find a cheap headset that is a bit wider and leaves extra room for your ears to nestle in. That said, the design also those with a smaller, or even average, a little wary for extra space.
While large heads at the same time create an incredibly comfortable fit with absolutely no threat of ear pinching during long sessions, they also leave a little too much space between the set and the head. The result is a somewhat shaky overall feeling without the snug clip snapping the cups into place. You will not worry that they will fly off your head during a particularly dramatic movement, but there is still a feeling that they are a bit bigger than necessary. A hook design that holds the cups to the headband keeps them securely in place without sacrificing a little extra flexibility in shape.
Although that broad design might worry you about the stability of the Void headset, it certainly works wonders for comfort. With a heavily padded set of cups and an equally soft headband, this headset is for the long term. After a serious session of The Witcher 3, I was hardly aware of the cups that covered my ears, and the telling tapping of a tight headband over the crown was nowhere to be felt.
A few considerations have been made in the latest episode of the Void Elite headphones. While picking up a set of wireless 7.1 surround sound cans for an incredible price, you sacrifice some of the functional flexibility that others might take for granted in lesser sets. If the box says wireless, it means that it is. There are no USB or 3.5 mm connections available here, so you are limited to PC and PS4 use only.
That said, these headphones are built with a 50 mm Neodymium driver for maximum power and make its promise of high-quality audio. They are also supplied with an advertised battery life of 16 hours. We found that level of juice reasonable, with the headset surviving several long stints before it had to be recharged.
The specifications in these cans provide an incredibly well-rounded audio experience that, while getting a bit crowded during higher action scenes, offers an incredible prospect at such a low price. These technical benefits work together with a comfort-first design and highly sensitive microphone to push a good set of cans into a great collection of gaming headphones.
Moreover, that 7.1 surround sound (PC only) is nothing to sniff around, and with a quick double-tap of a dial on the right side of the headphones, such a feature is easy to switch on in the game. It is a shame that this action does not cause a low tone or flash of light to let you know your mode, as there is little feedback to determine whether 7.1 is enabled or not quickly. However, you can disable this option from the iCue software – a comprehensive program that offers EQ presets and RGB settings at the touch of a button.
Corsair Void RGB Elite Review – Performance
In general, the Corsair Void Elite gaming headset offers high audio quality for your money. A quick test in Journey revealed how powerful this headset could be with a clear soundscape at its disposal, especially one that enjoys the higher range. Every day, listeners will undoubtedly be more than happy with the sound that you hear pumping from these cans, but if you’re used to playing games with a busier, action-packed soundscape, you may want to play with the EQ wherever possible.
These headphones thrive in the mid-tones. That means you get a slower round sound profile during quieter scenes – footsteps creaking through the long grass of Horizon Zero Dawn or the clatter of monsters lurking in Raccoon City. The Corsair Void Elite headphones deliver fantastic audio quality at these moments, with a full tone that is worth much more expensive cans and a spatial 7.1 surround precision that thrives in clear conditions.
In more significant soundscape situations, audio can feel muddy, and, especially with 7.1 surround sound switched on, it can often feel that different ranges and sounds are competing aggressively for your attention instead of being in harmony. The result is a reasonable midrange, with moderately weak bass tones that cannot interrupt scenes with a high octane number. That said, for the price you pay, you will have trouble finding the same overall audio quality in many other headsets currently on the market. The dialogue never felt tinny, and the balance between higher and lower frequencies was generally well-matched, apart from particularly heavy scenes.
That 7.1 surround sound is a feature that we were particularly keen to test on headphones that were much less than $100. Previously generally regarded as a premium feature, we see more and cheaper gaming headsets with 7.1 surround sound in their standard offering. Purchasing a wireless headset with this feature for such a low price is a proposal that is worth considering.
In practice, you will only find 7.1 surround sound on PC, but that is a consideration that many headsets make. On a test with Interrogation, an indie puzzle game built around directional audio, the Void RGB Elite held their ground. You will undoubtedly pick up the position of left and right. Although you will find them much more superior directional sound on more premium models (such as the Corsair Virtuoso headset that we have reviewed), the 7.1 in these cans certainly does not blur the background.
You will find good headphones in the Corsair Void RGB Elite, despite a few problems during busier moments. However, you use a great microphone that is attached to the left head. About Discord voice chat, the audio recording was incredibly precise and even reasonable with less ambient noise – a feature rarely noticed in this price range. Moreover, raise the microphone, and you will immediately disconnect the audio – a surprisingly useful function if you want to jump in and out of online conversations.
The Corsair Void Elite wireless headphones certainly have a lot to offer, and for a price as low as this, you want to listen to their proposal. If you are looking for a cheap headset but do not want to miss 7.1 surround sound and high-quality audio, it is best to take these specific looks. Audiophiles will not be so impressed with some muddy sound in the mid-tones, but for general playback quality, the trusted name of the brand suffices.
You also pick up an excellent microphone punch that is way above the price, and a nice comfortable – although a little big for most – tin and headband design that endures effortlessly long play sessions. If you are looking for a great set of wireless headphones with gaming that is worthy of heavy-duty office space, you will find an excellent collection of features and specifications in the Void Elite.
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The good certainly outweighs the bad in the Void RGB Elite USB, but it's a pity we couldn't find a good fit that produced an audio response that sounded like Corsair clearly intended.
- Carbon finish looks great
- You could land planes with this mic
- Exceptionally soft foam padding
- Very breathable
- Some fitting issues on smaller heads
- Awkward mic mute button
- Earcup shape isn't best suited