Review | Corsair VOID gaming headset (Yellowjacket)
Corsair showed off a new set of gaming peripherals at Gamescom, specifically the STRAFE RGB MX Silent mechanical keyboard, the SCIMITAR MMO gaming mouse, and the VOID RGB gaming headset. Today we’ll be looking at the last, the VOID.
Corsair’s new VOID RGB headset comes in several different models, with each sharing the same overall design, build quality, 50mm neodymium drivers, RGB lighting effects, microphone, and physical audio controls. The main differences are the connectivity and the option between stereo and Dolby’s simulated surround sound.
The cheapest of the quartet connects with a 3.5mm analog cable, and runs $70. The second is priced at $100, and features a USB connection and Dolby 7.1 sound. The third is the VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 headset, which comes in at $130. Finally we have the $150 headset, which is sold exclusively at Best Buy in the United States, the VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 SE: Yellowjacket Edition. It is this last model that we will be reviewing today, but most of the opinions you’ll see in our review should be applicable to the rest of the lineup.
The key defining features of the Yellowjacket Edition are the black and yellow color scheme as well as the inclusion of a base station extender.
The headset is created with a sturdy, matte plastic, with the sides of the ear-cups utilizing harder, reflective black plates. The RGB lighting features can be customized in the Corsair Utility Engine software with more than 16 million colors and several different tones and pulses.
The lighting will drain the battery faster, and is not visible to you as you’re wearing the headset, but I can see the use in LAN parties and the like, with each team utilizing a specific color scheme amongst the members.
The left ear-cup houses the microphone, which is not removable. It can be adjusted up and down and even bent in so that it’s closer to your mouth. The microphone also hosts two LED indicators on the tip to help you keep track of battery, mute, and equalizer status.
Also on the left ear-cup are the mute and power (in the case of the wireless models) buttons, with the underside utilizing a CUE Control dial. This dial allows you to manage the volume with a flick, and pressing it inward will cycle between five equalizer presets (either the default ones or ones you create). You can also hold it in to toggle the Dolby 7.1 on and off.
The VOID, if you looked at it, would appear to be quite heavy, considering the sheer size of the headset. After all, the width of the cups and the thick padding leaves it protruding quite a distance. In many cases, however, looks can be deceiving, and this is another case that proves the point, as the headset is actually quite light.
The VOID is one of the lightest and most comfortable headsets I’ve used, and there have been quite a few that I’ve utilized over the years as I played games with friends.
What makes it so comfortable, in addition to the light weight, is the fact that your ears have plenty of room to breathe within the ear-cups. The memory foam padding is covered in a mesh fabric, which is extremely soft and doesn’t (at least during my four plus hour tests) get warm at all.
Headsets tend to live and die based on how well they perform, and the VOID is certainly no exception to this rule. That said, I have very few complaints about the device I was sent to try out.
Since there are so few complaints, let’s begin with those as we talk about the overall performance.
The first isn’t really a complaint, so much as an observation. The LED indicators in the microphone is an interesting idea, but unfortunately it seems to fall short because of the lack of peripheral visibility. That said, some gamers may wear the microphone in a position where they can see these indicators by glancing down, and the headset will also produce an audible beep to let you know the same information.
The second is more personal preference. I like to lie down on my side while playing some games, and so I typically prefer a smaller headset while I’m doing this. The reason is so that I don’t noticeably feel the headset pressing against my skull. The sheer size of the VOID makes this preference impossible.
On to the good. Though the ear-cups do leave gaps that sound can escape or enter from, this is mitigated by the sheer volume that the headset offers. I typically play with the sound set to the low value of 5 to 10 out of the possible 100, yet I could still hear everything my friends said, as well as the game (and even some things on their side that I’d not heard before) as clearly as if they were sitting in the same room as I was. As a result, unless you want to risk deafening yourself, I definitely would not recommend going anywhere near 100 on the volume scale.
The sound quality, as you can likely tell from the above, is also impressive. I heard every minion and champion clearly in League of Legends, as well as every shot, step, and piece of enemy chatter in Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain.
The audio is delivered almost flawlessly, free from any sort of hiss that many who have utilized wireless gaming headsets have complained about in the past.
The CUE software, which users of other Corsair RGB products will feel familiar with by now, offers up a great deal of customization options for the headset as well. In addition to the color customization and sound options mentioned earlier, ou can also control the brightness of the microphone’s status and the intervals.
Overall the new VOID headset lineup from Corsair certainly seems to be a good deal for the money, skirting around the issues many gaming headsets have while adding in new features. If they happen to enhance the VOID with a model that has both wireless and analog capabilities, then Corsair may be able to take out all of their rivals.
Final score: 4.75/5