Corsair VOID RGB USB Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset Review – The Corsair VOID gaming headsets offer different models to consumers at the moment, among them are the VOID stereo (2.0), VOID USB, and VOID Wireless. The one I have here for the review is the VOID USB, i.e the Corsair VOID RBG USB Dolby 7.1.
If you want a 7.1 gaming headset without having to bother with battery recharging, then this is definitely the model to opt for.
Corsair VOID RGB USB Dolby 7.1 Review – Unboxing Video
Corsair VOID RGB USB Dolby 7.1 Review – Packaging
Corsair VOID RGB USB Dolby 7.1 Review – Design & Features
The VOID RGB USB has a nice distinct look, with mixture of different materials combined. Rather than going for a single boring colour, Corsair adds a mixture of White, Black, and a metallic look on the headset (on the White colour model). The combination of the colour makes the headset look subtle and elegant.
You can further match the headset colour theme with RGB LED lighting that supports up to 16.8 million colour controlled through the Corsair’s software. Themes/profiles can also be picked and matched with your other supported Corsair peripherals like the Corsair M65 PRO RGB mouse and Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE keyboard.
As cool as this sounds though, you probably won’t be able to see these light shows most of the time; such as when you are wearing the headset, or have it unplugged on a cradle to use your desktop speakers.
The headset itself looks rather large, but somehow still fits my small head well. It doesn’t feel tight and yet doesn’t feel loose too. Just right.
The ear cups are not round like some other gaming headsets and actually fits the contour of the ears well. They feel like they are not there – which you’d normally feel on a standard round-foam design ear cups.
The headband is nicely padded, as thick as the ear cups and makes it comfy to wear the headset for hours and hours. I played around 5 hours of Blizzard’s Overwatch straight over the weekend with the headset and it still felt comfortable as if the headset wasn’t on my head at all. My ears also didn’t get warm, thanks to the “True Form” shape.
The non-retractable microphone is flexible, but makes the headset feel rather cheap. It’s rubbery material makes it non-breakable, I guess, so if you are the type who always breaks your headset’s microphone, then this is probably the reason why the design exists. Another thing that I found while I tested the headset was how quiet the microphone sounds by default.
I had to crank the microphone’s level to maximum and spoke louder than usual in both Overwatch and Discord, because my teammates couldn’t really hear me well at first.
Volume can be adjusted from the headset’s rocker switch and using that same switch, you can go enable/disable Dolby Surround and also move through different EQ presets (such as Bass Boost, FPS, etc). You can enable/disable these presets and re-arrange the order through CUE (Corsair Utility Engine). There is also a ‘Sidetone’ option that you can set up here for listening to your own voice (like a voice feedback).
Audible beeps and LED blips at the tip of the microphone boom offer good feedback on your current preset selection, though I have to really look down and stare at the tip to be able to see the LEDs.
Muting can be done via the dedicated mute button, though it seems that lifting the microphone boom does not automatically mute the microphone like some other gaming headsets do.
Thanks to the 50mm neodymium drivers, the headset sounds awesome. Its clarity and the power of the Bass offer great experience in gaming, but also on other activities like music listening or movie watching. Corsair VOID RGB USB is definitely not just for gaming and it would be a pity to use it only for gaming alone.
The Dolby 7.1 technology clearly helps in pinpointing where the enemies are before they make a jump of you. It has helped me a lot in Overwatch to react quickly each time I hear footsteps coming in my way. When I was sniping, the headset helped me numerous times to avoid embarrassing death from flankers and back-stabbers.
The USB cable is unfortunately not braided, something that is common these days on gaming peripherals for the extra durability.
Corsair VOID RGB USB Dolby 7.1 Review – Conclusion
If you are looking for a 7.1 USB gaming headset with great audio quality, Corsair VOID RGB USB Dolby 7.1 is the one. Not only that, the headset is comfortable to wear for hours without having that “hot ears” feeling, thanks to the full-cup and “true form” design.
The microphone is not the strongest aspect of this headset, and RGB lights are might just there for the show, but they still give a complete and essential package out of a gaming headset.
Disclosure: Sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are mine and not paid