After being impressed with my Corsair keyboard (and my dog chewing up my expensive Logitech headset) I did some research and polled my internet friends (peer review!), coming to the decision to purchase the Corsair Void Wireless headset to go with it.
I’m not a flashy gamer – I’m a middle aged mum and no one sees me sitting at my desk, so the most important things to me personally in a headset are comfort, sound quality and convenience in that order.
At around £100 in the UK and under $100 in the USA this is a budget Wireless Gaming headset that really performs well to achieve an overall verdict of 8 / 10.
Comfort: 9 / 10
At the end of the day something can sound like the best thing in the world but if my big head means I get uncomfortable after an hour of gaming, it’ll be a no go. That’s why I spoke to people who already owned the Void before biting the bullet and the verdict came back unanimous – this is a headset that can be worn for a good portion of the day very comfortably. Having now worn it for many hundreds of hours I completely agree.
The ears are kite-shaped rather than round, which gives a comfortable fit over the entire ear. The band is adjustable to a decent range. I have quite a large head and like a loose fit, although it does sometimes slip forward if not fitted tightly enough. With the headband adjusted I have had no jaw or head tension during a long gaming session, and the ear cups are large enough to allow my ears to breathe rather than get sweaty or overheated. This is a headset I could wear all day. I just wish I still had the time for those sorts of gaming sessions on a regular basis!
Sound Quality: 8 / 10
It’s good. It’s very good, for wireless. You can definitely get better sound quality in a gaming headset of you go wired, and you can get better sound quality in a wireless if you have a much higher budget or don’t need a microphone. The bass is a little underpowered for listening to music, but the midrange and highs are good. Comparing this to my pair of Sennheiser’s that don’t have a microphone and are wired, I can certainly tell the lower sound quality difference – but those are also double the price with none of the gaming features.
One downside of the sound quality – possibly caused by the shape of the ears and the effort that went into making them comfortable – is there is a low sound seal. My husband can hear people talking to me or game sounds when I’m playing, even if the sound is not especially high. Often not well enough to hear what they’re saying, but it is background noise for him. If you need to be in a silent situation (especially perhaps in public or at the library etc) then this could be very annoying.
For a gaming headset the Corsair Void offers excellent sound quality for this budget.
Convenience – Wireless, Battery & Features: 9 / 10
When I talk about convenience I’m talking mostly about the wireless function. The only reason for me to have a wireless headset is for the decadent convenience of being able to walk around my apartment listening to music or chatting to friends. I can sit on my sofa and feed the baby or I can cook a meal whilst having a chat to my mum. I usually leave it plugged in whilst I’m sitting at my desk, and then unleash myself when I fancy going and doing something. For those who game on a TV or in a location where a traditional wire isn’t long enough, this is a big incentive as well.
The battery life is excellent. I’ve tested fairly extensively and get on average 12 hours with the lighting on or 15 hours with the lighting off. That’s great. I can’t imagine when I would be away from the PC for charging purposes for 15 hours or more. Sometimes I’ve forgotten to plug it in and it’s only a week later – of a couple hours useage a day – that I even realize. Charging feels effortless and since battery time is the major downside of wireless, it’s really important that they nailed it here.
It comes with a charging cable but with a MicroUSB port you can use your own.
There are some quality of life features on the headset itself, including power on/off, mute, volume and EQ settings. I personally don’t use any of them as I leave it plugged in and usually use program software if I’m muting, but it’s nice to have the options. It doesn’t offer track-skipping or media controls other than volume – perhaps because there’s no cable to attach a controls box to.
Microphone: 6 / 10
The microphone is quite bulky – a little bit more heavy and in the way than I would have liked and it has a tendency with me to get knocked up slightly, leaving me snorting into my friends ears. I’m repeatedly told the sound quality of the microphone is good, but I would have preferred something more delicate. It also has an LED function on the microphone which Corsair labels “InfoMic” that I unfortunately find useless – it’s supposed to tell you if the mic is muted and also display battery life but it’s small and in an awkward location – I honestly don’t really ever notice it.
It’s not the best quality microphone ever; if I compare it to my Blue Snowball for example the quality difference is extremely noticeable, but that’s a very different piece of equipment. It does let in a bit of background static and it does sound as if there is some minor quality loss, although a lot of people I’ve asked haven’t noticed it. I definitely think that for gaming features, the mic is the biggest let down of this headset for me and a step down from my previous gaming headset (although that failed in different areas, such as having half the battery life). For me this is not the biggest deal in the world as I am primarily a solo gamer these days, or I play League of Legends with my husband and we obviously don’t need a microphone for that – but if you are heavily into multiplayer games and communication then you may want to do more research in this department.
Looks: 8 / 10
So no one sees me looking cool whilst I’m gaming, but I still like my PC peripherals to look aesthetically pleasing. The Corsair Void looks a little bulky and square and I might personally prefer something more sleek and rounded – but the bulk is what adds a good amount of the comfort and we already know I won’t compromise on that. There are several colour variations, but the colour is subtle. The white is nice, the yellow is a little on the bright side (in my opinion!), and I personally went for the plain black. The microphone is a little blocky and bulky looking, so overall this is a fairly stocky looking headset.
Where it excels is the fact that the RGB model can be synced with the keyboard or set individually as you please. The lighting is the sails logo and a small line across each cup – it’s fairly understated and I like it a lot. I don’t want anything that blinds my husband or wakes up my son whilst I’m gaming! It’s bright and feels customizable, without being over the top.
Cost: 9 / 10
All of the above comes in a fairly budget package when it comes to Wireless headsets. There are many more expensive brands on the market and in my experience, it takes a lot of extra money to start moving up the sound quality in wireless. So although the sound quality doesn’t always blow me away and the mic is a little week, I think that this headset actually offers one of the best overall buys within the price range for gaming headsets. It’s worth noting though that you can get this headset wired (either through USB or 3.5mm audio options) for a considerable drop in price. You’d have to ask yourself – how much is the wireless functionality worth it to you?
As with most things Tech related; the price exchange between the USA and the UK is not strong right now, so expect to pay more if you’re British.
Overall verdict: 8 / 10