Corsair’s Void Surround Gaming Headset fills a unique position between going from something like in-ear headphones to a gaming headset - functioning as the bridging gap between really caring about what you hear and what you don’t. If it isn’t on your list of a Gaming Headset to buy before upgrading to a $4/500 AUD set of headphones - then it certainly should be.
We’ll address the specs and price before jumping on into the review as I do think they play a paramount part in the decision to purchase the Void.
Price: $169 AUD
Connector: 4 pole 3.5mm
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20 kHz
Impedance 32 Ohms @ 1 kHz
Sensitivity 107 dB (+/-3dB)
Unidirectional noise cancelling microphone with adjustable rotating boom
Impedance 2.2k Ohms
Frequency Response 100Hz - 10kHz
Sensitivity -38 dB (+3 dB)
The Void is at the cheaper end of purpose-built gaming headphones (for example a pair of Astro A50’s can set you back up to almost $500 AUD) and, as we stated before, can fill the gap when making the decision between dedicating funds to gaming audio and getting by on in-ear headphones. The Void is purpose-built for “marathon gaming sessions” and the statement doesn’t really miss. Corsair has constructed “True Form” ear cups - that is to say that they’re shaped to the way your head is shaped and, sure enough, the comfort is extremely noticeable, especially with the memory foam inserts providing extra comfort. It was a good six hours into a session of building Dying Light legend levels before we noticed any form of slight discomfort - and we felt we probably could have gone another hour before any real discomfort occurred. 10/10 for overall wear.
The sound quality was extremely clear, with zero distortion even at a hundred percent and the bass was meaty and on point. You have options here, however, with the Corsair Utility Engine. This will allow you to customise sound to your desires and preferences. We noticed quite a few reviews on the headset that seemed negatively geared from inexperienced everyday users and we believe that this may have been due to simply not understanding the need to utilise the CUE - it can completely change your experience. Easily a 10/10 on the sound quality front with really crisp audio and bass that slammed our ear drums. The 50mm drivers are noticeable, too, with excellent audio being delivered between gaming and pure music/audio.
The Microphone was adequate for gaming purposes, however, shouldn’t be utilised for Podcasting or YouTubing - grab yourself a dedicated microphone for this purpose. Not that the microphone quality was bad, not in the slightest - we were always audible and always clear. Though the recording wasn’t exceptional when we tested it for podcasting purposes. We use Discord for our BLOT team meetings and the difference between this and a standard microphone was negligible. All in all - a solid 7/10 for the microphone.
They look exceptional, with really unique styling that follows the sleek design of the True Form ear cups. We were quite impressed at the aesthetics of the headset as a whole. Additionally, we noted that the headset is PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One compatible - an exceptional trait that Corsair should be proud of with so many single or dual use headphones on the market at the moment. Additionally, the headset comes with a USB dongle that unlocks Genuine Dolby 7.1 - and, of course, we recommend definitely plugging that in and letting it rip first.
Our one downside was not being a purely plug and play headset. On our Alienware (Windows 7) we couldn’t use the headphones until we had the CUE - on our Mac, this wasn’t the case and they played straight away, on our everyday PC (Dell) we had to download the CUE. There was also a strange issue between some games (not all) and removing then replugging in the headphones - which would cause audio to drop completely, we’re going to reach out to Corsair and see if there’s a fix available for this.
Should you buy? Yes. Definitely. As we stated this is the perfect bridge between a pair of crappy in-ear headphones and an over expensive pair of gaming headphones. At only $169 AUD the Void is the first pair of gaming headphones you should own before deciding to invest $500 AUD. While you should be taking breaks every 30 minutes, if you forget to (we do) then you’ll be comfortable until you remember - the True Form ear cups are ridiculously well wearing.