Corsair launched their Void Pro series of headsets back in 2017 and that included both wired and wireless models. Two years later they are relooking at the lineup with a new Void Elite series. They sent over one specific model, the VOID RGB ELITE Wireless. You can see how the Pro is now Elite and RGB was, of course, added into the name as well. This new model comes in at the same $99.99 price point of the original and today I’m going to check out what is different with the new model and I’m going to see how it performs. I love wireless headsets, years ago I got tired of running over my own cord and getting up and pulling on my cord, causing damage. I’m curious if Corsair’s headset will be a good option for others who have had those same issues.

Product Name: Corsair VOID RGB ELITE Wireless

Review Sample Provided by: Corsair

Written by: Wes Compton

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Packaging

So the normal yellow and black theme of Corsair peripherals is all still here with the Void RGB Elite only the front of the box has a little more black than normal. So much in fact that there are only touches of yellow up in the corner where they show that this supports the PC and PS4 and down in the bottom corner the description is yellow. You can see the yellow around the edge because the box is yellow on the sides. A large picture of the headset covers the front and gives you a look at what it looks like, with the microphone and the side buttons featured. The model name is in all bold but the font isn’t too in your face and of course the Corsair logo is in the top left corner as well. Beyond that they just have the Discord certification along with a logo showing the iCue software support.

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Around on the back, it is black as well, seriously I promise there is a bunch of yellow on the sides lol. They have a nice specification listing down at the bottom which is repeated across four different languages. Then they have a short product description that touches on the main features like the memory foam earpads, 50mm neodymium drivers, the low latency wireless, and 16-hour battery life. This is also repeated across a few different languages. There is another headset photo, this time from the front that fills in the rest of the space.

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Inside there is a pull-out tray that has the headset. Corsair went with cardboard to keep the headset in place rather than big plastic usage. There is some plastic used where the headband touches and on each side where they have twist-ties holding it in place. Then there is of course plastic on all of the glossy portions of the headset which is most of each of the earcups and the microphone. Up under all of that you do get a few accessories and documentation. You get a small manual and setup guide, a warranty guide, and then a safety and compliance information book. As for the other accessories I will touch on those in the next section along with the headset itself.

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Photos and Features

Well if you have seen Corsair’s Void headsets previously the Void RGB Elite Wireless isn’t going to be a drastic change. Specifically, they have a unique shape to the earcups that stand out where they are wider at the bottom but the right side of the earcup is straight up and down. All of the angle is left to the left side where designs like Logitech angle on both. They also have a squared-off shape where the more traditional shape is an oval or round earcup. Beyond that they have a traditional headband style and are all blacked out. At least for our sample. They also have a white version of the Void RGB Elite Wireless as well. The older Pro model had both black and white models but also had a bright yellow version that is missing this time around.

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The left earcup is where most of the action is going on. The microphone swings out from this earcup for example. It also has two buttons on the side next to the RGB backlit Corsair logo. The top button is the power button and the larger button below that is the microphone mute, they try to keep it easy to reach but flipping the microphone up also will mute it. Those side buttons are the same on the Pro models as well. Then on the bottom edge you have the charging port and considering most of the shape and features are shared with the older model I’m not all that surprised that they stuck with the older Micro-USB plug, but I would still prefer to see Type-C at this point for easier plugging and for better compatibility with most phones that have come out over the last few years. There is a small LED to show that the headset is charging next to the plug. Next to the charging plus is a jog dial as they call it. This is both the volume control and EQ control. It doesn’t spin, it is an analog control that you can move up or down slowly or faster. It also pushes in for another control button.

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As for the flip-out microphone, it flips down from the left earcup. When flipped up it auto mutes which is nice. Most of the boom is also rubber and is bendable with a plastic section at the end that has the microphone inside as well as an LED ring that shows when the microphone is muted. The microphone is omnidirectional and is running with a frequency range of 100Hz – 10kHz which is similar to the  Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro headsets but really high-end headsets like the Sennheiser Game Zero have a bigger range (50 Hz - 16,000 Hz).

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The inside view of the earcups gives a better look at that unique Void shape. So for padding Corsair went with microfiber fabric covering a thick memory foam. This padding is upgraded from the previous models and inside they lined the speaker with light grey fabric for a nice contrast. Now they went with 50mm Neodymium drivers which is the standard. They have a sensitivity of 116dB which should be loud and a frequency range of 20Hz – 30kHz which is a nice upgrade on the high end over the SteelSeries Arctis 7 and the G935 from Logitech which are both also wireless. This is also another area where you will see the Void RGB Elite Wireless stand out against its pro variant, the sensitivity is also better on this model. Having the single driver also means that the 7.1 surround that this model has listed is a simulated surround, but I’m happy to have that over going with a smaller driver to fit additional drivers for all of the channels.

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The headband is traditional with the same microfiber fabric from the earcups covering the thick memory foam padding. The headband itself is plastic like the rest of the headset but it does expand with about an inch and a half in expansion on each side and markers molded into the headband to help show you your setting.

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For accessories, the Void RGB Elite comes with exactly what you would expect a wireless headset to come with. You get a wireless dongle and a USB charging cable. The pop filter for the microphone was a surprise and a nice addition. Now the wireless dongle is a lot larger than I expect it to be, a lot of the wireless dongles now have gotten really small. It does have some Corsair yellow added on to it, but otherwise it looks a lot like a standard USB flash drive only with a small LED on the top along with a pinhole button for resyncing the wireless when needed. I personally would be happy without the added plastic yellow accent that makes the dongle thicker, I can foresee it being a tight fit next to some other plugs and flash drives. The USB charging cable also has the Corsair yellow theme going on with the flexible cable supports being yellow. The cord itself is a standard thick rubber with a Type-A on one end and micro-USB on the other end. At around 6 feet long it should be long enough for most people as well.

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Audio Quality and Performance

For performance testing, I haven’t had the Void RGB Elite Wireless in the office as long as I would normally like. But I have been using them for a few days as my main headset. This means I have gotten some game time in but only League of Legends, and while working I have listened to music, watched TV, watched game streams, and moves. This covers most of what I normally like to touch on, except I would have preferred to spend more time in some FPS games with the headset. Having them on while working also means I have had the chance to try out extended sessions for comfort. Starting on the comfort I should point out that I traditionally prefer an over the ear design with a suspension headband. The Void RGB Elite Wireless does cover one of the two.

The oddly shaped earcups are large enough to mostly get around my ears. I did find that no matter what I do for the angle they do touch my ears in multiple spots, a similar side with a round/oval/square shape wouldn’t have had this issue. Thankfully the new thick memory foam on the earcups is nice and the microfiber fabric isn’t abrasive at all so while I would prefer them to not touch my ears, it wasn’t really uncomfortable. This did cause my ears to get a little warmer faster than normal though, but the closed earcup design was going to have that issue either way. The closed design was good for cutting out most of the outside noise, even as I write this on my mechanical keyboard I can only barely hear the clicking when my music is on. Size wise they fit my big head with a lot of expansion left and down near the smallest size they also fit my wife as well.

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As for audio performance, I was actually really happy with the setup. As I expected from the specifications, the Void RGB Elite Wireless can get loud, especially for a wireless headset. I thought that the bass was a little weak, but when turning the volume up it picked up well with a nice thump. If you want that same effect at lower volumes the EQ is available and works well. But for my testing I focus on a flat profile as much as I can. In the end music was good, movies draw you in, and in game coms were clear and easy to hear even with in game audio piping in behind it. The extra frequency response on the high end is noticeable as well, with the high hats in Tupac Changes for example. But I think this also helped in game with pings falling into that same range.

As for the microphone, I prefer to leave that more up to you, the reader. I’ve recorded my amazing voice using the Void RGB Elite Wireless and beyond having to say that long name over and over it went alright. For comparison, I have included a whole variety of things to compare it with including the Arctis 7 which is the best direct comparison for this headset with it being wireless and around the same price range. You will notice that the Void sounds a little quiet, especially with the Logitech directly after it, the G Pro X is in its own class for the microphone, but it is also wired which helps it a lot. Overall I think the Void held its own but I did have one big issue and if you turn up the audio you may pick it up in the opening or the testing section. The microphone was recording a light fuzz off and on when silent and when recording audio. It seems the wireless didn’t leave much room for the microphone side of things after turning up that frequency range on the headphones. Or my sample has a defect in the microphone. Either way I record my direct experience there for what its worth. Overall they are good for coms, but if you were recording audio, say for a youtube video testing microphones between headsets, I might stick with a wired option.

I also wanted to take a look at the RGB lighting and they didn’t really go crazy with it. The Corsair sail which people fought so hard to keep years ago is lit up on each earcup and controllable in the iCue software.

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Lastly, of course, I tested wireless performance. I already mentioned the microphone issue which I think has a 50/50 chance of being a wireless issue. But beyond that my experience with the wireless was solid. The range was good. Most of my testing had it plugged right in next to my desk into my PC but I did get up and walk around the house and didn’t experience any issues. I had the same range that I get for Bluetooth which is through multiple walls into my bathroom with it cutting out if I close that door. Battery life was good as well. Like I said before I only had a few days with the headset, but I did run through two full charges and the 16-hour life seems about right when you have light use. My experience was a little lower, but I had the headphones turned up most of the time with music and videos while working.

 


Software

At this point, I’ve had the chance to check out Corsair’s iCue software a few times. They use it with all of their products which include memory, PSUs, water cooling kits, and of course peripherals. Like most companies are doing now, Corsair ties everything together for easier integration of lighting and other functions. It also means if you are using more than one Corsair product you don’t have to run as many programs. When you open it up and after you make sure you are up to date you will see the Void Elite Wireless under the devices list. There is also an add on the main page and over on the left, you can set up multiple profiles.

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Once you click on the Void Elite Wireless button this is where you land. You get a microphone volume slider and a sidetone option. Sidetone picks up audio from around you and feeds it into your headset so you don’t miss your house burning down around you, alarms, or someone at the door.

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There is a photo of the headset from the side and on that, you have the Corsair logo which is backlit on both sides of the headset. The lighting effects tab on the left lets you dive into setting the color. Now like other devices you get the full list of options even with the logos being small. This includes static colors of course but you can also do rainbow effects and other options and with most of the effects you set them you have other options as well. Color shift, for example, you can let it pick random colors or set two colors to flip between and control the speed as well.

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The other tab is the EQ presets tab. Here you have a list of premade equalizer settings. You can adjust each setting up and down or turn a setting completely off if you want. You can also create your own. You can use the push button in the volume control to flip between different EQ settings. When you do the headset will say EQ 1, 2, 3 and so on. I did have some issue with this, once I flipped EQs it wouldn’t let me control volume until after I reset. I'm assuming this is a bug or I was maybe using it wrong in my testing. But I love the idea of being able to create your own EQ profiles and flip through them without opening the software back up.

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Overall and Final Verdict

While I have had a few other Corsair headsets in the office. This was actually my first time testing any of the Void headsets. Aesthetically I’m not entirely sold on the overall shape but I do like that the Void RGB Elite Wireless isn’t too in your face with crazy colors, “gamer” styling, or RGB lighting. Corsair kept things simple and being wireless they couldn’t RGB all the things like they tend to do and in the end, this is a nice looking headset. More importantly, the headset is comfortable. The shape wasn’t ideal for me, even being an over the ear design it did end up laying on some of my ears. But the soft microfiber fabric and thick memory foam padding on the earcups and headband made up for things helping with comfort, even in long sessions. My only issue there was heat which I have with just about any sealed earcup design.

As for performance the 50mm drivers sound great and the frequency range ends up beating all of the other wireless gamer headsets in this price range but I will talk more about pricing in a minute. This meant solid audio performance in all of the different ways you will use a headset. I wouldn’t have minded more bass on the lower volumes, but it was there when I turned everything up and you have the option to tweak the EQ to fix this if needed. Speaking of turning things up, the Void Elite Wireless has a higher sensitivity than a lot of the other wireless headsets and because of that it's loud. A lot of wireless headsets end up a little weak when it comes to volume for battery life, but that wasn’t a problem here. Battery life was solid as well. I do however wish the charging cable was Type-C to keep things consistent with today's phone chargers that you most likely already have on your desk. The included wireless dongle was also a little big and will most likely have issues with any other large devices like flash drives if you try to plug them in next to each other. A dongle on a cord that can sit up on your desk like the Arctis 7 would be nice.

I did have an issue with the microphone where it puts out some feedback, I’m not sure if that was a defect or an overall issue. The microphone's performance wasn’t as spectacular as the speakers as well, you get “good enough” microphone audio which is the norm on most wireless headsets. Bandwidth is always limited and it seems stereo always gets the majority. Speaking of the microphone I do like that the microphone auto turns off when you flip it up. The LED indicator on the boom showing it is muted was also helpful. I don’t need to accidentally say something on mic when talking to my wife for example or coughing.

So overall the Void RGB Elite Wireless is solid but with its flaws. That leads me to pricing. With an MSRP of $99.99 this ends up being right in the middle between some of the mid-range headsets and getting into the more premium options. The newer Arctis 7’s, for example, are $119. If given the choice the Arctis would still be my preferred headset simply because of the earcup shape that fits me better. But Corsair is right on point here with an option to help others cut the cord without losing audio quality. You do give up some on microphone performance in comparison to the higher-end wired options though and that is assuming the feedback issue I experienced is a defect, not the norm. Being $20 less than the Arctis 7 this is still a great buy. Funny enough, this also pushes the older Void Pro Wireless headset down to $70 right now (pick one up with this link and help support the site) and that might be an even better option. The improved drivers and padding do make a compelling argument for the upgrade though!

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You might call him obsessed or just a hardcore geek. Wes's obsession with gaming hardware and gadgets isn't anything new, he could be found taking things apart even as a child. When not poking around in PC's he can be found playing League of Legends, Awesomenauts, or Civilization 5 or watching a wide variety of TV shows and Movies. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form.

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