Corsair has quickly become one of the most respected brands in PC gaming. They made their name on memory, but in recent years their peripherals have risen to set multiple high water marks in the world of PC gaming gear. Today, we see if they can do it again with the Corsair Void Pro RGB. We have the USB version in for review and it’s packed with RGB illumination, onboard sound profiles, and Dolby Headphone 7.1 channel surround sound. Is it worth the $99.99 MSRP?
- MSRP: $99.99
- Wireless: No (wireless model available)
- Surround Sound: Virtual 7.1 Dolby Headphone
- Headphone Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20 kHz
- Headphone Impedance: 32k Ohms @ 1 kHz
- Drivers: 50mm
- Microphone Type: Unidirectional noise cancelling
- Microphone Impedance: 2.0k Ohms
- Microphone Frequency Response: 100Hz to 10kHz
- Microphone Sensitivity: -38dB (+/-3dB)
- Connector: USB
- Warranty: Two years
My first experience with a Corsair headset came in 2013 with the Vengeance 1500. It was one of the most comfortable headsets I’d used at the time and surprised me with how well it was built. Fast forward to today with the Void Pro RGB and I’m saying the same things. This is a comfortable headset that’s built to stand up to years of abuse. Design is absolutely one of Corsair’s strong suits, in build and style.
The Void Pro is sits lightly on the head and features lush padding on the ears and headband. The pads are all cloth trimmed, which solves the flaking issue that plagues the leatherette pads usually found on headsets in this range. The outer shell of the headset is plastic - white in our case - but is reinforced at the most common points of breakage. The headband is a durable metal that flexes and twists without creaking or feeling like it’s going to break. And those all important hinges holding the earcups? More metal in a multi-piece construction. On the left earcup, you’ll find the boom mic. It’s non-detachable but auto-mutes when vertical, and has enough flexibility to position is best in front of your mouth.
Strangely, I found the Void Pro RGB sits quite loosely on my head. I do have a smaller head, but it doesn’t take much more than leaning down too far to make them fall off. As a result, these aren’t headphones I’d recommend for noise isolation. They do breathe very well, though, so sweating shouldn’t be an issue. Still, I would have preferred they tighten down more.
As far as gaming headsets go, they look remarkably good. Since they’re USB only, you won’t be wearing them out of the house, but no one wants to look silly to play a video game, even in their own house. It’s nice to see a lower profile set of over-ears when so many go for gaud in the name of “gaming.” You won’t mistake these for V-Modas, but I like that they sit lower on my ears and head, and the white and black contrast just looked great on our test unit. The RGB “sails” logo on each ear is also fairly tasteful, adding a splash of color to tie the look together.
With RGB headsets on the rise, many gamers are questioning why when those enhancements are invisible when you’re actually using the headset. It’s purely aesthetic and comes at a $20 premium over the non-RGB Void Pro Surround, but for what it’s worth they do look good, lit up on the headphone stand. Since we tested the USB version of the Void Pro RGB, battery wasn’t a concern so there was really no reason to turn it off, either.
The key question for any headset though is how it sounds and exactly how you can tweak it to taste. Out of the box, they have a lively sound that punches up the low end but has enough treble to really make gunshots crack. In stereo mode, positional audio worked like a charm and frankly sounded great. With Dolby Headphone surround sound enabled, the soundstage opens right up giving the impression of a much wider space in any game you’re in. The Void Pro RGB has some of the better virtual surround sound that I’ve heard, but does tweak the EQ a bit to do its magic. Thankfully, even though Corsair does employ a healthy amount of reverb in the effect, it doesn’t muddy the positional audio that’s so good in stereo mode. That’s a big win compared to many gaming headsets.
The microphone is also fairly good and will more than suffice for Discord or streaming. Have a listen:
Within the Corsair’s Utility Engine software, CUE for short, you can adjust your EQs, mic levels, and lighting. Since the release of CUE 2.0, Corsair has really had the edge on most peripheral suites, pairing ease of use with powerful programming. Here you can customize a handful of equalizer profiles or set your own from scratch. You can also tweak the boost applied to your microphone, raise or lower your sidetone (real-time mic monitoring), and customize a few lighting profiles or sync them with your other Corsair RGB devices.
Your changes are all saved to the device too. Pressing the volume control on the left earcup will change the EQ preset and holding it will enable/disable surround sound. Sound bytes will tell you whether you’re on profile 1-5 but it’s easy to get mixed up if you don’t remember which order you saved them in. Still, being able to take five custom profiles with you anywhere you go is just excellent.
With the Void Pro RGB, Corsair has delivered a headset that looks and sounds great. It’s build to last, with nice reinforced joints and a flexible, durable headband. I’m a big fan having all of my most important options all tied to a single volume rocker, so I don’t have leave the game to swap profiles or turn on surround sound. I wish that it fit a bit more snugly on my head, but there are long-term benefits to fatigue and overall comfort in having the headset that sits a bit more loosely. It’s an interesting trade-off but not necessarily a bad one, depending on your tastes. For $99, the Void Pro RGB holds its own and should definitely be in your consideration shopping for a headset this holiday.
The product discussed in this article was provided by the manufacturer for the purposes of review.
- Comfortable - love those ear cushions
- Well built and durable
- Sounds great in stereo and offers good surround sound
- Versatile onboard controls
- Sit looser than I like