The Corsair VOID represents the latest in that brand of headsets, which much like the Vengeance range, offers very similar aesthetics and designs with different tiers of technological features added in. Expensively named the VOID RGB 7.1 Wireless edition, you’d imagine having to call one’s banker to shift some offshore investments around for a down payment for one of these.
You’d be mistaken though, since despite the long list of features, the Corsair VOID RGB Wireless edition has managed to maintain some value proposition. To be fair, a chunk of that value was eroded by recent weaknesses in our leaders, currency and economy.
Just a few months ago, you could purchase this particular Void for R1600. Thanks to governmental gaffes and third world currencies taking knock, it’ll now set you back around R2000 at the time of writing or slightly less (Thanks, Zuma!). Regardless, let’s find out if the new Corsair VOID RGB Wireless 7.1 headset can fill that void between your ears with some awesome audio, or if it’s something you should aVoid entirely. I heard Geoff hates puns, so I’m making it my mission statement to use them profusely.
Does This Void Look Fat On Me?
The Corsair VOID series generally share the same design, layout and build quality. They also share some of the underlying technology and features in the form of 50mm neodymium drivers, physical audio controls and RGB lighting. The move to design standardisation has some cost benefit for Corsair and choice benefit for the gamer, since the gamer need not overly concern themselves with the looks and build quality at the different price points so much as the underlying wants of their setup and connectivity options.
The VOID is not what we would call large, but it does appear bigger due to the angle of its oversized and unconventionally shaped forward-slanting ear cups. It garners an aesthetic that is quite intimidating and aggressive, almost Spartan like – and although the “colour” is only black and grey, the addition of a striking yellow wireless dongle and charging cable does spruce up the package. The hardened plastic cups feel sturdy, and I love the smooth indents and lack of sharp corners. The glossy finish does attract fingerprints, but it also enhances the 16.8 million RGB lighting.
Kudos to Corsair for using premium aluminium in high tension areas, such as the reinforced headband and the entirely blackened swivel mechanism that connects the ear cup to the headband. Although somewhat wobbly, the headset is robust and sturdy, all the while being one of the most lightweight headsets—wired or wireless—that I’ve personally used.
Corsair uses a soft cloth-based lining for their ear cups (the same as used on the extendable headband), and although we would have liked a pair of leatherette linings, the cloth is still soft and not scratchy at all. The non-removable set-and-forget boom mic is a treat. I’ve always preferred a boom based microphone since removable ones have that extra chance your cat might one day decide she wants to DJ with it…outside…in the mud.
Trust me, I know this pain.
Into The Void We Go
Corsair have implemented a few nifty notifications into the “InfoMic”, in which little red and green LED’s are used to notify you about battery levels, Mic Mute status, battery life or audio profile changes. Their effectiveness, however, is somewhat muted in that you can’t actually see the LED’s properly in your peripheral vision. Frustratingly there is no full documentation or links within the software to help explain the myriad of functions or notifications. Although you can find one hidden away in an obscure blog post by Corsair.