Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless Headset Review PS4/PC – Bang for Buck But Not For PS4 Players
Corsair Void RBG Elite WirelessOctober 2019
Late last year, Corsair released its new flagship line of gaming headsets, the Corsair Virtuoso Wireless line. I recently reviewed the ‘standard’ version of the Virtuoso RGB and praised its outstanding build and sophisticated design. Unfortunately, Corsair’s premium offering didn’t prove as comfortable as I hoped it would be. Following the announcement of the Virtuoso line, Corsair also announced its, less expensive, Void Elite wireless headset for both PC and PlayStation 4. Is the updated Void RGB Elite Wireless a viable option for PC and PlayStation owners in the mid-range price segment? Yes, and no.
Let's go through the contents inside the box first. Corsair has included the following items:
- VOID ELITE RGB Wireless Gaming Headset
- 2.4GHz RF wireless USB dongle
- USB Charging Cable (1.5m)
- Foam tip for microphone
- Quick Start Guide
- Safety Leaflet
- Warranty Card
Compared to other gaming headset offerings, including Corsair’s own lineup, the Void line looks much more futuristic due to its angular design and use of RGB lighting. There's no mistaking that we're dealing with a gaming headset here, and if you're in the market for a more subtle-looking headpiece, the Void Elite RGB might not be your cup of tea.
The updated Void RGB Elite Wireless comes in two color setups - White and Carbon. I was supplied the white version, and coming from mostly dark-toned headsets, I could appreciate the white color. As with all colors, however, this is a matter of personal taste.
Like the original Void Elite from several years ago, the build quality of the updated Void Elite is solid and is in no way inferior to headsets in the $150USD price range. The earpads are made of breathable microfiber mesh fabric and plush memory foam. Each earcup has the Corsair logo with customizable RGB lighting (on PC that is).
Going to the on-ear controls, we find the power button, volume dial, and a mic mute button on the left earpad alongside the non-detachable omnidirectional microphone.
Coming from the more expensive, but not so comfortable Virtuoso, I was kind of skeptical about the comfort of the Void Elite, but my preconception has proven to be wrong - with its easily adjustable headband and soft-fabric ear cushions, Corsair's offering is extremely comfortable and rivals the comfort of more expensive headsets, even for those wearing glasses. Some might argue that the fit is somewhat loose, but I didn't have any issues with it.
For its wireless signal, the Void RGB Elite uses a 2.4GHz RF USB dongle, and getting the headset to work is as simple as plugging in the dongle and powering the headset on. Unfortunately, that's the only connection that is supported, thereby limiting connectivity with other devices. In general, wireless gaming headsets also support wired play via USB or through a 3.5mm jack, but this isn't the case with this headpiece.
For the updated Void RGB Elite, Corsair has increased the headphone frequency response to 30 kHz from 20 kHz, allowing for a wider range of audible sound vibrations. In addition, the headphone sensitivity was increased from 107 dB to 116 dB for more loudness at a given volume. Support for Sony's PlayStation 4 platform was also added, but PS4 owners should know that there are better, less expensive alternatives available.
Whereas the Elite offers virtual surround sound on PC via Corsair's iCUE program, surround sound isn't available on the PS4. This also applies to the EQ-profiles that are tied to the iCUE application, and are therefore only available on PC. While the headset's default sound is decent for a gaming headset in this price range, and the absence of virtual surround sound might not be that important, the inability to adjust the Void's volume on the PS4 using the on-ear volume dial, really bothered me. The only way to adjust the volume on Sony's platform is to go into volume control in the PS4's 'Audio Devices' menu. Corsair boasts that this headset is supported by Sony's platform and I would at least expected the volume to be adjusted on the headset itself.
Overall, the Void RGB Elite offers a decent sound experience with slightly boosted mids, allowing for footsteps and the likes to be detected more clearly.
The updated microphone, however, performs above my expectations and is really accurate for a headset mic. The sensitivity was changed from -38 dB to -42 dB and has now been Disord certified. I would have liked the microphone to be more flexible, but this is merely a minor downside.
Lasting up more than 16 hours on a single charge, the battery life of the Void is on par with other recent wireless gaming headsets. It doesn't last as long as the battery in the Arctis 1 Wireless or the amazing HyperX Cloud Flight S, but around 16 hours of juice is good enough for most players. As expected, the exact amount of playtime depends on the volume level, but overall, I was able to get close to the boasted 16 hours. Extensive use of the RGB lighting, however, drains the battery much faster.
Corsair's updated Void RGB Elite is a solid build wireless headpiece that offers great comfort and decent sound quality combined with a good-performing microphone for PC players. Add virtual surround support via Corsair's iCUE software and you've got yourself a good wireless gaming headset around $100USD. For PS4 players, however, there are more viable, less expensive options available, including Sony's official Wireless Gold 7.1 headset (around $85) and Turtle Beach's Stealth 600 ($100USD). Both wireless alternatives offer virtual surround sound on Sony's platform and allow players to adjust the headset volume via the on-ear volume dial.
Review sample provided by the manufacturer.
Corsair's updated Void Elite is a comfortable headset that offers decent sound. Virtual surround sound on PC is a nice addition to have, especially in this price range. PS4 players looking for a wireless headset, however, should know that there are more viable, less expensive, alternatives available.
- Value for money on PC
- Good microphone
- Volume dial doesn't work on PS4
- Limited audio capacity on PS4