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Corsair Void Pro RGB Review

While the RGB LEDs are neat, they hardly make up for the substandard microphone and mediocre sound quality
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Price:   $100 List | $100 at Amazon
Pros:  Programmable lights
Cons:  Subpar microphone, expensive
Manufacturer:   Corsair
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 29, 2018
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#10 of 11
  • Comfort - 40% 5
  • Audio - 30% 5
  • Microphone - 20% 4
  • Ease of Use - 10% 6

Our Verdict

This wireless headset from Corsair has a sleek and stylish design with programmable LEDs — hence, the RGB in the product name. However, this headset is missing quite a bit of substance under all that style, delivering a mediocre showing in our sound quality tests and a substandard one in our mic quality evaluations. On top of that, it isn't particularly comfortable to wear for long periods of time and is a bit on the pricey side, considering its lackluster performance. It might be worth getting if you absolutely have to have all Corsair brand accessories to have the lighting match across your rig and have money to spare, but otherwise, we would highly recommend considering alternative products.


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Pros Programmable lightsComfortable, great microphone and audio qualityExceptional sound quality, very comfortableIncredibly comfortable, great value, solid sound qualityInexpensive, exceptional microphone quality
Cons Subpar microphone, expensiveExpensive, doesn't block background noiseMicrophone quality is so-so, not as convenient to use as other productsHarder to mute, no mic sidetoneNot the most comfortable, sound quality could be bette
Bottom Line While the RGB LEDs are neat, they hardly make up for the substandard microphone and mediocre sound qualityIf you want the best of the best, the GAME ONE should be your number one choiceIf you love games with rich soundtracks and want the most immersive experience possible, the Kraken is the headset for youIf you are looking for an excellent, all-around gaming headset without breaking the bank, the Cloud II is a great choiceIf you are on a tight budget and want a solid gaming headset, the Cloud Stinger is a great choice
Rating Categories Void Pro RGB GAME ONE Kraken 7.1 V2 HyperX Cloud II HyperX Cloud Stinger
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Specs Void Pro RGB GAME ONE Kraken 7.1 V2 HyperX Cloud II HyperX Cloud Stinger
Wired or Wireless Wireless Wired Wired Wired Wired
Measured cable length Charging cable 6.95 ft 9.65 ft 6.7 ft 10.6 ft 10.5 ft
How to mute the mic Lift mic and button Lift mic Button on the mic Switch Lift mic

Our Analysis and Test Results

This headset finished right at the bottom of the group, having one of the lowest scores — and one of the higher price tags. It only outperformed some exceptionally cheap discount headsets and has a long way to go in terms of improvements to be in the running for an award.

The Corsair Void Pro RGB.
The Corsair Void Pro RGB.

Performance Comparison


To score these products and select the best gaming headsets, we bought all the top models on the market and tested their performance side-by-side, focusing specifically on their comfort, audio and microphone quality, and ease of use, with the Corsair Void Pro's results in these tests described below.

The Void Pro felt loose on our heads.
The Void Pro felt loose on our heads.

Comfort


Our testers weren't thrilled with the performance of the Void Pro RGB in our comfort tests, awarding it a meager 5 out of 10. This metric accounts for 40% of the total score for each headset, significantly hurting its overall result.

Our panel of testers was evenly split on this headset, with half rating this headset as acceptable to wear for 7 to 8 hours, while the other half called it quits after 1 or 2 hours. Both the padding of the headband and the ear cups are covered in microfiber mesh, which never felt sweaty or sticky, even when playing for long periods of time in a war room — a trait we immensely appreciated on hot summer days.

The Void Pro RGB felt loose on most of our tester's heads.
The Void Pro RGB felt loose on most of our tester's heads.

However, this headset sits much further forward on your head, concentrating all of the weight towards the front of your head and sometimes creating an uncomfortable amount of pressure.

The Void Pro tied for heaviest headset at 13 3/8 oz.
The Void Pro tied for heaviest headset at 13 3/8 oz.

Additionally, this is one of the heaviest headsets we have tested, weighing in at almost 13.5 ounces. The ear cups have ample room and sit quite loose on your head, but the more forward position can cause the top of the ear cups to clip your ear and apply undesirable pressure, especially if you have a larger head or ears.

Gaming sessions can last all day. Ear cup and headband design is key.
Gaming sessions can last all day. Ear cup and headband design is key.

Weirdly enough, this headset isn't particularly suitable for gamers with smaller heads, as there isn't a ton of adjustment in the headband for the smaller side of the head spectrum. This loose fit also makes it easy to inadvertently knock off the headset from abrupt movements.

The Void Pro didn't impress us with its average audio.
The Void Pro didn't impress us with its average audio.

Audio


Our suite of audio evaluations came next in terms of importance, accountable for 30% of the final score for each of the gaming headsets. We compared and scored the voice and music quality of each product, as well as how it performed in a set of benchmarking tests and how easily we could identify the locations of in-game sounds. The Corsair again failed to impress, earning another 5 out of 10 for its lackluster performance.

Voice doesn't come across particularly well with this headset, with our teammates' voices coming across empty and echoey, adding gravelly undertones to their voice that definitely isn't present in real life. It fares a little better with music, with the treble and mid-range tones coming across decently well, but the bass is noticeably weak and washed out. This is particularly clear after performing our bass quality benchmarking test, with there being tons of parasitic buzz. The Void Pro did equally poorly in our driver matching test, with the sound struggling to remain centered and deviating as we went through the higher frequency range. It did the best of the wireless headsets in the binaural benchmarking test, but it falls short of the realistic tones and locations produced by the wired models.

However, this headset did do a decent job with our in-game positional tests. Our panel correctly identified where both footsteps and gunfire was coming from about 70% of the time — a slightly above average number.

The mic quality wasn't very impressive.
The mic quality wasn't very impressive.

Microphone


Next, we judged the performance of the microphone of each product, which constitutes one-fifth of the overall score. The Void Pro RGB fell quite flat, meriting a 4 out of 10 for its substandard showing. We looked at both how well it filtered out background noises and how clearly it picked up your voice.

The recordings of our voices sounded exceptionally unnatural and distorted — quite far from real life — but at least there wasn't any fuzz. We liked that this headset doesn't make "T"s sound particularly harsh, but weren't fans of the fact that it is extremely sibilant. Overall though, it was the weird voice distortion that really hurt this headset's score.

We really enjoyed the lift to mute on the Void Pro  though you can also press a button on the headset if you prefer.
We really enjoyed the lift to mute on the Void Pro, though you can also press a button on the headset if you prefer.

The Corsair Void Pro does an average job at filtering out non-voice background noises, failing to pick up a mechanical keyboard and only faintly getting a fan on low. However, it almost always will pick up a side conversation — a serious bummer, if you play in an area where there are frequent side conversations.

To charge the Void Pro you use the included micro USB cord.
To charge the Void Pro you use the included micro USB cord.

Ease of Use


For our last set of tests, we judged the ease and usability of each headset, which is responsible for the last 10% of the total score. The Void Pro redeemed itself a tiny amount, earning a 6 out of 10 for its slightly above average convenience factor.

The Void Pro has simple easy to use controls.
The Void Pro has simple easy to use controls.

This headset has controls on the headphones for both muting the microphone and adjusting the volume.

You can use the wheel to adjust the volume.
You can use the wheel to adjust the volume.

Additionally, we also liked that you can mute the mic by fully lifting it out of the way — a handy feature if you need to quickly mute the mic.

Some headsets have a program where you can customize your equalizer settings.
Some headsets have a program where you can customize your equalizer settings.

Being wireless, you have relatively unlimited mobility compared to the wired headsets, but the charging cable is a bit on the short side if you try and wear it while it is charging. The mic isn't detachable, but you can enable a sidetone for it.

Value


The Corsair Void Pro is a poor choice if shopping on a tight budget, mixing a mediocre performance with a higher than average price tag.

Conclusion


Overall, we weren't fans of this product and find it hard to recommend, especially when the exceptionally strong showing from comparably priced headsets is taken into account. You can get some of the best headsets around for the same price, albeit without the ability to program the RGB LEDs to match the rest of your setup.


David Wise and Austin Palmer