Corsair Void Pro RGB Review
Pros: Programmable lights
Cons: Subpar microphone, expensive
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This headset has controls on the headphones for both muting the microphone and adjusting 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.
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.
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.
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