Hey everyone, Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom.
In my pursuit to find the most comfortable and best-performing headsets for PC gaming, I ran across these to test. Corsair just released their new Void Pro lineup, replacing last year’s models by re-tuning the audio drivers, improving on its microphone, and providing new memory foam earpads. This is the Corsair VOID Surround Review. As always, I’ll place my links above, click on my links and they’ll give you the most updated prices in real-time, you never know when these things go on sale.
PHYSICAL DESIGN AND COMFORT
Going over the physical features, what has improved is the cushion up top and the cushions used on the removable ear pads. They’re softer, smoother feeling and feature a breathable mesh. The amount of feedback isn’t as firm as last year’s model, and because of this, I noticed there’s less clamping force at the jawline, and less pressure being pushed down at the crown of my head.
When I weighed these things, they’re one of the lightest dedicated gaming headsets coming in at around 340 grams, very similar to last years model. Comparing to the competition, they’re actually one of the lightest on the market that I could find.
So how about real world use? These are a closed-back over-ear headset, meaning my big ears were able to fit completely inside the earcup. While wearing, my ear lobes barely touched the inside lining, helping to keep them sweat free. And over the long run, playing games like Battlefield 1 and those crazy long Operation matches that lasts about 30 to 45 minutes each, I played several rounds of those lasting a little over two hours straight, my ears never sweated, and minimal to no wearing fatigue was noticed.
BUILD QUALITY AND CONTROLS
Taking a closer look, you guys know I’m big on aesthetics – I wish Corsair this time around used a more premium type of plastic. The high gloss looks nice, but it is indeed fingerprint prone, and it is sensitive to micro scratches when you wipe your prints away. The left earcup does feature an easily accessible mute button, and on the rear is an additional volume knob to adjust on the fly. The audio cable into the headset is very sturdy and beefy, though it’s not removable.
Extending down, there are no in-line controllers which I don’t mind at all, and it ends at a 3.5mm connection, so you can use this with your Playstation and Xbox consoles. For you to use this with your PC and have Dolby sound, you simply attach the included dongle to the end and connect this to your PC. But, more on my audio review shortly. Going back to the headset, there is a built-in microphone that adjusts very easily and is highly durable. It’s not detachable, but it is able to swivel vertically up to get it out the way.
VIDEO GAME SOUND PERFORMANCE
So with everything being said, how’s the performance? The Void Pro Surrounds provided some of the most well-balanced and least-synthetic surround sound experiences of any headset that I’ve tested. Using the Void Pro Surround for several hours, I didn’t have listening fatigue because audio frequencies are not overblown, they’re not exaggerated. If anything, and the best word I can use to describe this is, it’s simply balanced. For example, the explosions that produce bass aren’t overpowering and the high frequencies are not sharp enough to cause an ear-piercing experience when bullets fly by you. On the flip side, I can see some would prefer an audio signature that’s a bit more colorful and brighter. Explosions, big characters walking in game, to buildings toppling down and such won’t be as immersive as there isn’t much deep, resonating bass. First person shooter war games, again like Battlefield 1 that I’ve been in-love with aren’t as visceral sounding as it could be. Now, I did play around with EQ settings in the CUE program. Bumping up bass did provide more bass, but it wasn’t that deep, warm, and rumbling bass that I was hoping for. Once you start adjusting other frequencies as well, the headset starts to distort the audio signature that made it clean earlier, it sounds either too sharp or too muddy – the tweaking response wasn’t that great.
As for the surround sound performance, toggling between Stereo and Dolby in the CUE app, I do notice a decent, not necessarily drastic difference. For an $80 price tag, the Void Pro’s do well for casual gaming. They provide a more spatial experience and a sense of airiness once Dolby is on. For the casual gamer looking to better their audio experience and entertainment, these worked out very well. You can hear enemies sneaking up on you or hear the enemy on the other side of the wall, if you’re playing some no-respawn Search and Destroy.
THE COMPETITIVE EDGE
Now, for very competitive players looking for that audio advantage, if you can afford more, about $150 and up, there are other headsets that I’ve tested that do much better in identifying spatial sound and competitive gaming in general. At a pro level, at a competitive level, I would suggest spending a little more and looking elsewhere if you’re very much serious.
At the end of the day, for the $80 price range, I would hands down get these for entertaining and casual gameplay, campaign modes, etc. They’re lightweight, they’re comfortable, the audio signature is very clean and balanced, and the added Dolby Surround is an added bonus when using this on PC. As for EQ tuning, they didn’t tune as well as I would have hoped, but I found the stock factory settings to be perfect if you’re into a balanced audio signature. If you’re at the $80 to $100 budget, definitely check these out. You guys take care, I’ll see you on the next one.