Corsair Void RGB Elite USB Headset Review
The original Corsair Void Pro was a really good attempt at a premium headset with a few details that could be improved upon. With the Corsair Void Elite we think that all those areas have been cleaned up, leaving us with a headset which is affordable for one with so many features and has the sound quality improvements necessary to put it amongst the big boys.
We haven't long reviewed the high end Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE and it was a revelation, with excellent comfort and sound quality. It left us wondering if the lessons learnt from the original Void were a part of that and if there would be a new take on the Void design. Sure enough there is, and it's clear that Corsair haven't rested on their laurels nor decided that the Virtuoso will be their comfortable, premium audio solution and everyone else can put up with the minor issues on the Void. In fact the £70 price tag on our review model, the middle of the three Void Elite options, is so low it almost beggars belief.
Whilst the audio fidelity of the Void Pro was good, the tuned 50mm neodymium drivers in the Void Elite are significantly better. The difference between the standard headset frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz and the higher end 20Hz-30kHz drivers of the Void Elite is profound. With so much more room to breathe the various elements of your sonic palette are more clearly defined and sounds that had previously been compressed into indistinctness become obvious. This isn't just something that brings improvements to your games, but to all audio sources. From Netflix to Spotify those extra 10kHz really breathe new life into your listening pleasure. In fact you will find the odd song you thought was well produced suddenly has its flaws revealed.
Comfort was the main thing that we felt any new Void would need to improve and the Elite ticks all of our boxes. The Pro put too much pressure on the top of your ears thanks to slightly mis-designed hinges but the refinements of the Elite have a huge effect. The Elite sits perfectly on your head and the use of memory foam in both the headband and ear pieces smooth out those slight misshapen bits of our skull giving an even pressure everywhere. The light weight of the headset only adds to this, leaving you with something you could wear all day without issue. Lastly the microphone has been brought bang up to date with some under-the-hood improvements that let you chat on Discord or shout at your teammates with equal clarity.
We spend so much money getting incrementally better visuals in our games that it seems insane how many people put up with cheap headsets when the difference in price between a bargain basement headset and a high end one is nowhere near the difference between competing models of the same GPU, let alone better ones, but the improvement to your experience is just as revelatory. The Void Elite USB is this ideology and then some, because it is the scarcely believable price of £69.99. For that you get comfort, great sound quality, helpful usability features and some RGB lighting. You owe it to your ears to upgrade from that flimsy bit of plastic you clamp to your head.
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