All of us are aware how Corsair rejuvenated their entire lineup from ground up since last year's Computex. They've brought in new offering along with revamping the older one's to create an entirely new catalogue of impressive peripherals and components. Out of everything three offering stood out and they were the trio of the Scimitar Gaming Mouse, STRAFE RGB Cherry MX Keyboard and the Void RGB Gaming Headset. We've already reviewed the first two and unfortunately couldn't get our hands on the Void wireless RGB gaming headset but thanks to Corsair India today we get to review the latest iteration of the Void headset and its the Corsair VOID Stereo Gaming Headset.
This particular iteration of the VOID comes in a 3.5mm jack flavor unlike the others that have either a hybrid USB connector or are completely wireless. On one hand this makes it a more universally compatible since you can connect it to all the handheld devices including a gaming console, provided you have the controller with a 3.5mm jack, but on the other hand it takes away the liberty to use the Corsair CUE utility and hence no RGB or virtual channel configuration support.
Rest everything is same including the massive 50mm neodymium driver and the build quality which is pretty much evident from the spec sheet aswell as the image above.
What's in the Box?
Corsair went ahead with the signature packing style and stuck to a black box with yellow trims. The front has a transparent window to peek in and see the actual product along with key features depicted in words aswell as through icons at the bottom.
The box contains a warranty slip and a starter guide along with a Y-splitter. Though the headset comes with a four pole 3.5mm jack which makes it compatible with handheld devices including cell phones but the Y-spillter comes in handy for connecting it to a laptop/desktop.
I personally like braided cables especially on premium to semi premium devices but the VOID unfortunately comes with a plain plastic coated wire!
Corsair VOID Stereo headset is made out of solid premium plastic that looks and even feels like metal in most cases. It has a high horizontal swivel than vertical swivel making it adjust and fit on almost all head sizes with perfect snugness.
The RGB Corsair Sails have been replaced by a bright yellow logo printed on each cup. The cups can rotate a full 180° with the left being plane while the right one has a mic mute botton and the volume dial at the back along with the boom microphone.
While the mic mute button is nice and has a click to it upon pressing the volume dial feels a bit cheap in terms of build and even fragile at some point. It would've been better if the dial was a bit thicker and clicked upon turning to add a more robust build feel.
I loved the boom mic personally as its flexible which a mic should be and has a perfect design bringing it comfortably close to my lips. The indication lights are absent in the Stereo VOID probably a step to thoroughly blend in the non RGB style.
The micro-fiber coated memory foam on the ear cups and head band is silky soft & feels weighless once worn. I'm not a fan of cloth rubbing against my ears but this one is a different story, the fiber is smooth and doesn't feel cheap and definitely not like a Nike jersey on my ears! In-fact it might be the best fiber I've experienced to date on any headset of this price bracket!
Time to Hit the Cords!
Since the Stereo VOID aims at gaming we tested it with four of our all time favorites, Crysis 3 for its excellent blend of audio, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor for its pitch perfect environmental sounds, DOOM for its bass intensive sound effects and NFS: Rivals well simply 'coz I like that game!
In Crysis 3 we had no issue whatsoever in listening to or understanding what Prophet was saying and noises were greatly distinguished in the heat of battle, even of the crickets in the NY jungle! Though footsteps were clearly audible but Prophet's voice lacked the signature depth . In Shadow of Mordor we could really feel the voices coming but the proximity wasn't fathomable due to lack of channel customization option. We didn't notice anything wrong with the DOOM gameplay but the bass was lacking & was damped to a large extent. The engines of Bugatti or Lamborghini never revved any better and we were impressed by the mids these cups had to offer without any cracking whatsoever even on full volumes.
Bryan Adam's Heaven and some of my all time favorite Bollywood songs sounded satisfactory with good enough mids and lows. Eminem Legacy and Rap God were very clear but with dampened bass, even at full volume songs from 3 Doors Down, Motorhead or Metallica didn't crack displaying the true power of the 50mm drivers that it uses. In short I wasn't satisfied with the music or movie performance of the Stereo VOID.
My VerdictThe wireless Corsair VOID has always been the fancy of many gamers and enthusiasts simply due to its eye catching design and the Stereo VOID satisfies all those craving souls with an identical design at a much affordable price tag of $60 or Rs 7000 in India. Coming in at that price makes these headphones one of the best one's in terms of sheer build quality and comfort level. The competing headsets are either too heavy or not that comfortable. The mic is the true star of this device as it works flawlessly be it in-game chat or a Skype call.
So if you are a Corsair fanboy or have a Corsair gaming station build in progress then the Stereo VOID is a must go for you. It will also appeal to the masses that strictly wants a gaming headset with comfort at prime importance, pretty much a majority of LAN gamers who indulge in marathon gaming session!
I give it a 7/10 earning our Silver Award!