Corsair Void Pro Wireless SE RGB Gaming Headset Introduction

Corsair has put out a number of gaming headsets over the years which have continued to evolve and improve as all products do to remain relevant. The Void line of headsets were well received though faced some stiff competition, especially since the gaming headset market space seems to get ever increasingly crowded these days with no true innovator leading the way at the moment. Corsair's latest premium offering in that category is the Void Pro with Dolby 7.1 surround sound, RGB lighting and wireless connectivity, among other things. It comes in white or carbon (a.k.a. black) finishes, plus as we were fortunate enough to receive, a "yellow jacket' special edition (SE) version. The first two will retail for $99.99 but the SE version will cost an extra $30.00 though in addition to the cool yellow/black color scheme, it also offers a dock for the transmitter so it can be better placed for optimum reception. There are also wired versions, one called the Void Pro USB available in white/carbon and other the Void Pro Surround that will be available in cherry/carbon - each retailing for $79.99. The cable and coloring aside they all look pretty similar which is pretty darn nice which isn't by accident. They were designed in collaboration with BMW's DesignWorks studio in California. I think the outcome worked rather well in that regard and the specs grid a little farther down the page will give you the necessary details for each. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless SE The high-quality audio comes from custom-tuned 50mm neodymium speaker drives that boast a frequency response of 20Hz - 20kHz with an impedance of 32 Ohms @ 1kHz. What all of this means is a broad frequency range covering booming lows and ringing highs in Dolby 7.1 surround for your aural pleasure. The unidirectional microphone is similarly equipped with high quality specifications including a frequency response of 1000Hz - 10kHz with noise cancelling ability so that being heard clearly in the heat of battle is not an issue. [gallery size="medium" ids="197280,197279"] Overall, the headset weighs in at 390 grams, somewhat hefty in comparison to others partly due to the integrated lighting and wireless electronics though not too bulky at 228mm(L) x 242mm(W) x 108mm(H). The wireless signal works at 2.4 GHz and has a rated range of 40ft and according to Corsair, will last for a good 16 hours before needing a recharge. If you game longer than that, other than needing professional help, you can also use them while connected to the ~80" USB cable.

Corsair Void Pro Features and Specifications:

Type 2.4 GHZ Wireless (USB receiver) 2.4 GHZ Wireless (USB receiver) Wired USB Wired 3.5mm analog
Available Colors Yellow Jacket Carbon/White Carbon/White Carbon/Cherry
Audio Dolby Headphone 7.1 Dolby Headphone 7.1 Dolby Headphone 7.1 Dolby Headphone 7.1
Driver 50mm Neodymium 50mm Neodymium 50mm Neodymium 50mm Neodymium
Battery Life Up to 16 hours Up to 16 hours N/A N/A
Freq Response 20Hz - 20kHz 20Hz - 20kHz 20Hz - 20kHz 20Hz - 20kHz
Impedance 32 Ohms @ 1kHz 32 Ohms @ 1kHz 32 Ohms @ 1kHz 32 Ohms @ 1kHz
Mic Type Unidirectional noise cancelling Unidirectional noise cancelling Unidirectional noise cancelling Unidirectional noise cancelling
Mic Impedance 2.0k Ohms 2.0k Ohms 2.0k Ohms 2.0k Ohms
Mic Freq Response 100Hz - 10kHz 100Hz - 10kHz 100Hz - 10kHz 100Hz - 10kHz
Mic Sensitivity -38 dB (± 3 dB) -38 dB (± 3 dB) -38 dB (± 3 dB) -38 dB (± 3 dB)
Dimensions 228mm(L) x 242mm(W) x 108mm(H) 228mm(L) x 242mm(W) x 108mm(H) 228mm(L) x 242mm(W) x 108mm(H) 228mm(L) x 242mm(W) x 108mm(H)
Product Weight 390g 390g 390g 380g
Warranty 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years
MSRP $129.99 $99.99 $79.99 $79.99
Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless SE Contents In the package of the yellow jacket SE version we have a number of items outside of the headset itself. There's a safety leaflet, warranty guide, instruction booklet, a USB to micro-USB cable for charging the headset, a USB thumb drive type wireless transmitter, and a wired dock for the transmitter to plug into. All follow the same yellow/black scheme of the headset itself. [gallery ids="197292,197282,197283"] It simply plugs into the dock which has a roughly 5ft cord to help place the transmitter in the best position possible for a strong signal, sans interference.

Corsair Void Pro SE RGB Headset Closer Look

Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless SE Front Having a look at the Corsair Void Pro, it's a handsome set of cans and I'm a fan of the yellow though admittedly it's not for everyone. Personally, the yellow/black color combination reminds of the old Kenny Roberts Yamaha racing motorcycles that were so popular during my younger days (most millennials will be scratching their heads at this point as I provide a clue as to my age here). The aluminum alloy yokes blend in nicely and complement the overall color scheme not matter the hue of the plastic. The absence of wires give it freedom of movement though one should moderate the intensity of movement as it doesn't have a particularly strong clamp on the head so becoming dislodged from optimum positioning is a real risk. According to Corsair, this is a result of the viscoelastic memory foam that gives long term comfort. The boom for the microphone extends from the left side and swivels up out of the way when not needed. When rotated up, the system is smart enough to auto-mute the microphone and there's a visual alert of this with a band of red lighting up towards the end of the boom. While on the subject, voice clarity from the microphone is very good, even without the removable foam breath guard in place. I had no complaints from users on the other end when in use and I could hear via the sidetone that no excess ambient noise was being picked up. The microphone is DISCORD certified so rest assured the hardware and software meet qualifications from an industry standard. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless SE Rear There's also viscoelastic memory foam along the bottom of the headband for additional wearing comfort. It's made out of the same soft and breathable microfiber mesh fabric as found on the ear cups. I was able to wear them for many hours at a time without them ever feeling uncomfortable - a little warm - yes, but that's going to happen with any closed circumaural headphones. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless SE Left The left side is the really the business end of things on the headset. As mentioned, the boom extends from here which rotates down to extended directly out forward as well as rotating straight up to be out of the way when out of use. The power button is also located on this side as well as the mute button which works in addition to the auto-mute activation when the mic is swung upward. Toward the rear is a multi-function jog type switch which we'll get into in just a moment. Obviously, the controls and such are located on this side because it's typically the non-mouse hand so gaming action needs very little interruption should an adjustment be needed. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless SE Right The Corsair logo that adorns this side along with the other are white when not lit and virtually any other color or pattern on demand through the CUE software. The lighting itself isn't super bright, even when set to full intensity, depending on the colors so if there's a lot of ambient light and you are using say, orange, it's going to look a little washed out. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless SE Swivel The ear cups themselves do rotate so they can fit flat on your chest when putting the band down around your neck or lay flat on the desktop. This is pretty typical of most any gaming headset. [gallery size="medium" ids="197284,197290,197293"] The foam covers are removable, revealing the plastic grill neath where the 50mm neodynmium speakers reside. Underneath the left can is the micro-USB port for charging (though can be used during charging) and here you can see the multi-function jog switch that can be used to increase or decrease the volume level at each upward or downward flick respectively, but also can change to one of the available EQ profiles with a short press or toggle between stereo and Dolby with a long press. Thus, mitigating the need to jump over to software for use tasks. Speaking of software...that's exactly what we'll be looking at next.

CUE Software

The Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) is the very same that's used to configure most of their more recent gaming products with the Void Pro being no exception though we needed Corsair to send us an updated version 2.16.87 to make sure everything worked smoothly, which it did. [gallery size="medium" ids="197278,197273"] On the main screen, a representation of the headset is shown along with two sliders and a button which toggles between stereo and Dolby mode. The left slider controls the microphone volume and the right controls the sidetone - or the level of what you hear as picked up by the microphone. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless SE CUE EQ On the next page the EQ can be adjusted using a number of available presets or manually to which you can save your own presets as I did here with one called LR. They can be enabled or disabled in the app and then cycled through using the jog dial/button on the headset themselves. [gallery size="medium" ids="197275,197276"] The RGB colors have a myriad of settings with the simplist being a solid color of your choosing from amongst millions, a blinking, breathing, rainbow pulse, rainbow, or beat patterns. Most of each have sub-settings for things like speed ot pattern variations. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless SE CUE Settings Finally, the general settings screen offers a number of other choices including a way to update the firmware for the headset and transmitter. Voice prompts can be enabled which consists of a pleasant female voice announcing events such as mute on/off, profile changes, charging battery, etc. Auto shutoff can be toggled and the brightness can be modified via a slider. Each of these will have an impact on battery life. Finally, settings specific to the app can be set here such as starting with Windows, enabling SDK, and electing to show only connected devices. And that about takes care of the software piece so let's get into the use and performance.

Corsair Void Pro SE RGB Headset Use and Final Thoughts

Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless SE - Corsair One Pro As mentioned early on the Corsair Void Pro Wireless headset (this being the SE version) is quite handsome and checks all the boxes one would be consulting a wish list of items in a gaming headset. It's attractive, has great sound - 7.1 Dolby no less, is wireless, and comfortable to use over long periods. Some may take exception to the wireless part being desirable in gaming headset because of a bias of opinion towards lag but none could be found here. The 2.4GHz wireless connectivity worked flawlessly from well over 30 feet away and through walls no less. It uses automatic frequency hopping to constantly find the optimal signal which worked very well given the amount of 2.4GHz interference I have around the house with amount of home automation gadgets I have scattered throughout. Honestly, this was an area I was concerned about going in. The added flexibility of an extensible dock for the transmitter only helped disabuse the notion that wireless headsets unreliable at a distance. In fact, the majority of time I used it, I simply plugged the USB dongle directly into an available USB port and never had to give it another thought. I never felt like the audio quality was compromised by the signal. When the signal dropped, it dropped altogether like cell phones do. No static or distortion, just dead air. I had to walk pretty far around multiple corners from my office to finally get it to drop off. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless SE Vengeance The sound quality is excellent, whether slogging it out in a game, listening to a movie, or jamming out to some tunes. I actually found a cool website that gives a slew of audio samples in various frequencies for testing audio equipment. Much of it is very much like the hearing tests you get at the doctor's office during a physical (PSA - if you aren't getting an annual physical - especially those getting up there in age, please schedule one...we would like our readers to remain healthy and stick around!). If you are to try out the various tests on the aforementioned site, pay close attention to the 10 Hz >> 200 Hz range and bass shaker tests. If turned up loud, this is where lesser quality speakers will begin to sound distorted (if they can even reproduce the sound at all) but I'm happy to report none of that was experienced with the Void Pro. In fact, all of the test sounded great. The Binaural Test - the one where it's a knocking sound - scared the bejesus out of me because I literally thought someone knocked on the wall next to me and I was home alone at the time. I should've thoroughly read the description first! If you find the audio test site useful, consider making a donation (Disclaimer - we have absolutely no affiliation or vested interest with the site, it's creator, and/or owner). It does take time and effort to maintain a site, not to mention hosting costs, etc. so be considerate. As a donor, you'll receive access to files for use off-line as a bonus on top of the satisfaction of being a good interweb citizen. In full disclosure, I did make a personal monetary donation. Frequency Response Using the CUE software to tune the EQ, I was able to get very good bass response without muddying the sound too much (this tends to be an issue with sub par speakers) and the 7.1 surround worked well, helping me identify potential enemies lurking about outside my field of view and giving good aural immersion while watching movies. My much older Vengeance 1500 headset, which I've used for years, sounded tinny in comparison so any guesses as to which one will be my go to headset going forward? As mentioned, I personally felt the fit was somewhat loose and had the tendency to shift with rapid head movement. When I queried Corsair, they chalked it up to the softness of the viscoelastic memory foam. It's also likely they were consciously avoiding an overly tight fit which can definitely lead to premature wear fatigue. Being that one doesn't do a lot of head shaking when gaming unless unnecessarily hyperactive or prone to ego spasms upon various achievements, I'll take the comfort part of that equation any day. I really did forget I was wearing these even after a handful of hours, thanks to the microfiber mesh cloth and memory foam which speaks volumes to their comfort. Upon reflection, perhaps I've been wearing my headsets too tight all this time? I found that "loose" feeling abated over time though they can still be dislodged with a not so subtle shake of the head. These aren't the lightest headsets on the market but not heavy by any stretch so that never factored into my perceived comfort. At the end of it all, yes they still feel a little loose on the head to me but I definitely think that plays into their comfort on the positive side so I won't exactly pan Corsair for their design in this respect. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless SE LED Also as mentioned, the RGB lighting has a smorgasbord of color combinations available in a number of patterns but even on the brightest setting the lighter hues tended to be washed out a bit when there's a fair amount of ambient light. Not all that unusual for some RGB products and given brighter = less battery life, I can't really complain about it. I did notice that when setting to any of the patterns that leverage some sort of blinking in he CUE software, with no audio actually playing, there was an ever so slight tone that could be heard as a result of the lighting that occurred every time the light pulsed on. Again, this was ever so slight and it was dead quiet in the room otherwise, so nothing you would notice with sound of any sort coming through the speakers. I just so happened to hear it when playing with the RGB lighting after first receiving them and not having another RGB capable headset to compare to, I can't say if this is unusual or not. Personally, I'd leave the RGB off altogether to maximize battery life, which indeed I did and found that it lasted me the rated 16 hours with no problem. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless SE Mute In addition to being comfortable, they feel quite stout in the way of build quality which is excellent and at no point in any of the fixed or articulating pieces do they give a sense of fragility. The PA6 glass infused fiber plastic doesn't give a hint of flex. I didn't exactly drop them down concrete stairs or throw them in a blender but I banged them around a bit to see if I could maybe douse the RGB lighting and to my (and I'm sure Corsair's) delight, they came away no worse for the wear and continue to function as they did when I freed them from the confines of the packaging. I guess you could say they took a knocking and kept on rocking. Void Pro SE At $129.99 for the yellow jacket SE versions of the Void Pro headsets, it pushes the high-end of what one can expect to pay for the top tier gaming headsets on the market but if the extended transmitter dock and yellow color don't exactly ring your bell, you can save $30 by going with the white or carbon version for just $99.99. For those that would like pricing to even come down a step further, one of the non-wireless (RGB or 3.5mm surround) version kicks it down to $79.99 which carries most of the same specs except as noted in the table on the first page of this article. However, I can tell you that freedom from wires on a headset is awesome and I didn't realize what a pain wires are was until using these so call me a convert. In the end, the most crucial criteria in the formula for success of a gaming headset is comfort and sound quality. I think Corsair nailed those and then added to it great things like wireless, RGB lighting,  superb microphone performance, durability, and aesthetics. What's not to like? LR Recommended Award Legit Bottom Line: If you're in need of a quality 7.1 surround gaming headset and wires are something you'd rather do without, the Corsair Void Pro has a perfect fit for your needs and if indifferent about being tethered, they have some of those too - along with some cost avoidance for skipping the wireless components.