Corsair’s carved itself out a pleasant area of interest. Wi-fi headsets have come down in value a lot during the last 5 years, however nonetheless common round $150 listing value—a class that features Logitech’s G533 and G933, HyperX’s new Cloud Flight, the SteelSeries Arctis 7, Razer’s Man O’ War, and extra.
And but someway Corsair continues to place out its flagship wi-fi headset for $100. The newest iteration is the Void Professional, which improves upon its predecessor’s microphone whereas holding the identical low value. Not an enormous improve, however is it sufficient to earn our advice? Learn on to seek out out.
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I’ll admit: I hoped for a extra intensive design overhaul with the Void Professional. That’s not the case. Corsair’s Void Professional is basically equivalent to the previous Void model. In case you cherished the unique Void, you’ll love the Professional. In case you, like me, discovered the Void competent however flawed in quite a few small methods? Nicely, all these flaws have been carried over too.
Chief amongst them, for me, is the dimensions of the Void Professional. Even on the decrease settings, the Void Professional tends to really feel free. This may be helpful. Whereas some headsets clamp down in your head/jaw and regularly develop into painful, the Void Professional’s mild contact permits for longer-term consolation. Nonetheless, the Void Professional is so free it really slips round once I lookup or down, and even lean again in my chair.
This, mixed with the Void Professional’s outsized kite-shaped ears and slick mesh padding, contributes to weirdly precarious feeling—as if the headset would possibly fall off at any second. You ultimately get used to it, however different headsets (just like the HyperX Cloud Alpha) handle to really feel each snug and safe. I want Corsair may discover a related compromise, as a result of it’s the principle challenge I’ve with the Void line.
The Void Professional is in any other case fairly strong although. Whereas sporting a bit extra plastic than a few of its opponents, the strengthened metallic headband provides it a good heft. The scarf additionally slants ahead a bit, which balances its weight higher than another headsets.
Corsair’s RGB lighting stays nonetheless top-notch, and simply managed by way of software program. Battery life can also be first rate, with round 12 hours of battery when lit up and 16-ish when darkish. Both approach, it’s normally sufficient to get by way of the day with no need a cost—although once I did want the charging cable mid-day I used to be aggravated at how quick it’s. Alternatively that’s simply rectified by shopping for (or simply scrounging up) an extended microUSB cable.
Corsair was additionally variety sufficient to ship over the blacked out model of the Void Professional this time, relatively than the bumblebee colorway we’ve handled the previous few instances. No shock: The jet-black model is lots simpler on the eyes. Much less distinctive perhaps, however higher than what I referred to final time as “Stab Me In The Eyes Yellow.”
One bizarre caveat: Even the black (or “Carbon” as Corsair calls it) model of the Void Professional comes with a yellow-accented charging cable and USB dongle. For…causes. The USB dongle may additionally stand to be shrunk down a bit. It’s nonetheless a full two-inch thumb drive dimension, which is a bit annoying whether or not plugged into the entrance or rear of the PC.
As I mentioned, the Void Professional mimics the unique Void, flaws and all. These flaws don’t detract an excessive amount of from the Void Professional contemplating it’s solely $100, however I hope the following refresh is extra intensive and solves at the very least a couple of of those longstanding design points.
Are you able to hear me now?
However let’s speak about the way it sounds, since that’s the place Corsair’s concentrated its efforts—significantly the microphone.
It actually does make an enormous distinction. Ostensibly the explanation you’re shopping for a gaming headset and never a comparably priced (and possibly higher sounding) pair of headphones is since you need the comfort of a built-in microphone. If that microphone sucks, then why trouble?
And the unique Void’s microphone sucked. From our authentic Void assessment:
“Corsair’s downside is twofold. First, the vary is fairly slim and it sounds such as you’re speaking by way of a cell-phone mic. Second, it has a nasty behavior of choosing up any and all plosives.”
The Void Professional is best on each counts, although it’s the constancy that counts most. As I mentioned, the unique Void’s microphone sounded such as you have been speaking by way of a mobile phone or a walkie talkie. A headset microphone simply must be “ok,” contemplating most customers are solely utilizing it for in-game voice chat, however Corsair barely met even that low bar earlier than. The brand new Void Professional mic is extra natural-sounding, extra according to what I’d count on from a headset in 2018. It’s higher on the plosives entrance too, choosing up fewer secondary noises—good for anybody who doesn’t use push-to-talk.
As for playback, not a lot has modified. Once more, it’s a little bit of a “flaws and all” scenario. Firstly, the ears nonetheless leak a lot of sound—not nice in case you’re in a shared dwelling house scenario. Even at low volumes, no matter you are listening to could be clearly heard in a quiet house.
Apart from that minor mechanical challenge, the Void Professional is brighter-sounding than your common gaming headset, with a default sound profile that’s mild on the bass. Audio may sound muffled at instances, particularly music the place there are many sophisticated tracks layered on high of one another. It lacks the roominess of one thing just like the HyperX Cloud or Logitech’s G933.
The mid-range is obvious although, and that’s a strong basis for the consumer to then EQ upon. Like the unique Void, Corsair’s CUE software program is versatile sufficient to provide the Void Professional a good bass presence and sharpen the muffled high-end. I usually desire a headset that sounds good by default, not one the place I’ve to muck round within the EQ, however effectively, it’s $100.
And that’s the catch, proper? Like I mentioned with the unique Void, you’ll be able to simply get higher audio—each from cheaper wired headsets and dearer wi-fi ones. However for $100 and wi-fi, the Void Professional is greater than ok for the common individual. Much more so, now that the microphone is as much as par.
It’s not the primary headset I’d attain for, and I’d personally advocate the additional $50 for Logitech’s G533, however if you’d like wi-fi capabilities and do not wish to spend greater than $100, then the Void Professional is a worthwhile possibility. Your solely possibility, actually.
Once more, Corsair’s carved out a pleasant area of interest for itself right here.