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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The new budget Corsair VOID Pro Surround is out but will it be enough to fill in the ‘void’ for Corsair!?

Alright! So Corsair just launched their very new Corsair VOID Gaming Headset, yes I know the VOID is old but this is the new refresh lineup. Since the previous Corsair VOID headsets were very successful especially the VOID wireless RGB headset Corsair decided to revamp the whole lineup to keep it in synch with the present market trend. I have with me the Corsair VOID Pro Surround Hybrid Gaming Headset with me today all thanks to Corsair India even though its mouthful of a name to pronounce I’m pretty excited to see what this new kid on the block has to offer.

At around 80 the Corsair VOID Pro Surround utilizes 50mm neodymium drivers to deliver a thump pumping audio quality at a maximum 20Khz all working perfectly with almost any device you can name of including PC, cell phones, tablets and even gaming consoles of the latest generation.With an impedance of 32 Ohms the new VOID series comes in three flavors namely as the VOID Pro Wireless RGB, VOID Pro USB and the VOID Pro Surround that we have today. Also the VOID Pro Surround comes in two colors combinations of red and black or completely black to go with your setup and preferences.

What’s in the Box!?

Corsair seems to have adopted the new yellow and black theme permanently and the same story continues for the Corsair Gaming H2100 aswell. The box comes in a yellow and black accent all over along with all the vital details neatly enlisted especially the fact that it supports Genuine Dolby 7.1 surround sound and is fully compatible with all the platforms and handheld devices or consoles. A see through Windows would’ve looked great but that is something missing on the front.

Inside the box you get the Corsair VOID Pro Surround Gaming Headset along with a bunch of accessories and papers like the warranty and instruction manual, a microphone foam cap and the Dolby Digital 7.1 channel USB dongle which we’ll be discussing later on.

A look inside the VOID

Corsair VOID Pro Surround headset is made out of solid premium glass fiber infused 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 Corsair sails logo is grey and not RGB infact nothing on the Surround is RGB to make it clear from the start itself to prevent any further disappointment for the RGB lovers out there. The black area is glossy but not a finger print magnet making it appealing and hassle free to maintain. The closed back cups can rotate a full 180° with the left being plane while the right one has a mic mute button 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. This is something that they’ve not improved upon the previous generation VOIDs 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! Also this is a new fiber unlike the one used on the VOID stereo from the previous generation that came in the price range.

Unfortunately the cord on the VOID Pro Surround is non braided and is coated with some silicon like material which keeps it soft and very strong so as to avoid those irritating kinks and bends. Also the cable is very long and more than enough for anyone out there ending into a two pole 3.5mm jack which makes it so widely compatible.

Coming to the most interesting part of the Corsair VOID Pro Surround, the Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround Sound USB dongle. Basically it is a USB dongle that you can plug into your PC or laptop and then connect the VOID headset to via the 3.5mm jack inlet. The VOID Pro Surround in all truthfulness is not a surround sound headset but a usual stereo headset that is made to act like one by virtue of this adapter/dongle and hence the name ‘hybrid’ in the product name. Hybrid surround sound uses science to electronically process the audio signal output by your game or other stereo source to fool your brain into thinking these headphones are 7.1 surround capable when they really aren’t. Dolby Labs by carefully tweaking delay and reflection timing (Echo effects), does a pretty convincing job of fooling your brain into thinking sounds are originating from behind and to the sides of your head. In fact you can plug any stereo headphone set into the included Dolby 7.1 Surround audio adapter and achieve pretty much the same surround effects. I would love to see Corsair launching these USB adpaters as a standalone product in near future!

Making it Work. CUE explained!

The Corsair VOID Pro Surround is a plug and play device when using the 3.5mm jack or the provided USB Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound adapter with the latter being a PC exclusive luxury. However if you are using this headset with Windows 7 then be aware that you’ll need to set the Corsair Dolby Surround adapter as the default audio adapter for the PC which is not required to be done in Windows 10. Also once plugged in using the adapter the VOID would become CUE compliant giving you a handful of control over the behavior of the device.

Using the CUE software you can not only control to enable/disable Dolby Digital but also control the volume of the microphone and sidetone which is a handy feature for those who want full control over the mic. Also a set of presets are given to choose from to suit the activity being performed at the moment such as FPS for gaming, Movie Theater, Bass Booster etc which can either be further customized or you can yourself make your own profile with desired settings maybe for a particular game. I however felt that the headset works best when using the default settings especially in the Dolby Digital mode since tweaking the settings tend to distort the audio effects when the Dolby Digital mode is active so I suggest that you stick with the default and just customize the mic volume as per your usage.

Gaming Performance

Since the Corsair VOID Pro Surround aims at gaming, obviously, we tested it with some of our all time favorites, Crysis 3 and Battlefield 1 for its excellent blend of audio, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor for its pitch perfect environmental sounds 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! Battlefield 1 came out fully immersive especially when it came to sitting inside the battle tanks or listening to aerial bombing happening across the field. In Shadow of Mordor we could really feel the voices coming from different directions and interestingly even though the bass on these headphones are acceptable they didn’t distort the sounds of footsteps from behind and I was able to pin point the enemy location making it a great choice for eSport players including CS:GO. The engines of Bugatti or Lamborghini never revved any better and we were blown away by the deep bass these cups had to offer. Once the ‘hybrid’ Dolby Digital mode was turned on the audio experience just became more pleasant without any in game distortions. All in all these headphones are a major upgrade from its predecessor and work flawlessly, the bass is not too deep but neither is flat and along with good precision audio output I don’t see anything wrong over here. Also the mic is static free and picks up noise at low levels, a bit of a nasal comes in but with a bit of an adjustment that can be taken care of. At the joint the mic does feel a bit weak but is highly flexible and good at picking up voices for in-game chats.

Music, Movies and Miscellaneous Stuff

For movies and music I plugged in the VOID Pro Surround into a ALC 1220 codec based audio solution on my PC motherboard and also we tested it with an Apple iPhone 7 for basically musical playback. Firstly we went in for a wide variety like the dialogue intensive Schindler’s List 12 Years a Slave to high pitch titles like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and The Avengers, all came out in exceptional quality.Bryan Adam’s Heaven and some of my all time favorite Bollywood songs sounded great with exceptional mids and lows accompanied by a good treble. Eminem Legacy and Rap God were as clear as they can be with bass nearing perfection, 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.

My Verdict

Corsair is well known for revamping their products or upgrading them in one way or the other instead of just piling up new names in their catalogues to be honest most of the times these upgrades/revamps are totally worth it or needed, the Corsair VOID Pro Surround gaming headset is one of those products launched at that time! Coming in at 80 it is a massive upgrade over the previous generation VOID Stereo the Corsair VOID Pro Surround is a great headset with upgrades both in terms of aesthetics performance. The fabric material is much better and breathable hence making it lighter and sweat free even during long matches. The mic is more flexible and picks up sound better and doesn’t sound flat at all making it a good multi purpose mic not restricted to gaming only.

Sound reproduction, both in gaming and in general, has improved aswell and is much more richer than before which I’m really happy about since the VOID stereo was just terrible at this! But the true star us the Dolby Digital adapter that does just what its advertised for and magically converts this ordinary headset into a 7.1 channel surround sound headset, if you listen to this and a proper surround sound headset side by side you’ll notice that the performance isn’t much difference when playing games obviously in other areas the proper surround sound product will have an edge but then this is a gaming headset and not meant for an audiophile. The mic still needs a bit of work in terms of its design and quality as it feels flimsy and weak though it isn’t but it does plus the volume knob is still the same old stuff which required a clicker atleast to make it more accurate and avoid accidental change in volumes by a gush of hand movement.

Corsair VOID Pro Surround is an entirely new product with great audio performance substantially magnified by the included Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound adapter. Highly recommend for casual gamers aswell as for eSport players who are looking for one of the best gaming headsets in the sub 100 category!”

  • Good Build Quality
  • Solid sound quality
  • Dolby Digital adapter works exceptionally
  • Aptly priced
  • Mic is a bit flimsy
  • Headset can slip off the head if moved suddenly

Corsair VOID USB Dolby 7.1 RGB Gaming Headset Review

Be sure to visit IGN Tech for all the latest comprehensive hands-on reviews and best-of roundups. Note that if you click on one of these links to buy the product, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use. Corsair‘s headset lineup has gotten a bit confusing over the years since the company seemingly couldn’t decide on a name or a number for its headsets, but it’s now settled on the word VOID for its high-end model. It’s available in both wired and wireless versions, and I reviewed the wired USB version (See it on Amazon) / (See it on Amazon UK). It is listed as having an MSRP of 79.99 and sits in the middle of the Corsair VOID lineup, which includes a 99.99 Wireless model at the top and a 49.99 Stereo model at the other end.

Design and Features

The Corsair VOID USB is an affordable (ish) gaming headset that simulates 7.1 surround sound and boasts solid build quality and a supremely comfortable design. What makes the Corsair VOID so comfortable are the soft memory foam on both the headband and ear cups and the actual shape of the ear cups themselves. The “True Form” ear cups are not your typical round or oval shape, but are shaped more like a trapezoid to mimic the shape of your ear.

Corsair offers two color options for the VOID USB headset: White and Carbon, and we received the white model for review. It features a white-and-black headband and the headphones are connected by sturdy, silver metal brackets. The brackets also let the earcups pivot so they can lay down flat, making them more comfortable when you have the headset resting on your neck or if you need to stuff it into a backpack.

The padded memory-foam headband feels supremely comfortable. It offers ample height adjustment, even for this large-headed reviewer. Overall, the headset has a pleasing weight to it, and feels sturdy and well-built but not so heavy that it’s cumbersome to wear. The ear cups feature soft, memory-foam padding, and like the headband padding, are covered by black microfiber cloth. The cloth felt comfortable but I worried that it might begin to degrade over time, especially if it rubs up against stubble-covered faces, so I wish Corsair included a leatherette option. Inside, a beefy 50mm driver powers each earphone.

I have no complaints about the shape of the ear cups, and glasses-wearing gamers like myself will appreciate their shape, as I found them comfortable to wear since the padding on the front of the ear is runs straight down instead of being rounded, leaving it closer to your ear so it doesn’t press on the stem of your glasses as much as a round or oval ear cup.

The USB cord is nearly six feet in length, offering plenty of room to maneuver while tethered to your computer. My only complaint about the cord is it’s not braided. A braided cable is more supple, gets tangled less, and its cloth sheath is less prone to tearing than a rubber coating.

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The unidirectional, noise-cancelling microphone sits at the end of an adjustable, rubber boom. The boom lets you swing the mic up so it’s out of your way and then lower it into position to talk, but it does not let you move the microphone closer or further from your mouth like you can on some headsets. An LED at the tip of the mic boom glows red when the mic is muted, but it’s difficult to see when you are wearing the headset because it’s angled away from you. I still found it useful for quickly checking if the mic was muted by just moving my finger over the mic and looking for the red glow of the LED. There is a second LED on the mic that goes unused on this model; it alerts owners of the wireless model when the battery is low.

As a member of Corsair’s RGB family of gaming peripherals, the headset features LED lighting on the side of each ear cup. The left ear cup features a large mute button, which we found more convenient to use than an inline control. On the back corner of the bottom edge of the left ear cup, below the mute button, is a volume rocker. You can also press this rocker to cycle through five EQ presets or long-press it to toggle Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound on and off.

Software

You can just plug the Corsair VOID USB into a USB port on your PC or laptop and start using the headset. If you head to Corsair’s site, however, and install its CUE software (Corsair Utility Engine), you’ll be able to customize lighting effects, EQ presets and mic and sidetone volume levels. With the Corsair Engine Utility (CUE) software, you can tweak settings for the lighting effects, EQ presets and the microphone.

For lighting effects, you can choose from among five lighting effects or just a static color. The lighting looks cool and though not exactly useful per se is a nice feature to have, if only to show off a bit at a LAN party. For EQ presets, you start with five presets but you can create your own. If you create your own, you will need to disable one of the default presets; you can have only five available at one time on the headset. Lastly, you can adjust the brightness of the mic’s status LED and set an interval time for it to shine if you don’t want the LED to stay lit the entire time the mic is muted, which defeats the purpose of the LED if you ask me.

Elsewhere in CUE, you’ll find sliders to adjust the mic and sidetone volume. When sidetone is enabled, sound from the mic is sent to the ear cups so you can hear yourself during conversations. Overall, the CUE software is well organized and easy to use, allowing you to jump in quickly to make a change and get right back to gaming.

Performance

I fired up Battlefield 3 to find out how the Corsair VOID USB handled a game that takes place on a large map. The sound was clear and dynamic, but I had an easier time telling left and right sounds than front and back with Dolby 7.1 surround sound enabled. The audio field felt larger in stereo though compared to Dolby 7.1, but it didn’t feel as expansive as when I was using 7.1 surround sound on the HyperX Cloud II headset, which gave me a better sense of directional sound.

I also tested the Corsair VOID USB’s ability to handle music playback by playing The Weekend’s “Starboy” and was impressed by the results. The bass response was powerful and clear, and the mids and highs were crisp and clean. The Bass Boost EQ preset aided the sound; it provided fuller bass without it sounding muddy or dulling the mid-tones.

Lastly, the Corsair VOID USB is not the headset for you if you want something akin to full noise cancellation. For one, the earcup design eliminates most but not all ambient noise. Second, the volume level at maximum remains relatively low. The VOID are many things, but ear-splitting headphones they are not.

Verdict

The Corsair VOID USB Dolby 7.1 RGB Gaming Headset’s chief selling point, to my ears at least, is its uniquely shaped ear cups. They feel natural and comfortable, but I do wish Corsair offered a leatherette option in addition to the microfiber cloth padding. I also quickly grew to love the convenient mute and volume buttons on the left ear cup as well as the ability to toggle Dolby 7.1 on and off and cycle through my EQ presets. In terms of performance, I wish the sound was louder at maximum volume and the 7.1 Dolby virtual surround sound was more convincing. Considering its lowish price however, the Corsair VOID USB headset offers surprisingly solid build quality, a uniquely comfortable design, and decent sound for both games and music.

InWin innovations for Computex 2023

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Manufacturer InWin also used Computex 2023 to introduce some exciting new products. Among them are new fans, ATX 3.0 power supplies and more.

The InWin novelties at a glance

For example, the InWin Neptune fans are new. The series includes the AN120/140 ARGB fans, the DN120/140 fans without RGB lighting, and the DN PRO series, which also comes without RGB lighting.

They all rely on a turbine design and a three-phase motor, which are housed in a precision-engineered metal frame and are said to combine high performance with low noise.

The new MR and TR series AiO liquid coolers come with a radiator in 240 mm, 280 mm, 360 mm and 480 mm and are said to offer excellent cooling performance. Also found inside are the new InWin DN PRO fans.

New products are also being added to the InWin iBuildiShare initiative, which is aimed primarily at a younger demographic and is intended to introduce them to building their own PCs, including the new POC foldable mini-ITX case that now supports AiO liquid cooling, a new ModFree Mini for mini-ITX builders and more accessories in the DUBLI line.

InWin ATX 3.0 Power Supplies

Ready for the latest high-end graphics cards are the new ATX 3.0 power supplies from InWin, which come in 80PLUS Platinum Stnadard and are fully modular. They offer up to 1,300 watts of power, while the new PF II and fully modular VE series come in 750 watts and 850 watts, respectively, as well as 80PLUS Gold efficiency.

Melody Series Headphone Stand

The InWin Melody Series headphone stand does exactly what the name suggests. It marks a sleek stand on 4mm thick aluminum for you to place headphones or headset on.

InWin’s diamond-cut finish and Tempered Glass base with non-slip underside stand out. The series is offered in three models: JAZZ focuses on aluminum, LATIN comes with a USB hub and ARGB lighting, and OPERA has an integrated speaker and ARGB lighting.

InWin innovations for Computex 2023

corsair, void

Manufacturer InWin also used Computex 2023 to introduce some exciting new products. Among them are new fans, ATX 3.0 power supplies and more.

The InWin novelties at a glance

For example, the InWin Neptune fans are new. The series includes the AN120/140 ARGB fans, the DN120/140 fans without RGB lighting, and the DN PRO series, which also comes without RGB lighting.

They all rely on a turbine design and a three-phase motor, which are housed in a precision-engineered metal frame and are said to combine high performance with low noise.

The new MR and TR series AiO liquid coolers come with a radiator in 240 mm, 280 mm, 360 mm and 480 mm and are said to offer excellent cooling performance. Also found inside are the new InWin DN PRO fans.

New products are also being added to the InWin iBuildiShare initiative, which is aimed primarily at a younger demographic and is intended to introduce them to building their own PCs, including the new POC foldable mini-ITX case that now supports AiO liquid cooling, a new ModFree Mini for mini-ITX builders and more accessories in the DUBLI line.

InWin ATX 3.0 Power Supplies

Ready for the latest high-end graphics cards are the new ATX 3.0 power supplies from InWin, which come in 80PLUS Platinum Stnadard and are fully modular. They offer up to 1,300 watts of power, while the new PF II and fully modular VE series come in 750 watts and 850 watts, respectively, as well as 80PLUS Gold efficiency.

Melody Series Headphone Stand

The InWin Melody Series headphone stand does exactly what the name suggests. It marks a sleek stand on 4mm thick aluminum for you to place headphones or headset on.

InWin’s diamond-cut finish and Tempered Glass base with non-slip underside stand out. The series is offered in three models: JAZZ focuses on aluminum, LATIN comes with a USB hub and ARGB lighting, and OPERA has an integrated speaker and ARGB lighting.

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