Corsair Gaming is going all out with the RGB LED craze, even incorporating colorful lighting into a gaming headset in the form of the new Corsair VOID Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset. While these lights serve no real purpose on your ears (or do they?), the fact that BMW engineers helped design the VOID series is intriguing enough to give them a try. But is it enough to convince you these are any better than your current headphones?

Features

Aside from the light show, the most notable feature of the VOID headset is the InfoMic. It makes use of the RGB lighting system to give you alerts without distracting you from your gameplay. It lets you know everything about in-game audio, microphone status, battery life, and more.

CUE Control is also integrated into the headphones allowing you to rapidly re-spec audio settings or turn them on and off. With a simple push of a button, you’ll be able to adjust volume settings, toggle EQ presets, or turn on Dolby 7.1.

Unfortunately, the InfoMic is there whether you want to use it or not. It’s not removable and can only be folded upwards and out of sight. This isn’t a deal breaker, but a hidden or removable microphone should be standard on headsets.

Design

Corsair invested heavily into the design of the VOID headphones and called upon BMW engineers for input. I’m not sure exactly what these engineers brought to the table, but the headphones do look very distinct from those of other brands. I’m especially fond of the squarish ear-cups, which give the headphones a unique look.

The ear cups also feature microfiber memory foam that gives a touch of class. It’s not often that you notice these materials on headphones, but Corsair did a nice job in choosing something that really stands out. I also think it makes the headphones look more “professional” than other units.

The headband is also angled differently than traditional headsets, and can look a little off when not wearing the unit on your head. However, once you put the headphones on, you quickly realize the angle is exactly how it should be. Everyone’s head shape is different, but I think these are designed perfectly for mine.

Comfort

I’m very picky when it comes to headphones because a lot of them hurt my head. While the VOID was comfortable, I didn’t like how the ear cups bent forward when I wasn’t wearing them. I’m not sure why Corsair did this because it seems like a feature you’d find on DJ headphones.

Despite that one annoyance, the headphones were very comfortable during extended periods of CS:GO gameplay. However, CS:GO  is one of the few games were I like to turn the microphone off when I’m not in a competitive match. Having the microphone always attached to the headphones is not uncomfortable, but it’s annoying when you don’t want it there.

When not wearing the headphones during gameplay and resting them around my neck, I found the ear cups to be a distraction because of their movement. However, this shouldn’t reflect on the overall comfort of the unit because you’re supposed to wear them over your ears, not around your neck. Still, I’m sure I’m not the only person who wears headphones like this.

Performance

The InfoMic is a nice feature, but the RGB lighting became a distraction at times, most notably when I was playing in the dark. These are the times when I don’t want a shiny light blinking in my peripheral vision.

I did try the Cue Control software, but I’m not the type of gamer who is constantly changing audio settings. I’m more of a “set it and forget it” kind of guy. However, I can appreciate the simplicity of this design and had no trouble making adjustments when I had to.

Soundwise, the VOID was fantastic. The large 50mm neodymium drivers really let the bass shine through, and Dolby 7.1 made gameplay sounds extremely accurate. I really felt immersed in just about every game with surround sound.

If you're interested in the extended VOID family, the headset is also available in a lower-priced stereo version and a more expensive wireless option.