When the Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset was released, it knocked the Corsair Void series off the flagship pedestal and replaced it as Corsair highest-end audio peripheral at nearly twice the price point.
However, with the leap in price also came a leap in terms of features and quality, making the Virtuoso a force to truly be reckoned with. There are 2 variants of the Virtuoso - the basic one features plastic earcups, while the SE version features a machined aluminium finish, micro-perforation RGB lighting, a higher-grade microphone, and an additional storage pouch.
Today, we will be taking a look at the basic Virtuoso, so without further ado, let's check out if the Virtuoso truly lives up to its name as a connoisseur of its field.
Ditching the conventional 'gamer aesthetic'
Although the Virtuoso is a gaming headset, it ditches all notion of looking like one. Gone are the sharp angles, chunky coloured accents and propensity for excessive RGB lighting. Instead, you'll a sleek, rounded exterior with fully metal joints and leatherette earcups; RGB lighting is limited only to the logo on each side, as well as a thin band at the tip of the microphone that lights up to indicate your connection status.
Of course, the RGB lighting is fully compatible with Corsair's iCue software, allowing you to sync your headset lighting with the rest of your Corsair peripherals.
The USB header and dongle have also received a stylish upgrade, which is a huge step up from the chunky plasticky ones of previous generations.
Both the cups swivel to lay flat for stowing away or wearing around your neck, while the microphone can be now detached when not in use. This is a design choice I wholeheartedly approve, as I prefer using a standalone desktop microphone; this makes for a cleaner aesthetic as compared to retractable microphones or flip-up types like the ones that the Void series headsets employ.
The headband can be extended by up to 3.5cm on each side, and has visual indicators for you to easily remember your preferred position. The sliding out motion is notched instead of smooth, and produces a satisfying 'click' when fully extended or retracted.
While the headband is pretty well padded, I still started to experience some discomfort after long hours of use, and the leatherette material turned out to be a humidity trap, leaving me with pretty slick roots after a couple of hours spent gaming; this was not an issue with the Void Pro's mesh and foam padding.
On the left earcup, you'll find the microphone port, a 3.5mm port, and a USB-C port; on the right earcup lies the volume dial and wireless mode toggle. The microphone mute button is placed on the base of the detachable mic.
Everything is well-placed and comfortably within reach of your thumbs, so you won't have to fumble around to find what you're looking for. The earcups are large and fit comfortably over the ears, while the clamping force felt just right to me, which is a step up from the Void series' loose fit which allows sound to leak.
Three ways to connect
Thanks to its variety of connections, the Virtuoso is compatible with nearly every type of device. There's a 3.5mm header for phones and handheld consoles like the Nintendo Switch, a USB header for wired connections and charging purposes, as well as a wireless dongle that supports Corsair's low latency Slipstream technology.