Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Review 2

Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Review


Value and Conclusion

  • The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless is available online for $180/€180.
  • Great sound quality after equalization
  • Excellent battery life
  • Build quality and aesthetics much closer to hi-fi headphones than ordinary gaming headsets
  • Clever Auto Sleep feature (uses a built-in accelerometer)
  • Quite possibly the best microphone on a wireless headset, even better in USB mode
  • Terrific microphone sidetone implementation
  • Good versatility (wireless and wired connectivity, detachable microphone—can be used as travel headphones)
  • Intuitive controls
  • Not the most comfortable headband, especially for larger heads
  • Sounds a bit dull and constricted before equalization
  • Some features only available on PC, through iCUE (system-wide EQ, 7.1 surround sound)
  • Glossy sides of ear cups are extremely prone to getting dirty
  • Bluetooth connectivity would be a nice touch
After spending a couple of weeks with the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless, I can safely say it's the best and most complete gaming headset the company has ever made. It's also one of the top contenders for the title of best wireless headset on the market. It's a smarter choice than the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE (reviewed here), costing $30/€30 less but having a better-sounding microphone, while being almost identical in most other aspects.

I'd be hard-pressed to pick a single favorite feature as there's plenty to like. The build quality is excellent, as are the overall aesthetics. Corsair decided to go with aluminium as the prominent build material, which resulted in a headset that feels indestructible and looks like a pair of hi-fi headphones. Then, there's the battery life. With the silly RGB lighting system turned off, the Virtuoso RGB Wireless lasts for over 25 hours on a single charge, which means an average gamer won't have to recharge the battery more than once per week. I'm also a big fan of the Sleep Mode feature, which uses the built-in accelerometer to detect movement and decide when to put the headset to sleep, and wakes it up as soon as you pick it up.

Microphone quality is another aspect where the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless shines, effectively surpasses every other wireless headset I ever tested, including some significantly more expensive ones, such as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless and the Sennheiser GSP 670—even more so when switching from wireless to USB mode. The ability to seamlessly switch between operating modes is another nice feature of the Virtuoso RGB Wireless. It makes the headset very versatile as it can be easily paired with any gaming platform except for smartphones without a 3.5-mm audio jack. For that, it could do with Bluetooth connectivity—a feature Corsair didn't feel had to be implemented.

As for the sound quality, it varies from very good to excellent depending on what you connect the headset to. As long as you're using your PC as the source, which means you can use the iCUE software driver to manually adjust the equalizer, you'll be able to make the Virtuoso RGB Wireless sound rich and lively. Without an equalizer, it sounds mellow and at times slightly dull. Not everyone will mind that or even care about it, but when we're discussing a $180/€180 gaming headset, every detail is worth dissecting.

All in all, as far as I'm concerned, the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless is worth recommending. It's a fine product that's likely to serve you well for years and years to come.
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