Before I start, this isn’t a first look in the world, we know that; this is a first impressions for me and this blog.
Before I go all out and do my own review, I’m waiting for my STRAFE RGB to arrive so I can fully get to grips with the software and light customisation.
I’m currently in the middle of upgrading my peripherals, I haven’t upgraded in 4 years and despite not showing any signs of aging I wanted a change.
My previous set up was: Corsair K90, R.A.T. 7 and TurtleBeach X11’s (I think). Overall a pretty high-end peripheral set up and can still prove worthy in today’s marketplace.
VOID 7.1 RGB
A robust box with striking colours to stand out on any store shelf. Putting the yellow on the edges means you will notice this whether it is straight or side on and will draw your attention from a few metres away.
The front of the box is plain with just the product image and key information outlined. The sides of the box then displays minor detail of the specifications on the front. Then the back of the box goes into as much detail as they could possibly fit on there.
Inside you are greeted with a huge amount of yellow. The interior packaging is basically origami-wrapped around the headset. It is very nice and it shows off the one cup well, but the box doesn’t have a window, so why go through all of this effort to display it if there is no window to view? I found it oddly difficult to put the innards back together once I pulled the headset out, took me a good 5 minutes to figure it out which is something I wasn’t expecting.
– Good colours to stand out from the crowd
Room for improvement:
– Over complicated inner packaging
– No window to showcase the unit considering the way the inner packaging is folded.
The Corsair Gaming product range utilises a similar packaging style across the entire range. The Scimitar mouse follows a simplistic front cover with more detail on the sides and back. However, on this particular package, the front cover opens to reveal the mouse itself with more details on the inner leaf. This is something that is standard across most mouse packages on the market and gives the prospective buyer a good look at the mouse without risking damage. I don’t know if this is an actual feature or just an easter egg, but the packaging is large enough for you to place your hand over the mouse to get a feel for the size. Obviously, it’s not going to possess the detail of the actual mouse and be slightly larger, but is a nice touch if it was planned.
One thing I don’t quite understand is the use of magnets for the flip cover, surely magnets cost more and are harder to implement into the packaging than say velcro. I know velcro doesn’t scream premium, but a few £££ saved here could shave a few off the overall cost of the product. I’m not really complaining though, a high-end product deserves a high-end package.
– Good colours to stand out
– Window to view product
VOID 7.1 RGB
The aesthetics of anything is completely subjective, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, so where I might think something is a winner you all might think it looks naff.
It is a very nice headset, it features a lot of plastic in matt and gloss.
The ear cups and headband are cushioned by a “micro fibre” padding and in true micro fibre style, it collects every bit of dust. Just look at the bottom of that cup, it has been out of the box for not even 15 minutes before taking this picture.
The outer cups are where the RGB lighting is in the sails and a small bar across the bottom. The small bar doesn’t really do anything which is a shame, I was expecting something like volume or battery life to be shown here.
The mic is debatable, it’s completely rigid with no signs of adjustability apart from the standard arm swing. This isn’t a fault, but would be nice to have something that you can control the exact placement of the mic itself to give the best audio experience.
To make this unit wireless, there has been some weight added to the unit for the battery and is noticeable when you first pick the unit up compared to say a set of Dre Beats.
The charging cable is high-quality rubber which helps prevent tangles and knots, but I can see it getting scratched easily and not looking the best. The ends of the cable have a very nice yellow design which is present across the entire range of Corsair Gaming products.
Moving onto the mouse and well, it’s a mouse? There isn’t really anything revolutionary to be said as mouse design is pretty generic, unlike the R.A.T. series. which is semi modular.
The Scimitar features a traditional unibody design with no adjustability for the user, which is something that might impact sales with the lack of additional weights of palm. With the push for more MOBA orientated functionality, this mouse comes with 12 mechanical macro buttons on the side; I barely use the scroll click, let alone 12 additional buttons.
Along with all of those, there are the usual right and left click and DPI setting buttons.
The LED’s on the Scimitar are actually bright enough to have a presence, but subtle enough to be nice to have on during those dark gaming periods.
My first impressions of the VOID 7.1 RGB Wireless and Scimitar RGB are really good despite my seemingly negative approach to the aesthetics. I have been using them fairly heavily since they dropped to get to grips with them, but I’m keeping my user experience for when all of the parts arrive for the big round up.