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Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE Review

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The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE gaming headset struggles to deliver even sound, but this can be fixed using customization software. Good for most gamers but disappointing for audiophiles.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE is one of Corsair’s mid-range gaming headsets that hit the market in 2019, featuring sleek aesthetics and premium plastic and faux leather parts. This device has a detachable boom mic, fully engaging users in multi-player games. It has large, well-cushioned ear cups and a heavily padded headband. Relying on a wireless USB dongle, this device can be used on the go.

It comes with an integrated rechargeable battery to provide on-the-go power. However, users can switch to the included 3.5mm analog cable if it runs out of battery. It has an app-based graphic EQ and presets that let users tinker with sound settings. This headset has closed ear cups, which may favor on-the-go use. However, it doesn’t have active noise-canceling technology. Read on to learn more, and be sure to check out our picks for top gaming headsets today.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE gaming headset offers a premium build quality with a lot of comfort in terms of ear cups and headband padding. Their sleek black and silver design looks good and sets them apart from many other gaming headsets, especially when combined with the RGB lighting effects. However, they deliver an uneven sound profile that doesn’t sound natural on the passive soundstage. This can be remedied using the customizable graphic EQ feature in the included iCUE software, but out-of-the-box performance is disappointing.

However, the Corsair’s detachable boom microphone boasts stellar audio quality with crystal-clear voice reproduction for phone calls and in-game chat. The mic also eliminates background noise for better voice clarity. All in all, this headset is a good option for gamers at home.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Extensive Sound Customizability
    • While the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE gaming headset’s sound delivery is uneven out of the box, this is easily remedied using Corsair’s iCUE software, which is incredibly user-friendly.

    • The iCUE software also allows you to customize these headphones’ RBG lighting effects.

  • Comfortable, Premium Build Quality
    • The Corsair sports good padding on both the headband and the ear cups for better comfort while wearing. The ear cups are also swappable so that you can customize your comfort level. However, be aware that you’ll need to purchase those additional ear cup options if desired.

    • This headset also features a premium build quality for long-lasting performance. It also boasts a premium design aesthetic that’s different than many other options available today.

  • Excellent Microphone Performance
    • The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE offers an amazing detachable boom microphone with excellent voice recording capabilities. It recreates your voice with clear audio quality on the other end of the line.

    • The microphone can also easily handle ambient noise, so your voice is always clear on the other end of the line, even in moderately loud environments. This mic earns an 8.2 out of 10 in our Microphone Sound Quality Rating.

Reason to Avoid

  • Uneven Sound Profile
    • This gaming headset struggles to deliver consistent audio performance. The overall sound profile is a little uneven, and the passive soundstage sounds unnatural, which is especially apparent the longer you listen.

  • Poor Noise Isolation
    • These headphones lack any kind of active noise cancelation function, and the passive noise isolation is also disappointing. This shouldn’t matter too much if you’re gaming in a quiet room, but you’ll be able to hear most ambient noise happening around you

  • Tighter Fit
    • While the headphones are comfortable overall, they clamp tighter on your head than other gaming headsets, which can lead to discomfort and fatigue over extended gameplay sessions.

Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE Specs

Adjustable HeadbandAdjustable HeadbandYes
Auto-Adjusting HeadbandAuto-Adjusting HeadbandNo
Battery LifeBattery Life20 hrs
Compatible PlatformsCompatible PlatformsAndroid, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
Connector SizeConnector Size3.5mm, USB Type-C
Detachable MicDetachable MicYes
Driver SizeDriver Size50mm
Earcup Foam MaterialEarcup Foam MaterialMemory Foam
Headphone FitHeadphone FitOver-ear
Max Frequency ResponseMax Frequency Response20,000 Hz
Min Frequency ResponseMin Frequency Response20Hz
Noise CancelingNoise CancelingNo
Product WeightProduct Weight0.82 lbs
Programmable ButtonsProgrammable ButtonsNo
WirelessWirelessYes
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Slipstream Wireless Technology

All Specs

Test Results

Max Volume (dB)0
Microphone Sound Quality Rating (out of 10.0)8.2
Speech To Noise Ratio (dB)27.06
BT Latency (ms)0
Non-BT Latency (ms)0
Low End Roll Off (Hz)20
High End Roll Off (Hz)2,215.774

All Tests

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Market Context

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE is one of Corsair’s mid-range gaming headsets that hit the market in 2019, featuring sleek aesthetics and premium plastic…

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE is one of Corsair’s mid-range gaming headsets that hit the market in 2019, featuring sleek aesthetics and premium plastic and faux leather parts. This device has a detachable boom mic, fully engaging users in multi-player games. It has large, well-cushioned ear cups and a heavily padded headband. Relying on a wireless USB dongle, this device can be used on the go.

It comes with an integrated rechargeable battery to provide on-the-go power. However, users can switch to the included 3.5mm analog cable if it runs out of battery. It has an app-based graphic EQ and presets that let users tinker with sound settings. This headset has closed ear cups, which may favor on-the-go use. However, it doesn’t have active noise-canceling technology. Read on to learn more, and be sure to check out our picks for top gaming headsets today.

While the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE comes with a 3.5mm analog cable, giving users the option of wired connectivity, the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless…

While the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE comes with a 3.5mm analog cable, giving users the option of wired connectivity, the Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless doesn’t. However, the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE boasts a ski-band headband that many people find more comfortable than the standard unit on the Virtuoso. See our Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless review to explore details.

Running for up to 18.3 hours on a single charge, the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is more suited to travel than the Corsair Virtuoso…

Running for up to 18.3 hours on a single charge, the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is more suited to travel than the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE, which will fizzle out in about 13.3 hours. It also supports Bluetooth, connecting to a wider range of devices than the SE model, which depends solely on a USB dongle. Our Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT review explains more.

With a decidedly more neutral sound profile, Logitech’s G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED headset is more suitable for podcasts and music than the Corsair Virtuoso…

With a decidedly more neutral sound profile, Logitech’s G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED headset is more suitable for podcasts and music than the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE. It also has a better 23.9-hour battery life, beating the 13.3 hours of the Corsair device. The Logitech device also has a lower 41 ms USB dongle latency, syncing audio better than the Corsair’s headset’s 73 ms latency.

Adjustable Headband

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto-Adjusting Headband

No

No

No

No

Battery Life

20 hrs

20 hrs

15 hrs

50 hrs

Compatible Platforms

Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Android, iOS, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows

Connector Size

3.5mm, USB Type-C

USB Type-C

3.5mm, USB

3.5mm

Detachable Mic

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Driver Size

50mm

50mm

50mm

50mm

Earcup Foam Material

Memory Foam

Memory Foam

Memory Foam

Memory Foam

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Score Card

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Expert Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Rating

    67
    The Corsair Virtuoso are okay for neutral sound. They have a warm and somewhat uneven… Read More

    By:

    Jake Thauvette
  • Tom’s Guide
    62.71

    Category Trust Rating

    60
    The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE offers perfect wireless connectivity, a comfortable fit and excellent… Read More

    By:

    Marshall Honorof
  • Sound Guys
    67.47

    Category Trust Rating

    77
    The Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE is an expensive gaming headset with a wonderful mic, decent… Read More

    By:

    Sam Moore
  • Tom’s Hardware
    60.08

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    Save for a couple of minor issues, this is one of the strongest and most… Read More

    By:

    Phil Iwaniuk
  • PCWorld
    64.12

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Corsair’s new Virtuoso RGB SE doesn’t sound quite as good as it looks, but it… Read More

    By:

    Hayden Dingman
  • Tech Power Up
    69.84

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Inle