The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is without a doubt Corsair's greatest gaming headset in years. While some earlier Corsair models had poor sound quality or gaudy looks, the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is a top-notch gadget, whether you're playing competitive PC games, relaxing with console games, listening to music, or simply talking on the phone. This headset is practical, adaptable, and even fashionable.

Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT
All of this, however, comes at a price: $270. The Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is one of the most expensive gaming headsets we've ever tested that isn't "audiophile" (that would entail Hi-Res audio, spatial sound, etc.). The battery doesn't last very long, and while it works with a wide range of platforms, there is some friction if you wish to use it with something other than a PC or a PlayStation.

Still, exceptional sound quality and comfort speak for themselves, and the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT does not disappoint in this regard. Continue reading for an in-depth look at the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT.

Review of the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT: Design

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT resembles the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE, which we tested a few years back. That means a simple chassis with soft fake leather earcups, a heavily cushioned headband, and subtle RGB Corsair insignia on both sides. The Wireless XT headset is black, unlike the Wireless SE variant. It's also a great option for a daily headset when you're out and about, thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity.

A detachable, flexible mic, as well as a 3.5 mm port and a USB-C charging connector, are located on the left earcup. A volume dial, an on/off switch, a Bluetooth connecting button, and separate Bluetooth volume buttons are all included on the right earcup. All of these settings are unique, and they're properly spaced, so the learning curve shouldn't be too steep. The Virtuoso isn't as light as other gaming headsets, but the weight is well distributed, so it never seemed overly heavy.

Otherwise, the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT comes with a charging chord, a 3.5 mm audio cable, and a fairly nice carrying case, as well as a wireless USB-A dongle (there's nowhere to keep it within the headset, which makes it easy to misplace). Corsair may demand a premium price, but it does so in exchange for a premium product.

Review of the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT: Comfort

The large earcups on the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT aren't just for show; they're highly supportive and don't put too much strain on your ears, especially if you wear glasses. I wore the Virtuoso for hours at a time while gaming, working, and watching TV, and I never felt compelled to remove them. My only gripe is that they never created a perfect seal at the bottom of my ears, but there was very little noise leakage.

The steel headband can be adjusted with a series of numbered notches ranging from 0 to 10, making it simple to discover and remember your ideal fit. This is especially beneficial if you and your family share the headset. The Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT excels at providing a comfortable fit, which is undoubtedly the most significant feature of a gaming headset.

Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT: Features and battery life

The Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT, like other Corsair products, operates on the Corsair Utility Engine (iCUE) software. This software used to be somewhat complicated, but it has recently undergone several user-friendly upgrades, including a simplified design and simple functionality.

With iCUE, you can choose from a variety of preset equalisation choices (Movie Theater, FPS Competition, Bass Boost, and so on), create custom profiles for different games and applications, and even tweak the earcup illumination. My only gripe is that the earcup lights detract from what is already a short battery life, but they can easily be turned off.

The Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT differs from other comparable gaming headphones in that it has Bluetooth as well as USB wireless connectivity. This means it works with a variety of mobile devices, as well as smart TVs and streaming players. It's a fantastic feature that does exactly what it's designed to.

However, the Virtuoso, like many other Corsair headsets, does not function with a docked Nintendo Switch, so you'll have to play in handheld mode using a 3.5 mm connection. With Xbox controllers, you'll need to use a 3.5 mm cable as well. It's frustrating to see a $270 headset rely on wired ways when many cheaper headsets, like the SteelSeries Arctis 7X and the Astro A20, have integrated wireless alternatives that bridge the PlayStation/Xbox divide.

Aside from that, the Virtuoso has a crystal-clear microphone that my coworkers said was one of the finest I've ever tested. This might be useful for multiplayer games as well as Bluetooth phone talks with friends and family. The battery life, on the other hand, is limited to 15 hours, which is disappointing given that most of its competitors provide 20 to 30 hours. The headset took three to four hours to charge through USB-C connected to a computer connection in my experience.

Review of the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is one of the greatest gaming headsets I've evaluated in months, despite its premium price, limited battery life, and inadequate compatibility. It sounds excellent, feels good in your hands, and works with almost any system out there.

Because the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is between $70 and $120 more costly than most comparable wireless gaming headsets, it's difficult to find a clear point of comparison. In terms of sheer sound quality, I still prefer the Logitech G Pro X Wireless, and in terms of adaptability, I still prefer the SteelSeries Arctis 7X, but the Virtuoso combines those two aspects in ways that few other headsets attempt. If you're willing to spend the money, the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is certainly worth it.