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Headset Gamer Hyperx Cloud Stinger Core 7.1 Review

The Core model trades off a few design features in order to go lower on price, but makes up for a bit of that with improvements.The Core headset opts for mesh ear cups that only have a few degrees of swivel, and the padding in the ear cups and headband is fairly light. The Core model maintains the 17-hour battery life of its predecessor, but now it can charge using a USB-C connection, helping bring it in line with the modern era of ports. The dongle is about the size of a typical flash drive and connects to a USB-A port.The audio on offer comes through 40mm neodymium directional drivers with support for software-enabled 7.1-channel surround sound on Windows PC. It also maintains the flip-to-mute function of its predecessor, alongside a unidirectional pickup pattern, noise-cancelling, and a fabulously flexible boom arm.HyperX’s NGenuity software is a fairly simple app for controlling settings of the headset. Given the software is required to enable surround, it’s disappointing to not even see custom EQ or any sidetone settings.Few wireless gaming headsets come into this price ballpark, so it would be fair to expect less from them on the audio front – but the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless + 7.1 holds up well.The drivers can sound a little bass heavy, but that bass-forward sound manages not to muddy the audio. Amid frantic combat and plenty of gunshots ringing out around all sides, I could still hear clearly enough to pick up major warning signals like the sounds of a lurking Reaper, the approach of Roadhog looking for a pick, or the all-too-alarming callouts from D.Va or Pharah popping their ultimate abilities.The ability to hear those audio cues clearly and with directionality was enough to maintain my usual level of play.

HyperX Cloud Core 7.1 review

HyperX has positioned the Cloud Core 7.1 as an ideal headset for students living in an age of videoconferencing, claiming that it’s equally suited to online classes, PC media and console games. The mic is quiet and imprecise; the USB amp is a pain to use on PCs and console performance is mixed, especially for online games. But at the same time, the Cloud Core 7.1 is comfortable and sounds very good, even if it doesn’t quite compete with the best gaming headsets.

Furthermore, since the 3.5 mm jack plugs into the USB dongle, you’re essentially dealing with two very long wires, just begging to entangle your office chair.

The audio buttons increase and decrease volume in increments of four rather than one or two, which means it’s very easy to go from “too soft” to “too loud” with nothing in-between. With a lightweight design (10.9 ounces), a thin headband and plush leatherette earcups, it’s easy to wear the Cloud Core 7.1 for hours at a time, even with glasses.

HyperX has positioned the Cloud Core 7.1 as a hybrid remote school/gaming headset, and based on my tests, it could fill that niche pretty well. On the PC, the headset performed flawlessly, whether I was gunning down demons in Doom Eternal, fielding Mayan armies in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition or making tough dialogue choices in Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within.

While the Cloud Core 7.1 sounded great on both Ghost of Tsushima (PS4) and Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Switch), it was almost unusable in Star Trek Online (PS4). This seems to be a function of the headset trying to process sound as it came directly over the Internet rather than from files loaded on the PS4’s hard drive. Vocals and trebles came through crisply and cleanly in tracks from Flogging Molly, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Rolling Stones and G.F. Handel. The bass is underwhelming, but this is a common problem in gaming headsets, and the Cloud Core 7.1 is by no means the worst offender.

The HyperX Cloud Core 7.1 doesn’t have any software, so the USB hub is the only way to control some of its extra features. In our HyperX Cloud Core 7.1 review, we discussed the headset’s good sound quality and comfort, as well as its limited customization options and so-so mic.

If you can spare $100 on a wired USB model, the Blackshark V2 is the way to go — but if you can’t, the Cloud Core 7.1 is a good headset, whether you need it for classes, or games, or both.

The all-you-need headset – GameRevolution

The Game Revolution HyperX Cloud Stinger Core + 7.1 review is here to break down the latest HyperX midrange headsets, which are aimed at players who just need the barebones functions of a gaming audio solution, without any fancy extras that can send the price soaring, but also without going too cheap and suffering poor quality from an unknown brand. There are no additional earpads to mess around with, no complex instructions to follow, as you can just enjoy plugging in the USB dongle (wireless) or cable (wired) and get listening to your games, music, or movies. After using some of HyperX’s more premium headsets as my daily drivers, and having gotten used to the more luxurious materials used, I’ll admit the plastic, lightweight build of the Cloud Stinger Core + 7.1 was initially jarring.

What’s more, the earpads are made of a breathable material instead of the usual leather-like solution, which I found very comfortable, especially during these hot summer days.

Though they are advertised as being compatible with PC only, I can confirm that you can plug the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core + 7.1 into a PS4 and have it work with stereo sound. I want to quickly mention that the wireless version comes with a USB charging cable that terminates in a USB-C connector, which is fantastic to see in 2020. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that the company has built a reputation for providing ultimate audio solutions for competitive esports teams. The other downside to the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core + 7.1 is that, despite it having a decent microphone that’s passable for Discord and other voice chat, there isn’t any way to monitor it.

It’s priced competitively at ∼$61 (£49.99) for wired and ∼$98 (£79.99) for wireless, offers great comfort over long periods, and sounds fantastic in stereo mode.

Customer Reviews: HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset for PC Black HHSS1C-BA-BK/G

Wireless was a must and they had to have a decent range since I like to get up and go to the kitchen during a game with my friends and still want to talk.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core + 7.1 Gaming Headset Review: A must-have at ₹ 4,490

Recently on Amazon Prime Day, HyperX launched two of their entry-level gaming headsets in India and I got an opportunity to test one of them. I got the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core + 7.1 gaming headset for the review which is currently on Amazon for Rs. For a proper gaming headset that price is damn cheap, until today we couldn’t think of having one that too from HyperX. However, the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core + 7.1 gaming headset has changed my expectations totally.

1 Cloud Stinger Core 7.1 Gaming Headset, Warranty Card, USB Dongle, Manual I had good expectations from HyperX and so they did deliver a great gaming headset both in terms of looks and build quality.

You easily put it on your head and play for hours without any strain at all, the mic can be bent as well if you do not want to use it. The two huge 40mm drivers in the gaming headsets come with a frequency range of 20-20,000 Hz and they do give an immersive audio experience.

Even though there’s no distortion in sound and the vocals are very clear, you won’t be that much satisfied with the music experience. Playing eSports titles like Apex Legends, PUBG, Call of Duty: Warzone has been buttery smooth for me without any issue and I could hear the slightest of the footsteps of my enemies without any disturbance.

For watching movies or videos – I also watched a lot of movies and YouTube videos on PC, so using this headset for that purpose is an absolute joy especially if you use the Virtual 7.1 Surround sound, this mode totally takes the experience to some other level. It works well during gaming without any trouble at all and the audio quality is great according to my friends while playing PUBG or Apex Legends.

Also, the noise-canceling feature does have an impact on the audio quality even if you speak in a low to medium noise environment. As the microphone is good enough, you can easily make calls using this and I enjoyed talking to my friends over Skype or Messenger for long conversations. I know it’s a budget headset but still, there could be some kind of equalizer or something useful to open the software because there’s a dedicated wheel to increase or decrease the volume directly. The key genres of it have been given the most attention and I haven’t seen such a quality gaming headset at that pricing in India for a while now.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset Review

In this review, the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless will be going up against the Sennheiser GSP 300, and FNATIC’s REACT headset, which is priced at $99 and $80, respectively. So, if you are interested in finding out what HyperX has packed into this $79 entry-level gaming headset, head on down to the next section where we take a deep dive into all of its features. We can notice that the microphone can be muted by flipping upwards, as well as that the left earcup features a volume dial, power button, and USB-C port. The last side of the box features a really nice aesthetic image of the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless.

Here we have an image of the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless outside of its box, and we can see that HyperX has gone for a nice slick all-black design with minimal branding. Above we have an image of the top of the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless headband, and we can see some large HyperX branding that is reflective.

Here we an image of the steel frame that the HyperX is built on, and from my time with the headset, I can say that it’s fairly strong but also somewhat flexible. Moving onto the left earcup, we have most of the things you would expect to find; power button, volume scroll wheel, and the USB-C charging port.

In my opinion, design is the third most important part of a gaming headset, with sound and microphone quality coming in at first and second, respectively. The Cloud Stinger Core Wireless is currently retailing for $79.99 on Amazon, and it should be noted that this price point for a gaming headset should be taken into account when comparing against its features. I had no issues with using the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless for longer periods of time, the weight in conjunction with the comfort of the earcups, plus the moderate tension was more than acceptable for a $79.99 gaming headset. Nothing is worse than when you are gaming for hours on end, and you notice how sweaty your ears are from being encased in non-breathable earcups.

The adoption of USB-C is a fantastic one and is something that really makes me look forward to as gaming headsets in the future will have the option of being able to charge much faster. The Cloud Stinger Core Wireless charges relatively quickly, and it retains its battery for extended periods of time.

Overall, the design of the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless is quite barebones, there isn’t any bells or whistles you would find on the more higher-end gaming headsets, but for what it has, and its price point, it does all that it offers extremely well. There is also the issue of having to acquire the software through the Windows Store, and while that process is relatively easy many consumers would prefer to have a separate download link available on the website.

My biggest problem with the NGENUITY software isn’t any of the issues I mentioned above but has to do with the battery status seen in the top right-hand corner of the screenshot. Overall, the NGENUITY software is truly disappointing, and I would go as far as to recommend users who pick up a HyperX headset to not worry about downloading it as it provides zero value to your experience. One of the first games I played when using the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless was Apex Legends, and I can say right away that my experience was great. When 7.1 surround sound wasn’t enabled, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless. Overall, I found the sound quality of the headset very balanced, there was no overbearing volume in the mid, low, or high sections. Overall, the microphone in the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless is slightly disappointing, especially in comparison to competitors at the same or similar price point. HyperX has completely dropped the ball when it comes to the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless’s microphone and the software. While the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless without a doubt comes with some clear downsides, I would still say the positives outweigh the negatives.

Overall, HyperX has done a more than acceptable job with the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless, but what makes more excited is when they revise this design and create an even better headset that has more bang for your buck.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core wireless headset + 7.1 review

Playing the latest games are so much more enjoyable with great sound and the new HyperX Cloud Singer Core wireless headset can provide just that without disturbing anyone else in your household. It connects wirelessly to your PC through the included USB receiver and also works with PlayStation 4 and Xbox as well. It’s also pretty light at 244g and the steel sliders make it a perfect fit whether you’ve got a small head or a large noggin like we do.

So whether you’re playing a game or watching a movie – you can experience the virtual surround through the HyperX NGENUITY software (sorry Mac users, it’s PC only). The onboard 40mm drivers are big and bold and naturally deliver explosions and gunfire and other louder sounds superbly but it does also have the nuance to hear a lot of details as well. We also connected the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core to our PlayStation 4 to play Call of Duty Modern Warfare multiplayer and, despite not getting the 7.1 quality you’d get with a PC game, it was still detailed enough to provide a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

HyperX Cloud Core Gaming Headset +7.1 review: A decent entry-level product for gamers

Just like the previous Stinger series, the Cloud Core 7.1 is also the typical gaming headset with a loud design language. Priced at Rs 6490, the Cloud Core 7.1 is compatible with both PC and gaming consoles, comes with a solid metal headband, supports surround sound and a USB amp for controlling volume.

Just like the previous Stinger series, the Cloud Core 7.1 is also the typical gaming headset with a loud design language and several elements that appeal to the targeted segment. HyperX has manged to keep the clamping force under control which means the headset neither fees too tight, nor too loose.

This is very common at this price segment but gamers often prefer to customize their accessories and may want to factor this in while making the buying decision. HyperX has claimed that the ability to detach the microphone allows this headset to double up as a personal audio device for streaming content or attending video conferences. The headsets managed to do a great job in third person game like The Last of US II where apart from a few action sequences, you get very balanced audio output. Two areas where the headset the slightly disappointed was while playing with other gamers online and running sports games.

A potential buyer might find comfort in the fact that Cloud Core 7.1 is more than capable of playing music or streaming content with as impressive audio output as any other headphone in this segment.

It is a sturdy headset which covers all bases like good sound quality, long-hour comfort and a microphone.

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