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Hyperx Cloud Gaming Headset Xbox One Review

HyperX is the gaming brand delivered by Kingston, and is slapped on such peripherals as headsets as well as internal components like SSDs and RAM. Before we dive in, let’s take a look at the full hardware specs of the Cloud X: Headset Driver: Dynamic, 53mm with neodymium magnets

And true enough the digital mixer controls on the console will alter the sound output coming into your ears.

Actual physical controls are virtually non-existent unless you plug into the Xbox headset adapter, which will give you a few more buttons. It’s 2m long, too, which will be pleasing to hear since few PC gamers sit as close to their box as you would to an Xbox controller. The cable isn’t removable, which is of minor annoyance when you’re stashing your CloudX into the included case.

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I spent a collective approximate 60 hours researching a variety of headphones for use with my Xbox One to replace my 3-year old Turtle Beach Recon 50X. I purchased 4 different headsets from a range of prices based on my research and here is a summary of my findings: HyperX Revolver S ($150): Excellent sound and build quality. You’ll notice the previous CloudX is over a year old and was plagued with a problem surrounding the inline volume control – it crackled loudly upon adjustment.

However, the old CloudX included 2 accessories that I believe are must-haves; the velour ear-cups that replace the leatherette and are better at cooling (as mentioned before, my head gets hot), and the hard-shell carrying case.

These accessories are purchasable here: Part numbers – ear cups -HXS-HSEP3 case – HXS-HSCC1 Overall, for the price, the sound quality and comfort are perfect.

HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset Review

Their latest headset breaks away from the PC only headset, offering officially licensed support for the Xbox One as well as PC, and promising to be a perfect pair for the premium Elite controller. “HyperX CloudX™ Pro Gaming Headset is designed for Xbox and tested and approved by Microsoft. With additional Windows compatibility, it comes with a 2M PC extension cable with stereo and mic plugs.

HyperX CloudX features immersive in-game audio so you can lose yourself in the game while you’re winning.”

Equipped with support for both Xbox One and PC, their latest headset sports powerful 53mm drivers, a detachable noise-cancelling microphone, in-line controller, and premium build quality. The glossy finish of the box is really nice, showing a great image of the headset and microphone, as well as detailing the Xbox One and Windows support. Around the back, a quick rundown of some of the features, such as the memory foam padding, noise cancellation mic, and in-line audio controller, but we’ll take a closer look at all of those in a moment. In the box, you’ll find a quick start guide and a little welcome note; everything else is packed neatly in a durable clamshell case.

HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless (Xbox Series X/S) review

Since the headset pairs directly with your console, you need to buy an Xbox Wireless dongle separately to connect it to PC (it doesn’t come with one), which adds another $25 USD to the cost. The headphones also allow for a small degree of horizontal tilt, but it’s not obvious if that’s a reflection of the design or the looseness of its construction—it definitely feels a little wobbly at points.

Regardless, the end result is a rather lightweight gaming headset that’s pretty comfortable, and easily forms a decent seal around the ear. The company claims the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless can last up to 17 hours on a single charge, and in our testing, we found it actually exceeds that.

Unlike most gaming headsets that connect to PC over a USB dongle, the game/chat balance option just doesn’t work here, and the volume controls don’t tie into system volume—this bit isn’t as important, but if you’re in the middle of something more involved, reaching up to your ear to turn something down or up can be a bigger interruption than a keyboard command. The HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless offers pretty average isolation performance for a pair of closed-back, over-ear headphones.

There’s nothing approaching active noise cancellation (ANC) levels of attenuation here, but common sounds of the home like the whirr of a refrigerator or the chatter of TV in another room shouldn’t trouble you. Music with a lot of bass is going to sound pretty overpowering coming through the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless.

In Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim, the bass line that underpins a lot of the song comes through loud and clear, though the sub-bass reverberations are pretty hard to pick out.

In game, this kind of frequency response isn’t something to worry about—games generally don’t layer audio in the same way that music does, so auditory masking probably won’t be a huge issue, at least outside of a few specific instances. The bass emphasis doesn’t stretch into the sub-bass range, so the reverberation and rumble of explosions shouldn’t present too much issue. The HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless microphone sounds pretty good for a gaming headset mic.

The mic clearly struggles a little with bass notes, as my voice sounds a little tinny in the sample below, but it’s hardly enough to discourage use in a game chat environment. Its battery life and microphone are pretty solid, and the headset supports Bluetooth connections, though its audio output and isolation are rather average. This headset also supports the Xbox Accessories Windows app, which brings a limited feature suite and makes it far more usable on PC.

HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset review

If you’re in the world of PC gaming, there’s a relatively high chance you’ve seen people talking about the HyperX Cloud Alpha on forums or other sites. Gamers have long enjoyed the HyperX gaming headsets because they offer relatively high quality for a low price. The band and forks are solid metal, and each movable part of the headset is protected by robust joints, or thick padding.

When you start using the HyperX Cloud Alpha, you’ll notice that it creates a very good seal against your head after adjusting the band, which is important for two reasons: It’s a given that you want solid isolation if you’re a gamer or work at home while the world around you is pretty loud, but ear pads this deep and soft are an unfortunate rarity. It’s definitely convenient to be able to adjust your master volume without changing your computer’s settings when you move back and forth between programs. If you’re a parent or teen, being able to mute the mic when your family members walk in the room is also a good way to avoid the embarrassment of your Discord server hearing your home life. I’ve enjoyed my time with the HyperX Cloud Alpha, and I can understand why this headset is so beloved by the online community.

Because the isolation is so good, you won’t have to worry about destructive interference or auditory masking preventing you from hearing small details in music. However, the actual performance of the speaker elements in the HyperX Cloud Alpha also allow your music and games to really shine. With the exception of a dip at 4kHz, the frequency response of the product doesn’t alter the signal sent by your console or computer that much, meaning the sound will be very similar to how it was originally mixed. Additionally, some listeners experience some resonances and echoes in this range depending on their ear canals, so some manufacturers will also downplay this narrow band to avoid it.

The Cloud Flight S model is more flexible as it supports wired and wireless connections; you’re provided with a 2.4 GHz RF USB adapter that’s compatible with Playstation 4 and PC. Even still, the Cloud Flight S doesn’t blow things completely out of proportion as bass notes are rendered almost twice as loud as all other frequencies. The HyperX Cloud Alpha offers exactly that, far above its price point, so it’ll be a trusty companion for a long time. Given that pretty much every gaming platform now includes its own audio features like virtual surround sound, the Cloud Alpha arguably competes with higher-end headsets even more favorably today than when it first came out.

Very similar to the Audeze Mobius, the HyperX Cloud Orbit S has planar magnetic drivers, and built-in 3D sound support as well—but it’ll cost you. Additionally, gaming headsets in the sub-$100 range are typically made of materials that are either easily broken or will decay quickly with heavy use.

HyperX Cloud Review

How good it feels to wear these headphones can’t be understated: after six hours of playing raucous matches of Dota 2 on PC and clearing out the Covenant in Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One, I began shuffling between a few favorite albums before realizing I hadn’t removed the HyperX Cloud even once during that whole time. The HyperX Cloud is the rare headset that, after an extended period of exploring an open world, screaming at teammates, and listening to music, I don’t resent for crushing and overheating my ears. Particularly guttural metal albums or the harsh ballistics of Halo 2: Anniversary’s sniper rifle really highlight the punchy power of this headset’s strong low tones, which balance well with the mids and highs without overwhelming either.

It’s not necessarily something you’d want to use for recording a podcast, but it delivers clean, pop-free speech from wherever you position its flexible six-inch arm.The mic also stores nicely in portable mesh bag included in the HyperX Cloud box, as do the spare ear cups, Y-splitter cable, airplane adapter, and other wires.

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Their boom mic can detach for a more casual look, and it has an impressive recording quality, so your voice sounds clear and full when you’re talking to your teammates. They work with companion software that allows you to adjust the mic level and turn on the 7.1 surround sound feature, and their wireless USB dongle gives them very low latency.

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