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HyperX Cloud Stinger Review

A small overemphasis in the high mid will bring out a touch more intensity to your mixes, but it shouldn’t be too overwhelming.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Review: Light and Comfortable

Focused on providing the lightest, most comfortable gaming experience possible for an entry level price. The compromise of weight with wireless design does not apply here, as the Cloud Stinger Core crams it all in to a remarkably ergonomic package. It feels like a corded headset, much like its Cloud Stinger brothers, just without the tether to the PC.

I was thrilled to see the implementation of a USB-C charging cable instead of the dreaded micro USB.

The HyperX Cloud Core has 40mm drivers, a 20hz to 20khz frequency response, an impressive 17 hours of battery life, a noise cancelling, uni-directional microphone, and up to 12 meters of wireless operation. The ear cushions have soft and comfortable mesh padding as does the support band on the arch.

In fact, it’s difficult not to justify the small jump in price from a similar wired headset to this alternative. However, if you get up to get a glass of water, a snack to munch on, or grab a controller battery as much as I do, being able to go wire-free while gaming is more than worth an extra twenty bucks. Even with an enclosed battery that cranks out over fifteen hours of playback it weighs 9% less than the corded Logitech G230 that pulls in at 265 grams. If we are talking about more premium headsets, the Cloud Stinger Core weighs an astonishing 47% less than the HP Omen.

In fact, the only headset that managed to weigh less than the Cloud Stinger Core was an old pair of on-the-ear Afterglow Level 3’s at 235 grams. I had no such problems with the Cloud Stinger Core and even forgot I was wearing them during my hours playing.

The ear cups are comfortable, and the soft padding on the top provides support enough to get lost in the game instead of having to constantly readjust to a better position. While the Cloud Stinger Core might contain more plastic than competing headsets, it’s also a valuable weight saving material. Volume gets loud enough for anyone’s needs, and gives one freedom to raise it to subjectively uncomfortable levels. One thing that was a bummer was that I was not able to get HyperX’s optional software for the Cloud Stinger Core working.

The newest version provided through the download link on HyperX’s website is still in beta. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one having this problem, as Reddit and other forums are filled with questions regarding the same issue.

Hopefully HyperX will sort out whatever bugs are in the beta so that future owners will be able to fully utilize their headset on PC. Optional software bugs aside, the Cloud Stinger Core is a wireless headset that doesn’t compromise in giving you one of the lightest, and comfortable audio experiences for the price.

The old mindset of something being heavier and therefore more premium is lost on headsets as that counteracts the function of the hardware.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless review

The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless is an affordable headset with solid battery life, but it’s certainly no match for its predecessors. The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless is an affordable headset with solid battery life, but it’s certainly no match for its predecessors. Kingston’s HyperX division made its name in the headset market thanks to a successful collaboration with Swedish peripherals maker QPAD in back in 2014. The HyperX Cloud took QPAD’s excellent, aviation-inspired QH-90 headset design, turned the bass up a bit, and rightly found rapturous reception. Instead of that reassuring hug the Cloud Alpha gave your temples, this headset gives a stiff prod – there’s simply too much clamping force, even with the headband fully extended. This is unashamedly a budget proposition, priced well below $100, and in order to retain a lot of the pricier Cloud Stinger’s core features sacrifices must be made, but comfort shouldn’t be one of them.

Not to labor the point, but in the earlier Cloud models that snug fit and leatherette cushion cover material gave the frequencies an enclosed space to resonate, and provided great passive noise cancellation. Instead of the authoritative low-end response and tangible pulse you got around your ears from the first-gen Cloud headsets, this feels imprecise and unimpressive by comparison.

Even though the bass sounds a bit muddy, the overall response is tight enough for an Overwatch session without losing track of characters announcing their imminent specials.

The boom arm has a satisfyingly pliable construction which means it stays just where you place it, and the mic’s fuller than we’d expect at this price range.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless + 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 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 Stinger Core Gaming Headset – PS4 – Zwart/Blauw

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