HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset Review

HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset Review
Written by Alyssia Walmsley

This post is really old, there is a new version here called Best Budget Gaming Headset ~ Alyssia 🙂

The HyperX Cloud Gaming headset is the newest in gaming gear by Kingston. You might remember them primarily for their flash storage products like SSDs, flash drives, memory cards, and of course, RAM. With the HyperX series, Kingston plan to enter the market of gamer peripherals and accessories.

Specifications: HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset

  • Form Factor: Closed Back, Over-Ear
  • Output Mode: Virtual Surround 7.1
  • Weight: 12 oz
  • Frequency Response: 15 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Connectivity: Micro USB, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Cable Length: 1m + 2m extension cable

As soon as you open the box, you are greeted with an enormous amount of cables and accessories. The HyperX Cloud comes with the following kit: The headset itself, a carrying case, a braided 3.5mm extension cable, a second non-braided 3.5mm extension, an airplane adapter, a phone adapter, a spare set of ear muffs, a user manual and a detachable mic. Kingston ends up already setting the benchmark for value for money before you even get to the headset itself, thats a lot of value so far.

The looks on the Hyper X Cloud take a bit of a back seat. The headset is all black and there isn’t much going on the surface other than the red Hyper X logo. This in part makes sense because the bulk of Kingston’s attention towards the headset has always been with functionality, not style. Still, you will get a functional, clean headset that you could take outside without turning around too many heads.

Design: HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset

The overall build quality of the HyperX Cloud is surprisingly robust. The headset is expertly made from a variety of different materials such as aluminum, artificial leather, and plastic. Construction wise, the headset feels very sturdy and articulates in all the right directions. There are no weak spots or feeling of breakage. If you do find yourself with a broken headset, Kingston include a full 2 years of warranty.

The headband is completely adjustable and comes with foam padding on the inside. The headset is adorned with synthetic leathers that feels just like the real thing. On the ear muffs, you find memory foam padding that provides the right amount of pressure to your ears. You’ll also get provided with two ear muffs, allowing use of either the leatherette or microfiber muffs for different feeling textures.

All weight is efficiently distributed throughout the headset. There is no discomfort experienced even during the longest of gaming sessions. True to its name, the HyperX feels just like a cloud resting on your head. In terms of portability, the HyperX Cloud lies somewhere in the middle. While it is true that the headset cannot be completely disassembled, you do have the option of using the carrying pouch.

Features: HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset

The carrying pouch itself is made of high quality padded mesh fabric and is quite sizable. You get two big compartments, a large inner section meant primarily for housing the headset, and a small outer pocket meant to keep your cables and accessories to keep them safe and well organized. This pouch is very generous with its empty space that you even have room to store your phone, wallet, or keys.

When it comes down to compatibility, the HyperX Cloud works with just about anything imaginable. You have a standard 3.5mm connection for running it with your PC, PS4 or Xbox One. With an added phone adapter, you can run it on your smartphone or netbook. Kingston even goes as far to provide an airplane adapter, should you find yourself with the headset on a long flight, a nice extra feature.

If you are familiar with any Esports, then you have probably heard of the Hyper X Cloud name before. That is because in addition to being a great consumer headset, the Hyper X has also gained popularity in the competitive gaming scene. Most famously, Esports gaming clans like Team Liquid and Cloud9 have whole heartedly endorsed Kingston’s flagship headset. This success is owed by and large to its combination of comfort, great sound and superior noise cancellation. Mostly found in Dota 2 & LoL.

Sound Quality: HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset

The HyperX Cloud comes equipped with a pair of 53mm drivers, built with acoustic depth in mind. The sound quality on the Hyper X is simply sublime. The bass evens out nicely, the mids are crunchy, and the highs are nice and glassy. You will need to burn-in the headset for a period of time for the drivers to be set in. Once they are established, you are treated to some of the most flexible sonic pallets ever.

There is no native support for the Dolby Virtual Surround sound that a lot of similar headsets have. Despite this, the HyperX handles presence exceptionally well. You get a massive spatial soundstage with all the right immersive details. With just the right EQ, every song feels like a live concert, every movie feels like a cinema experience, and every game feels like you’re right in there with the action.

Games like Overwatch benefit greatly from a directional source based audio that the HyperX cloud provides. Enemies are heard miles before they are actually seen, giving a massive competitive edge. Gunshots can be heard far in the distance letting you know of imminent threats and allowing you to plan and act accordingly. The mic is entirely detachable, making it very easy to move out of the way.

The best part about the mic is that it is very flexible. This allows you to position it in a multitude of different configurations for the best possible sound. Most of the buttons are located on the in-line controls. You get a dedicated mute button for the headset and the microphone. As well as separate volume controls for both, making this model very user-friendly. Overall, we really loved this headset.

Conclusion and Amazon Reviews (Pros and Con’s)

The Hyper X Cloud is proof that Kingston is good at making more than just computer components. It packs all the features of headsets that cost twice as much it does. It’s built to last and feels great for any period of time. The combination of all these aspects makes it the best gaming headset of 2018.

About the author

Alyssia Walmsley

Alyssia is a Cornell University graduate of 2003 and a former lead technology development manager for Microsoft and Cisco Networking Systems. Between writing on her blog, SkyGone Inc, loves adventures and chocolate sprinkles!