Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro Gaming Headset Review
Kingston should be a familiar name to PC gamers around the world. They develop Wireless Readers, Flash Cards, SD Cards and SSDs but most gamers should know their name from their HyperX series of RAM, which is indeed impressive. I’m familiar with the majority of their products but I can admit that I was honestly surprised to discover that they were entering the personal audio market too. As an audiophile my interest was immediately piqued when I heard the news – and I had to get my hands on one. Lucky for us that time has come, dear readers, and without further adieu I present my review of the Kingston ‘HyperX Cloud’ Gaming Headset!
- Hi-Fi capable 53mm drivers for supreme audio quality
- 15 – 25.000 Hz frequency response
- Detachable microphone (quick and easy to plug/unplug for music-only purposes)
- Solid aluminum construction for durability and stability
- Super-soft padded leather headband with memory foam on cups for maximum comfort
- Closed cup for enhanced bass reproduction and passive noise cancellation
- Compatible with desktops, notebooks, mobile phones, PlayStation 4 and airplane adapters
Transducer type: dynamic Ø 53mm
Frequency response: 15Hz–25,000 Hz
Nominal impedance: 60 Ω per system
Power handling capacity: 150mW
Weight with microphone and cable: 350g
Cable length and type: 1m + 2m extension + 10cm iPhone
Connection: mini stereo jack plug (3.5 mm)
Transducer type: condenser (back electret)
Power supply: AB powering
Supply voltage: 2V
Current consumption: max 0.5 mA
Nominal impedance: ≤2.2 kΩ
Frequency response: 100–12,000 Hz
Microphone output: -39±3dB
Connection: mini stereo jack plug (3.5mm)
The HyperX Cloud arrived in a stylish black and red box. The box had photos of the HyperX Cloud that pointed out all the valuable product features and information as well as some background information about the development of the HyperX Cloud. Developed in collaboration with QPAD (established developers of personal audio equipment), there is a real sense that Kingston wanted the HyperX Cloud to be the best headset it could possibly be, so working in collaboration with QPAD was definitely a smart move on their behalf.
Opening the box I was extremely impressed by the amount of care given to the HyperX Cloud by the high-quality foam packaging that cradled the headset and its accessories. The inside of the box lid contained a message from Anders “G8V1k1ng” Willumsen, HyperX’s general manager welcoming the customer (in this case, me) to the HyperX team. It was a nice touch to the packaging.
The HyperX Cloud headset itself is a very stylish headset, black with red highlights and a large HyperX logo on each ear cup, one could say that the headset is intimidating. The headband itself is leather with red stitching with a black stitched HyperX logo across the top. The inside of the band and the headset’s ear cups are memory-foam, ensuring a snug, tailored fit that won’t degrade with use. The microphone can be detached for safe transport and overall the HyperX Cloud is a very appealing headset (especially for a company’s debut headset!)
Wearing the HyperX Cloud, I surprised by how light it was given it’s sturdy design. The headset’s ear cups completely cover your ears, which is quite comfortable. Because of the ear cups being made from the same leather as the band, this does mean that your ears will get quite hot as they don’t breathe as well as a full mesh material would have. With that being said I don’t see mesh and woven materials having the durability of the HyperX Cloud. There is another benefit to the ear cup design – you gain excellent outside noise cancellation, meaning you don’t have to crank the volume on your music or games to have to drown out annoying exterior sound. I’d rather take superior noise and having to take a break every now and then (which I naturally do with headsets regardless) over inferior sound and ear cups that won’t stand the test of time.
The HyperX Cloud’s connector cord is also a decent length, but not so long that it will get tangled up around your rig as you’re trying to relax or game.
Whenever I review a headset I conduct a number of tests, as I’m the type of guy who listens to music, watches movies and plays games all through a headset – and it’s nice when a headset is capable of a decent performance across a range of activities.
First up, I played some Left 4 Dead whilst wearing the HyperX Cloud. Playing Left 4 Dead as I normally do when reviewing a headset not only allowed me to listen to a variety of sounds while playing the game, but also to compare the headset against other headsets that I’ve used recently.
The HyperX Cloud delivers excellent sound for its asking price. While only stereo, the stereo separation itself is superb, as is the difference between bass and treble. Other headsets I’ve reviewed recently delivered quality sound, but became distorted when there was a great deal of chaos in-game. With the HyperX Cloud, I was knee deep in zombie corpses hurling molotovs and firing my submachine gun like an absolute maniac – with everything sounding exactly the way it should. Glass shattered with a crisp and definite smash, Left 4 Dead’s iconic soundtrack rumbled with bass and drums and zombies yelled and screeched with undeniable audio perfection.
After playing some Battlefield 3 and Payday 2, I then decided to listen to some music. Thankfully the HyperX Cloud comes with a number of accessories and cables so I was able to detach my mic, shorten the cable by removing the audio control box and plug both cables into my phone with the provided converter cable.
First up, I listened to Mastodon’s latest album, ‘Once More Round the Sun’ which is always an orgy for the ears, but even more so with the HyperX Cloud headset. Drums and bass thundered and pounded while the guitars and vocals were in perfect harmony with each other. I then listened to Die Antwoord’s ‘Donker Mag’ and once again the headset was perfect for the occasion – chunky basslines and hardstyle synth riffs are no challenge for the HyperX Cloud. Many headsets claim to work across movies, music games and more but the HyperX Cloud is quite possibly the best headset that I’ve personally used across a variety of sound formats.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first came across the HyperX Cloud, but it’s certainly an impressive debut headset from Kingston. The only imperfection I can find (and I damn sure tried) was that my ears felt a tad warm when gaming for a long period of time. This is easily managed by taking a quick break (which you should be doing anyway when gaming for hours on end) and is still better than getting sore ears from having to cram them in a small ear cup like with other headsets. Overall the HyperX Cloud delivers fantastic sound at an entry-level price. It’s not 7.1 surround but for roughly $80 you’d be hard pressed to find a better headset.
Score : 9/10