HyperX Cloud headset review

8.8

Great

hyperx review

 

[quote] There is no nonsense here. No surround sound gimmicks, no built in sound processors. Just faithfully produced sounds without any sounds feeling like they are over produced[/quote]

I might not be a professional gamer in the sense of being paid to do it. But I watch enough eSports and play enough of the various competitive games to know what is important. When you are playing a game, you don’t want to hear your team mate’s heavy breathing or their mechanical keyboard being tapped away while you are listening for audio cues to get a drop on the enemy.

Because sometimes that audio cue is all that is standing between you and going through to the next stage of a large tournament. The removal of Roshan’s audio cues for the Dota 2 International 4 proves just how important sound is, even with the teams competing in sound-proofed rooms.

I guess you could use push to talk instead, but until using that button becomes a habit, how many misplays will you make? Sometimes you don’t have time to become accustomed to a new method of communicating with your team.

The sound of this device is amazing. If you have ever read about or had the pleasure of using the QPAD QH-90 headset before, you will recognise some distinct similarities. There is no nonsense here. No surround sound gimmicks, no built in sound processors. Just faithfully produced sounds without any sounds feeling like they are over produced, though a wee bit more bass would have been appreciated.

The microphone is detachable if you are using the headset to enjoy music or travelling, or in case you have another microphone that you use.

[toggle_simple title=”In the box” width=”Width of toggle box”]The HyperX Cloud comes with an audio adapter for use with mobile / PS4 and Xbox One, a volume control box, an optional set of ear cushions and a plug to allow this headset to be used on an aeroplane and an extension cable.[/toggle_simple]

The build quality of this headset is sturdy, compact, lightweight and it looks pretty damn good. The aluminium frame stays cool to the touch, and the padding on the ears are comfortable and sound dampening without giving you clammy ears (if you have sweaty ear syndrome, switch from the leather cups to the velour ones). Even the thread-work on the headband gives it a feeling of something that has been crafted by hand, rather than churned out for profit. This is a product they have faith in, and having top tier eSport teams like Alliance and Team Liquid, you know they mean business. The only issue is even when extended to full length, the headset feels like it is sitting too close to the bottom of my ear, so find a pair to try on if your head is on the larger side of the scale.

This is one of the best sounding headsets that I have ever used. Couple that with a good microphone that blocks out my deep, sometimes labored breathing noises and we are onto something great. Add in a price that is well south of two grand and suddenly the HyperX Cloud becomes a must-have.

 

Good

  • Comfortable, solid aluminium frame, microphone blocks out annoying noises.

Bad

  • Microphone can get in the way unless unplugged. Just too small for big heads.
8.8

Great

Value - 9
Performance - 9
Features - 8.5
If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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