Kingston HyperX Cloud II Review
One of the Most Affordable *Good* Gaming Headsets – The HyperX Cloud II
Let’s cut straight to the chase–these are one of the best price-performance gaming headsets I have had the pleasure to wear. I think these are worth considering if you are on a tight budget and your sole purpose for a headset is for gaming.
The HyperX Cloud II has been out for around one year as of now. Before diving in, here’s a list of their posted specifications:
Transducer type: dynamic Ø 53mm with neodynium magnets
Operating principle: closed
Frequency response: 15Hz–25,000 Hz
Nominal impedance: 60 Ω per system
Nominal SPL: 98±3dB
T.H.D.: < 2%
Power handling capacity: 150mW
Sound coupling to the ear: circumaural
Ambient noise attenuation: approx. 20 dBa
Headband pressure: 5N
Weight with microphone and cable: 350g
Cable length and type: 1m + 2m extension
: single mini stereo jack plug (3.5 mm)
This is my review of the HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset.
Look and Feel
The body is made of strong aluminum and some plastic. The plastic feels smooth, solid and premium and I did not experience any creaking while using it. As for appearances, I think the images do it more justice than what I can say about it.
One thing I really like is how the design is very modular. While the headphone cable cannot be removed, I noticed that I was able to remove the mic part of it so that I could transform the whole headset into a normal pair of headphones for travel.
The HyperX Cloud II headset also comes with a USB dongle to bypass your integrated sound. I like this because quite frankly, most integrated sound cards are horrible.
It is bit big and bulky but for its size it is rather light weight at 350 grams. Comfort is where these headphones shine, as they are extremely comfortable and can be worn for hours. You can also choose between the pleather ear cups or the super fluffy velour ones.
The Kingston HyperX Cloud II can be adjusted with quite a large range, with a top padding portion so it will fit pretty much any head. The clamping force is very minimal and the ear padding is pleasant.
The leather padding inside of the headband had a good amount of cushion for my head. It feels smooth and soft over my ears–though I wonder if it’s true that Kingston uses some sort of special memory foam for these. Anyway, I personally prefer the velour pads.
I spent a few days with them and it was overall comfortable without any pain on my ears or neck. At times, it did get warm with prolonged use (though it could have easily been from the heat I was generating from being mad while playing League of Legends, harhar..).
Audio and Microphone
The audio quality and precision is… *drumroll*
I used to use the Philips Fidelio X2 with an external mic, but I felt as though these were probably more convenient for only a small sacrifice in sound quality. Though in the end, I’m a sound guy so I ultimately switched back. I could readily control the volume of the headset with the volume control provided on it.
This Cloud II comes with flexible noise-supression microphone. I tried some recordings and they were pretty solid. It was easy to adjust and fix to a good position, and in case I did not need the mic I could just pop it off.
These are probably the only super broke college student budget headsets I would recommend to someone, but I would probably push for something much better–afterall, gamers who are going to buy a headset to begin with are going to use it for hours on a daily basis. You probably want something more, but I must say at this price the headset has a lot to offer. It might be the best possible purchase you can make for anything $150 or less.
The sound quality is one of the best I have heard for gaming headsets. It cannot (I repeat cannot) compete with headphones + external mic, but for an all-in-one solution this is very very hard to beat. It is incredibly cheap compared to nearly everything else I have reviewed.
Keep in mind I was incredibly strict when it came to the sound quality.
Kingston HyperX Cloud II
- Incredible sound for the price
- Interchangeable ear cups
- Fits basically any head
- Removable mic
- Fairly good isolation
- 7.1 Surround Sound
- Tons of extra acessories
- Non-removable headphone cable
- A tad heavy
- Still can't beat audiophile headphones
- Mic quality average