HyperX Cloud White Headset for PS4, Xbox One, and PC Review
Kingston and its HyperX brand of PC hardware and accessories has become synonymous with the video game space thanks to the company’s drive to outfit the best gamers across the globe with the most affordable high-quality gaming equipment on the planet. Kingston has started to make waves in the video game headset arena with its HyperX line of stereo headsets, which we first reviewed back in October of last year. Earlier this year the tech company released its latest gaming headset called the HyperX Cloud, which is another affordable top-notch set of cans for gamers that draws its name from the pillowy feel of the memory foam ear pads.
On August 13, 2014 Kingston will release a new version of the HyperX Cloud headset line with stark white and black coloring for Stormtrooper fans across the galaxy. We were sent a pair for review purposes, so I put the HyperX Cloud through the paces to see how well it truly performs, and much like Kingston’s other products, the new white HyperX Cloud headset is an unbelievable value for the quality sound and comfort it can produce.
The HyperX Cloud Headset comes packed with 53mm drivers that produce rich clear sounds at all ranges, as well as the ability to pound out impressive bass tones thanks to its enhanced bass-reproduction system. This headset definitely produces HiFi sound for your ears to soak up when using it with a PC, PS4, Xbox One (Stereo adapter required), or any electronic device that supports a 3.5mm input. Not once did a game’s audio come off as shallow, or hollow sounding while using the HyperX Cloud Headset, and in the case of my PC setup they actually bolstered the sound output of my system, which is only setup with built-in speakers.
Thanks to the tight, but not uncomfortable closed ear cup design, the HyperX Cloud Headset can really allow you to get lost in a video game’s world if it has a killer sound profile. This is due to the fact that you can’t really hear ambient sound from the outside world while wearing them, so your mind is able to completely focus on the sound coming from the headset’s drivers into your ears. I used the headset on an iMac to play Selknam Defense and Lego Marvel Super Heroes, and the results were impressive to say the least, especially with the latter, which is a game full of surround sound moments, explosions, and audible chaos.
The new HyperX Cloud White Headset also performed admirably with my Galaxy Note 3, PS4, and Xbox One. On the Note 3 I listened to music and it sounded clear and precise with just enough bass to give my phone’s audible capabilities a needed boost. For the PS4 test I used it while playing the new Strider and FIFA 14. The FIFA 14 experience was greatly improved while using the headset thanks to the level of immersion it provides with the crowd noise. It could be a placebo effect, but I scored three goals with my character for the first time since playing the game, and I credit it to the crowd noise and resulting increased adrenaline for the improved performance. In all seriousness though, the isolated sound booth that the headset puts you in really does enhance gameplay experiences, because you’re ears are free to solely focus on the noise coming out of the headset rather than all of the ambient sounds that can flood a 21st century living space.
I also tested Kingston’s latest version of the HyperX Cloud Headset with the Xbox One using the stereo headset adapter for the One’s controller. This console isn’t listed on the headset’s box of available platforms, but I’m happy to report that as long as you have the stereo adapter, the HyperX Cloud Headset will work with the Xbox One for both game and chat audio. Sniper Elite 3 was used to test these bad boys out, and in all honesty it was the best sounding game audio, or any audio for that matter, that I heard while using the headset. For some reason the Xbox One seems to further enhance the sound levels that are produced by the headset, so both game audio and chat audio sounded much better than I expected, and definitely better than how things sounded on the PS4.
The headset does have a built-in volume regulator, which did come in handy on the Xbox One, PC, and PS4 to further increase the sound input. Just be wary of this feature because if you also have the source audio cranked up you can wreak havoc on your eardrums thanks to the increased decibel levels.
What would a great gaming headset be without chat capabilities right? Luckily, the HyperX Cloud White Headset comes with a detachable mic for gaming sessions that require teamwork, or just a chance to shoot the shit with friends. The detachable mic operates with a 100 – 12,000 Hz frequency response, and is quite capable of producing clear sounding voice output. I used the mic to record some voice overs for a gaming video on my iMac, and the resulting recording sounded almost as tight as one would sound when I use my Yeti stereo microphone with a USB connection. I didn’t notice much background noise, and for the most part my voice sounded clear and not like I was talking into a tin can.
I was a little disappointed with how the voice output sounded on the PS4, which I tested by recording a voice over using SHAREfactory. Just like the PS Gold Wireless Headset the voice recording sounded chirpy and slightly distorted, but the audio would have been useable if I decided to finalize the video project and release it for the world to see. This wasn’t the case on the Xbox One whatsoever. I used the mic to record some voice work on an Upload Studio project, and it sounded amazingly deep, clear, and precise. I was astounded by how well my voice sounded using the headset in Upload Studio, because I was expecting similar results to the PS4 tests. I don’t blame the poor voice quality on the PS4 on the HyperX Cloud Headset either, because that system is notorious for less than stellar chat audio quality and voice exchanges overall. Based on my brief test there’s no doubt that the HyperX Cloud Headset can be used to produce professional sounding voice overs, or just casual chat on the PC and Xbox One platform for those gamers looking to take their hobby to the next level.
One of the best features of the new HyperX Cloud White Headset is its extremely comfortable build and style. First off, the white and black coloring really helps the headset to stand out, and it almost looks as if it belongs in a Stormtrooper’s wardrobe closet. Color doesn’t really do much for comfort, but the memory foam ear pads and thick leather foam headband do a ton. The whole “Cloud” monicker is based around the soft and lightweight design of the headset’s cups and band, and you do feel as if you’re wearing a cloud of sound around your ear holes. It really does feel light on your head, and the memory foam ear pads help to form a tight seal around your ears to ensure the headset doesn’t slide down while using them, as well as locking in sound for the best audio experience possible. The headset comes with extra velour ear pads for those looking for an even softer feel, which can be stored in the included travel bag for easy transportation.
The headset also comes packed with braided cables for tangle management and durability, as well as an extension cable, an airplane adapter, and the volume control box if you want to use it. Did I mention that you get all of this and the headset for only $89.99! When you compare what the HyperX Cloud Headset can do to the other high-end headsets on the market, its value really stands out as a selling point, because it really is a top notch headset solution for gamers that won’t break the bank.
If you appreciate audio in gaming but don’t have the funds to buy an expensive surround sound system for your gaming cave, or you don’t have a couple hundred dollars lying around to buy a pair of Astro’s high-end headsets, then for $89.99 you can’t beat the value of the HyperX Cloud White Headset from Kingston. The price is hard to beat for the level of quality that the headset puts out both in terms of audio and voice chat. The lightweight memory foam ear pads and band make the headset one of the most comfortable I’ve ever worn, and the killer white and black color scheme will surely catch other gamer’s eyes. If you’re in need of a new affordable gaming headset that works for PC, Mac, PS4, and the Xbox One (Stereo adapter required) platforms, there’s no better value than the HyperX Cloud White Headset. Make sure to tune your browser to NewEgg or Amazon on August 13, 2014 to secure your pair! Your ears and skull will thank you.
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Review Statement: The author of this review received the headset from the manufacturer for the purposes of this review.