HyperX engineers worked hard to address user complaints about its first gaming headset, and the HyperX Cloud II headset was born with the promise of introducing exciting new features, including 7.1 audio virtualization and a new USB connection. The company also worked hard to make the design more exciting than ever.
Like many other users, we took the time to review and check the new features of the headset announced by HyperX. We tested through different games and movies and determined the strengths and weaknesses of the different features that make up this HyperX gaming headset.
HyperX Cloud II USB Gaming Headset Review
Type: USB Gaming Headset | Drivers: Dynamic | Drivers-Size: 53 mm | Frequency-Response: 15 Hz – 25,000 Hz | Weight: 320g (350g with cable) | Impedance: 60 Ohms | Microphone Frequency-Response: 15 Hz – 18,000 Hz | SPL: 98±3dB
The HyperX Cloud II gaming headset is a very flexible, robust, reliable, and comfortable model with a aluminum frame, soft cushions, and an intelligible detatchable microphone with windshield. The headset is also adorned with a fantastic sound quality for the price and a 7.1 virtual surround sound feature to enhance the gaming experience in FPS games.
HyperX Cloud II’s package consists of a protective case that allows you to safely store and transport your device, an airplane adapter, and earpads. You can choose between velvet or faux leather earpads. The carrying case is not strong enough to fully protect the headphones from physical damage, but it is still comfortable to carry.
In terms of design, we applaud all the attention paid to the headset’s design and fit. The brand kept the same strength as its older devices. The headband is flexible, which allows for easy height adjustment using the integrated markers. The headband is also covered with foam, so there is no discomfort on the head. Moreover, HyperX Cloud II headphones are also made of solid aluminum and rubberized plastic.
The gaming headsets’ materials come in various colors and blends with the red aluminum segment. Combining these materials gives the Cloud II solid durability, allowing it to remain in service and not be abused long after purchase. Like previous HyperX headsets, they have been carefully finished to retain the refined look of the device.
The ear cushions are soft and flexible to keep your ears healthy. The ear cushions keep the earpads against your ears without getting warm (especially the foam-covered ones). The synthetic leather material accentuates the units’ elegance and prestige, giving the earpads a slightly retro, polished look. We especially like the finish, with its brushed metal and black color. The logo is designed so that the user can go unnoticed or not want to be the brand’s sole owner.
Thanks to the detachable microphone, the user has more freedom of movement and is less likely to break. A notable feature of the headset design is also the controls are located on the USB dongle. This allows for error-free operation of the controls. What we also appreciate is the length of the device’s cable, which gives the user more freedom of movement. The included cable ends with a 3.5 mm mini-plug and is compatible with the PS4, tablet, smartphone, or Xbox via an adapter.
Most headsets provide audio management and controls over features via buttons equipped on the earcups, letting the user press the wrong button when searching for a specific function. Here, HyperX decided to put all the controls of Cloud II on the audio control box at the end of the USB cable to which you can connect the 3.5 mm audio jack.
Cloud II differs in terms of functionality as opposed to the previous version with the addition of 7.1 surround sound virtualization software. To control the different features of the headset, the controller panel has buttons to increase or decrease the headphone volume, activate Virtual 7.1, and a button to mute or activate the microphone. We are used to using the volume button, but note that it can also be used with simple +/- buttons. We had no problem adjusting the volume on the fly. However, it is important to master and remember all the controls because sometimes a button has to activate several things at once. The red light in the logo only indicates that surround sound 7.1 is activated.
One of the advantages of the HyperX Cloud II’ microphone is that it can be removed and replaced if necessary. Breathing noise is considerably reduced, thanks to the windscreen placed above the microphone. It can be said that this microphone is effective in recording clear sound, and the quality of sound reproduction is very good.
The microphone analysis cannot be done without a sound card that can suppress external noise and all forms of echoes. With this sound card, the call volume automatically increases as the volume of the game increases. We think that this microphone quality is effective in group games, but if you want to record audio for your YouTube library, etc., you should use a sound card that can be used with a microphone.
We were not surprised by the sound quality of the headphones, just like its predecessor. The sounds in the low frequencies are present, with good linearity. The drivers are sensitive enough to achieve good levels of trebles and mid-range frequencies. Meanwhile, what disappoints is the slight lack of fidelity in the mid-range, but overall the clarity makes up for it. We also found that Cloud II offers excellent stereo sound, and thanks to a passive isolation system, users can isolate themselves from outside noise while listening.
The headphones also feature 7.1 virtual surround sound, but this is not very effective or useful. This feature is an important marketing element of Cloud II. However, the accuracy of spatial analysis has not been implemented due to additional phase playback and reverberation. Its passive noise insulation can also keep most of the sound in your headphones and protect your listening experience from external noises.
In conclusion, our analysis suggest that the Cloud II model is an excellent gaming headset that can also be used to improve one’s in-game experience. As with previous headsets, the HyperX team relies on a robust and advanced design that combines prestige and reliability. With its sound performance and linear control features, HyperX Cloud II is brought up to the level of high-end gaming headsets on the market.