Kingston HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset Review

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Conclusion

So I’ve had a good bit of usage out of the Cloud now, lets have a re cap of my thoughts.

From a design point of view I like the headset quite a lot, the construction is very solid and the aluminium touches really do add a sense of quality to it. Another nice touch is the stitching of the headband, its just a nice extra touch that helps make the headset look like a pretty posh bit of kit for the money. I would have to say my only two complaints are firstly that the wire that goes down into the ear cups just feels like it could be an accident waiting to happen to me in terms of it getting snagged and pulled out, although the included carry bag should reduce the chance of that somewhat. The other issue I have is that the padding really could do with being a fair bit thicker as it would really make the headset that bit more comfortable. Overall though, its a very well thought out bit of kit if you ask me.

The performance was also impressive in my books, the great balance of the drivers was a really pleasant surprise and I think if you are of the opinion that most gaming headsets in this price range are not a good listening experience (due to almost artificial feeling levels of booming bass) than the Cloud is definitely something you should consider as a trustworthy companion to reproduce your favourite music with impressive accuracy. The microphone is also a great performer, often the mic can be a point of compromise for headsets at this sort of price point but that is not the case here; if you are always chatting to mates online the mic is a great addition to the package.

So all things considered is the Cloud a good value proposition to the gamer looking to strike the balance between quality and budget for a new headset? I can’t think of any reason to say it isn’t, from the solid build and pleasing aesthetics through to the impressive audio quality and the great extra of loads of compatibility the Cloud really shines at this price point.

In light of all the above the Kingston HyperX Cloud earns a Gold award from me without hesitation.

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I’d like to say a big thank you to Kingston for today’s sample, I hope to see more from them in the future.

 

  • Performance
  • Design
  • Value
4.2

Summary

Pros:

– Solid build quality
– Nice neutral design
– Loads of compatibility
– Great noise isolation
-Pleasant overall sound
– Nice clamp pressure

Cons:

– Thicker padding would be a plus
– Ear cup wires could prove a durability issue
– Treble can dominate in heavily vocal music
– Fixed swivel ear cups could prove an issue for some
– Panel gap on ear cup mouldings is a bit unsightly

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