In today’s world there is a ton to choose from when it comes to headsets and especially for gaming. Many people refer to the bigger brands like Razer, Astro, or Turtle Beach, but there are some great up and coming companies that are sneaking up behind them and one of those companies is HyperX.
Recently we’ve had the privilege to review the HyperX Cloud II headset which is great for gaming on Xbox One (with adapter), PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and even on mobile. The Cloud II headset aims to offer everything the average gamer would want from a headset. It boasts big 53mm drivers, surround sound processing, and a detachable microphone.
The price point of the gaming headset is great at only $99.99 and the sound quality when I play games is one of the best, maybe at some points is better than an Astro Gaming Headset. One of the most frequently asked question when looking for a great headset is how comfortable is it to use for prolonged gaming sessions? I’ve had headsets that were about the same price of the Cloud II and they were nowhere near as comfortable, and usually if you want a comfortable headset you’d have to spend at least double the Cloud II’s asking price.
The first game I used the headsets with was Destiny 2 and the game sounded phenomenal not only did the game sound great, but I was also in an Xbox Live party and I heard them perfect as expected. With the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter you can control the game volume vs party chat volume to make your experience better, but since the controller has a 3.5mm jack you can plug the headset right in even if you don’t have the adapter yet and it still sounds great.
A lot of people like their headsets to look fancy with different colors, tags, etc. However, the HyperX Cloud II, despite its over-the-top title, is actually quite reserved, especially in the gun metal configuration of our review unit (it’s available in red or silver). It’s not as fashionable as a dedicated portable pair of headphones, but you wouldn’t be embarrassed to wear them in public.
Not only does the exterior look nice, it’s the interior that matters. The ear cushioning is made of memory foam, while the default material is leatherette, which is a luxury finish for a headset at this price. There’s also a set of velour ear cushions if you prefer that finish, which is a rare sight in most headsets.
There isn’t much more to say about this headset. It’s something you should invest in because you will not regret it.