Kingston HyperX Cloud Core Gaming Headset REVIEW
Gaming headset provides comfort and quality sound.
I have a particular interest in quality headphones. I’ve been hard of hearing for many years now and headphones that provide a good, clear sound mean a lot to me because it allows me to enjoy music, movies, and games. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to test out the HyperX Cloud Core Gaming Headset from Kingston over the past week and am very excited about their potential moving forward.
The first thing I want to make note of is the packaging. The headphones come in a fairly standard black cardboard box with an outer wrapping with a lot of graphics on it. Some of the writing is foreign, but you do find out right away that the headset is compatible with PC, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Mac, & mobile devices. These headphones are wired, which is preferable to some gamers because you don’t experience any lag time, or chance the headphones’ battery dying mid-game. I’ve always tried to use wireless headphones because I don’t like cable clutter, but I might be making an exception after testing out the HyperX headset.
When you open the box, you will find minimal paperwork (Quick Start Guide and Headset Information Guide), the headset, the optional microphone, and a mini 3.5mm stereo cable extender. Lifting the headphones out of the box, I found them to be incredibly light, but solid. The attached audio cable is a decent length and if you are using the headset as an option for just listening to music on your phone or computer, it’s sufficient. I would say that if you plan on using with a gaming system that you should definitely use the extender. As first impressions go, I was very happy with what I saw upon opening the box.
Comfort & Sound
Naturally, the two biggest factors I have when choosing a set of headphones are comfort and sound. A gaming headset needs to be comfortable. I have personally had 14-hour gaming sessions before and headphones were around my ears the entire time. I want soft earpieces and a cushioned headband. The HyperX headset gives you both. For my first big comfort test, I plugged the headphones into my phone and listened to music while I worked throughout the day. The headset stayed firmly in place while not being too tight. I didn’t experience any headaches after wearing the headphones for several hours and that is usually something that occurs with me when I have long-term use of a headset.
The sound quality was very surprising. A lot of gaming headsets I’ve come across are great for game sound, but not much else. The HyperX headphones provide a very clear tone with fabulous highs and lows. It’s probably the best sound quality I’ve had from a mid-range cost headset. As I mentioned above, I tested the headphones out throughout a workday and didn’t consider switching them out once. The sound was so vivid and even though they aren’t ‘active noise cancelling’ headphones, they do provide sound isolation. I would rate the sound isolation at good to very good. While I could hear outside noises and others’ voices, it was more like background noise and was not distracting to me.
My favorite preferred headset for gaming is the Ear Force Stealth 500X by Turtle Beach. It’s a set of headphones and it provides 7.1 DTS Surround Sound. They are perfect for gaming, but they have one big downside. Since they are wireless, when I have a particularly long gaming session, the battery wears out. For those times, I’m going to be switching over to the HyperX headset because they are comparable to the comfort and sound quality I get with the Turtle Beach headphones. And even though they don’t have 7.1 DTS Surround Sound, the HyperX headset does feature Hi-Fi capability with 53mm drivers. One thing I found myself missing when I was testing these out was in-line controls on the wire. I think these headphones would benefit from a controller option.
The HyperX gaming headset is a really great option for an affordable gaming headset. They are built well and take advantage of quality materials like the aluminum frame and leatherette coverings on the earpieces. The detachable microphone makes it possible for you to be apart of the gaming community as well as participate in video chats through your computer. It’s easy to install and I like the fact that you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to.
All in all, I was very impressed with the HyperX gaming headset’s performance. They are comfortable and provide great sound quality. They aren’t quite good enough for me to cast aside wireless headphones for good, but they are a good replacement when batteries die.
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Originally published at macsources.com on August 16, 2016.