How weird is it that HyperX, perhaps the most recommended name in gaming headsets, doesn’t make a single wireless model?
That’s kind of weird, right?
I thought about titling this article something even more clickbaity, like “HyperX Developing Wireless Headset!” But that would be misleading. I don’t have any inside information and I’ve never worked for the company.
But I mean come on, they have to be developing one, right???
Some conservative estimates I’ve seen put the wireless side of the headphone market at about 50 percent of total new sales, and it’s got to be similar in the gaming headset space.
Every other prominent gaming headset brand has a wireless model available. Steelseries has the Arctis 7. Logitech has the G933 and G533. Razer has the Man O’ War and the new Thresher.
The HyperX Cloud is one of the most frequently recommended gaming headsets in the world. It deserves this reputation, and I totally love it.
But there’s no wireless model.
Sure, the humble headphone jack hasn’t totally died yet(and I hope it sticks around a while), and not everyone needs the convenience/extra cost of wireless. I get that. But this is still kind of shocking.
You might think, “maybe it’s a price point problem.” Maybe! But Logitech is able to offer the G533 for about $99, and the Arctis 7 is $149. The most expensive HyperX headset, the Cloud Revolver S, is also $149…and I bet people would pay a little more to get one of their popular headsets with wireless transmission and RGB lights.
I know that R and D is expensive…but HyperX recently spent what had to be significant money designing and launching the $119/$149 Cloud Revolver and Revolver S, and the $49 Cloud Stinger. Why not also spring for a wireless model?
Maybe they’re just trying to buck the current market trends? Maybe they’re just trying to say that gamers want good audio quality and comfort over RGB Lighting and Wireless? Maybe. Going against the current is really tough to do.
And look, I like audio quality and comfort. They’re the two things I look for first in a headset or headphones.
But wireless and RGB lights are practically required to be options in today’s gaming market, to make it look like your portfolio of headsets is well-rounded. The more time that goes on where HyperX doesn’t offer a wireless product, the more baffling it gets.
A fully wireless HyperX Cloud with identical drivers, design, and padding to the current model with an optional removable cable for wired support at $149 would probably totally crush the marketplace. There’d be no major reason to buy anything else. And they could sell an RGB version, too.
Maybe it’s an issue with the original Takstar Pro 80 design the Cloud is based on? Maybe… but then why not make a wireless Cloud Revolver? Or even a wireless Stinger with removable mic?
I’m not an electrical engineer or a designer, so I know that I’m being a little reductive about the challenges here.
But if HyperX isn’t designing a wireless headset for release within the next year, then they are far less smart than their current exceptional product lineup has lead me to believe. They have to be asking these questions internally if I’m asking them and I’m just some internet guy.
When the Cloud Wireless comes out, I’ll be in line to buy two the first day they come out. And I bet there’d be hundreds, if not thousands of people right beside me.