HyperX Cloud II Wireless review: long-lasting comfort

The HyperX new Cloud II Wireless headset is made for individuals who need easy controls, barely-there comfort, and strong sound high quality. This mannequin is only a wire-free model of the corporate’s $100 flagship Cloud II gaming headset. It makes use of a 2.4GHz wi-fi receiver that works with PCs, the PS4 — and sure the PS5, when that’s launched in November — and the Nintendo Switch (by way of its dock). I’ve additionally efficiently related it to a 2019 MacBook Pro by means of a USB-C to USB-A adapter. The $149.99 headset is out there for order by means of HyperX beginning on November tenth.

If you’re purchasing round for a headset, sound high quality and comfort are among the many greatest causes to spring for the Cloud II. In addition, this mannequin includes a USB-C charging port, making it simpler to no-look join it to energy than wi-fi headsets from, say, SteelSeries and Razer, which nonetheless use USB-A ports. HyperX guarantees 30 hours of battery life per cost, and I’ve but to expire of juice throughout the overview interval.

Back to sound high quality: the Cloud II delivers a balanced, punchy sound with its 53mm drivers. As somebody who primarily listens by means of Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones, I do take pleasure in it. It’s not the type of presentation that’s more likely to tire the listener, as its bass isn’t overbearing and the mids and highs have a heat, treble-lite high quality to them. However, the Cloud II positively doesn’t stack up in relation to noise isolation. It’s closed-back, however there are little slits close to the highest to vent air, and it permits a little bit of sound with it. So, not the type of isolation you could be on the lookout for if each audio cue counts.

The controls are straightforward to make use of. Not counting the quantity dial on the best ear cup, there are simply two buttons on the left ear cup: energy and microphone mute. For ease of use, one is concave and the opposite is convex in form. Double-pressing the ability button triggers the digital 7.1 encompass sound mode. The Cloud II will get a couple of bonus factors for intelligent particulars like having a LED close to the microphone to point when it’s muted, and having the ability to activate mic monitoring to listen to your self while you discuss by holding the mute button — a trick that isn’t even within the guide.

The headset has a 3.5mm port the place its microphone plugs in, nevertheless it doesn’t lead to good sound when wired up by way of a 3.5mm cable to my PC, and it merely didn’t play any sound when it was plugged into my cellphone. However, the microphone high quality is sweet sufficient to depend on in conferences or recreation classes, with “p” and “s” sounds coming by means of cleanly.

There are some things that didn’t make the transition from the wired Cloud II, like buttons for adjusting the combination for chat and recreation audio (the wi-fi HyperX Cloud Flight S managed to incorporate them proper on the ear cup), or a set of replaceable ear cups. I additionally want this one used the kind of USB-C wi-fi receiver that ships with the brand new SteelSeries Arctis 7X and 7P as an alternative of a typical thumb drive-sized wi-fi dongle.

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Also, whereas the Cloud II is among the many most comfy headsets I’ve worn but, it shares that title with Logitech’s colourful G733, a inexpensive mannequin I’ve just lately used that, at $129.99, prices $20 much less. The G733 additionally fees by way of USB-C, has a light-weight, cozy design that’s straightforward to depart on for hours, and I rank its sound efficiency near, although not fairly on par with, the Cloud II. The G733 is actually the extra trendy possibility; it’s obtainable in a couple of shade choices and shines with LEDs and an attention grabbing look.

Good sound high quality is a reasonably low bar that many headsets don’t meet, however my perfect wi-fi gaming headset is one which fees by way of USB-C and may pump out strong audio whereas additionally being supremely comfy. The Cloud II wi-fi comes shut. A colourful headset just like the G733 will strike extra of a key with some individuals, however if you’d like an easier possibility with related options and barely higher sound, and don’t thoughts paying an additional $20 for it, take a look at the Cloud II Wireless.

Photography by Cameron Faulkner

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