Gaming headsets are almost a dime a dozen at this point, and Turtle Beach and Astro would appear to dominate the market, but that’s only because those are the two companies you hear that pretty much hang their hat on headsets. While not discounting Astro’s quality products, there are plenty of other high quality headsets on the market that rival or beat Astro’s relatively high prices. If you’re a PC gamer, chances are you know Kingston. I know I have a few Kingston flash drives lying around and my desktop’s RAM is also Kingston, but I’m not that familiar with their other products. I’ve had some time to spend with their HyperX Cloud headset and it has opened my eyes to the proper world of headsets.
The world of computer and video game console headsets is a crowded and convoluted one. Turtle Beach dominates the market with their relatively cheap, in both price and quality, headsets. They’re also one of the only brands that gets prominent shelf space, which is a travesty as there are so many other fantastic headsets out there. That’s not to say that Turtle Beach is a bad brand, they’re just not the best brand currently on the market. That’s one of the reasons I’m so happy to check out a headset that isn’t from Turtle Beach.
The HyperX Cloud may seem a little challenging to assemble when you unpack it. You’ll first find that the microphone detaches, which I found far preferable to the standard rotating mic. Instead of providing you with a single cord, Kingston has you covered with enough modular wires to make you setup work no matter what. There is an option quick access plug, so you’re able to change volume and mute your mic at any point. There is an extension cable that should pretty much work in any standard home environment. More importantly, there is a headset to phone adaptor, so as long as you have a headphone jack, you’re golden. Not to mention that you also get a second set of ear pads and a carrying case to hold it all in, which is so much more than a normal headset would provide.
The audio quality from both the input and output was exactly what I was looking for. The microphone is sensitive enough to set down and record multiple people with and not pick up a lot of white noise while being able to mess with the sensitivity and not pick up every sound in the room. I definitely appreciate a mic with some range. My only real problem with the headset, which is more of a backhanded compliment than a problem, is that the noise cushion on the headphones makes it hard to hear what is going on in the real world. Perfect for gaming, bad if you’re trying to talk to someone in the room at the same time. Don’t let my problems dissuade you from getting a quality headset.
The HyperX Cloud headset has been a welcome replacement for the Turtle Beach Ear Force X11 I had been using. Not only is the sound quality noticeably better, but I was amazed at how much the audio quality of the microphone improved. Unless you’re trying to use the headset in a group setting, it is one of the best wired headsets I’ve used for its price range. It is also the best accessorized headset right out of the box I have ever seen. If you’re in the market for a new headset, you can’t go wrong with the HyperX Cloud.