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HyperX Cloud review: Kingston comes out of nowhere with a fantastic budget headset

Hayden Dingman | Dec. 16, 2014
SteelSeries, Astro, Razer--these are the gorillas of the gaming headset (and gaming peripheral) world. And have been for some time. With that in mind, I can honestly say I never expected to come out of this roundup most impressed by a headset from...Kingston.

There's an excellent feeling of presence though, with the large earpieces giving plenty of space and depth to the sounds. Kingston makes no attempt at a "surround" experience, but the sound profile of the HyperX Cloud is better than that on a lot of the headsets touting the feature anyway.

If only the detachable microphone weren't such a half-tooled piece of junk. The microphone plugs into a small jack on the bottom of the left earpiece — a jack protected by a tiny piece of rubber that is just begging to get lost. It's not hooked to anything, so as soon as you set it down it's probably going to disappear. Mine did.

The best part of the microphone is it's extremely bendable, allowing you to position it as you please. That's about all the positives I have for the microphone. It could use a lot more noise canceling, and the wind filter is a poor pop filter at best — speaking at a normal volume, my voice was still full of plosives. Rearranging the mic helped only somewhat, trading a lack of pops for less volume. It also has a tendency to make your voice sound extremely nasal and hollow.

Bottom line

Would I still recommend the HyperX Cloud? Absolutely, especially at this price. The sound quality is second to none in this bracket, the build quality is superb, and it's extremely comfortable. Make no mistake, though: It's the microphone that's holding this headset back. It's fantastic, until you actually open your mouth. Then it's just okay.

 

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