Kingston Technology has recently released its latest headset with the multi-platform gamer in mind, the HyperX Cloud II. The headset boasts a USB audio control interface attachment with 7.1 virtual surround sound feature, detachable noise canceling mic and is available in accents of Gun Metal, Red, and a limited edition Pink design. I gave it a listen on a few select game systems, including the PS4, Mac and some iPhone music.
Out of the box, the HyperX Cloud II headset is a flexible headset allowing for connection through its USB interface or a 3.5mm stereo audio jack by removing the audio control interface. So you are well covered with whatever platform you may be gaming on – be it on platforms such as Xbox One, PS4 (note that the PS4 did work with USB and virtual surround), or PC/Mac. The metal-brushed accent on the headset is a nice, and solid feeling, touch. Instead of the designers going too far out there to show off what is on your head, which you won’t see anyway, the HyperX Cloud II lets you be selfish and enjoy an ultra comfortable feel. From all of the audio headsets I’ve used over the years, my experience with the HyperX Cloud II is the most comfortable. It is lightweight, fully and comfortably cupping your ears without feeling pressure on your head. The HyperX Cloud II comes equipped with leatherette ear cushions and an optional set of interchangeable velour cushions. It may look somewhat bulky, but it definitely doesn’t feel that. The thickly threaded cables are also notable. I’ve had issues with headsets that break loose at the connecting points. The HyperX Cloud II is thoughtfully constructed to keep your gaming audio cranking for many gameplay sessions to come.
If there are any minor gripes in the accessories, it’s the travel case and the microphone port cover. The travel case mesh bag provides some lightweight padding, but doesn’t have the solid protective feel you may find with other headsets. I did cringe when I dropped it in the bag, but thankfully nothing happened to the headset. The bag gives a bulky-sack look, not particularly cool looking to carry. I almost prefer to carry the headset in the slick inner box package, which is well cushioned and neatly packs all the accessories. The mic is attached via a small, removable port cover. I nearly lost the mic cover, being so small and coming completely off when using the mic. I would have preferred it attached to the headset as a flap door. Losing it would definitely make the headset less cosmetically cool with the square and oval port exposed. Just some minor things, but they don’t take away from the highlights of the HyperX Cloud II - ultra comfort, compatibility and amazing audio.
I remember playing a session of Borderlands on the PS4, and taking off my headset because I heard a metal bang that I thought was in the room – a testament to the HyperX Cloud II headset’s virtual 7.1 surround sound feature. With the surround sound on, it tends to expand the sound dimension, at a little bit of a compromise to the heaviness of the bass. Yes, the HyperX Cloud II did get too real for me at times when I was in the gaming zone, so I went for the standard stereo bass effect in some games. The ear cushions do excellent at covering up ambient sound and getting you into your game. The sound is crisp and deep. I enjoyed using the HyperX Cloud II to experience clarity and comfort with my music as well.
The HyperX Cloud II is a very well equipped gaming headset that provides gamers with comfort, solid sound, and chatting capabilities. It helped keep me entrenched when I had longer than average gaming sessions – all while not disturbing others. Put some comfort into your boom with the HyperX Cloud II!
The HyperX Cloud II is available at a $99.99 MSRP from retailers such as Amazon.com and GameStop.com. For more information, visit the official website at kingston.com. Thanks to Kingston Technology for making this review possible.
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