The Kingston Hyper X Cloud gaming headset looks all business at a glance. It comes in a rather bulky box which houses the headset, a 1.2m braided 3.5 mm stereo cable, interchangeable ear cushions (a big plus), detachable microphone, Audio Control Box, airplane adapter, 2m extension cable, headset splitter cable for single stereo jacks and a travel mesh pouch with Velcro lock pocket. That’s a lot of stuff.
The review unit came in Black and White with the HyperX logo on the headband and ear-cups. While I personally do not like loud and flashy design, it appeals to the gaming crowd for which this headphone is specifically built. The aluminium construction looks like a hardened plastic finish ( the ear cups, etc). It doesn’t quite deliver design-wise, something one would expect for a headset at this price range.
The headset has a comfortable and cushioned feel around the ears. The ear cups are padded with memory foam and have interchangeable ear cushions which is great especially if you spend hours on end editing or gaming. The padded leatherette headband which features the HyperX logo across the top looks a bit flashy but is quite comfortable for long hours of use.
Talking about the sound quality, this headset surprisingly delivered rich and neat treble and mid tones. While the treble and mid frequencies were a bit tinny for my taste. I used it across genres, listening to voice-heavy A Capella pieces to bass heavy electronic music to clean minimalist folk sounds. The headset delivered a good range and tone with spoken word but was at best average with minimalist sounds-capes and orchestra heavy classical music.
The closed cups of the headset definitely enhance bass reproduction with passive noise cancellation but doesn’t really do justice to lower frequencies.
This makes it a winner for editing , gaming and production where one needs neutral flat frequencies. The microphone is good but not great. In games or with using it to dictate searches in Chrome, it renders clean sharp tones.
At a price range of Rs 6,399, it is a no-brainer for gamers and budget film/video editors. Right from the bold flashy design to the utility function of the detachable microphone, the interchangeable ear cushions, this headset is all gaming. When it comes to headsets for serious audiophiles looking for that elusive sweet sound, I would spend my money elsewhere.
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