The HyperX Cloud II is one of the most popular headsets among gamers, while it’s also Kingston’s top rung consumer-focused headset. So, let’s get straight into the action and reveal what’s so special about this headset.
As you can probably imagine, this particular model features 7.1 virtual surround sound via its USB controller, while it can also be used via its 3.5mm audio jack with phones, tablets, and game consoles. When it comes to the design, well, that’s one of the main selling points of the HyperX Cloud II, considering that this headset it’s clever with a modular design and optional 7.1 surround sound.
Additionally, what we didn’t mention above is that this update to the HyperX Cloud adds a USB sound card to the mix that delivers virtual 7.1 surround sound when you want it. To be more specific, the sound card sits inline on the USB cable and features volume controls for both the headphones and microphone.
Desirably, you can then disconnect the headset from this USB module, which leaves you with a stereo headset with a 3.5mm jack that you can plug into your phone or game controller for listening to music, making calls, and console gaming. Furthermore, you can also detach the microphone, which leaves you with a set of headphones to take with you.
More on the part of the design, like its predecessor, the HyperX Cloud II headset boasts premium materials that include an aluminum metal frame, fully padded ear cups, and a long, braided cable. For customers satisfaction, the headset comes in two colors from which you can choose from, such as a black-and-gray Gunmetal model and a black-and-red option simply called red. However, take in mind that no matter what you choose both of them perform equally and color is the only thing that makes them differ.
To continue, the ear cups also feature soft, memory-foam padding and a red HX logo on the sides, while padding can also be found on the inside to prevent discomfort for large ears that might touch the interior walls of the ear cups.
In terms of the aesthetics, the braided cord that runs from the headset is three feet long and eliminates in a 3.5mm audio jack. This connects to another braided cord that features the sound card and audio controller on one end and a USB port on the other, while it’s also an additional six feet in length. For more comfort, the USB controller also has a clip on the back for attaching to your body to keep it out of the way while still being easily accessible.
Moreover, on the front, you’ll find separate volume controls for the headphones and the mic. So, in cases where you’re playing and someone informs you that your voice is too loud, it’s great to be able to turn down the mic’s volume without lowering the audio from the headphones.
Now, as we mentioned earlier, the microphone is removable, and what you need is just to detach a small, easily lost rubber cover on the bottom of the left headphone to reveal the jack to attach the microphone. When it comes to its flexibility, well, as you probably know, the mic’s arm is flexible and lets you position the mic in the exact position you want. It also offers noise- and echo- canceling for clearer speech, which is new to the Cloud II and was not included on its predecessor.
Okay, now, let’s talk about compatibility.
In terms of setting up this headset, well, you won’t have to do anything special, since the headset is plug-and-play and there’s no software to install.
The HyperX Cloud II works with both PCs and Macs as well as gaming consoles including the PS4 and Xbox One.
If you’re guessing if you get any extra parts for the headset, well, you’d be happy to know that Kingston throws in a number of those in the box. In addition to the microphone and the USB cord with the inline sound card and audio controls, you get a second set of ear cups, while the extra set features cloth padding to go with the leatherette set, but the cloth ear cups might be preferable in hot environments where a particularly intense and long gaming session might have you working up a sweat. Moreover, the audio field of this headset feels greatly expanded, natural, realistic and satisfying to listen.
So, if you’ve been looking for a headset that comes at a fairly reasonable price and features premium quality and performance, then this could be your ideal choice.