HyperX Cloud II Wi-fi evaluation: long-lasting consolation
The HyperX new Cloud II Wi-fi headset is made for individuals who need easy controls, barely-there consolation, and strong sound high quality. This mannequin is only a wire-free model of the corporate’s $100 flagship Cloud II gaming headset. It makes use of a 2.4GHz wi-fi receiver that works with PCs, the PS4 — and certain the PS5, when that’s launched in November — and the Nintendo Change (by way of its dock). I’ve additionally efficiently related it to a 2019 MacBook Professional via a USB-C to USB-A adapter. The $149.99 headset is offered for order via HyperX beginning on November tenth.
If you happen to’re procuring round for a headset, sound high quality and luxury are among the many greatest causes to spring for the Cloud II. As well as, this mannequin contains a USB-C charging port, making it simpler to no-look join it to energy than wi-fi headsets from, say, SteelSeries and Razer, which nonetheless use USB-A ports. HyperX guarantees 30 hours of battery life per cost, and I’ve but to expire of juice throughout the evaluation interval.
Again to sound high quality: the Cloud II delivers a balanced, punchy sound with its 53mm drivers. As somebody who primarily listens via Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones, I do get pleasure from it. It’s not the form of presentation that’s prone to tire the listener, as its bass isn’t overbearing and the mids and highs have a heat, treble-lite high quality to them. Nevertheless, the Cloud II undoubtedly doesn’t stack up in the case of noise isolation. It’s closed-back, however there are little slits close to the highest to vent air, and it permits a little bit of sound with it. So, not the form of isolation you is perhaps on the lookout for if each audio cue counts.
The controls are straightforward to make use of. Not counting the amount dial on the proper ear cup, there are simply two buttons on the left ear cup: energy and microphone mute. For ease of use, one is concave and the opposite is convex in form. Double-pressing the ability button triggers the digital 7.1 encompass sound mode. The Cloud II will get a number of bonus factors for intelligent particulars like having a LED close to the microphone to point when it’s muted, and with the ability to activate mic monitoring to listen to your self once you discuss by holding the mute button — a trick that isn’t even within the guide.
The headset has a 3.5mm port the place its microphone plugs in, however it doesn’t lead to good sound when wired up by way of a 3.5mm cable to my PC, and it merely didn’t play any sound when it was plugged into my cellphone. Nevertheless, the microphone high quality is nice sufficient to depend on in conferences or sport periods, with “p” and “s” sounds coming via cleanly.
There are some things that didn’t make the transition from the wired Cloud II, like buttons for adjusting the combo for chat and sport audio (the wi-fi HyperX Cloud Flight S managed to incorporate them proper on the ear cup), or a set of replaceable ear cups. I additionally want this one used the kind of USB-C wi-fi receiver that ships with the brand new SteelSeries Arctis 7X and 7P as an alternative of a regular thumb drive-sized wi-fi dongle.
Additionally, whereas the Cloud II is among the many most snug headsets I’ve worn but, it shares that title with Logitech’s colourful G733, a inexpensive mannequin I’ve not too long ago used that, at $129.99, prices $20 much less. The G733 additionally prices by way of USB-C, has a light-weight, cozy design that’s straightforward to go away on for hours, and I rank its sound efficiency near, although not fairly on par with, the Cloud II. The G733 is actually the extra trendy choice; it’s obtainable in a number of coloration choices and shines with LEDs and an attention grabbing look.
Good sound high quality is a somewhat low bar that many headsets don’t meet, however my excellent wi-fi gaming headset is one which prices by way of USB-C and might pump out strong audio whereas additionally being supremely snug. The Cloud II wi-fi comes shut. A colourful headset just like the G733 will strike extra of a key with some individuals, however if you’d like an easier choice with comparable options and barely higher sound, and don’t thoughts paying an additional $20 for it, try the Cloud II Wi-fi.
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