HyperX Cloud IIby Kingston

  • HyperX Cloud II
  • HyperX Cloud II
  • HyperX Cloud II
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
82%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The second generation of this headset adds 7.1 virtual surround sound via the inclusion of an optional USB sound card with inline controls.
  • The headphones work with PCs and mobile devices in addition to most modern gaming systems.
  • Kingston provides the same type of stylish design and high comfort level as with the original HyperX Cloud headphones.

CONS

  • You don't get wireless connectivity or active noise cancellation.
  • No software is provided for customizing sound.
  • The headset is rather small and the ear cups cannot be rotated.
HyperX Cloud II is the second generation of a product widely regarded as one of the best headsets in its price bracket for gaming and listening to music. The second gen headphones add a 7.1 virtual surround sound USB card with fine-tuned inline controls and a detachable microphone. This cushy and stylish-looking headset supports most modern gaming systems, along with PCs and mobile devices. On the down side, these headphones are not wireless and active noise cancellation is not among the feature set.
NameHyperX Cloud IIA50 Wireless HeadsetGAME ONE PC Gaming HeadsetG930 Wireless Gaming HeadsetKraken Pro
ManufacturerKingstonAstroSennheiserLogitechRazer
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Bringing the high-end gaming spectrum to the mainstream market, the HyperX Cloud II will make your wallet tremble, but it will all be worth …

Bringing the high-end gaming spectrum to the mainstream market, the HyperX Cloud II will make your wallet tremble, but it will all be worth it in the end.

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It boasts big 53mm drivers, surround sound processing, and a detachable microphone. It works with all of the major gaming platforms, includi…

It boasts big 53mm drivers, surround sound processing, and a detachable microphone. It works with all of the major gaming platforms, including PC/Mac, mobile, PS4 and Xbox One (with an adaptor). It even has a few luxury touches, such as replaceable leatherette ear cushions, an airplane headphone adaptor and a carry case.

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We would love to see active noise-canceling headphones on the HyperX, but that would also bring its price up considerably.

We would love to see active noise-canceling headphones on the HyperX, but that would also bring its price up considerably.

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80%

The Kingston HyperX Cloud II is a gaming headset that doubles as an unassuming pair of good-sounding, over-ear headphones.

The Kingston HyperX Cloud II is a gaming headset that doubles as an unassuming pair of good-sounding, over-ear headphones.

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80%

The HyperX Cloud was—and is—a complete success, and still one of the absolute best gaming headsets available. Given that nothing was really …

The HyperX Cloud was—and is—a complete success, and still one of the absolute best gaming headsets available. Given that nothing was really wrong with it, it's perhaps a bit surprising to see the HyperX Cloud II turn up so soon. The visual differences are null (save for a redesigned inline remote), but there's one key feature to set it apart from its predecessor—surround sound.

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The 7.1 surround sound worked well in movies, especially ones that were filled with heavy-duty action sequences. Surround sound emulation is…

The 7.1 surround sound worked well in movies, especially ones that were filled with heavy-duty action sequences. Surround sound emulation is not meant for stereo music. That said, the music capabilities of the headset weren't bad either.

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To be honest very little has actually changed, the big difference now being the inclusion of a USB based sound card with virtual 7.1 surroun…

To be honest very little has actually changed, the big difference now being the inclusion of a USB based sound card with virtual 7.1 surround sound support. There’s also now support for tablets, phones, XBox One and PS4. Apart from a few colour tweaks here and there that’s about it.

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What Kingston had done with their original HyperX Cloud last year was that they created a quality headset for a value price. Now, they have …

What Kingston had done with their original HyperX Cloud last year was that they created a quality headset for a value price. Now, they have built upon its success and have released the HyperX Cloud II. It offers plenty of features such as a removable microphone, inline sound card with virtual 7.1 surround sound, and cross platform compatibility for a low price of $99.99!

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Last year, Kingston shocked many gamers by releasing the HyperX Cloud, a surprisingly good gaming headset from folks who are known for selli…

Last year, Kingston shocked many gamers by releasing the HyperX Cloud, a surprisingly good gaming headset from folks who are known for selling storage drives. The company's new HyperX Cloud II retains its predecessor's cozy, stylish design while adding virtual 7.1 surround sound for extra immersion. The result is a good-sounding headset whose comfort level is in a class of its own, though its weak low end and lack of customization options may displease hardcore audiophiles.

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Unfortunately sticking to what worked last time means the Cloud II carries over some of the same sins as its predecessor. You can’t rotate t…

Unfortunately sticking to what worked last time means the Cloud II carries over some of the same sins as its predecessor. You can’t rotate the earcups, which is a pain if like me you have a habit of pulling your headset down around your neck. Also, the headset is fairly small—I had to extend the ears most of the way before it’d sit on my head.

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If you are familiar with the HyperX Cloud gaming headset, the HyperX Cloud II looks nearly identical. Physically, the difference comes from…

If you are familiar with the HyperX Cloud gaming headset, the HyperX Cloud II looks nearly identical. Physically, the difference comes from a difference in color options, and a new mid-line controller. What separates these headsets is the inclusion of virtual 7.1 Surround Sound thanks to a USB sound card on the HyperX Cloud II.

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I frequently jump between Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 making myself insane with a different set of headphones for each system. SteelSeri…

I frequently jump between Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 making myself insane with a different set of headphones for each system. SteelSeries H Wireless for my PC, Polk Audio Strikers for the Xbox One, and Sony own PlayStation Gold Wireless for my PS4. All of these are terrific headphones in their own right, but I just needed some simplicity in my life. I needed a quality, comfortable pair of gaming headphones that were largely platform-agnostic.

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