HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset Review
Priced at just below $100, the HyperX Cloud II gaming headset is quite the affordable pair of headphones for producing high-quality gaming audio. These over-ear headphones are engineered with 53 mm drivers producing less than 2% total harmonic distortion. Are these gaming headphones as good as gamers claim them to be? Let’s take a greater look with this HyperX Cloud II headset review.
- Set of Velour Ear Cushions
- Airplane Adapter
- USB Control Box
- Mesh Carry Bag
HyperX Cloud II Design, Features, and Fit
This gaming headset sits between the original HyperX Cloud and its successor, the HyperX Cloud Core.
The HyperX Cloud II headset improves over the original Cloud headset with increased comfort. Much of this is due to the Cloud II having memory foam within the leatherette headband. Along with the first iteration, the Cloud II is compatible with PC, Mac, PS4, and Xbox systems. It comes in a couple more colors than its predecessor such as Gun Metal (Gray/Grey whatever spelling you prefer), Pink, and Red. I think the Red looks more metallic than the Gray, but it’s up to your personal preference. The design of the Cloud II includes a detachable microphone which features noise and echo cancellation with its volume control on the control box. This is a massive plus if you’re a gamer who chats online frequently.
While the another HyperX headset, the Cloud Revolver headset has unparalleled sound depth, it doesn’t have the 7.1 or the USB powered control box that the Cloud II has. The control box for the Cloud II has volume control, microphone sound control which I have mentioned before, a switch to mute the microphone, and of course the 7.1 enabler. The Cloud II headset even comes with interchangeable velour ear cups. In the event your ears get hot with the leatherette ear cups, you can switch them to velour. Albeit, the swapping of the cups is somewhat difficult to do.
HyperX Cloud II 7.1 Channel Sound
Now the 7.1 surround sound is phenomenal. Playing competitive games like Counterstrike – Global Offensive with 7.1 sound makes an immense difference. I can clearly and vividly hear if an enemy is behind me. I’ve brought up Grand Theft Auto V in past reviews, but running around in first person mode with 7.1 surround sound is sweet. And for you Serious Sam players, this level of sound really makes dodging those headless kamikazes something special.
It doesn’t have to be just video games to enjoy the benefits of 7.1 surround sound. Music sounds excellent in surround mode, with instruments sounding so much clearer. After enjoying 7.1 surround, I found myself not wanting to go back to the standard 2-channel audio.
Now this is a bit peculiar, but I have to set the volume very low on the headset, around a level of 32. The headphones produce so much sound that maybe I just can’t handle their excellence. The Cloud II is on the same footing with the Cloud Revolver on noise cancelling headphones–it truly works. Unlike the Cloud Revolver which just fits to your head, the Cloud II headset is adjustable for a better fit. If you’re a bit tight on cash, maybe because you just did other upgrades to your gaming rig, I’d recommend buying these over waiting for a sale on the Cloud Revolver.
Overall Performance and Final Thoughts
As you’ve seen above, this headset offers plenty for the price. Currently on Amazon (see link below) the HyperX Cloud II headset goes for $85-100, depending on the color. At this price, and with the great features such as 7.1 audio, interchangeable cups, and more, what’s not to love?
The HyperX Cloud II headphones come with a 2-year warranty. Should you need to reach Customer Support, feel free to call one of these two numbers: 714-435-2639 or 800-435-0640.
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FTC Disclosure: HyperX provided Beantown LLC with one (1) Cloud II headset sample for review purposes. This writer’s opinion is 100% his own and not a paid product ambassador.
Editor’s Note: My nephew (the author/reviewer) liked these gaming headphones so much that it’s highly unlikely that I’ll ever see them in my home again.
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