Product Review (September 2016)
Kingston HyperX CloudX Gaming Headphones

By Richie Ioki


HyperX CloudX Gaming  HeadphonesHyperX has been pumping out some very solid headsets in the $100 range over the last few years. The CloudX are a continuation of this trend and are a very good addition. We had a good feeling about these headphones because the CloudX is a bit of a re-skin of the very popular Cloud IIs. The headset is “designed and tested for the Xbox” but work just fine for a PC as well.

The CloudX's come in a nice box and are housed in a clamshell carrying case. The case is a great addition and contains all the extras along with the headset. Included are extra ear pads, a 3.5mm adapter for PC (line-in/line-out splitter), and the attachable microphone. The case is a nice addition for a headset in the $100 dollar range. I'm a big fan of braided cables and Kingston didn't let me down here.

Jumping over to the actual headsets and you will see that it looks a lot like its predecessors. The CloudX is a closed, over the ear headphone. It is well padded on the ear and headband and has an aluminum frame. This frame makes it very solid, but still pretty light. And the padding is top notch, making wearing them comfortable for hours. Adding to the comfort is the adjustability. These are by no means the most adjustable headphones I have ever seen, but in the gaming section they are definitely a step up for this price range. The key part is the actual cup rotation. While not as rotatable as studio headphones, the CloudX's allow for a wide range of movement.

The style is simple and clean. The only real accents are the logo on the side of the ear cup and white stitching on the top. Unlike some of the other HyperX headsets the CloudX's are much more reserved in terms of flash and I like that.

HyperX CloudX Gaming  HeadphonesIn terms of sound quality, the CloudX's are very solid in this area. Obviously the place they really shine is gaming, but we would be remiss if we didn't mention a bit about overall sound. The CloudX's are pretty mediocre in terms of sound definition when it comes to listening to high def audio, but make up for that with solid bass control and sound isolation. Transitioning into games, the biggest shortcoming in both music/movies and games is the lack of depth. By that I am referring to the “sound stage” or the ability of the headphones to make you feel like the sound is around you and not just being pumped into your ear. That said, for stereo headphones these are quite good and stack up well against other stereo headphones. The microphone is detachable and has some simple noise cancellation technology built in. Kingston has been using this same design across a few generations and it is pretty tuned in. It isn't amazing, but solid for a gaming headset of this price.

The biggest negative I have is the inline controls. They are well placed and in theory should be fine. However because of the design of the volume wheel I sometimes would rub against it and cause the volume wheel to go up or down. This wouldn't have been that big of an issue if it were not for the fact that certain spots on the wheel resulted in only one channel coming through. I sometimes found myself having to mess with it to find a sweet spot lower down on the wheel.

Conclusion
Even with that drawback the HyperX CloudX's are still a very good deal. I expect that the volume wheel issue doesn't happen that often and once I found a good spot there wasn't much need to change it unless I accidentally moved the wheel. At ~$100 dollars, the Kingston HyperX CloudX's are the real deal and perfect for any gamer getting serious about audio or in need of a headset for the microphone. By providing solid stereo audio, gaming features, and compatibility the CloudX's are one of the better gaming headphones I have tested in this price range.

- Richie Ioki



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Review - At a Glance


Kingston - HyperX CloudX Headphones


Features and Specifications:

  • Official Xbox™ licensed headset: Tested and approved by Microsoft, HyperX CloudX works with Xbox Elite wireless controllers and other Xbox One controllers with a 3.5mm stereo headset jack. With additional Windows compatibility, it comes with a 2M PC extension cable with stereo and mic plugs.
  • In-line audio control: Conveniently adjust volume and mute microphone right on the cable, with no need to go into console settings to adjust headset sound.
  • Hard shell carrying case: HyperX CloudX comes with a handy, hard shell carrying case to protect it and make it easy to take with you, wherever you game.
  • Award-winning total comfort: Its 100% memory foam ear cushions with padded leatherette headband give you the ultimate in comfort, even when you’re gaming for hours on end.
  • Immersive in-game audio: Lose yourself in the game with HyperX Cloud’s award-winning audio performance featuring crystal-clear low, mid and high tones and a closed cup design for environmental noise isolation. HyperX Cloud is HiFi capable, with 53mm drivers.
  • Detachable noise-cancellation microphone: The removable microphone boom is easy to plug in for gaming or unplug to listen to music. Its flexible design allows for custom mic positioning.
  • Durable aluminum frame: Its solid aluminum frame gives HyperX Cloud long-lasting stability and durability.
  • Interchangeable ear cups: Two sets of cushions allow for different textural comfort against the ear. The velour cushions provide breathable comfort and open sound, while the leatherette cushions reduce surrounding noises.

Headphone:

  • Driver: Dynamic, 53mm with neodymium magnets
  • Type: Circumaural, Closed back
  • Frequency response: 15Hz–25,000Hz
  • Impedance: 60Ω
  • Sound pressure level: 98dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
  • T.H.D.: < 2%
  • Input power: Rated 150mW, Maximum 300mW
  • Weight: 309g
  • Weight w/ mic and cable: 322g
  • Cable length and type: Headset (1.3m) + PC extension cable (2m)
  • Connection: Headset - 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + PC extension cable and mic plugs

Microphone

  • Element: Electret condenser microphone
  • Polar pattern: Uni-directional, Noise-canceling
  • Frequency response: 50Hz–18,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: -39dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)

Company Information

Kingston Technology Company, Inc.
17600 Newhope Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708 USA
Tel: (877) KINGSTON
Fax: (714) 435-2699
Email: sales@kingston.com

Source: Manufacturer Supplied
MSRP: $99.99

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