HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset review

The HyperX Cloud Revolver headset was released on March 29, 2016 for $119.99 and a review unit was sent to us for review purposes.

Never has gaming been as popular as it is now. Everyone from kids to adults to seniors are playing either on their mobile / handheld devices or on the PC and consoles. With a large boom in popularity comes the need for accessories, such as headsets. Names like Astro and Turtle Beach have dominated the market for years. When it comes to price and performance, Astro headsets tend to be at the high end of the spectrum. But there is also a need for a middle of the road headset, which can offer great sounds along with a decent price.

Kingston Technology is known best for their memory options, whether it be SSD drives, RAM, Flash cards or USB drives. For many years and counting, Kingston has been running a gaming specific product line entitled HyperX. Like the aforementioned memory, they targeted gamers with their HyperX offerings with their Fury, Savage and Predator products. In 2014, they launched their extremely comfortable and moderately priced Cloud gaming headset.

2016-07-21-11-23-23Recently, at PAX East 2016, we met with the HyperX representatives and had the chance to test out both the HyperX Cloud Revolver and the HyperX CloudX. We enjoyed our time with both headsets and today we’re going to take a deeper dive into the HyperX Cloud Revolver.

It is not our intention to weigh you down with too much info, but rather leave you with some knowledge and to make an informed purchase. So let’s get right to it:

The HyperX Cloud Revolver headset was released earlier this year. Currently, the suggested retail price is $119.99, although it is often on sale for about $10 cheaper on sites like Amazon and BestBuy.com. At this price point, HyperX has firmly planted themselves in the middle tier of headsets.

The Cloud Revolver is a comfortable headset that features the HyperX Signature Memory foam ear cups, which are covered in their premium leatherette. Unlike the Cloud IIs, the Cloud Revolver doesn’t come with a pair of interchangeable ear cups. Another difference from the Cloud IIs is that the Revolver comes with a durable steel frame and a suspension headband, rather than just a memory foam headband. The added steel frame does make the headset a little heavier when compared to the Cloud IIs, which can affect certain gamers who like to play for longer sessions. However, the headset still weighs less than a pound and with the suspension headband feature, it fits very comfortably. There is no way to make any size adjustments as this is the purpose of the suspension feature. Overall, the Cloud Revolver headset is a snug-fitting, moderately lightweight headset which should feel extremely comfortable while gaming.

With the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Surround Sound headsets have been predominantly relegated to the higher end headsets, which take advantage of the optical input. Therefore, the Cloud Revolver is a stereo only headset powered by 50mm drivers. The marketing experts at HyperX want you to know that the 50mm drivers create a “larger sound stage that’s ideal for FPS and open environment gameplay and for a concert hall-like experience when listening to music.” The sound is fantastic on this headset, as we tested a multitude of different genres and each sounded better than the next. While we normally would prefer the surround sound experience, the Cloud Revolver’s are our next preferred audio experience.

The 3.5mm cable is hardwired into the headset and will be the only way in which you can connect the headset to your console or mobile device. The newish Xbox One controllers now have a 3.5mm input and of course PlayStation’s Dualshock 4 controller came with the 3.5mm input from day one. The same can be said for Nintendo’s WiiU gamepad. This headset will also work with the older Xbox One Stereo Headset adapter, which is sold separately.

2016-07-21-11-35-17While the setup time is almost non-existent, there are some shortcomings. The audio control box cable that comes with the headset is only intended for use with the PC. Therefore, to control your audio levels and mute your microphone, you have to do this thru the console’s UI. Of course, you could also disconnect the detachable noise cancellation mic to mute yourself. The mic is made of a hard rubber material and has some bend to it so you can move it closer to your mouth or farther away. The mic can’t be moved up or down, which is something many of us have grown accustomed to doing.

For the PC gamer, you can connect the 3.5mm input into the supplied audio control box. The end of the audio box has separate color coded headphone and mic jacks, which should be plugged into your  soundcard. The audio control box allows you to adjust the overall volume via an audio wheel. Also, the audio box comes with a mute toggle button, as well as a clip to clip the wire to your shirt. All wires for the headset are made with a tightly woven fabric, they’re not made out of a rubber of plastic material.

Overall, the HyperX Cloud Revolver is intended for the gamer who wants to buy a durable, reliable, and well built headset at a reasonable cost. For $119.99, the Cloud Revolver will deliver above average stereo sound without much of any setup time. The ease of use has limitations when it comes to controlling your sound but thankfully this can be controlled thru the UI on today’s consoles. Besides the fantastic stereo-only sound, the headset delivers mostly in the area of comfort, which can be said for all of the HyperX headsets. The memory foam ear cups covered in the premium leatherette make you forget you’re wearing a headset and allow yourself to be immersed in the on-screen action. If you’re not looking to break the bank, but still want to spend some coin on a headset that is multi-functional, than you can’t go wrong with the HyperX Cloud Revolver.