HyperX CloudX Headset review

The HyperX CloudX headset was released on August 16, 2016 for $99.99 and a review unit was sent to us for review purposes.

Earlier this month we reviewed the recently released HyperX Cloud Revolver headset. With great comfort, durability, and immersive sound, we thought highly of the mid-ranged headset. Now back in mid-August, Kingston has added yet another model to the HyperX brand. Today, we’re going to discuss our impressions of the officially licensed Xbox One headset, which was tested and approved by Microsoft, the HyperX CloudX headset.

The CloudX headset is very similar to the popular and ever so comfortable Cloud II headset. As we dig deeper, we’ll discuss exactly what make the two headsets almost the same but still different. First, the price point is easier on the wallet this time around when compared to the Cloud Revolver. The CloudX lists for $99.99, but again at retailers like Best Buy and Amazon, you can often find the headset for around $85.00. At this price point, we’d consider the CloudX to be at the high end of the lower priced headsets (anything $99.99 or lower).

hyperx_cloudx_gamersinbeta_03When talking to other gamers about what is one of the main deciding factors for purchasing a headset, they are always quick to mention comfort. The Cloud IIs are out of this world comfortable and the CloudX are no different. The headset comes equipped with leatherette memory foam ear cushions with a padded leatherette headband. Again, these features are extremely comfortable but for long play sessions things can get warm. Thus included in the package are a set of interchangeable velour ear cushions. These two types of cushions will allow gamers to try out two different textural comforts against their ears. Naturally, the velour cushions will provide a more breathable comfort and are ideal for longer play sessions.

As previously mentioned, the CloudX comes with a HyperX branded padded leatherette headband, which is connected to a durable aluminum frame. It’s good to know that even with a low price point, the quality of the frame is durable and can last considerably longer with normal care. For the neat freaks and those who travel with their gaming headsets, a hard shell carrying case is included with this model. At this time, the CloudX only comes in the Gun Metal color. The Cloud IIs do have a few more options in this department.

The CloudX is the exact same setup from an audio standpoint as the Cloud and Cloud II models. All three of them have 53mm drivers built in. However, it is worth noting that the Cloud II models are equipped for 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound (when connected to a PC), where the CloudX is strictly a stereo-only headset. The Cloud Revolvers do feature a Next Gen 50mm driver and thus their sound was more impressive.

As we mentioned at the top, the CloudX is an officially licensed Xbox One headset. The headset comes with a built-in 3.5mm stereo headset jack. These will work with the Xbox One Elite Controller, the new Xbox One S controller, and the original Xbox One controller via Microsoft’s chat adapter, which is sold separately. Audio volume and mute controls are handled via the in-line cable. This is also different from the Cloud IIs, as they come with a USB control box. A sturdy but bendable detachable noise-cancellation microphone is a carry over feature, but also the lack of voice monitoring continues to disappoint.

hyperx_cloudx_gamersinbeta_04This headset is also designed to work with your Windows PC. A 2M PC extension cable with stereo and mic plugs is¬†included. Of course, they should be plugged directly into your sound card. However, what they don’t tell you, is that this headset will work with your PlayStation 4 or any other console which has a 3.5mm input jack. We specifically tested these with a PlayStation 4 and didn’t notice any drop in performance when compared to our Xbox One experience. This is valuable information for those looking for a single headset to work with multi-consoles.

With all the techno speak out of the way, the CloudX headset does sound great. Are they going to give you the same quality as say a high-end $300 headset? No. However, for the average consumer, you’ll be hard pressed to find better sound quality at this price. What consumers will have to wrestle with is whether to spend $20 more to get slightly improved sound quality from the Cloud Revolvers, plus a sturdier design. Or do they hang tough at the $99 price point and opt for a slight decrease in sound quality, but take advantage of better accessory perks, such as the hard shelled case and interchangeable ear cups.

We don’t think you can go wrong either way, as the HyperX brand has been on point lately with the Cloud Revolver and CloudX headsets. Your choice will depend on what’s best for your wallet and what you put the emphasis on; sound or added accessories. Extreme comfort is included with both, but sadly voice monitoring is not included here once again. The HyperX CloudX headset will be a welcome addition to your gaming arsenal, especially if you can snag it for around $85 or lower.