Gaming headsets are a dime a dozen. You can go out and buy one for $20 or shell out a few hundred. 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!
PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES
Our HyperX Cloud II came in a red and black themed box with the main features listed on both the front and back, from the “Premium USB Sound Card” to the digitally enhanced, noise canceling mic. It also states that it comes with a two year warranty and free technical support.
On the side of the box it states that the headset is compatible with Skype, TeamSpeak, Ventrilo, Mumble, and RaidCall.
The headset is also compatible, via USB connectivity, with PC and Mac and is stereo compatible with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and mobile devices. When used with an Xbox One you will need a separate adapter.
When we first opened the box we could see that Kingston have really put a lot of effort into the packaging. It is definitely packaged as a high end headset. Everything is contained neatly within the cut out foam cushioning and accessories are below.
Included with the headset are an extra set of memory foam velour ear cushions on top of the leatherette ones. There is also the detachable 3.5mm stereo microphone, USB audio control box w/ attached 2m braided cable, airplane adapter, and mesh carrying bag. On top of these there is also a quick start guide to help you get started with connecting the headset to your digital devices.
DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY
The most notable feature of this headset is its USB audio control box with built-in DSP sound card. Since most laptops do not allow for sound cards to be added to them, the built in card is great.
It improves the audio quality and allows for easy control over the headset and mic volumes while also allowing for a quick way to enable virtual 7.1 surround sound. There is also a mute switch for the microphone and a clothing clip on the backside.
Furthermore, the aluminum building materials are a very welcomed sight. With the metal can arms this headset should prove to stay intact no matter the amount you use and abuse it, especially when compared to cheaply made plastic headsets which tend to break after heavy use.
The cups are a closed design and feature black brushed aluminum plates with the HyperX logo on their sides. Within the cups are 53mm drivers with neodynium magnets which have the same specifications as in the original HyperX Cloud.
The headband material is a stitched leather and has a more than ample amount of memory foam that is soft to the touch and proves to keep the headset comfortable even after hours of use.
The microphone plug is located on the bottom left headphone can and comes with a removable plug cover. However, the cover is not attached, thus after a few times of swapping it for the mic you are going to most likely lose it … as we have ours after just two weeks.
The non-detachable cable is 1 meter in length, which in our use proved to be the perfect length for when the headset is being used as headphones on the go. However, if you are using it on your PC and are not going to use the included USB control box, you may have to get an extension cable to use the headset as 1 meter is a bit short for that usage scenario.