Product Manufacturer: HyperX
Estimated Time With Gear: 30+ hours
What Is It?: Wired Headset for Console, PC
Compatible With: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, Mac, iOS, Android, and more
The Cloud Alpha from HyperX was originally released in 2017. While not the newest headset on the market, it features updated specifications based upon the teams’ learnings from previous generations of headsets. Bringing a distinctive sound, this is one of their best headsets to date.
The Cloud Alphas are comfortable and contoured to my head, and they sit over my ears with a minimal adjustment while also allowing me to wear them with my glasses without discomfort, which I have felt with other headsets. The leatherette covered foam was soft and non-abrasive while also large enough to fit around the ears and firmly on the side of my head. The top foam pad kept it all in place while never feeling weighty. Topping off the design with the red aluminium highlights gives the headset a race car vibe and styling while also making it feel sturdy and unlikely to break.
More than just a pretty headset, the Cloud Alphas, most importantly, sound great. I tested them in various situations during my time with the headset, from gaming, music, and movies. The headset performed above and beyond my hopes. The 50mm driver working in conjunction with the dual chambers makes listening to various types of music and sounds even more involving. The dual-chamber allows for a better mix and a real distinction in the sound quality. While typing out this review, I am also enjoying the Peacemaker soundtrack. The headset comes with a detachable microphone, which is clear, crisp and able to be quickly muted with the flick of a switch on the headsets cable. The noise-cancelling on the headset works quite well, I was often using it in a noisy environment with neighbours mowing the lawn or dogs barking, and it kept the majority of all the sounds clear while not needing to be placed on the highest volume setting. I also tested the microphone in-game and through discord, with most players and friends telling me that I could be heard clearly, which is always a plus.