If you’re a gamer, there is no shortage of gaming headphones to choose from. Our HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset review takes a look at a pair of gaming headphones for the Xbox One and Windows PCs.
The HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset from Kingston has the following features and specifications:
- 53mm neodymium drivers
- Durable aluminum frame
- In line audio control
- 3.5mm plug (4 pole)
- Detachable noise cancellation mic
- 100% memory foam
- Compatible with Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, Xbox One controllers with 3.5mm headset jack, and Xbox One audio adapter
- Headphone specifications:
- Driver: Dynamic, 53mm with neodymium magnet
- Type: Circumaural, Closed back
- Frequency Response: 15Hz–25,000 Hz
- Impedance: 60 Ω
- Sound pressure level: 98dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
- T.H.D.: < 2%
- Input power: Rated 150mW, Maximum 300mW
- Weight: 309g
- Weight w/ mic: 322g
- Cable length and type: Headset (1.3m) + PC extension cable (2m)
- Connection: Headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + PC extension cable – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs
Element: Electret condenser microphone
- Polar pattern: Uni-directional, Noise-canceling
- Frequency Response: 50Hz-18,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: -39dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
- 2 year warranty
What’s in the Box
- 1x HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset
- 1x detachable microphone
- 1x hard shell carrying case
- 1x extra pair of memory foam ear pads
- 1x 2 meter PC extension cord with 2x 3.5mm jacks
The HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset is a nicely designed gaming headset. The headband is well padded and covered with a soft leatherette finish, with a nice white stitching across the front and back for a premium look. The HyperX logo is stitched in black on the top of the headband and blends in nicely with the look.
A pair of inverted aluminum Y arms attach each over-ear cup to the headband, and the aluminum arms are adjustable to provide the right fit for various head sizes. Each ear cup is an oval rounded shape, with a soft matte black finish. The outside of the oval features a hard matte black plastic piece with the HyperX icon printed in silver on it.
The inside of each ear pad is lined with the same memory foam as found in the headband and is also covered with the same leatherette material. If you’re not a fan of the leatherette finish, HyperX has also included a second set of ear pads that have the memory foam exposed. Personally, I liked the default ear cups with the leatherette covering and found them very comfortable.
The main audio cable is permanently attached to the left ear cup. The braided audio cable has a nice thickness to it and the in-line audio controls sit about 18″ below the ear cup itself. The volume control is a simple dial that adjusts the volume with ease, and there is also a microphone mute toggle switch on the front of the in-line audio control unit.
Just in front of where the audio cable attaches to the left ear cup is where the detachable microphone attaches to the headphones. The microphone itself has a 3.5mm jack set into a solid soft finish matte black base which inserts into the ear cup. An articulated black metal piece allows for easy adjustment of the microphone. The microphone itself is at the end of an L-shaped piece which is covered by a foam piece.
Speaking of comfort, the HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets I’ve worn to date. The right amount of memory foam coupled with the leatherette finish combined with the light weight makes them wearable for extended gaming sessions without causing discomfort.
The HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset is an excellent sounding gaming headset. Whether it was Forza Horizon 3, Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, or any other type of Xbox One game, voices and sounds were crisp and clear and there was excellent range between high, mid, and low tones. The headphones could use just a tad more bass in my opinion, but overall I was quite impressed with the sound.
PC gaming was no different, and the sound was great in games like Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, and even Hearthstone. Pretty much every type of game I tried, the HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset delivered fantastic sound.
When using voice chat on both the Xbox One and the PC, the other players said that my voice was balanced and clear. As expected based on the sound of the headphones, incoming voices were crisp and clear as well. As mentioned above, there is a microphone mute slider on the in-line audio control unit as well, allowing for quick muting when needed.
The HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset has an MSRP of $99.99USD, which in itself is a fantastic deal for the comfort and audio quality they provide. Even better, the headset is currently selling on Amazon for $79.99USD and if you’re in the market for a new gaming headset, it’s pretty much a no-brainer especially considering they include a hard-shelled case and a PC extension cord with mic and audio jacks.
The HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset offers great comfort, audio, and communication for Xbox One and PC gaming for an excellent price. It’s for those reasons that we’ve awarded it as one of our Top Picks of 2016.[rwp-review id=”0″]