HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless review: A nice refresh for this gaming headset

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The wireless HyperX Cloud Stinger is a welcome addition with excellent battery life and great sound quality is great.

9.7/10 rating

If you’ve used HyperX products in the past or still use them today, you know where this is going. The company came out with their refreshed model of the Cloud Stinger that came out back in 2017 and have made a few changes. Some small and one big one. It now comes in a wireless variation with 17-hour battery life, the same memory foam ear cups as it’s wired counterpart, and a swivel to mute microphone. The HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Gaming Headset is pretty great, so continue reading below to see how it did in our full review.

Specifications

  • Headphones
    • Driver: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
    • Type: Circumaural, Closed back
    • Frequency response: 20Hz-20,000Hz
    • Impedance: 32 Ω
    • Sound pressure level: 109dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
    • T.H.D.: < 2%
    • Weight: 270g
    • Cable length and type: USB charging cable (1m)
  • Microphone
    • Element: Electret condenser microphone
    • Polar pattern: Noise-cancelling
    • Frequency response: 100Hz-7,000Hz
    • Sensitivity: -47dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
  • Battery life: 17 hours
  • Wireless range: 2.4GHz, up to 12 meters
  • Rotating ear cups
  • Durable adjustable steel sliders
  • Swivel to mute
  • For PlayStation 4 or PC
  • Two year warranty

What’s in the box

  • HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Gaming Headset
  • USB adapter
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manual

Design

Back in 2017, HyperX came out with the wired Cloud Stinger gaming headset. Now, two years later, HyperX has come out with the same headset in a wireless version. The design is still very gamer-centric with its memory foam and padded headband for comfort. The only other difference between the two models aside from the wireless connectivity is HyperX doing away with the red accents on the headset where the HyperX logo is placed on the earcup.

The left side of the headset is home to the swivel microphone that will mute when it’s pulled back towards the headset, the power on/off button, an LED light that turns green or red depending on how much battery life is left, and a Micro-USB port for charging the headset. Not sure why USB Type C wasn’t used, but it is what it is. The left side of the headset is home to the volume wheel with an indicator on the ear cup letting you know which way is volume up and volume down.

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On the inside of the Cloud Stinger Wireless is HyperX’s own memory foam on the ear cups giving you as much comfort as possible when you’re playing games or listening to music. There’s an “L” or “R” indicating left and right side of the headset just below the adjustable steel band. Moving up from there is the headband that offers more comfort when having the headset placed on your head. At the top of the headset is the HyperX logo in all black.

As for the accessories that come with the headset, you get an all-black USB dongle with the HyperX logo on it that goes in either your PC or PlayStation 4. The charging cable comes in a rubber type material that should be strong enough to withstand a few unfortunate accidental tugs.

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Ease of Use

As mentioned above, the Cloud Stinger Wireless comes with a USB adapter for your PC and PlayStation 4. Take the adapter and plug it in an open port on your PC or PlayStation 4 and the device will light up blue. When you see the blue light, you can power on the headset and it’ll automatically be connected.

For those using it with your PC desktop or laptop, let the computer recognize the USB adapter and then feel free to start listening to music or loading up favorite PC games. As for those with a PlayStation 4, it’ll work the same way. Plug in the adapter and you’re good to go, but if the console doesn’t recognize the headset at first, you’ll need to go to your settings, choose devices, then audio, and make sure the input and output are both on HyperX Cloud Stinger.

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Sound Quality

This is probably the most important category everyone will be looking at. How good is the sound when playing games or using it for normal desktop use such as music or video playback?

The Cloud Stinger Wireless sounded pretty good. While gaming, you’re able to hear just about everything around you if you’re playing Call of Duty, Apex, Fortnite, or other games. I was able to hear people chatting with me extremely well even with the gameplay happening in the background. Computer use was the same way when editing videos or listening to music. There’s enough bass in the headset to where it doesn’t sound like that’s all you can hear. In addition, vocals come out clear and understandable.

Microphone/Voice Quality

The only issue I ran in to with the headset was the voice volume sounded really low. I had to make adjustments on my PlayStation 4 to turn the voice volume up towards max volume in order for the other party to hear me.

After getting the voice volume fixed and everyone could hear me, the voice quality came out clear. I didn’t have any other complaints when playing different games. No one told me I sounded muffled or distorted or could hear too much background noise. Of course, not all background noise will be canceled out but HyperX did a great job on noise cancellation.

Battery Life

The Cloud Stinger Wireless has a 17-hour battery life which I was able to get pretty close to when combining all my play time or using it on my PC when doing work. I’d go back and forth between the two systems but even if you’re not doing what I did, you’ll still be able to get close to 17 hours with this headset.

Charging the gaming headset back up took about an hour via the Micro-USB cable that is included in the box. It’s not a long charge time considering you’re getting 17-hours just off that one charge.

Price

If you’re interested in the Cloud Stinger Wireless, it’s pricing is set at US$99.99. For the price, it’s not that bad if you’re looking for a new PC or PlayStation 4 headset. The price alone is more affordable than some other competitors out there who also offer similar specs to this gaming headset. Sure, it may be on the higher end for some people but HyperX has made some pretty good gaming headsets that are worth paying the price for.

Wrap Up

For a refresh of the Cloud Stinger from 2017, I think this wireless version was very welcomed. The battery life is excellent and the sound quality is great. It’s a bummer that it doesn’t support Xbox consoles but PC and PlayStation 4 gamers will enjoy this wireless gaming headset.

We were sent a sample of the HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Gaming Headset for the purposes of this review.
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HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Gaming Headset

US$99.99
9.7

Design

10.0/10

Ease of Use

9.0/10

Sound Quality

10.0/10

Microphone/Voice Quality

10.0/10

Battery Life

10.0/10

Price

9.0/10

Nailed it

  • Great design
  • Easy to use
  • Battery Life
  • Excellent sound quality

Needs work

  • Adjusting mic volume
  • Micro-USB, not USB-C, recharging
  • Doesn't work with Xbox One

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