HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset
Last updated date: August 15, 2019
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The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset boasts both impressive audio quality and a reasonable price. But its most impressive factor is the 30-hour battery life — triple the gaming time offered by competitors. At only 11 ounces, it's also lightweight enough to keep you playing comfortably for hours. In our analysis of 77 expert reviews, the HyperX HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
Break free from the bonds of cable connections and feel the freedom of the wireless HyperX Cloud Flight. Designed and built to meet the demanding requirements of serious gamers, Cloud Flight combines a solid wireless connection, incredible 30-hour* battery life, and signature HyperX comfort so you'll have uninterrupted, unencumbered gaming for longer. The closed cup design helps immerse you in your gaming, while the durable steel slider and high-quality construction mean it's built to withstand daily wear and tear. This PC, PS4TM and PS4 Pro ready headset is also additionally compatible as a headphone with devices that support a 3.5mm wired audio connection**. The ear cups rotate 90° to give you a better customized fit, and also feature convenient controls for mic mute, LED effects, power, and volume. The detachable noise-cancelling mic helps ensure that your call-outs are crystal clear, and Cloud Flight has been certified by TeamSpeak and Discord.
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An Overview On Gaming Headsets
Gaming has come a long way in recent years. You’re not only playing while watching on a screen, but it’s a fully immersive experience in which you experience the sounds and sensations through headphones and your controller. But to truly get the most out of the experience, you need all the right hardware, including a headset that helps you shut out the world around you.
When you’re looking for a gaming headset, it’s important to note that you’re buying more than just a pair of headphones. Although typical headphone features like sound, comfort and noise cancellation are important, you’ll also need to be able to provide good audio as well. The microphone’s quality, as well as its position, are important. You’ll also need to consider compatibility, especially if you plan to play using a gaming console rather than a computer.
When it comes to sound, though, what you hear through the headphones is only part of it. If you game in noisy environments, you’ll also want to make sure your gaming headset features noise cancellation capabilities. You don’t want to be pulled out of your game by a passing emergency vehicle or a roommate watching the big game.
You really want to make sure your headset is comfortable, particularly if you plan to spend hours gaming, says Doug Brennan, who’s been a gamer for the past 20 years and a writer for the blog Digital Addicts.
It’s important that they don’t fit too tightly and that the earpieces have plenty of cushioning. Comfort can differ from one person to another, but there are some gaming headsets that are known for being more comfortable than others.
You’ll also want to turn your attention toward sound staging, which gives you audio-directional cues while you’re playing. In other words, Brennan says, the right headset can make you a better player because you’ll know exactly where a noise is coming from.
“You can’t always see where opponents are, but you can still hear their actions which can give you the advantage,” he says.
For those long gaming sessions, battery life also matters. If your headset dies midway through a game, you’ll have to wait for it to recharge. Look around for a gaming headset with a battery life that will get you through each session before you have to put it back on the charger.
DYWM Fun Fact
Nathaniel Baldwin is credited with inventing the product that would become the headphones we know today. In 1910, he came up with the idea to place small speakers over the ear, effectively shutting out external noise. But the technology didn’t make much further progress until the 1950s, when the Koss SP3 stereo headphones hit the market. However, they really took off starting in the 1960s, when Plantronics began designing headsets for NASA missions. In fact, Neil Armstrong’s famous first words from the moon were spoken into a Plantronics headset.
The first gaming headset was introduced in 1995 to allow players to challenge each other during gameplay. While playing a game of poker in 1997, a group of friends came up with the idea to communicate online while they were playing. Soon after, the first real-time online voice communication software was born.
The Gaming Headset Buying Guide
- The first feature you’ll likely research when headset shopping is sound. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset uses 7.1 Dolby Surround and seven audio channels for impressive audio clarity. The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset also features rich audio quality, but without surround sound.
- Outside noise elimination is even more important in a gaming headset than a standard set of headphones. If you really want to eliminate distractions and focus, consider the Logitech G930 Gaming Headset, which does a good job of muting the world around you.
- Sometimes it’s not about the sound you’re blocking, but the noise you’re emitting.
- Within seconds of hitting the next level of your favorite game, your headset dies, totally throwing off your game. To keep that from happening, you’ll need a headset with enough battery life to get you through even your longest gaming session. Top in this category is the HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset, which offers up to 30 hours of battery life before needing a charge. To achieve that time, though, you’ll need to turn LED mode off. You’ll get a full 10 hours of battery life from the Logitech G930 Gaming Headset, and the Sades Gaming Headset also promises up to 10 hours.
- Unless you’re on a strict budget, your headset will cost between $100 and $300. However, those looking to pay a fraction of the price can get the Sades Gaming Headset for well under $50. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset is at the higher end of the price spectrum, retailing for more than $200, but the great audio quality and long battery life make it worth it for the most passionate gamers.
- For those long gaming sessions, you’ll need a headset that doesn’t irritate your ears. Part of that is finding a headset that’s lightweight. The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset is a light 11 ounces. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset weighs 1 pound, with the Sades Gaming Headset coming in at 1.05 pounds.
- Cushioning also makes a difference, even in heavier headsets. The Sades Gaming Headset features leather cushioning on both the earpads and headband to keep you comfortable.
- Listening to audio is only part of the gaming experience. For a good gaming headset, you’ll need a reliable microphone, as well. The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming includes a noise-canceling microphone that provides crisp sound.
- Wires can get in the way when you’re gaming. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset and HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming are both wireless headsets, while the Sades Gaming Headset is wired.
- As convenient as going wireless can be, though, latency can be a problem, so it’s important to make sure your sound won’t lag while you’re gaming. Both the Logitech G930 Gaming Headset and HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming keep up with a game’s audio well, so you won’t have to worry about latency.
- Compatibility is essential if you want to go beyond playing games on a computer. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset only works with a PC or Mac, but the Sades Gaming Headset works with an Xbox, thanks to an included adaptor.