HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

Last updated: July 1, 2019

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

We looked at the top Xbox One Headset and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Xbox One Headset you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 44 expert reviews, the HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset placed 5th when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

HyperX Cloud II features a redesigned USB sound card audio control box that amplifies audio and voice for an optimal Hi-Fi gaming experience, so you can hear what you’ve been missing. Open up a world of detail other gamers will never know — the rustle of a camper’s boot, the scuttle in a distant vent. Its independent audio and microphone volume control lets you adjust not only sound volume but also mic volume and easily toggle Surround Sound 7.1 or the mic sound on and off. This next-generation headset generates virtual 7.1 surround sound (enabled through USB audio control box) with distance and depth to enhance your gaming, movie or music experience. Pinpoint your opponents’ location in the game and strike before he sees you coming. It is hardware driven and plug and play, with no driver needed. The Cloud II has a digitally enhanced, noise-cancelling microphone with automatic gain control functionality and echo cancellation enabled through the USB sound card. The result is clearer voice quality and reduced background noise, with voice volume automatically increasing as in-game sound gets louder, to optimize team communication and in-game chat in intense battles. HyperX Cloud II is Hi-Fi capable, with 53mm drivers for superior audio performance and rich sound quality with crystal-clear low, mid and high tones and enhanced bass via the sound card. Its closed cup design helps with noise cancellation so players can obliterate the enemy in peace.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Comfortable as hell with its memory foam band and ear cups, with sturdy metal construction capable of holding up to Fahey-levels of clumsiness.
- Kotaku
The stereo sound is powerful and detailed, with the 53mm drivers providing plenty of punch in the low-end, while also being sprightly at the high-end.
The biggest selling point of the HyperX Cloud II gaming headset is its clever, modular design and optional 7.1 surround sound.
The HyperX Cloud II's stylish, understated appearance makes it one of the best-looking headsets you can get for less than $100
The HyperX Cloud 2 has a low latency, wired, USB connection, a decently well-balanced audio reproduction, and a great noise filtering mic.
Excellent bass
This headset is incredibly comfortable to wear — even for exceptionally extended gaming sessions — and delivers and transmits very clear sound.
The visual differences are null (save for a redesigned inline remote), but there's one key feature to set it apart from its predecessor—surround sound
The Kingston HyperX Cloud II is a well-built, comfortable, excellent-sounding gaming headset that comes with its own optional USB sound card.

What reviewers didn't like

My only major complaint about the first Cloud headset was microphone buzz—the microphone wanted to pick up every little sound and deliver it to whomever was listening to me.
- Kotaku
Overall, the microphone isn’t high-quality enough for recording voiceovers for your YouTube uploads, but it’s great for multiplayer gameplay.
We prefer the feel of the leatherette set, but the cloth ear cups might be preferable in hot environments where a particularly intense and long gaming session might have you working up a sweat
There's no software to accompany the peripheral, so you won't be able to create sound profiles or tweak individual parameters, such as bass and treble.
Unfortunately, since they only isolate passively, they won't be able to block some of the lower-frequency noise, like the rumbling sounds of a subway.
Virtual 7.1-channel surround may be a gimmick
the quality of that surround is good, rather than great.
Its 7.1-channel surround sound is an illusion, though, but that's the case with most headphones
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