HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

Last updated date: February 28, 2019

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8.3

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

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

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 86 expert reviews, the HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset placed 11th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

HyperX Cloud II features a newly designed 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. This next-generation headset generates virtual 7.1 surround sound with distance and depth to enhance your gaming, movie or music experience. The headset must be selected as the default audio device in your sound settings. For Windows:1. Open up Control Panel and select Hardware and Sound and then select Sound. 2. If the “HyperX 7.1 Audio” is not currently the default audio device, right-click on the option and select “Set as Default Device.” 3. This should place a green check mark next to the default audio device. Repeat the same steps for the microphone portion of the headset, located under the “Recording” tab (also found in the Sound program in Control Panel.) For Mac: 1. Click the Apple menu and select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu. 2. In “System Preferences”, click on the ‘Sound’ icon. 3. Click on the Input tab and select “HyperX 7.1 Audio” for default sound input. 4. Click on the Output tab and select “HyperX 7.1 Audio” for default sound output. Note: The headset may appear as "USB audio" instead of "HyperX 7.1 Audio".

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.1
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.8
4,652 user reviews

What experts liked

Large over -ear can-style speakers are comfortable to wear for long periods of time and bend to the shape of the wearer's ear.
- BestReviews
January 1, 2019 | Full review
Superb comfort and Solid build quality.
- Tech Spot
Audio quality is excellent, it has all the features most people would want from a gaming headset, and it works with every major gaming platform out there.
- Trusted Reviews
October 3, 2016 | Full review
Absolute treat with the sound signature, sound stage and clarity.
- Armchair Empire
It did well across the board, delivering a great performance at an even better price.
- Tech Gear Lab
August 29, 2018 | Full review
If you want a good-sounding gaming headset for less than $100, the HyperX Cloud II ($99) is one of the most comfortable, stylish options you can buy.
- Tom's Guide
March 18, 2015 | Full review
It's well-built, attractive, and understated (if you get the gunmetal-and-black or red-and-black versions; the white-and-pink version is anything but).
- PC Magazine
March 13, 2015 | Full review
They have a simple but well-built design with a comfortable fit.
- RTINGS.com
March 16, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

USB connection is difficult to use consistently without getting distortion.
- BestReviews
January 1, 2019 | Full review
Headphone cord doesn't detach.
- Tech Spot
Headphone cord doesn’t detach
- Trusted Reviews
October 3, 2016 | Full review
Honestly, the only thing that bugged me with the HyperX Cloud is the microphone’s construction.
- Armchair Empire
However, you need to slide a rather small switch to mute the mic — making it quite hard to quickly mute the mic.
- Tech Gear Lab
August 29, 2018 | Full review
Virtual 7.1-channel surround isn't effective.
- PC Magazine
March 13, 2015 | Full review
have no software support for added customization options, unlike some of the other popular gaming headsets.
- RTINGS.com
March 16, 2018 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Doug Brennan   
Tech writer for Digital Addicts, avid PC/console gamer

Doug Brennan is an avid PC/console gamer for the past 20+ years, and writer for Digital Addicts. In his spare time, he’s an active member on a number of computer peripheral forums (overclock.netgeekhack.orghead-fi.org), so he’s always up to date on the latest products.

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.

The Gaming Headset Buying Guide

  • The first feature you’ll likely research when headset shopping is sound. Look for a gaming headset that uses 7.1 Dolby Surround and that has seven audio channels for impressive audio clarity.
  • 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 a headset that 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 are headsets which offer 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 certain headsets, so make sure you check this before purchasing.
  • 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 budget-friendly options for well under $50. Headsets on the higher end of the price spectrum, retailing for more than $200, often have great audio quality and long battery life that make them 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. In fact, there are headsets as light as 11 ounces.
  • Cushioning also makes a difference, even in heavier headsets. Look for a model that 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. A noise-canceling microphone that provides crisp sound is best.
  • Wires can get in the way when you’re gaming. You may wish to opt for a wireless headset, which provides more freedom of movement.
  • 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.
  • Compatibility is essential if you want to go beyond playing games on a computer. Some headsets only works with a PC or Mac, but others work with an Xbox, thanks to an included adaptor.