HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

Last updated date: February 28, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

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We looked at the top 1 Gaming Headsets and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Tech Spot, Trusted Reviews, Armchair Empire, Tech Gear Lab, Tom's Guide, PC Magazine, RTINGS.com and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Gaming Headset you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 76 expert reviews, the HyperX HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 26, 2019:
Checkout The Best Gaming Headset for a detailed review of all the top gaming headsets.

Expert Summarized Score
8.2
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
4,652 user reviews
Our Favorite Video 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

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".

Overall Product Rankings

1. Logitech G930 Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Sades Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
3. HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
4. HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
6. HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
7. VersionTECH. Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 3
8. PlayStation Gold Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 10
9. beyerdynamic Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Sennheiser GAME ONE Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8

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.

Comfort definitely comes into play when choosing a headset. You’ll often be wearing them for long gaming sessions, so 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.

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 or the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset, which both do 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. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset has a small amount of audio leak, which will be relevant if you game in public places.
  • 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, followed by the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset, at 12 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. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset’s earpads include memory foam for extra comfort without sacrificing noise isolation.
  • 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. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset also includes a high-quality microphone. Both microphones are detachable. But with the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset, you’ll get a built-in mic so that you can operate in Bluetooth mode when the microphone isn’t in place.
  • 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 and HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset are both 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. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset is compatible with a PC, Mac, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.