HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Review

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The HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset isn’t built for audiophiles. If you’re looking for a high-end headset with a $50 price tag you’re looking in the wrong place. With that said we were impressed by the sturdiness and build quality.

The HyperX Cloud Stinger headset features a lightly textured plastic outer shell, soft “HyperX Signature Memory Foam”, adjustable steel sliders, volume slider built in to the ear cups, and a swivel-to-mute noise cancelling mic (on the left side). The attached 3.5mm cable is 1.3 meters long, and includes a 1.7 meter long cable that splits into separate headphone and microphone jacks, bring the total cable length to 3 meters (nearly 10 feet).

Sound quality is about on-par with other headsets in the price range. Bass is decent, depth is a little lacking, but the around-ear design fills your ears well enough. We tested these on a New 3DS XL, PC, PS4, and Xbox One with the same results across all platforms. Don’t expect much from a $50 pair of headphones.

The microphone swivels down on the left side, with a definite click about half-way down where the mic is enabled, that provides decent enough, understandable sound. These aren’t built to compete with Blue Yetis or other standalone microphones, but they definitely put up a fight.

The build quality is above average. Although the frame is plastic, it feels sturdy and seems perfect for shoving in a suitcase and not worrying about them getting damaged. The foam liner around the ears and on the crown feels great even after long gaming sessions of more than a few hours. I’ll be bringing these with me on the go for LAN parties.

 

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