HyperX CloudX™ Pro Gaming Headset Review

When people say HyperX the first thing that comes to mind is their impressive memory or SSD drives. The HyperX CloudX™ Pro Gaming Headset (to give it its full title) is one of the company’s first headset designed for Xbox One. The CloudX carries the “Designed for Xbox” branding so you know it’s licensed and approved by Microsoft, and at £81 it’s certainly an affordable option for most Xbox One owners.

The CloudX is designed to partner the Xbox Elite Wireless controller – aesthetically it’s a very good match – and second-gen Xbox One controllers with a 3.5mm stereo headset port (to use older controllers you’ll need an Xbox or third party chap adapter). The headset is also Windows PC compatible is supplied with with a 2 metre extension cable for that purpose.

While not at the budget end of the market, the CloudX doesn’t command a premium price either (it’s ridiculously easy to spend twice as much) so our very first pleasant surprise was the quality of the box, a cut above the cardboard and plastic we were expecting. The CloudX even comes with a hard-shell carrying – an absolute bonus in this price range.

Headsets, of course, don’t live in boxes, however nice they might be. They live on heads, and we immediately noticed just how comfortable the CloudX sat atop ours. The memory foam ear cushions and headband makes it a comfortable device to wear straight from the off, despite a (not unpleasant) weightiness thanks yo superior build quality and the aluminium frame employed.

 

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A great many headsets claim to be full memory foam these days, but here that claim is completely accurate. When it comes to ear cushion coverings, there are two schools of thought – fabric or leather(ette). The CloudX doesn’t force either option on you – interchangeable ear cushions let you choose between breathable velour or sound-damping leatherette. Nice. We used both sets extensively, and whilst the velour numbers provided the comfort and open sound field we expected, the leatherette alternatives tightened up the sound field (and damped external noise) without becoming too hot, even over longer sessions.

The HyperX CloudX features immersive in-game audio. Sound quality is crystal-clear with accurately reproduced low, mid and high tones thanks to impressive 53mm drivers.

We have to admit, we’re a bit old school and in the heat of the moment we don’t like to be left fumbling to mute the chat mic, so we’re big fans of in line controls. The CloudX offers convenient in-line audio controls on the (braided, lovely) chat cable, earning a big thumbs up from us.

While we’re chatting about chat, it’s worth pointing out that the noise-cancelling boom mic is detachable (so you look like less of an idiot using the Cloud X on your morning commute) and, throughout our testing, reproduced our panicky calls for help during Overwatch sessions flawlessly.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Headphone
    Driver Dynamic, 53mm with neodymium magnets
    Type Circumaural, Closed back
    Frequency response 15Hz–25,000 Hz
    impedance 60 Ω
    Sound pressure level 98dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
    T.H.D. < 2% > Input power Rated 150mW, Maximum 300mW
    Weight 309g
    Weight w/ mic and cable 322g
    Cable length and type Headset (1.3m) + PC extension cable (2m)
    Connection Headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + PC extension cable
    and mic plugs
  • Microphone
    Element Electret condenser microphone
    Polar pattern Uni-directional, Noise-canceling
    Frequency response 50Hz–18,000 Hz
    Sensitivity -39dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)

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We have been extremely impressed with the HyperX CloudX™ Pro Gaming Headset – a bold first step for the company into console peripherals, and we can’t wait to see more.

This is an outstanding headset in its price bracket, and if you play on PC and console you’ll be especially pleased with the CloudX’s multiplatform chops.

You can buy the HyperX CloudX™ Pro Gaming Headset from Ebuyer right now, for £81 with free delivery.

As with all our hardware reviews, if you have any questions feel free to leave us a comment, and we will do our best to find an answer.

Thanks to HyperX for providing us with a review sample, tested rigorously on a variety of games and sources for over 20 hours.

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