HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War Review

HyperX are back with another headset for Xbox One – the HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War. Recently we reviewed their CloudX headset and said we was really impressed and wanted to see what they could do next so let’s find out. This Gears of War themed headset was co-designed with Microsoft and The Coalition, and straight away you can certainly tell.

The headset features an exclusive Gears of War custom design and looks fantastic from the first moment you see it. It also complements the Xbox One S GoW Special Edition console perfectly, and the Crimson Omen Elite Controller, so if you own either of those fantastic bits of kit, know that this headset will look right at home.

The CloudX Revolver, like the Cloud X, has been tested and approved by Microsoft, with additional compatibility for Windows – it’s hard to miss the branding even without opening the box.

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The Revolver has a 3.5mm (4 pole) plug and 2M PC extension cable. With in-line audio controls it’s easy to adjust the volume and mute the microphone – we like in-line controls for their ease of access, and the placement of the control was just right for us. The headset’s compatible with al controllers with a 3.5mm audio jack – older controllers will require a headset adapter.

The headset deliverers overall solid sound quality, providing a frequency response up to 28kHz with the sound coming in super-crystal clear

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The headset was originally designed in Germany and features a genuine leather headband, embossed with the Gears logo. It looks complete brilliant and adds a bit of panache to the overall design. Although lighhtewight, build quality is high, with a solid steel frame built for long lasting durability. The suspension-style design of the headset means there’s no fiddling to get it to fit narrow or wide heads – plonk it on your noggin and it automatically adjusts; impressive, though it does tend to make you look like you’re standing on the sidelines about to yell at your linebackers. You also have to hope that your ears are averagely placed – if they’re higher or lower than normal (trust us, it’s a thing) then your comfort might be impaired a little.

With huge memory foam ear cup surrounding the 50mm drivers and that springy headset design, the HyperX Revolver looked comfy even before we tried it our – and we weren’t’ disappointed. It cradled our heads nicely, and was lightweight enough not to move around even when jumping for joy at that last second FIFI winner. At just 364g, or 380g with the mic, it’s one of the lighter headsets on the market, and you feel the difference in longer sessions.

The detachable noise-cancellation microphone results in clearer voice quality and reduced background noise for that all important better in-game chat experience. It’s also certified by TeamSpeak™ and Discord, and compatible with Skype™, Ventrilo, Mumble and RaidCall.

Sound quality, of course, matters. It’s no good looking badass and feeling great if it sounds like two plastic cups attached by string. Sound quality is solid – great frequency response and no noticeable clipping, with excellent stereo separation. Fidelity was fine for music, too.  There’s no post-processing or boost though, so if you’re used to modes that boost quieter sounds, you might find the HyperX Revolver a little too vanilla for your tastes.

We’re a frugal bunch here at the Xbox One UK castle, and normally we’ll explore the suitability of our headsets for uses other than gaming – here the HyperX Revolver is fine for music reproduction, but there’s no way this is a suitable design for the morning commute – the suspension design just doesn’t look right unless you’re on a train. Oh, also IT SAYS GEARS OF WAR on it.

Overall, the HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War 

lacks some features compared to other headsets in this price range, but the lightweight frame and design is a complete winner. It’s worth shortlisting for ANY Gears of War fan. You can pick it up for around £120.

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