For today’s review we will be looking at the latest pro gaming headset from Kingston. You may be thinking, “wait a minute, Kingston makes memory and storage products – what is this gaming headset talk?”
The HyperX Cloud Headset is actually Kingston’s second foray into the world of professional computer gaming accessories. Previously Kingston teamed up with Steel Series for their first iteration of the HyperX branded gaming headphones.
Rather than designing a headset from the ground up Kingston enlisted help from Q-Pad in the creation of the HyperX Cloud. This model is actually a rebranded Qpad QH-90 headset packed with additional goodies and features. It is designed for gaming, listening to music and watching videos or movies.
In fact this headset is the official headset of several professional gaming organizations including Intel Extreme Masters, Alliance and Team Liquid.
The HyperX Cloud Headset arrives in a cardboard box enveloped by a red colored outer sleeve with the headset pictured on the front. Looking at the back we see an additional headset picture with features highlighted. On the sides of the package is a description of the HyperX Cloud Headset in three languages and additional pictures showing different parts of the headset.
Removing the outer sleeve reveals a black box with the HyperX logo, HyperX Cloud name and website address. Opening this black box we find the HyperX Cloud Headset nestled in a foam enclosure along with three accessories on the side and a box at the bottom with additional components and cables.
The inside cover of this black box is a greeting from the HyperX General Manager – Anders “G8V1k1ng” Willumsen.
Inside the smaller box we find a two-meter extension cable, a smartphone/tablet adapter, detachable microphone, control box, airplane adapter, a spare pair of velour ear cups, and padded mesh carry bag.
Immediately one notices how well the packaging is done with it reminiscent of opening an Apple product with the care and precise placement of each component.
The HyperX Cloud is an over the ear headset designed to look good while feeling comfortable especially during long periods of use. Kingston designed the HyperX Cloud with dynamic, closed 53mm drivers that provide a 15 – 25.000 Hz frequency response.
It is composed of aluminum headband with a soft padded stitched leather covering. You’ll immediately notice the construction and build seems more in line with higher end audiophile headphones than the more plastic composed gaming headsets.
Memory foam, the same material used for mattresses is incorporated on the ear cups to provide a comfortable wearing experience. These cups are covered by synthetic leather. If you find these cups uncomfortable or too hot, there is an additional set of velour ear cups that can be swapped in place of the default ones.
Each earpiece is on a hinged connector from the headband with two-braided audio cables emerging from the headset.
On the left earpiece is an opening for attaching the detachable mic. This opening is covered with a plastic piece with the QPad logo when the microphone is not in place. It is easy to imagine this cover piece getting lost.
Also found on this left earpiece is the braided audio cable with two 3.5 mm jack plugs at the end – one for the mic in and the other for audio out.
The HyperX name and logo is found on multiple places on the headset including the name on top of the headband and the logo on the side of each earpiece.