Hey gang, Valkor here. And we’re back with round two of our post-Pepcom holiday showcase. And believe me, we’ve got a few more rounds afterward, with so many new items to show you from companies such as Ventev, Switchmate, and even Alacran is getting in on the action with Netgear. For now, let’s take a look at the latest from HyperX, which is now an off-shoot of the Kingston brand. Technically, this isn’t their first time in the cave, but with the Cloud Stinger gaming headphones, this will be the first time officially under the HyperX name. And while these headphones are considered mid-tier, they sound just as awesome as their big brother. Check it out.
From the outset, the Cloud Stinger headphones look as though they have some bulk to it. But picking them up, they’re actually pretty lightweight with faux leather foam cushioned earcups and a soft bit of cushioning under the headband that’s emblazoned with the “HyperX” name across the top. Moving on to the right earcup you have your volume control, while on the left is your adjustable microphone, both featuring the “HyperX” name. The Cloud Stinger is a wired headset, which includes a 3.5mm headphone jack. And it also comes with an extension that splits into a mic/headphone jack. Finally, the Stinger can do a 90-degree swivel that’s perfect for resting when you’re taking a bit of a break.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger is universal headphones, meaning they’ll work with just about any system you plug them into. I’ve only had the chance to plug them into my Playstation 4, laptop, and mobile devices such as the Nexus 6 and 7 tablets. And while the Cloud Stinger doesn’t have the features or the power of its bigger brother, the Cloud II, it still stands as a force of its own. And I’ll tell you all about it in the TOV Breakdown.
HyperX’s Cloud Stinger gaming headphones pack a ton of awesome in an affordable package. For starters, audio quality is truly impressive, which is a well-balanced mix of a rich bass that’s not overpowering and super clarity allowing you to hear even subtle details. Even at a high volume, the Cloud Stinger doesn’t distort or sound too grating. It even does well with directional audio; as I’m playing Zenith, there’s one area of the game where enemies come charging at you from off screen and you can clearly hear which direction they’re coming from as they scream towards you. I also enjoyed playing "Project Diva X"; I’m able to hit the notes more accurately as I’m able to better pick up on the beat. And what HyperX doesn’t do is tout the Cloud Stinger’s passive noise-canceling capabilities, which it has and does well at blocking outside noises. So when you’re not gaming and you just want to chill without interruption, then these babies will do the trick. Comfort-wise, I have no complaints with the headphones; they’re not too tight around my dome and I didn’t run into any discomfort after gaming for a few hours straight. As far as the microphone goes, it pretty much compares to most mics I’ve tried on various headphones I’ve received, as my voice comes through the other end crystal clear. But the Cloud Stinger gets major plus points for allowing you to flip the mic up to mute it. So no more fumbling around looking for a mute button, when you can give it a quick flip and do what needs to be done. So, gamers who are looking for high-quality headphones, but don’t want to reach too far into their pockets, should definitely consider investing in HyperX Cloud Stinger.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headphones are available now and you can check out these and more by clicking the logo to the right. And after giving the headphones a thorough run in the Val-Cave, I have to say that the Cloud Stinger headphones go above and beyond being simply “mid-tier” because you’re getting exceptional audio and comfort for less than the cost of some of the big boys out there. I highly recommend it. And out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving HyperX Cloud Stinger a perfect 5. And it’s been Valkor tested, TOV Approved.