Hey gang, Valkor here. And welcome back to GameView, where we don’t just cover the software side of things – we give gaming hardware their moment to shineas well. And returning to the gaming stage is Kingston, who impressed Alacran with their HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset. And now they’re back with the sequel to the headphones that scored them a solid 5 – the HyperX Cloud II. Can this new set earn them a repeat perfect score? You already know.
Visually, the HyperX Cloud 2 looks exactly like its predecessor featuring soft, leather faux earcups with the HyperX logo emblazoned on the back, soft faux leather headband with the HyperX name stitched in. The left ear features a port for the detached microphone and it’s also home to the cloth covered cable. Included with the Cloud 2 is a USB soundcard module that plugs into the USB port of a console or PC, allowing you to take advantage of 7.1 virtual surround sound just by pressing the center button labeled “7.1”; plus it also acts as a remote for the volume and microphone. The module provides additional cable slack, so depending on where your PC/console is located, you should get decent length with the added extension.
Sure on the outside the Cloud II looks the same as its predecessor, however that’s where the differences stop. Let’s go back to that 7.1 virtual surround sound; plug in the USB soundcard and by pressing that middle “7.1” button, prepare to be immersed in your gaming, movies and music. Though it’s not true 7.1, it does give you bigger, broader sound. I cued up a couple of 7.1 video samples and the effect is quite amazing; There’s one video that takes place during a WWI battle and it gives the impression you're actually there with all the bullets whizzing by, bombs exploding and even the proximity of objects – either speaking characters or actions that take place up close or further away from the screen, is pretty impressive.
Finally, the Cloud 2 headset can be worn on more casual, non-gamer related scenarios when you remove the detachable microphone. Which you can then plug the headphones into a smartphone or other portable device and they’ll simply look like any other over-the-ear headphones (but with the HyperX treatment). So you can get that same, high quality sound but on the go.
Vs. Tritton Warhead 7.1 – The Warhead is beast in sound quality plus its wireless. However I’m gonna give the HyperX the edge over it mainly because the sound is cleaner, the headphones are way more comfortable and there’s less to work with when it comes to hooking it up – with the Warhead, I needed an optical cable to use on the console whereas with the HyperX, it’s just plug and play.
I put the HyperX to work over multiple devices - mainly my laptop, Playstation 4, PS Vita and Nexus 6. And I’ve used a wide variety of media to test out these babies. And after spending some much needed quality time with the HyperX Cloud II, I’m ready to render my verdict in the TOV Breakdown!
I gotta give it up to Kingston as they really know how to put together a mighty fine headset. And the HyperX Cloud II most definitely shines! On its own minus the modular, the Cloud II produces superb sound quality that’s crisp, clean, with a rich bass that’s not overpowering even at its highest level. And switching on the 7.1 broadens the experience and everything is just… well bigger, bolder and more immersive. You also get clean and clear vocals as well as great directional audio, especially in gaming – if a sound is made somewhere, anywhere in a game, you’ll hear it. A great example of that is Dying Light as you can hear the zombies that are not too far off, groaning and moaning for your flesh. It’s creepy and it heightens the experience. When it comes to comfort, the Cloud II headsets are the most comfortable I’ve worn in quite some time as they’re lightweight and rests easy on my dome. Going back to Dying Light, I wanted to finally put that game to rest (as far as the ending is concerned) and after playing for a good two hours until the game’s finale, I barely noticed I was wearing the headsets. There's no discomfort or tightness, these headphones rest perfectly ontop your noggin with no issue. The Cloud 2 also wins in versatility as you can use them outdoors as well as inside, with the same level of audio goodness. And with a nice level of passive noise cancellations, they’re perfect for your travel needs. So no matter where you go or what you do, audio-wise, Kingston’s HyperX Cloud II headphones have you covered bringing with it great comfort and versatility.
The Cloud II 7.1 modular doesn’t work when plugged into the USB port of the PS4 (at least from my experience); and what I mean is, pressing that middle button does nothing. Don’t get me wrong, sound quality is great but I feel I’m missing out on that broader audio boost.
Kingston’s HyperX Cloud II is available now and if you’re in the market for a sweet pair of gaming headsets, then definitely give these headsets a go – the Cloud II offers up amazing sound quality, comfort and versatility that works great at home and on the go. So, out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving Kingston HyperX Cloud II headphones a solid 5.