The new HyperX Cloud Flight gaming headset is here and it’s HyperX’s first wireless iteration within the Cloud lineup. I’m actually super excited to see how this headset will change the perception of wireless gaming audio in this industry.
I say this because the entire Cloud Gaming Series lineup has been a really good example of what to do in the gaming industry with the audio. They have never been perfect but value wise it makes sense.
|Driver Size||50mm||DTS 7.1||PC, PS4, PS4 Pro|
|Frequency Response||20-20,000KHz||RGB Lighting||No|
|Sensitivity||106 db||Ear Cup Rotation||Yes|
|Impedance||32 Ohm||Box Contents||Yes|
|T.H.D.||< 2%||Product Information Guide|
|Frequency Response||100hz-7,000KHz||4-pole 3.5mm Cable||Yes|
|Sensitivity||-45 db||Toslink Optical Cable||Yes|
|Location||On Ear Cup|
|Mute Toggle||Yes||Part Number||No|
|Range||12m / 40ft|
|Battery Life||13hrs (LED on)|
30hrs (LED off)
So the question is, does the HyperX Cloud Flight make sense? At $159, it’s more expensive than the Corsair Pro Wireless and the Arctis 7 from SteelSeries and matches in price point to the Logitech G533.
This being a wireless pair, HyperX had to tone down some of the weight because of the built-in battery and because of that it’s a full plastic construction aside from the steel band to expand the size and even the ridges inside of it are plastic. This to me feels more in line with their Stinger Headset which is in their budget category, so you do have to be a little bit extra cautious with these especially because of the rotating ear cups.
On one hand, it’s awesome because they can just chill on your neck which makes them super comfortable to wear and you don’t have to take them off when you’re not using. On the other hand, the actual swivels feel a little bit too loose and I’m afraid of them snapping eventually if you know I mean. The headset is pretty light, so it can support the weight on the one joint, but if you are prone to throwing them around they might not last.
The joints alone make the headset feel not as premium as it should feel for that price point however, comfort wise they’re actually better than the originals. I find their lighter frame and the expansion to be more accommodating for larger heads and they don’t have as much clamping force which is awesome.
In terms of the materials, the foam padding feels identical to the originals and unfortunately we do not get any additional ear pads so the value added from the original Clouds has a little bit of extra. If you do potentially own a pair of original Clouds you can substitute the foam padding.
I do love that they have the interior foam that is a bit extra thick unlike on many other pairs and this helps to avoid any contact that is uncomfortable with that interior driver. Comfort wise I could easily wear these for hours, especially because they just simply fall on your neck while still allowing you to be mobile, complements of them being wireless.
I do like the exposed red cable for that extra pop in color and it’s also super stiff so no worries about ripping if it accidentally catches on something it will stay in place so that’s awesome.
For connectivity, on the right side there’s a volume dial. The scroll steps are very soft making precise volume adjustment difficult and you’ll end up either reducing or adding too much volume. It also does not have the click so this is just a wheel only.
I do like their approach to mic muting so the entire side is basically just a giant button and it doesn’t take away from the functionality nor the design element. It’s discreet looking and very large so you can easily access it. It’s only is activated at the bottom where the mic mute logo is located and we do get a double beep when the mic is muted.
Below we have a power button, it also controls the logo illumination for either breathing effect or off to preserve battery life and the three last ports are the micro-USB for charging, a headphone cable for wired listening, and the mic input.
The mix input has a different frame around it, so you cannot accidentally plug the mic into the headphone jack. The headphone cable is identical on each end so it doesn’t matter which way you plug it in but it’s not a 4-pole connector meaning when the headphone is wired the microphone and the volume wheel do not work.
There is no bluetooth connectivity, as it only works with a USB dongle with your PC or Playstation. Xbox for some reason doesn’t work so you would need to use the wired connection into your controller. I tried it on my Mac and it works just fine. This makes it a simple plug-and-play solution, its driverless, it’s hassle-free which is awesome, but I also see from the other point of view of people maybe already expecting some sort of driver software and EQ customization for a $159 pair. The competition offers that, but the HyperX Flight doesn’t.
The microphone quality sounds okay for wireless but there’s obviously a lot of compression going on. It has built-in noise cancellation so it tries to cancel out all the things in the background so that your voice can be the dominate thing that people hear.
Due to them being wireless you can be mobile and do things like listen to music and talk to your friends all while moving around. Because the range is so good, there’s absolutely no microphone quality loss when you’re away from your PC or console and still not lose connection.
In regard to performance, the wireless range on this thing is insane! I was two walls away in my bedroom without hearing any drops and without perceiving any quality loss in audio still, no disruptions whatsoever. I haven’t had that experience yet with any other wireless pair that I’ve reviewed.
What’s so awesome is that it makes this a multi-purpose headset, not just for gaming but also if you like to listen to your music while you’re doing things around the house. Keep in mind that the actual isolation from this is excellent so if anyone’s trying to contact you while you’re wearing these you will not be able to hear them at all so that’s a good thing and also a bad thing.
For the sound signature, being that this is a HyperX product it is very similar to the original HyperX Cloud’s which means it has a very nice deep bass that is present, but it doesn’t overpower the mid-range which is really full and detailed. The treble is emphasized just right it’s not harsh nor muffled so you get all the detail and a little bit of punchy base which is awesome for games.
This being a closed design, I was absolutely blown away at the stereo imaging that these deliver. By that I mean, hearing audio that’s not being delivered from your ear cups but feeling it in front of you like you’re listening to a set of stereo speakers and that was quite impressive.
The sound stage is obviously is a bit narrower being that the sound is coming from a close environment so that it is bit more reserved but the actual stereo signal on here is fantastic. It’s awesome for competitive gaming and for hearing wind blow in the desert and just experiencing in game sounds effects like that.
It’s also very good for directional cues because everything is detailed and nothing is muffled by virtual surround sound, it’s just a pure stereo signal and it’s fantastic for HyperX not go the virtual surround sound route.
Overall, I’m super pleased with the sound output and these will be replacing my Game One’s. Because of the whole wireless convenience they will occupy a spot on my desk. I’m actually very surprised at the way how they sound they’re actually right on par with what the HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset.
The last thing to cover is the battery life. Too bad you cannot use them while they’re charging and there is no convenient way to check your battery status. It will only beep a certain pattern when you go below 20 percent which is super inconvenient. Who wants to hear that it?
It would be awesome if you could just press the power button three times and the glow on the side will blink every time you have 10% of the battery left. Meaning if it blinks six times, you have 60% left. It would give you a much better indication of the battery status instead of waiting for the thing drop below 20 percent
HyperX claim 30 hours of listening at 50% volume without LED’s. Obviously the LED’s really hit the battery hard so you might as well just disable them after you’ve experienced your LED’s on a headset.
For higher volumes, you’re looking about 15-20 hours of continuous usage which I would say is in line with what you would expect from a wireless gaming headset. Over the last three days I’ve used them for about 10 hours of continuous usage at 80+ volume and I have not received the low battery beep yet.
Now it does turn off after 30 minutes of inactivity which is great to preserve battery life. However, if you don’t have the LED’s enabled and the headset goes to sleep you will still see it being connected to the computer because the dongle is receiving power but the headset is not communicating with a dongle. So then you’d have to go in and manually turn the headset back on in order to continue your listening.
A good way to know if your headset sleeping is that the receiver’s red LED is blinking and right now if I were to turn the mic on it will go back on line with a solid red LED.
For my final thoughts on the HyperX Cloud Flight, I think it’s a really good introduction into wireless audio from HyperX and they did a lot of things right with this one.
The lack of surround sound could be seen as a bit questionable but I’m so happy they didn’t go that route because most of the time it’s really not that great and you will want to stick with the stereo because you get the best details directional cues.
That concludes my review of the HyperX Cloud Flight. I would haven given this an award but because of the build quality, which I think they could have done a better job on in terms of delivering us a slightly better plastic construction so that it doesn’t feel like I have to be cautious with them.
I have other plastic headsets like the Game One from Sennheiser which is also fully plastic with that steel band interior just like on the Flight but it feels like it can take a lot more abuse and is overall more robust.
That wraps things up and I hope you enjoyed my review of the HyperX Cloud Flight!
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