Review HyperX Cloud Flight: High quality wireless gaming headset!
HyperX has launched a new wireless headset targeted at gamers who long to get rid of wires. It is called HyperX Cloud Flight and, through Kingston's courtesy, we received it for testing weeks before its official product launch. HyperX Cloud Flight promises excellent sound quality, extended autonomy while on battery, LED lighting effects, and a good build quality. Whether they manage to deliver what they promise, you can find out if you read our review:
What is the HyperX Cloud Flight good at?
The HyperX Cloud Flight headset is good at:
- Delivering great sound both in games and when playing music
- Being comfortable to use even if you play for long hours
- Helping eliminate one more wire from your desk
- Offering you one of the highest autonomies in the world of wireless gaming headsets
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Pros and cons
There are quite a few good things to say about the HyperX Cloud Flight headset:
- The sound is excellent both in games and while listening to music
- Its autonomy and wireless range are very high and well above the market average
- The microphone does an excellent job of canceling noises
- The solid steel band and the high-quality materials used on it give you the feeling of a premium and durable device
- The plush used on the headband and the large ear cups makes the headphones comfortable to use for prolonged periods of time
- They have LED lights and a few lighting effects
On the other hand, the HyperX Cloud Flight headset:
- Is expensive for most gamers
- Has only red LED lights, and some gamers might be looking for RGB
The HyperX Cloud Flight wireless gaming headset is one of the best that we have tested. It offers excellent sound both in games and when listening to music, the autonomy is among the highest in its niche and the wireless range is generous. We loved its build quality and good design, and we believe it is an excellent choice for any gamer who wants quality and comfort, in a wireless headset. We recommend it highly to all gamers out there, if they can afford it. Because yes, the only not-so-positive aspect about the HyperX Cloud Flight headset is that it is expensive.
Unboxing the HyperX Cloud Flight wireless gaming headset
The HyperX Cloud Flight wireless headset arrives in a large black box with crimson red accents and a premium look. On its front side, you can see a large picture of the headphones, the full name of the headset - HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset - and other information such as the 2 years warranty, the Teamspeak and Discord certifications and the fact that the battery inside the headset should provide an autonomy of about 30 hours on a charge.
On the back and sides of the box, you can find a lot of information and details about the HyperX Cloud Flight headset. You learn about the adjustable steel slider, the 90 degrees rotating ear cups with LED lighting effects, the detachable microphone, and audio and mic controls present on the headphones ear cups. There are also details about all the certifications and compatible platforms, and the esports teams that are sponsored by HyperX.
Slide the inner box and you get to meet your new wireless gaming headphones. You will also find its detachable microphone, the wireless USB dongle, a USB to micro USB cable used for charging the headset, and a 3.5mm cable which you can use if you want to use the headset as a wired analog headset. Besides all the hardware, inside the package, you also receive a welcome note, a warranty card, and a quick start guide.
The unboxing experience is good, and the bundled accessories state that this is a premium device.
The HyperX Cloud Flight is a wireless gaming headset, which means that you can use it without being bothered by any wires between it and your computer or gaming console. The headset has a battery that can last for up to 30 hours if you disable the LED lighting effects, and uses a USB dongle to connect over the air to your PC or console. The range of the wireless connection can go up to 20 meters.
HyperX Cloud Flight uses large circumaural, closed back, ear cups with high quality 50mm neodymium magnets. The headset has a frequency response between 20 Hz - 20,000Hz when used in wireless mode, and between 15Hz - 23,000Hz when used in analog mode. The impedance is 32 Ohms, the sound pressure level is 106 decibels of Sound Pressure Level per milliwatt, at 1 kHz. The HyperX Cloud Flight wireless gaming headphones also pride themselves with the low, under 2 percent, Total Harmonic Distortion value. That means that the headset should produce an accurate reproduction of sound even when it is used in wireless mode.
The headset also includes a detachable microphone that you can plug in when you need it or unplug from the headphones when you do not use it. The microphone can cancel noises and is characterized by a frequency response of between 100Hz - 7,000Hz and a sensitivity of -45dBV.
The HyperX Cloud Flight headset weighs 10.58 ounces or 300 grams without the microphone, and about 11.11 ounces or 315 grams when the microphone is connected. The USB charging cable has a length of 39.37 inches or 1 meter, and the detachable 3.5mm analog cable measures 51.18 inches or 1.3 meters.
The hardware specifications of this headset point out the fact that we are looking at a premium device.
Using the HyperX Cloud Flight wireless gaming headset
We had the chance to use and play with the HyperX Cloud Flight for a few weeks, and we have grown attached to this headset. The sound produced by the headphones is clean and crisp, and low (bass) sounds, mids, and highs (treble) are well represented. Although the headphones are designed for gamers first, they do pretty well when it comes to listening to music too.
NOTE: If you want to test and compare your headphones with others, we recommend that you listen to this playlist on Spotify: Songs To Test Headphones With. The tracks in it are great for checking how sounds are produced on your headphones.
Like usual, we used the HyperX Cloud Flight to play quite a few different games, to hear how they compare to other gaming headphones that we have tested in the past. We played Dishonored 2, Styx: Shards of Darkness, Resident Evil 7, StarCraft 2 and Red Alert 3. The sound experience was rich but also clean, meaning that game sounds and audio effects such as footsteps, wind blowing but also gunshots were all easy to identify and powerful enough for a pleasant experience.
The volume of the HyperX Cloud Flight wireless headset can be turned up or down by using the volume knob found on the bottom of the right ear cup. It is worth mentioning that, because of its cogwheel shape, the knob is easy to identify with your finger.
On the bottom of the left ear cup, you can find the power button, the analog headphone port, the USB charge port, and the microphone port. The ports are easy to identify, because their shapes are different and they all have small icons near them that tell you what they are used for.
Besides its obvious use of turning the headset on and off, the power button is also used for cycling through the three different LED lighting effects available on the headphones. To turn the headphones on or off, you have to press the power button for at least three seconds. If you press it quickly, for a second only, you change the LED lighting effects, which are always on (solid), breathing and off. If you are wondering about it, know that the LED lights are red only. However, who knows, maybe Kingston will release an RGB version of the HyperX Cloud Flight in the future if the gaming community wants it bad enough.
Besides your preference for lights or no lights, another thing you should keep in mind about the LED lighting effects is that they affect the headset's autonomy. If you turn the lighting effect off, the headphones can stay on for up to 30 hours on a charge. However, if you enable the breathing LED lighting effect, the autonomy goes down to about 18 hours, and if you keep the LED lights always on, the battery does not last more than 13 hours on a charge.
The microphone on the HyperX Cloud Flight is of good quality, but it does not feel as great as the one we have tested on the HyperX Cloud Alpha. Your teammates can easily understand what you are saying, and the noise canceling powers of the microphone are good. However, if you are using a mechanical keyboard with noisy switches such as Cherry MX Blue, your key presses are going to be too much for the microphone to cancel, so they will be heard and probably annoy your teammates. Note that, if you have the microphone connected, you can quickly mute it if you press with your finger on the back of the left ear cup.
We also have to point out the overall feeling of good build quality you get from the HyperX Cloud Flight, and that they are very comfortable to use. For true gamers, these two aspects are just as important as everything we have talked about up until now. The headphones have a wide, solid steel head support band that is very durable. On its bottom side, which rests on your head, the steel band is covered in soft plush and that, together with the large ear cups, make the headset very comfortable to use even for prolonged periods of time.
The HyperX Cloud Flight headset is one of the best wireless gaming headsets that we have tested. The headphones sound great in games, but also when listening to music, and their autonomy is impressive. We like their design and their build quality.
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What is your opinion about the HyperX Cloud Flight wireless gaming headset?
In this review, we have summed up our opinions about the HyperX Cloud Flight wireless gaming headset. It is an excellent device for gamers who hate wires but want to get the same level of quality as on a wired headset. Do you agree, or do you think otherwise? Would you buy yourself or your special one (gamer) this headset? Let us know in the comments section below.