The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is a ho-hum gaming headset that does not excel in any area and is about average in our evaluation of comfort, audio, microphone, and ease of use. We will say that we were caught off guard by the device's prolonged battery life — a great feature for a wireless headset. In the end, however, this device is quite pricey, and, for the money, one can get a lot more, especially if they go with a wired device.Editor's Note: This review was updated on August 25, 2022. In addition to the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless, we also added the EPOS H6 Pro, Kraken V3 HyperSense, Corsair HS80 RGB, and SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ to provide a complete picture of the gaming headset market.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless Review
Pros: Extended battery life, removable mic
Cons: Thin ear cups, thin headband padding
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|Pros||Extended battery life, removable mic||Awesome haptics, great bass, plush ear cup padding, removable mic||Flip to mute mic, great mid and treble sound quality, replaceable cord, removable mic, closed back||Flip to mute mic, sturdy build, comfortable ear cups||Inexpensive, exceptional microphone quality|
|Cons||Thin ear cups, thin headband padding||Cord is stiff, cord can't be removed||Short cable, mic could be more adjustable||Can get hot, headband relatively difficult to adjust||Not the most comfortable, sound quality could be bette|
|Bottom Line||A so-so wireless headset that isn't particularly comfortable, but if you are looking for prolonged battery, this device won't disappoint||This headset offers great sound quality, awesome haptic feedback, and comfort to keep you in the saddle for hours on end||An all-around awesome headset, but if you want noise canceling, this isn't the device for you||An all-around decent quality wireless headset that performs above average while costing less than average||This headset has a great mic and offers strong value for more limited budgets|
|Rating Categories||HyperX Cloud Alpha...||Kraken V3 HyperSense||EPOS H6 Pro||Corsair HS80 RGB Wi...||Kingston HyperX Clo...|
|Ease of Use (10%)|
|Specs||HyperX Cloud Alpha...||Kraken V3 HyperSense||EPOS H6 Pro||Corsair HS80 RGB Wi...||Kingston HyperX Clo...|
|Measured cable length||Wireless
charging cable is 3ft 2in
|USB-A: 6ft 5in||3.5mm is 4ft 5in||Wireless
charging cable is 6ft
|How to mute the mic||Button||Toggle||Lift mic||Lift||Lift mic|
|Measured weight||11.8 oz||13 oz||11.4 oz||12.8 oz||9-1/2 oz|
|Measured ear cushion size||7/8" x 3/4"||1" x 7/8"||7/8" x 1"||1" x 1"||1-5/8" X 2-9/16"|
|Ear cup shape||Oval||Oval||Oval||Oval||Oval|
|Ear cup fabric type||Memory foam, leatherette||Memory foam, leatherette, cooling mesh||microfiber fabric||Microfiber fabric||Leatherette|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Our evaluation of the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless showed it to be an average wireless device with a hefty price tag. We recommend looking at other products in our review before settling on this product.
The comfort metric is the most important aspect of our headset review and the first thing a potential consumer should consider before purchasing. The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless received below-average marks in this assessment primarily because of its squishy ear cup padding and thin headband cushion. However, testers could still wear the device for up to 8 hours before discomfort set in.
The ear cups and headband are the biggest contributors to comfort. The HyperX's ear cups are fairly spacious, but some tester's ears came in contact with the interior, which caused a little irritation after a while. Additionally, the leatherette-covered padding tends to trap more heat than other models we've tested, thus decreasing the comfort slightly when worn for long periods. That said, the headset has marks on the headband to make sure the adjustments are even, and it is on the lighter side at 11.8 ounces, so you won't feel like you have a weight clipped to your head.
Following the comfort metric in importance is audio. Our audio assessment focuses on positional sound. In this metric, we ask ourselves — are the headset's speakers good enough for the wearer to identify the direction from which sound emanated? We also look at sound blocking and music quality. When all these assessments are added up, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless received a slightly above-average audio performance.
We use several practical tests to rate a headset's positional sound quality. The first is a test that the gaming hardware company Razor developed wherein one plays a video of a helicopter circling overhead. If the headset is of high quality, the wearer can easily identify where the chopper is — right, left, front, or behind. The HyperX manages this task with ease and accuracy. We also use Counter Strike: Global Offensive to run a similar test, but this time with gunfire and footsteps. Again, the HyperX performed quite well. As for coms with fellow players, the clarity of others' voices was slightly above average — what we'd define as acceptable for serious gameplay.
Music quality was average as well — the bass bumps but the mid-level and treble are so-so. Taken as a whole, the HyperX's music quality is clear and crisp. However, the noise blocking capability is marginal at best. This is somewhat surprising considering that the HyperX has a closed back design.
The microphone metric is quite simple but an important assessment of a key component of a gaming headset. We look at the quality of the audio that the mic delivers, the amount of background noise that the mic picks up, and whether or not the muted mic produces static or buzzing. Happily, the HyperX delivered an above-average score in this assessment.
After recording a simple audio file, we compared the sound quality to the other devices in the review. The HyperX's microphone delivers reasonably clear audio, though there are some harsh sibilants. As for muting, the effect was complete. Finally, the background noise picked up by the mic was minimal to nonexistent. But overall, the audio sounds pretty good.
Ease of Use
We tend to assess the ease of use on all technical devices simply because it's no fun to unwrap a new purchase only to spend an hour or two setting it up. Our gaming headset ease of use assessment focuses on the onboard controls, mic adjustment, and software. Surprisingly, the HyperX garnered a below-average rating.
We do not want to give the impression the HyperX is difficult to operate. Quite the contrary, the headset is plug-and-play. However, the charging cable is fairly short, and the microphone isn't detachable. The lack of these features lowered the unit's ease of use performance.
Should You Buy HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless?
While the Hyper isn't a terrible gaming headset, it is one of the lowest ranked devices in the class, and yet, it's also one of the more expensive. As such, we do not recommend it.
What Other Gaming Headsets Should You Consider?
If you want a wireless gaming headset, we recommend that you have a look at the Corsair HS80 RGB. It's less expensive and performs at a far higher level. If you want to save even more money and also want the highest possible level of performance, have a look at the Kraken V3 HyperSense — it won't disappoint.
— Nick Miley, Austin Palmer, and Matt Spencer
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