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Kingston HyperX Cloud II Review

An excellent and affordable all-around gaming headset that's extremely comfortable, even for long sessions
Kingston HyperX Cloud II
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Price:   $100 List | $69.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Incredibly comfortable, great value, solid sound quality
Cons:  Harder to mute, no mic sidetone
Manufacturer:   Kingston
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 29, 2018
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RANKED
#5 of 16
  • Comfort - 40% 8.0
  • Audio - 30% 7.0
  • Microphone - 20% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

One of our top-performing gaming headsets, the Kingston HyperX Cloud II does a great job of perfectly balancing performance and price. This headset is incredibly comfortable to wear — even for exceptionally extended gaming sessions — and delivers and transmits very clear sound. It's not too much of a hassle to use and would be a great fit for most gamers — especially those that are a bit on the more budget-conscious side and willing to take a slight hit in audio quality to save some cash.

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Pros Incredibly comfortable, great value, solid sound qualityAwesome haptics, great bass, plush ear cup padding, removable micGreat audio, very comfortable, designed for lengthy wearingDecently comfortable to wear, solid sound qualityInexpensive, exceptional microphone quality
Cons Harder to mute, no mic sidetoneCord is stiff, cord can't be removedNo sidetones, no softwareShort cable, mic and cable aren't detachableNot the most comfortable, sound quality could be bette
Bottom Line An excellent and affordable all-around gaming headset that's extremely comfortable, even for long sessionsThis headset offers great sound quality, awesome haptic feedback, and comfort to keep you in the saddle for hours on endA very modestly-price headset considering its high performanceThe G332 is a decent value pick for anyone shopping on the tightest of budgets for a new headsetThis headset has a great mic and offers strong value for more limited budgets
Rating Categories Kingston HyperX Clo... Kraken V3 HyperSense EPOS H3 Closed Acou... Logitech G332 Kingston HyperX Clo...
Comfort (40%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Audio (30%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Microphone (20%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Ease of Use (10%)
6.0
5.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
Specs Kingston HyperX Clo... Kraken V3 HyperSense EPOS H3 Closed Acou... Logitech G332 Kingston HyperX Clo...
Platform Compatibility Wired Wired Wired Wired Wired
Measured cable length 10.6 ft USB-A: 6ft 5in PC: 6.5 ft
3.5mm: 4.92 ft
7.35 ft 10.5 ft
How to mute the mic Switch Toggle Lift mic Lift mic Lift mic
Detachable mic Yes Yes Yes No No
Control location Inline Headphone Headphone Headphone Headphone
Measured weight 10-7/8 oz 13 oz 10 oz 10-7/8 oz 9-1/2 oz
Measured ear cushion size 1-1/2" X 2-9/16" 1" x 7/8" 1-1/2" X 2-1/2" 1-5/8" X 2-3/8" 1-5/8" X 2-9/16"
Ear cup shape Oval Oval Asymmetric oval Oval Oval
Ear cup fabric type Leatherette
Velour included
Memory foam, leatherette, cooling mesh Suede / leatherette Leatherette Leatherette

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset - the kingston hyperx cloud ii is a great value option.
The Kingston HyperX Cloud II is a great value option.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Comfort


Accounting for 40% of the total score for each of these headsets, our set of Comfort tests are by far the most important when it comes to ranking each of these products. The Cloud II is one of the most comfortable headsets that we have tested, earning it an 8 out of 10 for its superb performance across the board in our comfort tests.


Almost every single one of our comfort testers was more than happy to wear this pair of headsets for extended periods of time — usually 10+ hours. Only a single tester didn't find them comfortable enough to wear for the whole day, but still was fine wearing them for 3-4 hours.

Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset - the cloud ii has multiple notches to get that perfect adjustment.
The Cloud II has multiple notches to get that perfect adjustment.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The padding on the headband is covered with the leatherette and securely holds the headset in place, without any unnecessary pressure. The ear cups use a semi-soft padding material that adds to the overall comfort of the Cloud II. There is a decent amount of space for larger ears, with the ear cups measuring about 1.5" wide and a little over 2.5" tall. Best of all, this headset includes two sets of ear cups — one covered in leatherette and one covered in velour, allowing you to match the Cloud II to your personal preferences and make them even more comfortable.

Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset - the cloud ii is one of the most comfortable headsets we tested.
The Cloud II is one of the most comfortable headsets we tested.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

We also particularly liked that there was a small foam pad covering the speaker plate of each ear cup, making them even more comfortable. The Cloud II is about average in terms of weight, just shy of 11 ounces, and none of our testers found it to be noticeably heavy.

Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset - the cloud ii was a strong contender for having great audio.
The Cloud II was a strong contender for having great audio.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Audio


The Cloud II delivered another strong showing in our audio quality tests, earning a 7 out of 10 for its solid performance, putting it in the upper portion of the overall group. This set of tests accounts for 30% of the total score for each headset.


This headset is decently well balanced when listening to music, with a slight emphasis on the bass and treble tones. This provides a very immersive experience when gaming, but vocals and voices can occasionally get a little lost with the slightly subdued mid-range.

Our testers found it about average to identify the location of in-game sounds when using the Cloud II, misidentifying the location of a shooter or someone walking a handful of times. However, this headset did very well with position when given a dedicated binaural recording in our benchmarking tests.

For our other benchmarking tests, the Cloud II delivered a split performance, doing very well in the driver matching test but only mediocre in the bass quality test. The frequency stayed centered all the way through the spectrum, but there was some parasitic buzz when the bass was played at the max. This headset also does a fantastic job with voice quality, making voices sound true to life and exceptionally clear and easy to understand. The Cloud II also does a decent job of blocking out external noise, roughly halving the volume of background music or white noise.

Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset - coming in loud and clear with the hyperx cloud ii.
Coming in loud and clear with the Hyperx Cloud II.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Microphone


Next, we moved on to evaluating the quality of the microphone on each headset, which constitutes 20% of the total score for each product. The Cloud II continued the trend, delivering another excellent performance and again finishing in the upper part of the group.


This model of gaming headset does a great job of capturing voice and making it sound as realistic as possible. The conversation comes across crystal-clear with no buzz at all. The only slight issue we found is that the voice sounds a little echoey — almost as if you were speaking in a large room, like a garage. It isn't overly sibilant on repeated "S" sounds and doesn't overemphasize "T" or "P" sounds.

Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset - the cloud ii is great at picking up our voice, but also others in...
The Cloud II is great at picking up our voice, but also others in the same room.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Cloud II's microphone does a decent job of filtering out external noises, with gamers on the other end of the line failing to notice if we were running a fan or playing background music on low, but could definitely hear if we were eating or tv or music was playing at moderate to high volumes.

Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset - the in-line controls of the cloud ii.
The in-line controls of the Cloud II.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


User-friendliness and setup of the Cloud II comprise the final 10% of its score. It finished out our tests with a decent showing.


This headset does have inline controls and we appreciated that you can adjust both the microphone volume and the headset volume, as well as mute the microphone.

Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset - with the cloud ii you can quickly adjust the speaker and mic volume.
With the Cloud II you can quickly adjust the speaker and mic volume.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

However, you need to slide a rather small switch to mute the mic — making it quite hard to quickly mute the mic. The Cloud II has a decently long cord at 10.6 ft, giving you ample room to move about while you are playing and still hear what is going on.

Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset - detachable microphones are nice, like on the hyperx cloud ii...
Detachable microphones are nice, like on the Hyperx Cloud II, because you can replace them without investing in a new headset.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

It has a detachable cable and mic, although it doesn't have the capability to enable a microphone sidetone.

Value


The Kingston HyperX Cloud II is a great gaming headset to consider when shopping on a budget and unwilling to make too many concessions when it comes to performance.

Conclusion


While the Cloud II couldn't claim the overall top score, it is still one of our favorites when it comes to these products. It did well across the board, delivering a great performance at an even better price. While some other products have slightly better sound quality, most are accompanied by a significant increase in price.

David Wise and Austin Palmer
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