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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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#3 of 14
  • Comfort - 40% 8
  • Audio - 30% 7
  • Microphone - 20% 7
  • Ease of Use - 10% 6

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 qualityComfortable, good audio qualities, great valueDecently comfortable to wear, solid sound qualityInexpensive, exceptional microphone qualityInexpensive, decently comfortable
Cons Harder to mute, no mic sidetoneNo detachable mic, easy to accidentally change the volumeShort cable, mic and cable aren't detachableNot the most comfortable, sound quality could be betteUnimpressive sound quality, could be more user-friendly
Bottom Line An excellent and affordable all-around gaming headset that's extremely comfortable, even for long sessionsIf you are looking for a great all-around product that won't break the bank, then this is a good choiceThe 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 budgetsWhile the HS50 is an inexpensive headset, it struggled to make much of an impact compared to some of the other options
Rating Categories Kingston HyperX Clo... Razer Kraken Logitech G332 Kingston HyperX Clo... Corsair HS50 Pro
Comfort (40%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Audio (30%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Microphone (20%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (10%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
Specs Kingston HyperX Clo... Razer Kraken Logitech G332 Kingston HyperX Clo... Corsair HS50 Pro
Wired or Wireless Wired Wired Wired Wired Wired
Measured cable length 10.6 ft 11.1 ft PC
4.5 ft console
7.35 ft 10.5 ft 6 feet
with the audio/mic split 80"
How to mute the mic Switch Switch Lift mic Lift mic Button
Detachable mic Yes No No No Yes
Control location Inline Inline Headphone Headphone Headphone
Measured weight 10-7/8 oz 12-1/8 oz 10-7/8 oz 9-1/2 oz 10-3/4 oz
Measured ear cushion size 1-1/2" X 2-9/16" 2-1/4" X 2-1/2" 1-5/8" X 2-3/8" 1-5/8" X 2-9/16" 2-1/8" X 2-5/8"
Ear cup shape Oval Oval Oval Oval Oval
Ear cup fabric type Leatherette
Velour included
Heat transfer fabric with cooling gel Leatherette Leatherette Leatherette

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


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.

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.

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.

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 account 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 do 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.

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.

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.

The in-line controls of the Cloud II.
The in-line controls of the Cloud II.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


For the final 10% of the total score, we looked at how easy it is to actually use and set up the Cloud II. It finished out our tests with a decent showing.


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

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.

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