HyperX Cloud Flight Review 3

HyperX Cloud Flight Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The HyperX Cloud Flight is available online for $160/€158.
  • Great audio performance, both for serious gaming and music
  • Amazing, eSports-grade stereo imaging and spatial awareness
  • Superbly comfortable
  • Excellent battery life (with LED illumination turned off)
  • Fantastic, class-leading wireless range
  • Whole left ear cup functions as a microphone mute button
  • Replaceable ear cushions
  • LED illumination is on by default whenever the headset is turned on
  • Feels plasticky and not perfectly in-line with the price, build quality-wise
  • Microphone and volume wheel don't work in wired mode
  • No virtual surround sound support
  • No additional software or extra features as offered by some competitors
We've waited a long time for HyperX to release a wireless gaming headset, but the Cloud Flight was worth the wait. In aspects such as stereo sound quality and wearing comfort, it's the best wireless gaming headset you can currently buy, regardless of whether you're primarily into gaming or plan to mostly use it for music and movies. Its fantastic wireless range makes having it on your head while doing stuff around the house an option, and its lightness and unassuming aesthetics make it a good choice for on-the-go use.

The sound signature of the Cloud Flight is balanced very well. The bass is rich and pleasant without being boosted by too much in any part of the low frequency spectrum, and there is no tendency for it to spill into the mid-range. The mids and highs are detailed and clean, providing a ton of information in games, as well as doing a great job of dealing with more complex instruments, songs, and music genres. The stereo imaging is truly impressive—one of the best PUBG players worldwide is currently using the HyperX Cloud Flight in his streams, and after only a couple of rounds with it, I can fully understand why.

Battery life is excellent as well. As long as you can be bothered to turn the LED illumination off, which is done by pressing the power button two times after turning the headset on, you'll get close to 30 hours of autonomy even if you keep the volume at a very high setting. It's a shame HyperX is forcing us to go through the process of turning the red LEDs off every single time we turn the headset on, though. This could be fixed with a proper driver, which could also potentially contain some other features the competition offers—such as microphone monitoring and a system-wide equalizer—but the Cloud Flight has no driver at all.

It also has no virtual surround sound or a particularly good build quality. While its biggest competitor, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 (reviewed here), comes with a beautiful metal headband and robust ear cup hinges, the squeaky plastics and unconvincing joints of the Cloud Flight feel cheap and quite out of line with the price.

If at some point HyperX is going to develop a successor to the Cloud Flight, the two main things they need to work on are a nice driver equipped with a few carefully picked extra features and a more refined construction. That doesn't mean you should wait for it, though—as it currently stands, the Cloud Flight is a great wireless gaming headset and an admirable first attempt of such a kind from an industry veteran.
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