Hardware Review: HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

May 5, 2018
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The HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset is not a gaming headset.

It is instead a duel-class all day use headset, and I believe that is exactly what they set out to achieve. HyperX has a history of creating comfortable products, and this is no exception.

Gaming Mode

When one wants to game with the HyperX Cloud II, there are three steps to setting up the headset which can be achieved with varying degrees of difficulty.

Step One

Attach the usb cord to your computer find a suitable place for the Advanced Audio Control Box (AACB) on your desk. Then connect the 3.5 mm port to the AACB. Fairly simple.

Step Two

Find the detachable mic (where the bloody– did I put that thing again…) Once the mic is found, remove the mic port guard from your headphones and attach the mic. Talk to your friends and use the handy AACB to raise or lower your mics output level accordingly. Slightly complicated but doable so long as you don’t lose anything.

Step Three

Get someone (hopefully with nimble fingers) to switch the basic ear cushions to the leather cushions provided. If you have no one else, mutter a prayer and bring your patience. This can be complicated for “fumble fingers”.

Gaming Mode Engaged

You now have a great headset for gaming. Sound is fantastic. Other reviews point out bass problems yet, when I ran it through multiple sound tests, I did not find any problems. The mic picked my voice up just fine, although one colleague stated my voice came across muffled. His was the only complaint.

Yet this is not my favorite part of the headset. Reverse steps one through three: unplug the 3.5 mm audio jack from the AACB, remove the microphone and replace the leather pads with the felt ones provided and your gaming headset transforms into. . .

An all-day headset.

I wore the Hyper X Cloud II all day for a week. My ears never hurt and I rock a pretty big head and set of ears. The top of my head was never uncomfortable (my Sennheisers cause this problem.) The only problem I can anticipate is for iPhone users without a 3.5 mm audio jack. The Hyper X II has no Bluetooth functionality so an adapter for the lightning port will be required.

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Pros

  • All day comfort
  • Good quality sound
  • Dual-class capabilities
  • The AACB is very useful when gaming especially with the quick mic mute button

Cons

  • Some difficulties in transitioning from gaming to all day use
  • Detachable pieces can be lost
  • Mic can sound muffled to some
  • The AACB has no headphone mute button

VERDICT

I cannot emphasize the comfort level enough. Don’t just use the Hyper X Cloud II headphone for gaming; instead, use it everywhere!

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Craig Linscott
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Craig has been an avid gamer for most of his life, with some of his fondest memories being Warcraft 3 team match play, Final Fantasy boss fights and Diablo 2 magic find runs. When not behind the camera at gaming events, Craig can normally be found behind the keyboard, leading his team to victory in Dota 2. Consider Craig your carry in-game, but support and courier in life.
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