Hyper X Cloud II Hands On Impressions
A few months ago at PAX Prime 2015 I got my hands on the Cloud II Gaming headset brought to us by Hyper X. The first thing I noticed was the USB audio control box that is conveniently located on the headset cord. But before we get into much more about it. Let me show you the packaging, as Hyper X never disappoints with quality packing.
Notice the quality packaging, IF a company puts so much care into their packaging you can only imagine what they put into there product. So lets dive into this headset.
First off lets start with comfort, the frame is made of a lite metal material to add to the durability but also adds a bit to the weight, 100% memory foam on the headband adds to the comfort for extended gaming sessions. The closed cup design with the leatherette cushions add as well to prolonged comfort and the exceptional noise cancelling that you come to expect out of a top tier Pro Gaming headset.
The thing that caught my attention as I mentioned before was that audio control box conveniently located on the USB Cord (which is the nice thick mesh wiring and not the cheap plastic). The control box is a built in premium sound card that adds to the overall quality and value of this headset. Adding 7.1 Virtual surround sound and the superior audio that is delivered by the sound card. The controller adds the ability to have full control over Headset volume and Microphone volume control, along with a microphone slide to mute and backlit LED. The seller for me on this is the center button that I haven’t mentioned which is the on/off for your 7.1 virtual experience.
The Final thing that we need to touch on is the microphone, like all other Hyper X headsets I’ve had the pleasure of checking out the microphone is detachable which can be nice, but also adds bulk if you don’t plan on taking off. The quality of the microphone is honestly a decent build, unlike some other microphones I’ve had it was as easy as just plugging in and jumping in game, or on a Skype call. I never needed to adjust volumes or sensitivity in the control panel.
The Cloud II by Hyper X is a quality headset, a bit on the heavy side with the frame being made up of metal. If you are someone who has to have a sturdy build like myself and is sometimes to hard with gaming peripherals (or might toss them on accident of course) this headset is for you! Retailing for $149.99 US this headset is competitively priced with all other competitors and you’ll be set to game competitively and comfortably with the best of them. I’ve tested this out in 10 to 12 hour gaming sessions and been comfortable the duration of these sessions. The one thing I’ve come to expect from all my Hyper X products is Quality and Reliability.
The other aspect that I didn’t mention is that the Cloud II is compatible with PS4 and Xbox One along with the PC! So if you have multiple gaming platforms this headset has you covered on every front!
So What are you waiting for? Get on over to your favorite online retailer and snap the Cloud II and get gaming like the Pro’s!
The Cloud II headset comes in three different colors
The Specs Breakdown
Transducer type: dynamic Ø 53mm with Neodymium Magnets
Operating principle: closed
Frequency response: 15Hz–25,000 Hz
Nominal impedance: 60 Ω per system
Nominal SPL: 98±3dB
T.H.D.: < 2%
Power handling capacity: 150mW
Sound coupling to the ear: circumaural
Ambient noise attenuation: approx. 20 dBa
Headband pressure: 5N
Weight with microphone and cable: 320g
Cable length and type: 1m + 2m extension
Connection: mini 3.5mm jack plug (4 pole)
Transducer type: condenser (back electret)
Operating principle: pressure gradient
Polar pattern: cardioid
Power supply: AB powering
Supply voltage: 2V
Current consumption: max 0.5 mA
Nominal impedance: ≤2.2 kΩ
Open circuit voltage: at f = 1 kHz: 20 mV / Pa
Frequency response: 50–18,000 Hz
THD: 2% at f = 1 kHz
Max. SPL: 105dB SPL (THD≤1.0% at 1 KHz)
Microphone output: -39±3dB
Length mic boom: 150mm (include gooseneck)
Capsule diameter: Ø6*5 mm
Connection: single mini stereo jack plug (3.5mm)