Kingston HyperX Cloud II Review

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅23-01-15

Product on Review: HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
Manufacturer: Kingston HyperX
Street Price: £75 inc VAT

In the summer of 2014, Kingston's HyperX team released their rebranded QPad QH-90 headset called 'Cloud'. With a refreshed appearance, added details, finishing touches at an aggressive price point, it was well received and has become a firm favourite. Continuing on with its success, the HyperX team have announced the arrival of the Cloud II that is due to hit the stores on February 9th.

As the direct successor to the Cloud, some may question why it wasn't called the 'Cloud USB' or 'Cloud v7.1', though it comes more clear about the succession when you look at the fairly small yet important details. Aside from the extra £10-15 price tag and the a plug n' play advanced DSP (Digital Signal Processing) USB soundcard with auto echo noise cancelling and on the fly virtual 7.1 surround, the Cloud II also has a native 4 pole 3.5mm jack, allowing it to be compatible with the XBOX ONE, PS4 and mobiles without the need for extra adaptor cables. This will ease the multi-use scenario further expanding your gaming audio in every aspect.

The inclusion of the USB soundcard at a fairly nominal fee over the original Cloud, ensures that even gamers without a sound card can enjoy the rich audio prowess of the Cloud II headset without the contraints of relatively limited integrated audio processing found on the majority of motherboards.

Overview by Kingston HyperX
Clarity never felt so comfortable.
HyperX Cloud II features a redesigned USB sound card audio control box that amplifies audio and voice for an optimal Hi-Fi gaming experience, so you can hear what you’ve been missing. Open up a world of detail that other gamers will never know — the rustle of a camper’s boot, the scuttle in a distant vent. Its independent audio and microphone volume control lets you adjust not only sound volume but
also mic volume and easily toggle Surround Sound 7.1 or the mic sound on and off.

This next-generation headset generates virtual 7.1 surround sound with distance and depth to enhance your gaming, movie or music experience. Pinpoint your opponents’ location in the game and strike before he sees you coming. It’s hardware driven and plug and play, with no driver needed. HyperX Cloud II has a digitally enhanced, noise-cancelling microphone with automatic gain control functionality and echo cancellation enabled through the USB sound card. The result is clearer voice quality and reduced background noise, with voice volume automatically increasing as in-game sound gets louder, to optimise team communication and in-game chat in intense battles. HyperX Cloud II is certified by TeamSpeak and optimised for Skype and other leading chat programs.

HyperX Cloud II is Hi-Fi capable, with 53mm drivers for superior audio performance and rich sound quality with crystal-clear low, mid and high tones and enhanced bass via the sound card.

Pro-gaming optimised, HyperX Cloud II is USB-powered for PCs and Macs and 3.5mm stereo-compatible for PS4 and Xbox One.
Its closed-cup design helps with noise cancellation in gaming tournaments and other loud environments so players can obliterate the enemy in peace. HyperX Cloud II comes in three new colours — Gun Metal, Pink and Red — and is covered by a two-year warranty and free technical support.

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