I’ve spent a lot of time in the last couple of years reviewing gaming headsets. The majority of these headsets have at least been $100 and some even being above $200. Today though I’m talking about the HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset, one of the latest HyperX gaming headsets that retails for $50. Is this the best deal in gaming headsets or is there a reason for the low price tag? Well, I’ve spent the last two weeks testing the Cloud Stinger out and am ready to tell you what I found.
- Lightweight headset with 90-degree rotating ear cups provide a snug fit that conforms to your head
- 50mm directional drivers for audio precision — enjoy the full audioscape of your favorite games
- HyperX signature memory foam provides maximum comfort during extended use
- Adjustable steel slider for a solid, sturdy feel
- Intuitive volume control on headset ear cup
- Swivel-to-mute noise-cancellation microphone so you’ll always know when you’re muted
- Multi-platform compatibility
A lot of the higher end headsets I’ve reviewed in the past have pretty over the top designs. You want to show off the $100-$200 you spent right? Well HyperX took a different approach instead going for a very streamlined and clean design. The Cloud Stinger is a pure black headset with a red HyperX logo on the two headphone cans. Outside of that this is a pure black design and as a minimalist myself I love it. I’m now in my 30’s so trying to impress friends coming over with my gaming prowess just isn’t a thing anymore. But for a younger crowd I’m not sure the simplicity of the design will be as desirable.
This is an over the ear headset that uses a 3.5mm audio jack so the headset literally works with anything and everything that has a headphone jack. Sorry iPhone 7, 8 and X. There is a volume control on the side of the ear piece that makes it easy to adjust volume when needed. I also really appreciated the amount of padding that HyperX put on the headrest, it’s actually quite comfortable.
As I said at the top of my review I’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks testing out the HyperX Cloud Stinger. I’ve played games from all genres to really put the headphones through as much as I could get my hands on. There are three things I look for when reviewing a pair of headphones. Ease of use, comfort, and sound quality. Given that this uses a standard headphone jack, it can’t be easier to use the Cloud Stinger with any console or handheld that has a headphone jack. In terms of comfort, the Cloud Stinger is extremely lightweight coming in at 275 grams. I spent a ton of time over the past weekend while my wife was out of town using the Cloud Stinger and very rarely noticed that I had the headset on.
In terms of audio quality the Cloud Stinger is mixed bag. This is a stereo headset, so you’re not going to get any simulated surround sound but that’s not to say that the headset is bad it’s just not an audio powerhouse. What it is though, is insanely comfortable and provides a good mid-level sound that for the price is pretty great. I did find some distortion towards higher audio levels and heavy bass, but those were the exceptions not the rules. The major fallback to the headphones is the swivel microphone. I tested out my audio over Xbox Live and Playstation Network with a couple of friends and had them compare my audio coming from the Cloud Stinger and the included headsets with the two consoles. Sadly for both consoles the unknowing test subjects did not see a discernible difference in microphone quality, which is to say I was coming through but not always super clear.
When you take into account that the retail price for the HyperX Cloud Stinger is only $50, this is quite the headset. It packs good audio quality, a nice design with good build, and an overall package that I quite liked. Is it the best audio on the market? No, but for the price you’d be hard pressed to find a better gaming headset for the price.
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