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Hardware Review: HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset

Amazing how times flies! It just seems like the other day that I received my HyperX Cloud Alpha headset, but I also don’t know what my gaming and music experience would be like without it.

If you haven’t had the chance to see what this amazing headset looks like, check out my unboxing article here: Hardware Unboxing: HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset

When it comes to multiplayer gaming, whether for PC or console, a headset is a basic necessity…. unless you want all your household to hear all the not so PG things that your opponent have to say in response to you fragging them. Even more, clear communication with your team is important. Headsets provide a proper headphone/mic combination, that counteracts the feedback that would destroy audible speech if you were simply using standard speakers or television audio output. Hence where the team at HyperX steps in.

HyperX has a large collection of headsets on the market (all which are collectively named with Cloud in their names), which have left a successful mark in the crowded hyper-competitive PC gaming headsets market. A few of the ones to stand out as of late is the Cloud Revolver and Cloud Stinger. Not wanting to just be the middle man in the market, Hyper X went back to the drawing board and developed their newest model, the Cloud Alpha. This headset was designed from scratch, made to not just improve upon the last Cloud model, but to address major concerns from previous headsets and to deliver the best gaming headset on the market. They ensured to make dramatic design changes to address user comfort, and to add features regarding the separation of the bass and mid-range/upper frequencies to give users a different sound experience that has not been found within any other headset to date.

Being as I have only really had the generic, low cost headphones for use with my online gaming needs and for when I am playing on my PC and need to listen to some tunes, the Cloud Alpha was a 210% improvement for my entertainment needs.

 

Some of the best features that make the Cloud Alpha stand out among the crowd for me is:

  • the ergonomic softness of the ear pads over the headset speakers (it’s like a pair of pillows around your ear) which accounts for the need for comfort (because you could be wearing them for a extended amount of time) and also to assist in the noise cancelling capabilities.
  • the addition of the PC extension cable to allow for the headset to be plugged to PCs that either have single plug for audio/mic or the two plugs for each input. This is an accessory that is not usually provided with other headsets on the market.
  • the adaptability for it to be used on all devices that have a audio port. I tested the headset on my PC, PS3, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch and iPhone and found that each one allowed for a crisp and defined sound and no detectable static. I have found with other headphone/headsets that there is more static that is noticeable on a mobile device than on a console, but with the Cloud Alpha there was nothing but pure audio.
  • the removable mic. I don’t always need to be able to talk during a game, or even more when I am just jamming to some tunes, how annoying it is to have a mic in your face. Besides, if you are using the headset for your mobile and are walking down the street — how weird do you look if you got a mic dangling by your cheek. It makes the headset more adaptable for each individual users needs.
  • the braided cable is more sturdy and durable (this is handy if you are rough with your cables).

I highly recommend the Hyper X Cloud Alpha for anyone who is looking for a good quality headset that will provide good sound, while also being comfortable to use.

The headset is available for purchase now at local Staples, or follow the link below and order directly from Amazon:

Staples Website: https://www.staples.ca/en/HyperX-Cloud-Alpha-Pro-Gaming-Headset-for-PC-PS4-Xbox-One-Nintendo-Switch-HX-HSCA-RD-AM/product_2797830_1-CA_1_20001?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6-371ff41wIVicVkCh2KoQdDEAAYASAAEgIyLPD_BwE

CDN$ 147.03

HyperX Cloud Alpha Headset Specs:

  • Driver: Custom dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
  • Type: Circumaurel, closed back
  • Frequency Response: 13Hz-27,00Hz
  • Impedance: 65ohms
  • Sound Pressure Level: 98dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
  • T.H.D.: < 1%
  • Weight with mic & cable: 336g
  • Cable Length and type: Detachable headset cable (1.3m) + PC extension cable (2m)
  • Connection: Detachable headset cable – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + PC extension cable – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs

Microphone Specs:

  • Element: Electret condenser microphone
  • Polar pattern: Noise-cancelling
  • Frequency response: 50Hz-18,00Hz
  • Sensitivity:  -43dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1 kHz)

HyperX Website: https://www.hyperxgaming.com/en/headsets/cloud-alpha-pro-gaming-headset

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