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Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro Gaming Headset (KHX-H3CL/WR) Review

Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro Gaming Headset (KHX-H3CL/WR) Review

Kingston have been known for some time now as a manufacturer of high performance memory and with their HyperX brand have added some stylish modules to their range. In more recent times we have seen them branch out into SSDs and now they are taking another leap, this time with the release of a headset. The HyperX Cloud.

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The HyperX Cloud arrives in a reasonably large box which gives us a nice clear image of the product on the front. On the other sides are plenty of product details and then we find a second HyperX branded box inside.

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Inside the HyperX box the Cloud is wrapped in plastic and suspended in foam with some bundled items there too. Other items are boxed at the bottom of the packaging and our total list includes a mic, airplane adapter, 3.5mm to dual 3.5mm adapter (10cm for mobiles), extension cable (2m) and control pod (more on that later. Also included are two alternate ear pads (fabric) and a travel pouch.

The Cloud Pro Gaming Headset (KHX-H3CL/WR)

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The HyperX Cloud is a closed back stereo headset with closed back design. The arms and ear cups are aluminium and across the headband we find a leatherette cover with foam beneath. Each of the earcups tilt on the arm to fit our head and the arms can be extended by around 1 inch each.

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Each of the earcups arrives with a leatherette pad as standard and inside that are memory foam cushions. As well as the brushed aluminium finish on our headset we get a soft touch coating on some sections and the wires which take our audio signal from cup to cup are braided. Inside our drivers on this headset are 53mm and have a frequency response of 15-25000Hz with Sound Pressure Level of 98 +/- 3dB. Impedance is 60ohms and T.H.D. is rated for <2%. The Cloud has a power handling capacity of 150mW and ambient noise attenuation of approx. 20dBa.

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Our microphone is removable and connects to the left cup before extending out 15cm to a foam covered condenser (back electret) which features Cardioid polar pattern and pressure gradient operating principle. Its frequency response is 100-12000Hz and we have a nominal impedance of <2.2kOhm with THD of 2% at f=1kHz. Max SPL is 105dB and our microphone has a SPL of 105dB with output of -39 +/-3dB.

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The standard 1m cable connected to the left cup is 1meter in length, braided and ends in 2×3.5mm gold plated connectors. We can also plug in a control pod which adds in a volume dial and mic mute functionality to our setup. A multi-function button is also present and can either answer or hang up a call or pause/resume a song.

User Experience and Conclusion

Let’s get one issue out of the way first. In the current market, calling this headset “Cloud” is a bizarre marketing decision. “The Cloud” is so closely linked with online functionality/connectivity that it will leave consumers wondering what the headset has to do with online features. It has none and so just about any name would have been better, and there are many which would have been far better suited to a gaming headset.

Anyway… moving on to the build quality we have a product which feels robust. The brushed aluminium frame and cups feel solid and look good with the soft touch coating adding a nice contrast as well as grip. We love the inclusion of leatherette and fabric ear pads and the braided cable should add durability.

In terms of the bundle we couldn’t be happier. Every type of cable we could need is included and other than maybe having some controls on the ear-cups for when we are not using the pod most uses are catered for. Our only other design tweak would be to make the mic port cover connect to the headset in some way. As it is the cover is removed completely when the mic is plugged in and it is so small we would imagine many people will lose theirs.

Microphone Test:

For performance we have to start with the most disappointing aspect, the mic. It’s not a terrible mic but it doesn’t offer great quality. There are headsets with better quality out there however we do like that it is fully removable which means we can use a desktop mic or take the headset out and about without having the mic looking rubbish.

The headset itself does impress though. It is comfortable in longer gaming sessions and produces some detailed audio with plenty of bass (and volume). Aspects such as gunfire and stereo effects are very well created when gaming with voiceovers also clearly created. The sound profile of the headset is a little harsh on music, a common problem on gaming headsets, though it is passable here. On the plus side movie playback was a good experience, similar to the gaming performance.

Summary

A well-built headset which offers plenty of connectivity options as well as that travel pouch. Strong performance in gaming and movie audio with a very competitive price.

Value Award

Price: box.co.uk £69.99

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Stuart Davidson

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