Sometime back I had reviewed the HyperX Cloud Core and were totally impressed with the gaming headset. That experience made HyperX made by Kingston Technology a recommended name for me to anyone looking for gaming peripherals. In case you don’t know, HyperX product line up ranges from internal components like RAMs, SSD and plunges into the Headsets tuned in for gaming tribe.
What I have here at my review station is the CloudX Pro specially packaged for Xbox users. The bright green paint on the box makes it clear about it along with the Xbox branding. Of course, it can also be used with any windows machine for gameplay. The CloudX pro is an official licensed headset for Xbox certified by Microsoft, so if you have an Xbox this is what you should pick without worrying about the compatibility. Actual physical controls are almost not there unless you plug into the Xbox headset adapter, which will give you a few more buttons.
Before we dig further, here is the complete specs of the headset, if it would interest you or you can skip and go further down.
- Driver: Dynamic, 53mm with neodymium magnets
- Type: Circumaural, Closed back
- Frequency Response: 15Hz–25,000 Hz
- Impedance: 60 Ω
- Sound pressure level: 98dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
- T.H.D.: < 2%
- Input power: Rated 150mW, Maximum 300mW
- Weight: 309g
- Weight w/ mic: 322g
- Cable length and type: Headset (1.3m) + PC extension cable (2m)
- Connection: Headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + PC extension cable – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs
- Element: Electret condenser microphone
- Polar pattern: Uni-directional, Noise-canceling
- Frequency Response: 50Hz-18,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: -39dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
The CloudX comes in a neat, sturdy package blazing the Xbox green.
Inside the box and in a secured foam padding you find this hard case. Just a look at the inside packaging and the hard case assures you of the quality you can expect from this headset. After all, the first impression matters.
Unzip the hard case, everything is placed neatly.
What comes inside the shell?
- Interchangeable ear cups
- 2M PC extension cable
- Detachable MIC
I generally prefer the leatherette ear cups but a second cloth ear cup cover is a good addition for those who would like them. To change, you simply pull around the edges of the cup gently to remove them, to put the other set of cup make sure it fits into the groove and placed correctly. At first time, you might struggle a bit, but once you know how to go about the business, its a piece of cake.
When not in use, the MIC can be tucked in the shell case via a hook and loop strap.
The design DNA is strikingly similar to the Cloud Core but with a dash of oxidized silver frame and in place of the all-black affair of the core. Also the band gets a white threading replacing the red job in the Core. The matte finish matches the Xbox One Elite controller perfectly.
The build quality is top notch. The frame is sturdy, the band comfortable and the over all look is very self-assuring. The wires are braided and are very durable. The braided wire also has in-line mic mute and volume controls, which are easy to access and use.
For PC gamers who want split inputs for headphones and microphone, there’s no worries. HyperX includes an adapter in the box to do just this. It’s 2m long, too, which will be pleasing to hear since few PC gamers sit as close to their box as you would to an Xbox controller.The main cable is non removable.
The aluminum frame is light, but also touch and the headset is extremely comfortable to wear for long hours of gaming and doesn’t weigh down.
The ‘gooseneck’ flexible MIC can be positioned the way you want to. The microphone works good for gaming, the game chats and online calls quality is pretty good. Even otherwise to listen music it fares decently well with good base. It is not a surrround sound headset but then the pricing is lesser than those supported headsets too. Over all, on stereo mode it delivers good audio with good mids, lows and highs.
HyperX CloudX wins over with the design which gives you a sense of reliability as well as not over the board ludicrous looking. The subtle looks has a strong presence and it also delivers good audio and makes for a good Xbox companion as well for your PC gaming.