Players who often follow the gaming headsets of major brands must have some understanding of the HyperX Cloud II gaming headset. This headset is considered a classic of the HyperX audio series. Relying on excellent sound quality and comfort, the sales were brilliant and a number of fans were harvested. However, the times are changing, and game players gradually have more demands. In the past two years, wireless headsets have become the mainstream. HyperX has also upgraded this HyperX Cloud II wireless gaming headset, the main feature is a more unrestrained immersive gaming experience. So whether this headset can continue its previous glory and take it to the next level, let’s experience it together.
External packaging design
The outer packaging of the headphone adopts a color box design, and the overall color is still the red and white collocation commonly used by HyperX. The passionate color is very recognizable. On the front is the display picture of the headset, the brand model, the main feature function display and the compatible platform type.
On the back of the box is an introduction to other features in multiple languages. Users can get a general understanding of the appearance, functions and main product features of the headset through the outer packaging.
Open the outer packaging, you can see that the headphone are fixed in the custom blow-molded inner packaging box, neat and orderly, and the protection performance is excellent, basically there is no need to worry about bumps and friction during express transportation.
In terms of HyperX Cloud II headset accessories, in addition to the headset, there are also user manuals, warranty cards, instructions, detachable microphone + sponge cover, 2.4GHz wireless receiver and USB-C cable. From the accessories point of view, this headset is not equipped with a 3.5mm interface and related wires.
The overall color of the HyperX Cloud II is the iconic black and red color, the head beam and ear pads are dark black leather, and the surface of the other parts is all finely frosted. The appearance of the headphone is closer to the type of esports competition headphone. The overall shape is round and heavy, without adding too many decorative elements, and looks simple and comfortable. The actual measurement does not include a microphone and weighs 305g, the wireless connection mode is 2.4GHz, the receiving range is 20m, the frequency response range is 15Hz-20kHz, and the impedance is 60Ω. Compatible with multiple platforms and devices such as PC, PS4 and Switch. From the parameter analysis, this kind of high impedance headset is not suitable for mobile phone driving. It is estimated that the manufacturer has cancelled the 3.5mm interface because of this.
The entire head beam of the HyperX Cloud II headset is wrapped in black leather, and the product LOGO is engraved on the outside of the head beam.
The inner side of the head beam is designed with a black leather-wrapped sponge, which is soft, and the seaming is even and neat. This design is really not pretty in terms of visual effects, but it is really comfortable to wear on the head.
The head beam of HyperX Cloud II wireless gaming headset is wrapped with a metal structure, which greatly improves the overall strength, which can be said to be soft on the outside and rigid on the inside. The L/R logo of the headset is located inside the head beam. The size of the head beam can be adjusted according to user needs, the damping coefficient is medium, and there is a clear feedback sound when adjusting.
The shell of the earmuffs is designed with metal and plastic interspersed. The surface layer is finely frosted, which is comfortable to the touch and has good anti-fingerprint ability. The shell is printed with a simple pattern LOGO, with a streamlined aluminum alloy connecting rod, the overall shape of the headset looks Round and plump.
The ear pads of HyperX Cloud II is made of soft leather-wrapped memory foam, which is softer. This leather surface is convenient for daily care, but I still hope that the manufacturer can provide a set of mesh earmuffs later.
After removing the ear pads, you can see that there is a layer of black sponge inside. The HyperX Cloud II wireless gaming headset is equipped with a 53mm large neodymium magnet drive unit, with a customizable virtual 7.1 surround sound function, which is powerful. It can guarantee excellent sound quality and provide a more immersive gaming experience.
The connection method of HyperX Cloud II is 2.4GHz wireless connection, and the charging port is the mainstream Type-C interface. Common functions such as volume adjustment, microphone mute and virtual 7.1 surround sound switch are integrated on the earmuffs. Plug the receiver into the PC and other platform equipment, long press the headset power button and see the green light on to automatically connect, which is very convenient. Regarding the 7.1 channel adjustment, short press the power button to turn on the 7.1 channel when the power is on, and the feedback sound will sound twice; short press again to switch back to the two channels, and the feedback sound will sound once. The power button and the microphone mute button are concave and convex, and the volume wheel has a knurled design. The difference in tactile feedback is obvious, and there is no pressure for one-handed blind operation.
The headset microphone is a detachable two-way noise-cancelling microphone, allowing users to maintain clear communication in a noisy environment. The measured noise suppression effect is indeed excellent, and the call is clear and no noise and no noise. Moreover, it is recommended that users use it with a spray-proof sponge cover, which does have a very obvious explosion-proof sound-breaking effect. There is a light indicator ring on the microphone, which turns into red light in the mute state, and intuitive feedback of the current working status.
Wearing comfort can be regarded as one of the characteristic advantages of HyperX. As an old user of HyperX, I am not worried about any problems in this part. The wide head beam wrapped sponge effectively increases the contact area of the top part of the head, the fully wrapped earmuffs are comfortable to wear, and the sound insulation effect is also good. The tightness is moderate, suitable for users to use for a long time.
You can download the HyperX NGENUITY headset driver software from the official website. The software automatically recognizes the connected headset, and the setting interface is very simple. Through the software, you can intuitively see the current remaining power of the headset, manually adjust the volume of the headset and microphone, one-key mute, and switch 7.1 surround sound and microphone echo functions, which is convenient and quick.
For the music test, I used the live version of “Hotel California”. The actual test results have clear and natural sound without noise, with a slightly colder tone, excellent resolution, complete sound details, and clear layers. After the 7.1 surround sound is turned on, the on-site effect is significantly enhanced, with whistles and cheers far and near, which completely reflects the live atmosphere of the concert. The enhancement of the sense of space does not lose the sound quality details after turning on 7.1 channels.
In the game test part, I used “PUBG”, and FPS games are still the most suitable for testing the performance of gaming headsets. With the excellent quality of the headset 53mm large-size unit, with 7.1 channel effects, the realistic environmental sound effects can instantly bring users into the exciting battlefield environment. The difference between “PUBG” and “CS:GO” is that most of the battle space is wider. At this time, who can accurately determine the opponent’s position through the sound of gunfire can get the chance to win. Although I think my eyesight is pretty good, for this kind of weedy and empty scene, sound localization is really much more efficient than using my eyes to find the enemy.
Regarding the battery life that most wireless headset users are most concerned about, the official claims that the battery life is up to 30 hours. I tested it continuously for a period of time, and the measured battery life complies with the official introduction. Ordinary users who use it for four or five hours a day are enough to charge it once a week, and this Type-C interface is also very convenient.
Finally, I have to talk about what I think is not satisfactory. The color matching is currently only available in black and red, and I hope that the color matching can be more abundant later. Then, as a mid-to-high-end flagship headset, the accessories are slightly simpler. It would be better if it could be equipped with a carrying case and mesh ear pads.
But on the whole, the HyperX Cloud II wireless 7.1-channel gaming headset, as the flagship product of the HyperX brand in 2021, has made a lot of effort in all aspects. The appearance of the headset is simple and generous, and the materials used are solid and reliable. And to comply with user needs, while ensuring excellent sound quality and comfort, the wireless connection function is upgraded, and the wearing and gaming experience is more free and comfortable. Interested friends can pay attention to it. For details not mentioned in the article, you can also leave a message in the comment area to discuss.