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Never miss a beat with HyperX’s Cloud Alpha S Gaming Headset at all-time low of $90

Update 7/5 @ 10:20 AM: The price has dropped to $89.99 in Blue, returning to the all-time low price.

Amazon is offering the HyperX Cloud Alpha S Gaming Headset for $99.99 shipped. Typically going for $130, today’s 23% savings are a match for the 2nd best price we’ve ever tracked, falling $10 shy of the all-time low. Building off the popular Cloud Alpha headset, these headphones bring dual-chamber 50mm drivers that tune each audio range individually, for a clean, intelligent soundscape. Although, you can also take control of your audio balance manually through the on-unit controls, upping the bass, or favoring in-game noise to chat functions and vice versa. The faux-leather aluminum build is complete with a detachable noise-cancelling microphone and braided cable for easy travel. Rated 4.6/5 stars from over 10,000 customers. Head below for more.

If you don’t mind nixing the over-ear fit, Razer’s Kraken X Ultralight gaming headset is only $36. Backed by customer-tuned 40mm drivers, you’ll find 7.1 Surround Sound here with on-ear controls for immersive gameplay. Touted as the “lightest Kraken headset ever at 250 grams”, these headphones are built for easy, long-term wear – perfect for the eSports pro or up-and-coming Twitch streamer. Rated 4.4/5 stars from over 16,000 gamers.

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HyperX Cloud Alpha S Headset features:

Cloud Alpha S features custom-tuned HyperX virtual 7.1 surround sound delivered through its advanced USB audio control box. Bass adjustment sliders have been added to the ear cups so you can fine-tune the bass level of your audio. You can adjust the audio volume, mic volume, mute the mic, and activate 7.1 and now even adjust the game audio/chat balance on the audio control box. The Cloud Alpha S still features the revolutionary dual-chamber driver system which reduces distortion and provides clearer sound, as well as the signature HyperX comfort afforded by the memory foam ear cushions and extra breathable leatherette.

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HyperX Cloud II vs SteelSeries Arctis 5

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SteelSeries Arctis 5


31 facts in comparison

HyperX Cloud II

SteelSeries Arctis 5

Why is HyperX Cloud II better than SteelSeries Arctis 5?

  • 3000Hz higher high-frequency?
  • 5Hz lower low-frequency?
  • 13mm bigger driver unit?
  • 8000Hz higher microphone frequency?
  • 9dBV/Pa higher microphone sensitivity?
  • 50Hz lower microphone frequency?
  • 1 more years under manufacturer's warranty?
  • Has a removable microphone?

Why is SteelSeries Arctis 5 better than HyperX Cloud II?

  • 28 Ohms lower impedance?
    32 Ohmsvs60 Ohms
  • Supports Dolby Digital?
  • Has a detachable cable?
  • Control panel placed on a device?
  • 2m longer cable?
  • Has RGB lighting?

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Build quality

Sound quality

Microphone quality




Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

Comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.

With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.

RGB lighting allows you to choose between millions of colors and customize the look of your PC components.

A straight plug is better when the jack is on the top or bottom of your player.

Sound quality

The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.

Impedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.

Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.

This type of device allows you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Ideal for plane rides and morning commutes.


These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.

It's the 'loudness' of the sound that the microphone can pick up.

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.


A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.

You can use your headset for in-game voice chat, private chat, audio for video chat, and in-game voice recognition using Xbox services.


The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.

A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for apps that require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones, etc.

When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.

There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

There is a control panel on the cable, so you can easily operate the device without having to interact with it.

The device comes with its own special case or pouch, which is useful for safe transportation.


If the device supports Dolby Digital it can deliver up to six different audio channels (sides) for a much better sound quality.

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SteelSeries Arctis 5 vs HyperX Cloud II and Cloud Alpha

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This article is super long and in-depth. If you get tired and just want my recommendations, scroll to the end.

  • Overview and Main Differences

  • Headphone Audio Quality

  • Microphone Audio Quality

  • Comfort and Build Quality

  • Verdict

Overview and Differences

The Steelseries Arctis 5, HyperX Cloud II, and HyperX Cloud Alpha are all wired headsets. Here is an overview of each:

SteelSeries Arctis 5

The SteelSeries Arctis 5 can be used via USB or with a 3.5 mm headphone port. It also comes with a game/chat volume mixer when you're using it in USB mode on PC or Mac. 

You can set different sound sources such as Discord or your game as either “Arctis 5 Game” or “Arctis 5 Chat” and adjust the volume so one doesn't overpower the other.

The Arctis 5 uses a detachable proprietary cable. You can connect it to either the 3.5 mm 4-pole adapter or the USB-A game/chat mixer using this cable. There's a standard 3.5 cable port on the headset itself if you have your own wire you want to use.

The Arctis 5 has RGB lighting that can be customized in the SteelSeries Engine software. That software also allows for deep customization of the sound profile and virtual surround sound.

The build is plastic and it has a material that feels a bit like cloth for the padding. It has a ski goggle headband. On the headset is a retractable mic, a mic mute button, and headphone volume slider.

I bought my SteelSeries Arctis 5 for $90. To see its current pricing, click the Amazon link.

HyperX Cloud II

The HyperX Cloud II has a non-detachable 3.5mm cable. The microphone is detachable.

It has a USB sound controller that you can plug the cable into for adjusting the mic and headphone volume, but these are done through your system's settings. So increasing the headphone volume increases the volume of Windows itself.

There's a mic mute slider on the side of the controller and a 7.1 virtual surround sound button. 

The headset frame is made mostly of aluminum. The material of the padding is fake leather and it's really comfortable.

I bought my HyperX Cloud II for $92. Click the Amazon link to see its current pricing.

HyperX Cloud Alpha

The Cloud Alpha is HyperX's attempt to improve on the Cloud II.

There's no USB option and no virtual surround sound, but there's a detachable 3.5mm cable, detachable mic, and it comes with a splitter.

It still is made mostly of aluminum. The faux leather padding is harder than the Cloud II which makes it lose points in comfort.

In-line controls adjust the headphone gain, and there's a mic mute switch. 

Currently, there's no software app for the Cloud II or Cloud Alpha. There is for the Alpha S - HyperX NGENUITY.

If you’re using a laptop, the USB connection on the Alpha S might be ideal. The mic from the Alpha using the 3.5mm cable wasn’t detected on my laptop.

I bought my HyperX Cloud Alpha for $85. Click the Amazon link to see its current pricing.

Headphone Audio Quality

In this section I’ll be covering:

  • Clarity and detail

  • Sound profile

  • Software and EQ potential

  • Virtual surround sound (Arctis 5 and Cloud II)

Clarity and detail

The Cloud Alpha is the clearest of these three headsets, followed by the Cloud II and Arctis 5 which are about tied. When there are lot of sounds of different volumes and frequencies, the Alpha gives the most separation between them.

The Cloud II and Arctis 5 are also exceptional in terms of detail for headsets of this price range. They’re about even. The Cloud 2 definitely gets louder than the Arctis 5 and Alpha. Tracking an enemy’s position is excellent on all three of these devices. A bigger distinction between these is their sound profile.

Sound profile

Cloud II

The Cloud II’s frequency reponse curve is the best tailored for FPS games. The bass is pretty weak without any EQ adjustments, but it’s just enough to feel out the humming of supply crates and the proximity of helicopters.

Most importantly, in the upper midrange frequencies and the highs there is a huge spike. This completely throws music out of wack, and it makes certain sound effects obnoxiously loud. But among those sound are ones very important for FPS games like Call of Duty.

Footsteps are the loudest and stand out the most in the Cloud II over all the devices I've tested. If someone is running around upstairs two houses away, you can hear it. When glass shatters across the street while you’re camping in the bathroom, it’s loud and clear.

Cloud Alpha

The Cloud Alpha sounds much more natural than the Cloud II.

The bass is not that strong, but it has more power than most of the competing headsets out. I enjoy this for single player game experiences where I want some immersion.

The mids and highs have more detail than the Cloud II and Arctis 5, and they sound more natural than the Cloud II. The highs don't get too harsh and piercing.

It’s not as tuned for FPS games, but for multiple use cases such as casual gaming, music, and video editing, the Cloud Alpha is my recommendation.

Arctis 5

Call of Duty: Warzone with the Arctis 5.

The SteelSeries Arctis 5 has very balanced mids and highs. There's no unnatural spikes like the Cloud II that I could hear at least.

This means your ears won't hurt when someone shoots off your armor or someone breaks the window right next to you. You also won't have to turn the volume down when using boosters in racing games.

The weakness of the Arctis 5 for me is the bass. It's just not there. You can give it a little with the EQ adjustment slider in SteelSeries Engine, but it won't be as deep or natural as the Cloud II and Alpha. Especially if you use third party EQ software with those, the Arctis 5 just can't match it.

This is important to me not just for immersion and music, but tactically. In Warzone there are loot crates and they make a very distinct sound. Here’s a clip so you know what I mean.

There's a higher pitched kind of jingling and then there's the lower frequency humming. Both get louder when you get closer, but when you have really weak bass in your headset, you can't really feel the latter so when there's a lot of other mid and high sounds like gunfire and footsteps all around it might take a few seconds longer to find it.

The same applies for feeling how close helicopters are or in racing games, how close a car is to your rear or side without changing the camera.

Headphone Audio Quality Bottom Line

The Cloud II is better for FPS games, the Cloud Alpha is better for everything else, but if you hate bass, and want natural mids and highs that have good detail, then the Arctis 5 is probably the headset sound you're looking for. 

Software and equalizer potential

On console, equalizer software is a no-go. So the out the box sound that I detailed above is what you’re going to get on PS4, PS5, and Xbox. On PC, the SteelSeries Arctis 5 has companion software that you can download separately from the company’s website called SteelSeries Engine.

The Cloud II and Cloud Alpha do not have companion software, but if your sound card has an equalizer you can use that. Alternatively, you can download a free EQ program like Equalizer APO.

SteelSeries Engine

In SteelSeries Engine, you get 5-band EQ adjustments, you can change the volume of the mic, add noise reduction to it, and activate mic monitoring (sidetone).

One of my favorite features is the dynamic range compression. This decreases the distance of the volume between the loudest and softest sounds.

Basically, the louder sounds get a bit quieter and quiet sounds get louder to normalize things. This makes it so explosions won't sound too much louder than footsteps on the roof for instance.

Arctis 5 DTS Headphone:X V2 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound

SteelSeries Engine also grants access to DTS Headphone:X 2.0 surround sound. Tactically, this does NOT actually provide any advantages, but for immersive purposes it's pretty cool.

It seems to make everything sound more full. The only way I can really describe it is like if you were playing a piano and you play like C5. You can also play C4 and C6 with it and it just fills it out. This obviously makes music sound a bit off with tones that shouldn’t be there.

Honestly, I don't know exactly what filters they're adding with the surround sound, but things sound a bit fuller and it’s like objects are closer. But it's not jarring and tinny like how HyperX and Razer do theirs.

With surround sound on in SteelSeries Engine, you can also add further bass enhancement which actually sounds pretty cool. But again it's not going tomatch what the Cloud II or Cloud Alpha can do with a third party EQ. There's some other effects like making the audio sound like it’s in a theater or closer and closed off.

Cloud II and Alpha with third party EQ software

The software I use for the Cloud II and Cloud Alpha is Equalizer APO (PEACE). I’m not honestly a fan of the interface or the way it kind of hijacks your audio sources, but until HyperX releases equalizer software, I had to make due.

I prefer similar settings on both of these headsets for immersive games or listening to music: boost the bass and drop the highs a bit so they’re not as shrill. With EQ, these blow the Arctis 5 out of the water for music and single player games.

I think they’re tuned about as well as they can be out the box for FPS, but if you disagree, these devices can withstands boosts to the low and high end quite a bit before distorting.

Cloud II Virtual Surround Sound

As I’ve mentioned in other comparisons, the Cloud II’s virtual surround sound button completely destroys the audio. Everything sounds hollow and echoey. If still you like that sort of thing, then know that it works on PC but to get it to function on PS4, you need to update the firmware.

Microphone Audio Quality

Headset mics generally aren’t of very high quality, but their saving grace is their convenience and background noise rejection. These are no exception - the clarity can’t match up to even a cheap USB mic. Alas, here is sample audio from all 3 mics.

The Steelseries Arctis 5 has the best sounding mic. The Alpha is next, then the Cloud II.

The Cloud 2's mic sounds like a low bitrate recording coming from inside a closet. It's not really the mic itself though; the USB sound controller degrades the mic quality. 

I can prove that because the Cloud Alpha also sounds worse when used like this. And when you use the Cloud 2 with a splitter, it's passable.

The Cloud Alpha does not sound as muffled, and the tone is a lot more natural, keeping a bit more of the low end.

The problem with the Alpha is since there's no USB controller, it doesn't suffer from the Cloud II's compression but the amount of electronic noise you hear is going to be dependent on your motherboard.

And for mine, which is an MSI X570, it's pretty loud. Increasing the mic volume in the system settings only makes things worse. So, the Alpha has a good mic but it’s only as good as the sound card on your motherboard is.

The Steelseries Arctis 5 sounds good (for a headset) and it’s loud out the box with minimal noise. It sounds better with USB and without a splitter which is the opposite of my experience using HyperX and Razer headsets.

The USB game/chat mixer must have a good amp inside. The mic itself doesn't have as much background noise rejection as the Cloud 2 or Alpha, but you can apply a filter in the SteelSeries Engine software which works very well.

Easy win for the Arctis 5 mic.

Build Quality

The Cloud II and Cloud Alpha are both made of mostly aluminum and have faux leather earcups. Very sturdy, but still good flex. The adjustment frames don’t get super long, but they’re adequate.

They're both pretty soft, but the Cloud II's is softer and it has less clamping force making it still the most comfortable headset I've worn. The Alpha is still in the higher end of comfort, but not quite there. 

I personally don't find the Cloud II's controls very convenient to access. You can clip the controller to your shirt, but it’s still in an awkward position and you’ll have to look down a lot.

I like the Cloud Alpha's physical gain slider better, but again it’s not the easiest to reach and find quickly.

The Arctis 5 is made of plastic and the headband feels both thin and brittle. I've read a lot of horror stories of these things snapping, so if you're looking for a sturdy build, I'd keep looking.

As for comfort, the earcups do swivel, but the material is made of a sort of cloth. I don't find it very soft and I always "feel" like I have something on my ears that shouldn't be there. There is no adjustment frame, and adjustment of the ski band is also a bit cumbersome to adjust really quickly in a game.

The volume slider on the earcup is easy to reach, but it has almost no friction at all, so just picking it up or having it brush against your shoulder can easily drop the volume to zero or max it out accidentally.

When using the USB digital to analog converter, both wires combine to be excessively long, and the game-chat slider is useful but also lacks resistance, so you can move it accidentally as well.

Overall, the Cloud II and Alpha easily beat out the Arctis 5 in terms of comfort and build quality. The Cloud II wins overall because the cushions are crazy soft and I can use these for 5+ hours and not even feel them.

Even though the Arctis 5's physical controls aren't the best quality, the gain slider and game chat mix do make it more convenient to use than the Cloud II and Cloud Alpha.



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HyperX KHX-HSCP-RD Cloud II Gaming Headset - Red/Black

A Seriously Fantastic Headset

Great, quality product. I'm very impressed with every aspect of this headset. The mic quality and sound quality are incredible, especially when you enable the 7.1 surround sound. It's super comfortable to wear and can be worn for endless hours without discomfort! Easy to set up and assemble. I do have a few complaints but they are so minor that I would not take away from a 5-star rating on this product. Cons: It's weird the mic can be disconnected. I can understand why that's an option for those that don't want a mic in front of their face especially if they don't need one. But the fact you have to "assemble" the headset out of the box I think is odd. I'm also curious for people who constantly detach and reattach the mic if it wears out or doesn't fit as well in the slot. The cord is also SUPER long. It's probably great for people who have their computer more than a couple of feet away, but for me, the cord is way too long and it always seems to end up in my way. They do give you this clip on the cord so you can clip the cord to your mousepad or shirt but I find that to also be a nuisance. Sometimes I get up to go grab a drink or use the bathroom and forget my headset is clipped to my shirt and I yank it off the desk. The "7.1 surround sound" button is honestly just a gimmick in my opinion. Its great surround sound but not better or worse than any other headset around the same price point. In fact, I think the sound quality is only marginally better than a $20 Logitech headset I had prior to this one. The fact there is a button to enable or disable it is a useless feature in my opinion. Who wouldn't want the best sound quality all the time?!?! The last con I have, which is completely my personal preference, is the side the cord comes out on. My computer is to my right so the cord has to go over my body to plug into the computer. I didn't even think about this since my last headset had the cord coming out of the right ear so it was never an issue. It's not the fault of the product what-so-ever but it is something to think about and consider that I wanted to note to anyone considering purchasing this product! Again, all of the cons are specific to me so don't let them steer you away from this headset if they aren't applicable or a deal-breaker for you. This is seriously a great headset for the price and will be everything you ever wanted and more. Read full review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset review

If you’re in the world of PC gaming, there’s a relatively high chance you’ve seen people talking about the HyperX Cloud Alpha on forums or other sites. That’s for good reason: it’s a rockstar of a headset under $100. But how good is it?

Editor’s note: this HyperX Cloud Alpha review was updated on July 22, 2021 to include a link to our explainer on the PlayStation 5 3D audio feature, and to include an entry for the Razer Barracuda X in the alternative recommendations.

Who is the HyperX Cloud Alpha for?

At home in front of a PC or console, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is the no-frills champion of the sub-$100 bracket.

  • Gamers have long enjoyed the HyperX gaming headsets because they offer relatively high quality for a low price. Additionally, the no-frills experience keeps unwanted complications out of gaming sessions.
  • Work-at-home warriors will appreciate having a headset with a decent mic and comfortable padding to facilitate conference calls.

What is the HyperX Cloud Alpha like to use?

In short, the HyperX Cloud Alpha was designed from the very beginning with durability and comfort in mind. The band and forks are solid metal, and each movable part of the headset is protected by robust joints, or thick padding. The earcups themselves are made of a thick plastic encircling a metal backing, and they use a super thick ear pad to seal to your head.

From the moment you take it out of the box, to the moment you hurl it across the room after your squadmates screw up for the thousandth time, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is probably one of the most durable headsets on the market. If you somehow damage the cables or microphone, both can be removed from the headset and replaced for a pittance instead of having to replace the whole unit. While I sound like a broken record saying it, being able to fix your headset is the most important durability feature to have.

A super-thick band padding helps distribute the weight of the HyperX Cloud Alpha quite well.

When you start using the HyperX Cloud Alpha, you’ll notice that it creates a very good seal against your head after adjusting the band, which is important for two reasons:

  1. A good seal means your headset won’t jostle around if you move, or slide down your head as the sweat builds
  2. If you want to block out noise from around you, a good seal is imperative for isolation

It’s a given that you want solid isolation if you’re a gamer or work at home while the world around you is pretty loud, but ear pads this deep and soft are an unfortunate rarity. I wish more headphones followed this example, because it would do wonders for ears of all sizes.

Super deep leatherette ear pads allow for extreme comfort, great isolation.

About one third of the way down the included cable is a remote that houses a microphone mute switch, and a volume wheel. It’s definitely convenient to be able to adjust your master volume without changing your computer’s settings when you move back and forth between programs. If you’re a parent or teen, being able to mute the mic when your family members walk in the room is also a good way to avoid the embarrassment of your Discord server hearing your home life.

How do you connect the HyperX Cloud Alpha?

Two 3.5mm jacks allow for cable, microphone replacement.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha can connect to just about anything with a 3.5mm headphone jack. There are no fancy software bells and whistles necessary, this is just another plug-n-play headset without any complications.

How does the HyperX Cloud Alpha sound?

I’ve enjoyed my time with the HyperX Cloud Alpha, and I can understand why this headset is so beloved by the online community. It sounds great, and provides really good isolation from the world around you. Sure, it’s not the highest of the high-end gaming headsets, but it offers a known quantity and it’s pretty good.

The in-line remote allows you to adjust volume on the fly, mute your microphone.

First things first, this gaming headset is incredible for blocking outside sound. That’s an enormous advantage not only because it means common household noise won’t make its way into your game (and therefore adversely affecting sound quality), but also because it means you won’t have to worry about cooking your ears prematurely. The cherry on top of a headset that isolates well is that you won’t wake anyone else up with noise leaking out of the ear cups. On more than one occasion, I used the Cloud Alpha sans microphone with my Switch with my wife sleeping soundly next to me.

It won’t mute a train going by, but this is one of the best-isolating headsets we’ve tested by a country mile. To do better, you’d need active noise cancellation.

Even though it’s not a lot, the HyperX Cloud Alpha’s isolation between 200 and 1000Hz is uncommonly good for a gaming headset.

Now that we’ve established that you’re not likely to have outside interference in your tunes, let’s talk about sound quality. Because the isolation is so good, you won’t have to worry about destructive interference or auditory masking preventing you from hearing small details in music. However, the actual performance of the speaker elements in the HyperX Cloud Alpha also allow your music and games to really shine.

A frequency response this close to 0dB deviation is highly prized in the mixing and audiophile worlds—for good reason.

With the exception of a dip at 4kHz, the frequency response of the product doesn’t alter the signal sent by your console or computer that much, meaning the sound will be very similar to how it was originally mixed. The advantage of this kind of response is that little details won’t get lost as often, and music will sound much “clearer” than you might be used to. It’s why studio headphones will typically aim for this type of sound.

Bass, mids

Low notes aren’t going to rattle your skull, and there won’t be a lot of boomy echoes to deal with. That may not be what you’re looking for, but this type of sound means you won’t lose quiet sounds in the low end, like heavy footsteps behind you. When you switch to music, you’ll be able to hear vocals and synths in a good balance of loudness, and you’ll be able to hear the qualities inherent to the instruments, like the distortion added to the low synth in Childish Gambino’s Sober.


The most interesting feature of the chart above is that dip at 4kHz. While it may seem out of place, it’s not an uncommon way to sidestep some issues that many consumers have with headphones. Namely, it takes the edge off of loud sibilant sounds like f, s, sh sounds, cymbals, and ringing. Additionally, some listeners experience some resonances and echoes in this range depending on their ear canals, so some manufacturers will also downplay this narrow band to avoid it.

While this is a smart way to go, you may notice some atmosphere effects in your games to sound a little off, but it’s really such a minor thing that you won’t notice it until someone points it out. You might notice it in a track like Pink Floyd’s Us and Themwhen the echoes of the guitar don’t last as long as they might otherwise. Like I said, super minor detail.

Is the microphone good for gaming?

The microphone is a little wonky, but otherwise it’s intelligently-tailored to the demands of voice chat. If you have a very deep voice, you may find that it makes you sound a bit different over voice clients like Discord. However, the vast majority of people won’t have the same problems that I had with it. You’ll notice that it slightly emphasizes notes that help people understand what you’re saying, but slightly de-emphasizes the range of fundamental notes. That’s to combat that overly-boomy sound that microphones can sometimes have when you get too close to them.

HyperX Cloud Alpha microphone demo:

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You can listen to the sample above to see what it’s like in the real world, but you’ll immediately notice it’s not quite the HyperX Quadcast or anything. If vocals are extremely important to you, I suggest using a USB mic or gaming mic in tandem with your headset instead of just this one. If you’re only using Discord: this is more than good enough.

HyperX Cloud Alpha vs HyperX Cloud Flight S

The Cloud Flight S supports surround sound on PC and Playstation 4.

The biggest difference between the HyperX Cloud Flight S and Cloud Alpha is how they connect to your device. The Cloud Flight S model is more flexible as it supports wired and wireless connections; you’re provided with a 2.4 GHz RF USB adapter that’s compatible with Playstation 4 and PC.

Read on: HyperX Cloud Flight S review

The HyperX Cloud Alpha features more premium construction quality compared to the rather pedestrian Cloud Flight S. Neither seem prone to breakage, but if you appreciate comfort and design, you’ll likely gravitate toward the Alpha edition.

HyperX Cloud Flight S microphone demo:

Sound quality may also keep you in the Cloud Alpha’s orbit: its accurate audio reproduction is hard for any headset to beat, including the Cloud Flight S. The latter has a more traditional gaming headset sound signature with its amplified bass response. Even still, the Cloud Flight S doesn’t blow things completely out of proportion as bass notes are rendered almost twice as loud as all other frequencies.

If you require surround sound, the HyperX Cloud Flight S is your only option between the two, but if you don’t care for surround sound, save your money with the Cloud Alpha.

Should you buy the HyperX Cloud Alpha?

Yes, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is certainly worth your cash, even in 2021.

Pictured: an incredible gaming headset.

Even if I were to offer alternatives, there’s a good reason that this is a headset that’s gotten so much attention and use from the gaming community, and that reason is quality. This is the headset you get when you’ve outgrown the best Razer options and need something built for the long haul. It doesn’t surprise us that this headset made it onto our best PC gaming headsets list with ease. Though, if you need a better mic, you want to look elsewhere.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha is probably one of the most platonically ideal gaming headsets of late, as it offers a good mix of high durability, good sound quality, and extreme value. It might sound strange to you that I’m calling a $100 gaming headset an extreme value, but look at it this way: if you’re up all night raiding, if you spend a lot of time with headphones on your skull—you can spend hundreds or thousands of dollars chasing quality. The HyperX Cloud Alpha offers exactly that, far above its price point, so it’ll be a trusty companion for a long time. Given that pretty much every gaming platform now includes its own audio features like virtual surround sound, the Cloud Alpha arguably competes with higher-end headsets even more favorably today than when it first came out.

Upgrade to the HyperX Cloud Orbit S

The Cloud Orbit S works on just about everything, to varying degrees.

If you’re looking for a step up, you’re probably going to want to stick with HyperX if you like the Cloud Alpha. Very similar to the Audeze Mobius, the HyperX Cloud Orbit S has planar magnetic drivers, and built-in 3D sound support as well—but it’ll cost you.

Additionally, gaming headsets in the sub-$100 range are typically made of materials that are either easily broken or will decay quickly with heavy use. You can easily spend over $500 over a few years if your headsets keep breaking or getting worn down. The HyperX Cloud Alpha can be maintained with replacement parts, and is built like a tank to boot. That $100 may seem expensive up front, but it’ll probably be the smarter investment in the long run.

Go wireless with the Razer Barracuda X

The Barracuda X is lightweight and it works pretty much everywhere.

Razer’s really stepped up its game in the years since the HyperX Cloud Alpha released, and it just released a great option if you want to go wireless without spending any extra money. For $99 USD, the Razer Barracuda X can connect to every major gaming platform using it’s USB-C dongle (or 3.5mm backup cable), and it sounds great—it’s also lighter than just about every other gaming headset on the market, so marathon gaming sessions shouldn’t cause any head strain.

Sours: https://www.soundguys.com/hyperx-cloud-alpha-gaming-headset-review-23223/


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