In a world where competitive multiplayer requires an edge for supremacy, professional gaming headsets are a dime a dozen. There are some with strength in one area but weak in another, and there are those who reside in the middle, resulting in headset mediocrity. Upon reading this review, I’m sure you’ll be able to distinguish which of the above headsets happens to be the HyperX CloudX.
It’s all about the bass
If you’re looking for a headset that does an awesome job in the bass department, continue looking elsewhere, as the HyperX CloudX headset projects a lite sound of bass when compared to its competitors. For instance, the Gnasher (shotgun) found in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition gives off an impressive sound of deep bass when fired. Headsets from within the Turtle Beach line, crank up the bass projection to a ten, leaving the CloudX headset in the bass department at an unimpressive five. Just to be sure, I did try multiple videos games on Xbox One like EA’s Star Wars Battlefront, and the same result was found in that experience as well.
Although the CloudX lacks the brass that most consumers would expect to find in a pro gaming headset, this accessory does make footsteps, from both the enemy and teammates, highly audible – which is both good and bad. It was great to hear footsteps from afar, which only lead me to believe an enemy was approaching, but this impressive capability was disenchanted on multiplayer maps with more than two floors. I found myself occasionally disoriented by the multiple footsteps that were audible within one precise location, only to realize the footsteps I heard were from the enemy located one floor below me. This was both frustrating and confusing at times, as it forced me to be more cautious during online matches instead of my typical run-and-gun method, which I did not prefer.
The price for mediocrity
As of the time of this writing, the HyperX CloudX headset retails for $99.99, and to that I say this particular piece of equipment is a bit overpriced for what it’s offering. Though it certainly possesses a slick design, the CloudX headset doesn’t quite hit the spot in terms of comfort. Individuals with spectacles will have an uncomfortable time, as the CloudX headset places a moderate amount of pressure on the temple-region, which can be annoying. I frequently had to adjust my headset so that it fit well with my glasses, but I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t worried about bending my glasses with the headset on. To its credit, the reason why the pressure seems tight on the temple-region is because the headset provides noise cancelling ear-covers, which without the tension would be completely pointless.
Though a little overpriced for what’s represented, the HyperX CloudX headset is a decent piece of professional gaming equipment. It certainly lacks the “umph” you’d expect to hear when utilizing high-powered weaponry, but it makes up for that by illuminating the sound of footsteps, which can serve to be both beneficial and detrimental to your online multiplayer experience. If you’re an individual with glasses, the CloudX headset may not be the one for you, as you’ll likely spend a decent amount of time adjusting your headset, attempting to find the sweet balance between comfort and proper tension.