HyperX Cloud Earbuds Review
HyperX Cloud Earbuds
|Driver||Frequency Response||Connection Type||Cable Length|
|Dynamic 14 mm||20 Hz – 20 kHz||3.5 mm jack||47 inches|
Anyone shopping for their first set of gaming earbuds should consider the HyperX Cloud Earbuds. They provide a respectable build quality and sound signature at their current price point. The HyperX Cloud Earbuds may be exactly what you’re looking for if you want gaming earbuds with features geared toward microphone quality, portability, and immersive sound.
A well-known brand for premium gaming accessories is HyperX. They have made headphones, keyboards, and mice for both professionals and casual gamers. Therefore, it should not be surprising that the company is making an attempt to break into the growing gaming earbud market. We’ve all been conditioned to think that headphones produce the highest-quality audio historically. This is usually the case, but the HyperX Cloud Earbuds seek to bridge the performance-comfort gap as mobile and console gaming become more popular.
The Cloud Gaming Earbuds are very stylish and appealing, like many HyperX products. The HyperX logo on the casing blends well with the red and black color scheme. The in-line controller and earbuds have black accents, and the cable itself is a vibrant red color. To ensure maximum comfort, the included ear tips are grey in color and have an angular shape. The earbuds look purpose-built for gaming thanks to a good job by HyperX.
The HyperX Cloud Earbuds are poorly constructed. The fact that the gaming earbuds are made entirely of plastic is a little disappointing given their price point, despite their attractive appearance. If you’re the type of person who carelessly stuffs earbuds into your pocket or backpack, this might worry you. For the Cloud Earbuds, HyperX is providing a two-year warranty. Because of the build quality, we are unsure if this includes wear and tear.
The actual earbud cases come next. 14 mm dynamic drivers are located inside, but we’ll talk more about sound later. Three different-sized silicone patented ear tips are provided by HyperX. They have an almost “wedge-shaped” design, which makes it simpler to remove them from the ear canal. Although it’s unfortunate that foam ear tips aren’t included, the tips that are there are still comfortable.
Leakage and isolation of sound have both been minimized. When worn in public, the ear tips will be able to block out outside noise and keep audio inside. If you’re not turning up the volume all the way, nobody should be able to hear what you’re doing.
To avoid tangling, the 47-inch cable has been rubberized. These days, the majority of in-ear gaming earbuds have this nice feature. The last thing anyone wants to do when they are commuting early in the morning is messing around with cables. The cable is not exchangeable or replaceable, it should be stated here. Cables that are a part of the earbud casing cannot be taken out.
The in-line controller is located in the center of the cable. The microphone, which has the appearance of a small hole, is also located here. There is no extendable or detachable microphone, unlike the Turtle Beach Battle Buds, for gaming. There is only one button on the controller itself, and it can be used to answer calls or to play and pause music.
The Nintendo Switch and mobile gaming have been promoted for the HyperX Cloud Earbuds. The absence of volume controls, which can be a deal-breaker for some, is rather surprising. Although the volume on your device can be changed, it would have been nice to have this option.
The 90-degree angled connector is located at the end of the tangle-free cable. This is a really cool addition that relieves the jack’s strain over time.
The fact that gaming earbuds are lighter than gaming headphones is one of the main benefits of doing so. After a few hours of gaming, headphones can be uncomfortable and strain your ears. The HyperX Cloud Earbuds are the ideal choice for those who want mobility and all-day comfort because they weigh only 0.67 ounces.
The HyperX Cloud Earbuds include three silicone ear tips in three different sizes, as was previously mentioned. We can attest that the soft tips work as expected despite being designed for maximum comfort and fit. The earbuds stay in place, there is no vacuum, and there is no uncomfortable sensation. If you’re going to be active while wearing these earbuds, they also offer some stability without running the risk of falling out.
You’ll need a microphone if you’re going to play online or if you want to chat with your friends on Discord or TeamSpeak. Both calling and playing video games can be done with the HyperX Cloud microphone. The frequency response of the microphone, which ranges from 100 to 6300 Hz, will give your friends audio that sounds clear. Despite being omnidirectional, the microphone barely picks up any background noise. Playing in public is not recommended, but it should block out common household noises.
The HyperX Cloud Gaming Earbuds are promoted as being compatible with Nintendo Switch and mobile gaming. They can, however, also function well on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The 3.5 mm jack connection immediately enables the microphone and in-game audio. You will need an adapter, though, if you want to use these on a PC.
Most of the time, in order to use the microphone feature, a separate 3.5 mm PC adapter must be purchased. The 3.5 mm connection will be split by the adapter into pink and green inputs, which will then be plugged into the motherboard’s back.
When compared to in-ear monitors, the HyperX Cloud Gaming Earbuds are a bit more affordable. Of course, you’d anticipate the inclusion of a microphone, in-line controller, and customization in a pair of gaming earbuds. In-ear monitors prioritize sound quality over all other factors to reduce costs. How does the sound quality of the HyperX Cloud Gaming Earbuds compare?
The short answer is that the Cloud Earbuds are adequate for gaming and offer an immersive experience. Warm midrange and well-rounded highs provide balance for the 20–20 000 Hz frequency range. These gaming earbuds, according to HyperX, have “improved bass,” and to some extent, that is true. Because of their driver size limitations, earbuds frequently find it difficult to compete with headphones in low frequencies.
Will the 14 mm drivers be able to reproduce 50 mm headphone speakers of the highest caliber? Most likely not, but the bass is still there and has some impact. However, there is a benefit to less bass when gaming, and that is that the mids and highs won’t be overwhelmed. Gaming headphones frequently try to emphasize their bass, but the end result is a sound signature that is too deep and muddy. You should be able to distinguish between sounds coming at you from different angles and hear vocals clearly in most video games.
To properly assess how the HyperX Cloud Gaming Earbuds would perform in both multiplayer and single-player games, we chose to test them out in two different games. We chose Call of Duty: Warzone for multiplayer because it emphasizes accurate positioning and gunfights. Overall, secondary grenades and weapons made clear, clean sounds. In intense situations, the bass remained undistorted and it was simple to distinguish footsteps.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a timeless game that would be slower-paced and more immersive, was our next choice. Upon entering a nearby tavern, the bard’s music was audible and the instruments weren’t ear-piercing. The audio was well-balanced and resembled headphones in some ways.
Anyone looking for their first set of gaming earbuds should consider the HyperX Cloud Earbuds. They provide a respectable build quality and sound signature for their current price point, which should satisfy most people. Though you’d be better off purchasing a pair of in-ear monitors instead, we wouldn’t suggest these as music earphones. However, the HyperX Cloud Earbuds might be just what you’re looking for if you want gaming earbuds with features geared toward microphone quality, mobility, and immersive sound.