Review: Hyper X Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

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I recently met with some of the folks at Hyper X and got the chance to preview their latest video gaming headset, the Cloud Stinger. It’s a cheaper alternative to the company’s existing line of headsets but doesn’t skimp on sound quality. The rep explained to me that after doing some research, Hyper X found out that a large number of gamers who want a headset but aren’t interested in paying a premium price. The sweet spot in the price point landed around $50 which is how much the Cloud Stinger is selling for.

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But is a gaming headset under a hundred bucks worth it? As far as the Cloud Stinger is concerned, absolutely. Honestly, I didn’t expect much from the new headset. I didn’t think it would suck since Hyper X has a reputation of putting out great products but really, how great can a headset at this price really be? Moderate at best right?

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Wrong. I took a listen to the Cloud Stinger on the spot and they were mind blowing. I played a few songs from my phone through them and the sound was insane. For all I knew though, they could’ve been a souped up demo model. Hyper X granted me a pair to take home and try out and it was the same thing. I plugged them in to my PC and ran a few missions in Fallout 4. I immediately noticed a huge difference in quality compared to the headphones I was already using to game with. Every voice, explosion and gunshot was isolated and in perspective. Mind you, this was without any special equalizer settings. While I don’t consider myself an audiophile, the Cloud Stinger banged harder than some of my headphones that cost triple the price tag.

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There had to be a sacrifice somewhere and I was dead set on finding it. My first thought was that the mic would be the weak link. Nope, I tested it out and it was more clear than British drill sergeant. The mute feature also shined as it only takes a swivel upwards to shut the mic off. The ear cups also swivel so that when my little one interrupted for a juice box, I didn’t have to pull the whole headset off. It’s just a quick twist and all good.

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My only gripes about the Cloud Stinger is that the cord is a bit short but that can be remedied with an extension cable. Also, I wished that the mic was detachable so that I could use it on the go with my mobile phone. This headset could easily be my all-around headset but for 50 bucks, that’s nothing but spoiled brat chatter.

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The Cloud Stinger is all plastic but it doesn’t feel flimsy. They’re lightweight and you don’t get that tired feeling after wearing them for a long time. The ear cups are made of memory foam which didn’t really make much of a difference for me but for people who are more sensitive to the squeeze of traditional foam cups, they are a blessing. My favorite feature of all is the volume slider under the right ear cup. It doesn’t seem like a big deal but being able to adjust the loudness right from the headset itself is a luxury that you have to experience to appreciate.

With so many gaming headsets out there to choose from, it’s crazy difficult to find a pair that will deliver on as many fronts as the Hyper X Cloud Stinger. They’re comfortable, attractive, sound great and most of all affordable. I’d recommend these to anyone looking to gift the gamer in their life or anyone just looking for a solid headset for Skype or other voice chat software. The Cloud Stinger lives up to its hype and is worth every cent you’re looking to shell out on a headset.

The Hyper X Cloud Stinger is available now for $49.99 and works with Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS4, PC and mobile devices. Check out the Hyper X website for more info here and pick up a pair here or these retailers.