Back in 2014 HyperX released their original Cloud Headset. It was a headset that offered incredible performance at a great price, at the time it was the undisputed best gaming headset under $100. Then in 2015 the HyperX Cloud II came out, again we were blown away. I have been using that headset as my main headset since reviewing it. So when HyperX told us they have a successor to the Cloud II I knew it had big shoes to fill. On top of great sound performance the Cloud headsets were some of the most comfortable out there. So today we are checking out the new Cloud Alpha, which has a similar design to the Cloud II, but brings with it a new dual chamber driver design. The dual chambers separate the bass from the mids and highs, allowing optimal tuning for cleaner, smoother sound. Let’s take a look a see if this headset will become our new gaming headset!
The HyperX Cloud Alpha comes in a nice retail package. On the front there is a large photo of the headset and some of the main features are listed in a few different languages.
Flipping over to the back we have more photos of the headset detailing the various features of the headset. It also tells us that this headset will work on Teamspeak, Discord, Skype, Ventrilo, Mumble, and Raidcall.
Opening the box up and getting everything out we have the Cloud Alpha headset, detachable microphone, two different audio cables, a quick start guide, and a carrying bag.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Overview
As we take a first look at the HyperX Cloud Alpha it does look very similar to the Cloud II. We have an all black design with a red HyperX logo on the earcups and of course that signature red frame. I really like that HyperX has not gone overboard adding crazy colors or unnecessary things like RGBs to this headset.
Ok so lets talk about the earcups as comfort was one of the main reasons I used the Cloud II for so long. On each earcup you have a large padded leatherette cover. These earcups are designed to fully enclose your ears, which is of course ideal for gaming.
Inside of each earcup you have custom dynamic, 50mm drivers with neodymium magnets. These drivers have a dual chamber design with one chamber for bass and a separate one for mids and highs. This provides more distinction between sounds and minimizes distortion.
On the left earcup you will find two connections. One is for the detachable microphone and the other is your main audio connection.
Talking about the detachable microphone it easy plugs right in. This noise-cancelling microphone has a frequency response of 50Hz-18,000Hz. I really like having a detachable microphone, this allows you to use the headset for more than just a gaming headset.
HyperX provides two cables with the Cloud Alpha. You have the main 3.5 mm cable with integrated volume and microphone mute controls. This is made to connect to your mobile device or combo 3.5 mm ports on laptops and other devices. Then you have a long adapter cable that turns that single 3.5 mm connection into a 3.5 mm headphone connection and 3.5 mm microphone connection. This is of course made for PC use. Absent from this headset is the USB sound card we had on the Cloud II.
HyperX is using an aluminum frame on this headset, in red of course. This provides great stability as well as durability. The headband is adjustable for the perfect fit.
The headband itself has nice cushioning, which should keep things nice and comfortable. The top of the headband has the HyperX logo, which looks really good.
Usage & Final Thoughts
So I have been using the HyperX Cloud Alpha for about 3 weeks now. As I mentioned this headset had big shoes to fill as I had been using the HyperX Cloud II since it came out and I had yet to find a headset that was as comfortable. So when it first put the Cloud Alpha on I thought to myself, “Wow they got the comfort right”. While that was my initial impression because the headset was extremely comfortable, after using the headset for a few weeks I can say that this is one of the most comfortable headsets that I’ve ever used! A headset can sound amazing, but if it is not comfortable, especially for after long periods of use then no one is going to use it.
So the headset is extremely comfortable, but how does it sound? First lets start with gaming. I loaded up Battlefield 1 and played a few different campaign chapters. The sound reproduction was great and I could hear the loud blasts of tank fire as well as the faint sounds of soldiers yelling at me. While I could get a good idea of where enemies were coming from it was not as precise as the 7.1 sound I had with the Cloud II. That is of course the trade-off with Stereo sound. I played a handful of other games with the Cloud Alpha including Payday 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, and Overwatch. In each game the sound was great and quite impressive. I also tried to max out the sound to see if I would get any distortion and there really was not any.
On to music, I listened to a variety of different type of music with the Cloud Alpha. Listening to G-Eazy’s “The Plan” I could definitely notice that the bass was much more apparent and defined that the Cloud II headset. Not sure if this has to do with the dual-chamber design or not. Listening to Jai Wolf’s “The World is Ours” the high tones were very clear and you could hear every intricate sound of the melody. So not only do you have a great gaming headset, but this headset is great for listening to music as well. The closed earcups also allow for to sort of “plug in” and forget your surroundings.
HyperX was initially known for their high-performance memory, but I really think they should be known for their headsets, at least the Cloud’s. The original Cloud was without a doubt the best gaming headset under $100 at the time when it was released, they followed that up with the Cloud II, which was amazing, and now we have the Cloud Alpha which brings with it the amazing comfort and sound you expect from a HyperX Cloud headset. The only thing I was a little bummed out about is that this headset does not have the USB 7.1 sound adapter that the Cloud II had. Regardless this headset has some of the best sound and comfort you are going to find in a gaming headset, especially for the price of $99 at our favorite online retailer.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the HyperX Cloud II headset a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Incredible comfort
– Great sound
– Can be used on PC, mobile, and consoles
– Great build quality
– No USB 7.1 adapter like the Cloud II had