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