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HyperX Cloud Alpha wireless headset review

HyperX has been in the gaming scene for years and never ceases to push the envelope when it comes to the lineup of gaming accessories. Their range spans budget-conscious choices like the Cloud Stinger headset ($34.99) to mid-range offerings like the Alloy Elite II Keyboard ($129.99) and the Pulsefire Arrow wireless mouse ($99.99) to high-end products like the cloud orbit S Headphones ($329.99). Never satisfied, HyperX also likes to rethink its classic products and improve them, making small upgrades over the years to keep them competitive, such as:

Enter the new HyperX Cloud Alpha wireless headset with HyperX’s claim of up to 300 hours of battery life. This is a wireless version of their already excellent cloud alpha which launched back in 2017, while there were also improvements to the 2019 Cloud Alpha S headset. With an MSRP of $199.99, this is a mid-range headset that rivals the Sennheiser HD 450BT. Razer Opusand SteelSeries Arctis 9. So how does it stack up against the competition? Here’s our review of the HyperX Cloud Alpha wireless headset.

specifications

  • MSRP: $199.99
  • Driver: 50mm dual chamber driver
  • Interface: Wireless
  • Frequency Band: 2.4GHz
  • Weight: 338 g (with microphone)
  • Materials: memory foam, faux leather
  • Colour: Black with red accents
  • Battery Life: Up to 300 hours
  • Connection: USB-C to USB
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5
  • Warranty: Two year warranty
  • Contents: Headset, charging cable, pop screen, detachable microphone, USB wireless adapter, quick start guide

The Cloud Alpha Wireless features DTS Headphone:X Spatial Audio, an improvement over the previously available virtual 7.1, and swaps the wired connection for a USB dongle, keeping audio latency virtually lag-free. It retains HyperX’s superb dual-chamber driver design, which separates the bass from the mids and treble to keep them distinguishable, and features leatherette-padded shells with memory-foam insulation for listening comfort. According to HyperX, the 3.7V, 1500mAh Li-On battery lasts up to 300 hours on a single charge and charges via a USB-C port on the left cup.

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What’s in the box

The packaging for the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is simple and practical, with red and white colorways and marketing beats on the box listing battery life in big, bold letters, as well as the memory foam cups, dual-chamber drivers, and DTS: X Spatial Audio capabilities. Inside is a simple plastic box that houses the headset, charging cable, detachable microphone and USB dongle. Separately is the quick start guide showing how to sync to PC or PlayStation consoles and a small thank you card expressing congratulations on joining the HyperX family. There is a note on the bottom of the box that battery life was tested at 50% volume and will vary with volume and usage.

The headset itself features a black faux leather strap with red stitching and matte black shells held in place by red metal arms, and a single braided cable running from each shell to the band. The HyperX logo stands out in red lettering on each of the black cups, reminding everyone nearby that this is a gamer’s headset. The detachable mic has a plug-in port on the left shell, and an optional pop filter slides over the mic, giving it massive presence that makes me feel like a sports announcer or announcer. Where the actual mic meets the headset’s bendable extension is a red LED light that turns red to signal that it’s muted. The left cup also features the charging port, microphone mute button, and power button, while the right cup only has a grooved wheel for volume control.

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Set up and break up

The USB dongle is easy to plug in and play with, and depending on your operating system and system settings, it should work right away. To turn the headphones on, simply press and hold the power button for about three seconds until a soft voice says “Power On” and tells you the battery level. On my PC, the sound output immediately switched to the headphones so I could enjoy it right away. My laptop, on the other hand, asked me to download drivers, which it wasn’t prompted to do initially. I had to fix the sound issue before it prompted me to update drivers for it very quickly and it still didn’t work until I restarted it. After that, however, the connection was stable and consistent on both, and even when I switched from one computer to the other and back again. Likewise, connecting to my PlayStation 5 was simple plug and play and didn’t require me to go into system settings to change my sound output.

The Cloud Alpha Wireless headset battery didn’t have a charge so I had to wait and charge it before using it for the first time, which took just over an hour. Unfortunately, there’s no wired option for these. If/when the battery ever runs out you will have to wait for it to charge again before using it again. However, once it was fully charged, it just kept going and going and going. You can quickly tap the power button at any time during use and the current estimated battery level will be displayed. When you’re done for the day, simply press and hold the power button again for three seconds until it turns off. There’s also an auto-shutoff feature if you forget to turn it off, which I often forget, which helps the battery last even longer.

Unfortunately, I had an issue with the headsets not reading the correct power level out of the box. It seemed to get stuck at 90% no matter how long I continued using it until I installed the HyperX NGENUITY software, which allows you to customize and tweak the settings of most HyperX products, including RGB settings for mice and keyboards as well EQ profiles for headphones. This software also provides an accurate battery power percentage so you can better track when you need to charge. Additional options for the Cloud Alpha Wireless include turning DTS:X surround sound on/off and adjusting volume and mic levels.

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In practice, I used the Cloud Alpha wireless headset for at least four hours every day, which means I should have spent almost 60 hours on the headset. At this point, the battery is only down to 72%, which is pretty good. That means I’d get just over 200 hours if I kept using it in the same way, which rivals competitor headsets like the Sennheiser GSP 370, which offered a then-impressive 100 hours of battery life but still pretty far from ” up to” takes away 300 hours” marketing slogan. In reality, I would still only need to charge this headset once a month and otherwise never had any problems. This still makes the battery life extremely impressive, especially considering the sound quality coming out of the Cloud Alpha Wireless.

music and games

One of HyperX’s biggest gaming headset upgrades this year is the addition of DTS Headphone:X, or just DTS:X, which includes spatial audio. This is an improvement over standard 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, as spatial audio can pass on sounds coming from above or below, rather than just around you. This is the same kind of technology that Sony was so proud of when the PlayStation 5 console launched, and the HyperX Cloud Alpha wireless headset now offers the same immersive audio experience. Any music or games with binaural or 3D audio add a whole new level of immersion, and it can be pretty rad to hear songs like Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” remixed with binaural audio.

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With the Cloud Alpha Wireless’ dual-chamber 50mm drivers, sounds come out crisp and clean with easily recognizable bass, mids, and highs in whatever music I listen to. The bass has impressive presence without penetrating the melody and never had any rattling as if it was too much for the drivers. Even with bass-heavy music like hip-hop or techno, the bass never distorts the mids and highs. This applied to all games I’ve played, including Tiny Tina’s Wonderland, elden ringand dying light 2 Even during the raid destiny 2which often has loud explosions and bass-heavy cannon noise, never drowned out the rest of the action around me—nor, more importantly, the voices of my fellow guards while I’m on Discord.

The Cloud Alpha wireless headsets felt extremely comfortable to wear, and I never got tired from the weight or felt like they pinched my ears. Even with the large lithium-ion battery inside, the Cloud Alpha Wireless is only about 18 grams heavier than its wired counterpart. The cups are very large and oval so they should fit comfortably over most ear types, and the cups are padded with memory foam and covered in a soft faux leather that’s comfortable without getting overly hot. I had an issue with the arms seeming to adjust between uses in the band, so I had to make sure the arm lengths were readjusted before putting them on. That minor issue aside, the HyperX Cloud Alpha wireless headset is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets I’ve ever used.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless Headset impresses with its long battery life and still offers all the proven features of the wired Cloud Alpha. The upgrade to DTS Headphone:X Spatial Audio is a noticeable improvement over surround sound and should be a must for any PlayStation 5 owner. Unfortunately, compared to the competition, the Cloud Alpha Wireless just doesn’t feel like it’s worth the $199.99 asking price. For example, looking at the Arctis 9 Wireless, which has dongle wireless connectivity as well as Bluetooth and wired capabilities, the Cloud Alpha Wireless feels like it should have some additional features at its $199.99 price point.

If you’ve tried one of HyperX’s headsets before and love what you’ve experienced and are looking for the longest battery life you can get on the market, then the new Cloud Alpha Wireless is the absolute best for longevity. Especially if you’re looking for a new headset for the PlayStation 5. However, if you’re looking for a wireless gaming headset that offers more versatility and doesn’t mind the reduced battery life compared to the Cloud Alpha Wireless, you should look elsewhere.

The product described in this article was provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes.

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