The HyperX Cloud II Wireless, also known as Cloud 2 Wireless, benefits from the success of its predecessor and demonstrates how far mastering the fundamentals will go you. This is still a fantastic wireless gaming headset, albeit it feels a little skinny for a 50% price increase.
Although it's still a respectable option, the HyperX Cloud II has long been a staple in HyperX's lineup. However, it is beginning to show its age. The solution to that issue is the HyperX Cloud II Wireless. For an extra $50, you can upgrade to this new wireless gaming headset, which features minor design improvements over the Cloud II.
After a week of testing the Cloud 2 Wireless, we are prepared to let you know whether or not that markup is warranted.
- Gamers seeking a game that sounds appealing and is simple to use across various platforms.
- Workers who conduct their business from home and require a comfy headset with a microphone.
You know what to expect when putting the HyperX Cloud II Wireless on if you've ever worn a HyperX Cloud II or even a HyperX Cloud Alpha: something comfortable as heck. This wireless gaming headset has a flexible headband constructed primarily of aluminum and ear cups with large memory foam cushions wrapped in plush leatherette. The headphones have black metal panels on the side and are composed of strong, matte-textured plastic.
In essence, this is a robust, incredibly comfy gaming headset. The band provides exactly the appropriate amount of tightness to feel secure without being overly tight, and the aluminum keeps everything lightweight. This is the headset you should buy if you want to spend the entire day in a Zoom call. Although it might not be as pleasant for those who wear glasses, the ear cushions' softness makes it very simple to create a good seal.
A volume slider, a power button, and a mic mute button are located on the edges of the right and left headphones, respectively, of the headset's onboard controls.
Installing HyperX's Ngenuity app is required for anything else. It allows you to change the mic level, sidetone, power saving features, and enable virtual surround sound. Ngenuity is a very typical gaming accessory app—not particularly exciting—but it functions and is sufficiently organized.
The HyperX Cloud II Wireless is surprisingly simple to use. There isn't much of a hardware interface, so it's basically plug and play. The headset uses a 2.4GHz USB wireless RF dongle to connect to your preferred platform. You can only really use the headset with the PlayStation 4, PC, and the Nintendo Switch when it's docked because there isn't a 3.5mm connection option.
A fantastic, simple gaming experience is provided by the HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless. With its long battery life, you can squeeze more than a few sessions in before needing to recharge. It is comfortable enough to wear for multiple hours.
The gaming experience was excellent when using the headset. It managed the stereo experiences in PC games like Hades and Dauntless as well as the surround sound requirements of Overwatch while in a Discord call. While the HyperX Cloud II Wireless does not have distinct game and chat channels like some gaming headphones, it is still easy to maintain clarity.
Virtual surround sound is not accessible on consoles, but the headset still plays games quite well. Genshin Impact on the PlayStation 4 and Pokemon Sword on the Nintendo Switch never gave me any problems. However, you cannot use this headset with the Xbox One due to Microsoft's compatibility restrictions and the absence of a 3.5mm option. If you're playing games on a PlayStation 5, the 3D audio capability integrated into the system will function without any problems (it works with any headset the console can connect to).
Since a year or two ago, battery life in gaming headphones has largely increased across the board. The best you could hope for not too long ago was about 16 hours of playback time. Nowadays, headsets frequently last longer than 24 hours. But by surpassing the 30-hour threshold, the HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless enters an even narrower group of gaming headsets. The headset can endure 32 hours, 3 minutes at a steady loudness of 75 dB. It also uses USB-C to charge, so topping it off only takes a couple of hours.
The HyperX Cloud II Wireless provides isolation comparable to that of the majority of gaming headphones, therefore its attenuation is typically not very good. The normal sounds of your home won't cause you any problems, and you won't likely miss any doorbells any time soon either (depending on how loud you have the volume). This headset won't perform as well outside, but its portability is already quite constrained due to the USB dongle.
For a gaming headset, the HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless has incredibly realistic audio, perfectly reproducing sounds up to about 4000Hz. The fall in the highs isn't very concerning either; it's a characteristic of many headphones and is intended to replicate the response of our non-occluded ears.
Any type of music should sound fantastic with this headphone. Although some may find that bass in genres like electronic dance music lacks the intensity that they anticipate, you won't experience any issues with auditory masking or distorted sound with the Cloud II Wireless. The new Gorillaz album's Strange Timez features Damon Albarn's affected backup vocals in addition to piercing echoed notes at the song's introduction and more subdued bleeps and bloops running throughout.
With this kind of frequency response, you shouldn't encounter any problems in any game. You shouldn't even have any issue distinguishing the sounds of footsteps from the cacophony of shooting in games like Fortnite or Valorant because the normal enhanced bass has been avoided.