• Driver size: 50mm
  • Impedance: 65 ohms
  • Ports: 3.5mm jack
  • Connectivity: Detachable cable (4 pole 3.5mm) + Extension cable (3.5mm stereo and mic)
  • Others: Detachable mic
  • Dimensions: 195 x 150 x 97 mm
  • Weight: 336g (with cable + mic)
  • Pros:
  • Build
  • Transportable
  • Cons:
  • Comfort over-time

Audio On Cloud Nine

The HyperX Cloud Alpha is one of the latest headsets from famed peripheral brand, HyperX, and we were ecstatic to test it out! It has been a long while since our last HyperX review. But forwards and onwards to the Cloud Alpha.

Unboxing the Cloud Alpha was a pretty standard deal. The headset comes packaged with two cables that plug into 3.5mm jacks, a normal cable, a travel pouch with an extension cable inside, and also a detachable microphone. The headset in our hands did not feel too heavy, even though it was built with an aluminium frame. But this does not mean that the headset was not sturdily built, as the earcups themselves are hefty and tough. The earpads are leatherette, so sweat will most likely not be an issue, but it does get pretty hot after a long time. On the cable itself, you can easily control the volume and mic mute with the inline controls.

The headset was fairly comfortable when put on, as the design even allows it to rest on larger heads without much issues. Using the headset with spectacles on was pretty comfortable as well, even after a long gaming session. If you’re someone that likes to keep an ear open while gaming, it might be slightly uncomfortable after a few hours, but not a major issue if you are using it normally.

With a detachable mic, you can easily remove it and tuck it away if you are not looking to chat with anyone and are just looking to watch videos. This is a great feature as you won’t have the mic bothering you when it is not in use. During our tests, the mic held up nicely. Voices are clear, and friends even mentioned that we sounded clearer with this setup. However, it is also worth noting that when you are plugging in the cable to the headset, make sure that it is fully inserted, and that you hear a click when it connects. Otherwise, the mic will fail to function properly because the cable isn’t fully plugged it – we realised this after a few seconds of the mic not picking up any audio.

And speaking of audio, the quality of the audio on these are great. Thanks to its dual chamber drivers, the audio that comes out of it is crisp and clear, with no muddiness. The lows were particularly satisfying as you can almost feel the rumble of explosions in-game all in your ears. Aside using it for the PC – as it is equipped with a 3.5mm audio jack – you can use it with other consoles such as the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and even the PlayStation 4.

CHIP CONCLUDE: For a headset that is modestly priced, you will be getting a mic with clear audio, a good listening experience and doesn’t clamp on your head, making it a pretty comfortable fit for longer hours.

(previously published in issue September 2018)