• Driver: Dynamic 14mm with neodymium magnets
  • Impedance: 65 Ohms
  • Frequency: 20Hz–20,000Hz
  • Others: Line-in microphone, swappable earbuds
  • Weight: 19g
  • Pros:
  • Solid bass
  • Good mic
  • Cons:
  • Uncomfortable

Power Buds

With the rise of popularity in coop and multiplayer mobile gaming, as well as the general popularity of the Nintendo Switch for people who like portables, having good earphones becomes important. So it’s not surprising that we’re beginning to see earbud-sized ones catered to these two groups of gamers, such as the HyperX Cloud Earbuds from Kingston.

As an earphone that’s designed for gamers in mind, the HyperX Cloud Earbuds comes in vibrant red and some black on the earpieces. The cable length is 1.2m and it’s made of rubber so it should last you a good number of years. An inline microphone can be found on the left cable, along with a multi-function button. As for the earbuds, they are oblong-shaped and have the HyperX logo on them. Also, while you may not really notice the weight, the Cloud Earbuds are larger than most earphones due to having 14mm dynamic drivers instead of the more common 9mm ones.

An inline mic with a multi-function button, but no volume control

An inline mic with a multi-function button, but no volume control

It’s great that the cables are the flat, tangle-free type so you can stuff it in your front pocket without worrying about it if you want to. Of course, you can also stow it away in the small carrying case included when you purchase the Earbuds. The carrying case also comes with two other sets of silicon earbuds (one small and large set) inside to go with the medium-sized ones already attached to the earpieces.

According to the product’s box, this device is intended for the Nintendo Switch, but the 3.5mm jack makes the HyperX Cloud Earbuds also suitable for use with the Sony PlayStation 4 through the Dual Shock 4 controller, or a smartphone.

Owing to the larger size of the earbuds, the HyperX Cloud Earbuds may not be comfortable earbuds to wear for some people. To elaborate, the larger earbud housing might feel like it’s digging into your ears. We would have also preferred it to have a shirt clip too, but it’s not very important here since you are likely to be sitting down when using this.

Carry pouch with two extra ear tips inside at different sizes

Carry pouch with two extra ear tips inside at different sizes

More importantly, its sound quality is quite good. The 14mm drivers pack a bit more volume than most earbuds and deliver good bass too. Voice clarity is also excellent here, which adds to the sound quality to make it an earbud that’s great for enjoying games on your portable devices, as well as communicate with others.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you need a relatively affordable earbud with decent audio and recording quality, this one may just be up your alley. But the 14mm driver might not be very comfortable for you.

(to be published in issue March 2019)