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Kingston HyperX Cloud Flight Review

/ Feb 5th, 2018 No Comments

HyperX Cloud Flight Review

Wireless gaming headsets are tricky to get right. Big players like Razer and Logitech have taken multiple generations of headsets to perfect the audio, range and battery life of its wireless offerings. Kingston is known for its solid range of headsets, but the HyperX Cloud Flight gaming headset is its first wireless one.

Somehow, Kingston got it right on its first try.

Cloud 9

The HyperX Cloud line’s claim to fame is the lightweight and comfortable design of its headsets — hence the name “Cloud.” As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Boosting a light and subtle design, the Cloud Flight headset is simple and elegant. It is a headset you won’t mind taking on the go as well as sitting at home while gaming. I was especially impressed by the earcups, which are not only comfortable, but also rotate 90 degrees. This allows for maximum comfort on your head, but also on your collar bone when you put the headset down to hear the outside world.

Unlike headsets from some other makers, the Cloud Flight headset keeps things low profile. There aren’t RGB lights everywhere, but there is a subtle red backlit logo on both earcups. Users can turn off the backlight or set it to a cool breathing mode.

Overall, the design is solid, and is in line with many of the other HyperX Cloud headsets you may already be familiar with.

Feel the Sound

Two big reasons why the HyperX Flight headset is so impressive is its battery life and range. Kingston says the battery is rated for up to 30 hours (with the earcup lights turned off). While I haven’t been able to test it for 30 hours straight, my experience with the headset proved it is a workhorse when it comes to battery life.
 

HyperX Cloud Flight headset

HyperX Cloud Flight headset

I tested the range both in my home and walking around the show floor at CES 2018 and can say that the range is very good. At home, I had no issues with cutouts thanks to the strong 2.4ghz spectrum the headset is on. CES was a different story. I don’t know if my phone was causing that problem (I was using a Note 8 with a type C to full size USB adapter to connect to the headset) or maybe it was unfair to test the headset in a place that had a million more things also on the 2.4ghz spectrum, but I experienced several cutouts despite the fact that my phone was in my pocket. For most users, this will not be an issue, but you can always use the included 3.5mm adapter to turn the headset into a wired one.

Most importantly, the Cloud Flight headset sounds amazing. With 50mm drivers, the highs, mids and bass lows can all be distinguished from each other. In fact, although it does not have 7.1 surround sound, the headset delivers sound that is almost equal to the SteelSeries Arctis 7, which does have 7.1 surround sound. It just goes to show you how much a good quality driver can accomplish without the need for extra software processing.

Overall

Overall, the HyperX Cloud Flight headset is a solid addition to the wireless gaming headset market. At its $159 price tag, it is a bit on the expensive side, but its performance and comfort makes it worth the price. Look at this way: you can pay to get a cheaper car (headset) that may have the same or more features, but it will never be as comfortable as driving a Maserati (of headsets, which is what we have deemed the HyperX Cloud Flight headset).

The HyperX Cloud Flight headset is available now.

 

Sal Thomas

Sal Thomas

Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sal is a contributor to Gaming Illustrated.

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