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Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Review

/ Dec 6th, 2016 No Comments

HyperX Cloud Stinger Review

Kingston’s line of HyperX gaming headsets is one of the best in the industry. The HyperX Cloud 2 is one of the top gaming headsets available. The Cloud Revolvers deliver excellent sound through 50 mm drivers and signature comfort via memory foam ear cups. So what happens when Kingston decides to see if it can capture the entry level market?

The company’s latest headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is just $50, making it one of the more affordable headsets available. But does its performance make it worth the $50 price?

Kingston Comfort

Kingston’s HyperX headsets have always had a fairly basic industrial design, and the Stinger falls in line with this uniform look. Unlike many other headsets designed for gaming, the HyperX series can be worn on the streets while listening to music or movies without getting weird stares like you are some type of alien with LED lights on the side of your head.
 

Stinger Gaming Headset

The Stinger headset is very comfortable.

The Stinger’s built-in microphone is not removable — you can swivel it away from your face to mute it — but it blends in well enough with the headset’s aesthetics. There is only one button on the headset, a volume adjuster, that maintains the simple design.

Kingston’s headsets are all comfortable, and the Stinger is no different. Is this headset the most comfortable headset in the world? No, but at this price point, were you really expecting it to be? We can say that it holds up well to extensive gaming sessions with little to no fatigue on the ears due to its lightweight design.

Rotating ear cups can lay flat and comfortably on the user’s head or for storing away, which is something we would like to see Kingston incorporate into all of its headsets moving forward.

Bass on a Budget

So, by now you might be thinking this is the perfect headset because it well-designed and affordable. Well, no headset is perfect, and neither is the Stinger. Its biggest problem is the sound it produces.
 

Cloud Stinger Headset

The Stinger has a solid design with a retracable mic.

The sound the Stinger produces is very flat with no real distinction between highs, mids or lows at all. There is no discernible amount of virtual surround sound, so everything sounds like it is muddled together when playing any type of game.

It isn’t the worst-sounding headset I’ve ever used, but it’s also not nearly the best. I can’t fault Kingston for this too much given that that the MSRP on the Stinger is only $50.

Overall

The Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger is a solid buy at its $50 price tag. It has a lightweight and comfortable feel and a quality design. We would not hesitate to recommend this product to parents with a young gamer in need of a basic headset for extended gaming sessions.

However, if you have a few extra dollars to spare, we highly recommend upgrading to the HyperX Cloud 2 headset for extra features such as virtual surround sound.

 

Sal Thomas

Sal Thomas

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

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