Written by Jon Scarr:
HyperX is well known for their quality PC headsets and peripherals. Earlier this month, I reviewed the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro mechanical gaming keyboard. And, now I have spent the last several weeks using their affordable gaming headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger.
It’s no secret that the HyperX line of headsets are the “go to” headset for many eSports gamers. To play competitively, you have to have a headset that has great sound, is comfortable to wear, and allows you to communicate effectively with your team.
One of the first things I noticed when getting the Cloud Stinger out of the box was the high build quality. Even though the Cloud Stinger is meant for those on a budget, the headset feels durable, lightweight and sturdy.
The Cloud Stinger is a stereo headset, so you do not have to plug this into a USB port. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack that you just plug right into your controller or your device. If you are using the Cloud Stinger on a PC, it comes with a splitter so that it plugs into both your headset and microphone jack.
My gaming sessions usually last between four and six hours at a time. My go to games at the moment are Cuphead, Forza 7, and Shadow of War. I’ve been able to play these games, wearing the headset, to the early hours of the morning without any discomfort at all.
The microphone on the Cloud Stinger sounds very impressive, just as good as if not better than some other higher priced headsets. The microphone is uni-directional and has some noise cancelling technology that does a pretty good job.
I played several online matches of Fortnite with my friends in a fairly noisy environment, and the Cloud Stinger did a great job of isolating my voice. While you could hear a little bit of the background noise, overall it’s actually fairly impressive compared to other competing headsets in this price range.
The microphone folds outwards so that you can adjust it. Unfortunately, it’s not detachable but you can move it around to get it into the right position. You can mute the microphone by moving the microphone in the most upright position, which is a nice little touch.
As far as headset adjustments go, the Cloud Stinger comes with the ability to adjust the height of the ear cups as well as swivel the ear cups to fit your head correctly. If you don’t want to wear the headset, you can have it around your neck and swivel the ear cups out to listen to music.
While the HyperX Cloud Stinger might not be the most feature rich headset, it covers the basics really well.
The audio quality in the Cloud Stinger is phenomenal for its price point. I was impressed at just how good the audio sounds in games like Cuphead. The engine noises in Forza 7 sounded so realistic, and the sounds that the Orcs make in Shadow of War sent shivers down my spine.
Overall, I was able to get really nice and clear audio with great sounding mid tones, nice bass that never sounded too deep, and the highs were never screechy. The headset’s volume can be easily adjusted via a slider on the bottom of the right ear cup, which I found to be perfectly placed.
Overall, I wold have to say that I am very impressed with the HyperX Cloud Stinger. It sounds great, it’s lightweight, and the build quality is impressive. If you take into account that the headset only costs $50 USD / $75 CAD, there is not really that much more that you could ask from the headset.
If I could make one change to the headset, it would be to include a detachable microphone. Although you can fold up the microphone if you aren’t using it, a detachable microphone would make the headset a bit lighter if you are just listening to music.
If you are looking for a gaming headset that won’t hurt the pocket book, delivers quality sound and has a solid performance the Cloud Stinger by HyperX should be on the top of your list.
Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.