HyperX Cloud II review

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If a sound headset is important to you and you want to buy one that looks better than your typical gaming headsets, the HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset won’t disappoint.

You’re getting a taste of what the HyperX Cloud Stinger is all about. Introducing the 2nd generation Audio-Technica gaming headset in the shape of the 7.1 surround sound, two choices of cushion, and a noise-canceling microphone. While some of these features don’t live up to expectations, you’re still getting that HyperX sound profile and a supremely comfortable fit.


  • +Lightweight and comfortable
  • +Gorgeous design
  • +Nice mid and high-range sound profile


  • 7.1 surround sound struggles to come through
  • Muddy low ranges


One of the biggest features of the HyperX Cloud II is its design. It has an innovative metal-brushed prong and blood-red cups. They’re surprisingly comfortable cups considering we’ve tested far more expensive headphones that don’t reach the same level of comfort. That’s because of the large size that keeps each ear snug in your choice of leather or black velour cushion.

People who prefer more of a plush experience in their headband will want to choose the velour version, whereas those who like cool materials can go for the leather. This cup and headband will see you through long sessions with ease. The red and black accents on the leather make this drinkware look stylish no matter where it’s placed.

The LED-free headphones are easy to use for just about anything, with a design that looks good no matter what it’s used for.


Vibrant colors and stylish design are just a few of the features that separate this HyperX Cloud II headset from others in its price range. The drivers produce clear audio with a slightly wider frequency response range than most, while virtual 7.1 surround sound means that others don’t have it all.

Having features such as these that can help you make the most of your creative work is certainly a value-added experience. This headset does not offer the ‘walk away feature. However, there is a USB dongle included to help you get the most out of your headsets. With this PC plugin, you will be able to toggle virtual 7.1 surround sound and control your mic and audio volume.

Not only are there many different functions, but the cables are long, meaning you can easily plug them into your existing setup. You may want to consider the audio customization options while you’re shopping, but if you don’t care, there are no problems with the included EQ.


Unfortunately, the performance of this laptop is a little disappointing. If you’re looking to get an excellent design, then it’s a good choice that won’t break the bank.

The 7.1 surround sound didn’t pop, and the directional audio seemed to spread out in a vague way rather than give you the crisp information, which you might expect when considering the value of this feature on a premium headset.

The creaks and drips from Resident Evil 7 can be heard more as breaking waves. It creates a background noise that is difficult to pinpoint, which makes it a bit disappointing, but this is one of the cheapest headsets on the market.

If you want a value-busting contender for the best PS4 headset or best Xbox One headset when the current generation cycle expires, then look no further than this headset.

The EQ customization options are a little limited due to the muddy sound. However, you’re getting a solid sound at the lower range that really emphasizes power over detailing.

The bass range of these gaming headsets lacks detail, which may be annoying if you want to listen to music with these headphones as well. The sound on Doom Eternal was full of deep notes and detail. The bass sometimes threatened to overpower it, but it could still be very enjoyable many other times.

Jumping into Crash Bandicoot 4, you’ll hear a rich and powerful audio quality that will fill your ears with all the delights of a perfectly-timed spin in Crash’s world.

The noise-canceling microphone is new to the Cloud II headset. It’s a nice mic, for sure, but if you’re after a PC headset with a good microphone and better audio customization and surround sound, there are better headsets out there.

The microphone may be more expensive, but it’s worth not expecting noise reduction.

Final Thoughts

The HyperX Cloud II has a strong and powerful audio profile, with a powerful bass effect whether you enjoy it or not. Though their surround sound isn’t the best and has a limited number of customization options, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is an affordable headset from a well-known gaming brand. It might not be for PC players, but it’s a good option for console gamers without spending too much money.

The Cloud II is a great buy if you’re looking for a cheap and reliable everyday console headset. It’s not as good as the Alpha, though it still has lots of added features that make it worth considering.

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