HyperX CloudX Official Xbox One Pro Gaming Headset Review
Comfortable even while wearing eyeglasses
Sound quality is high especially for a stereo headset
Comes with everything you need and want
Does not require batteries, charging or any external power
Ear cups can get hot after extended periods of play if you’re a hot head
Easy to lose the mic input stopper
Not surround sound – stereo only
It’s Official –
Like the HyperX Cloud II and the HyperX Cloud Revolver before it, the Hyper X CloudX, built specifically for the Xbox One, continues Kingston’s streak of producing high quality headsets at a reasonable price point.
The CloudX is essentially a repurposed Cloud II. The overall body design, sound quality, and features are almost exactly the same between the two models with the exception being the CloudX is officially licensed for the Xbox One by Microsoft. The biggest difference with the CloudX in comparison to the Cloud II is a simplified volume slider and detachable mic.
Starting with the packaging, the user is treated to an impressive and elegant presentation of the unit. The description on the box tells the user everything they would want to know about the headset but the most impressive feature is contained within. After sliding the outer shell away, the headset is securely contained within a bed of customized foam. It sort of feels like opening one of those suitcases you see in the movies that contain a set of dual pistols or stacks of cash; it is professional looking. As if the foam wasn’t enough, the headset sits within the includes hard shell casing for superior transit protection.
The clamshell case is a contemporary design, composed of nothing but a sleek black covering. Attached is an extra wide loop which should have no trouble being tied to anything you can carry. The zipper that opens/closes the case also has an abnormally large loop for additional attaching options.
Once the case is open, the user will notice that everything is tucked sturdily inside: the headset, the optional green ear cups, the detachable mic and the included wiring. It isn’t hard to tell that this case was specifically designed to hold all these pieces as the case is strong with no wasted space.
Just like the other HyperX headsets, the CloudX is surprisingly comfortable despite having an aluminum frame. This metal frame makes the headset durable but also lightweight while still carrying an impressive presentation. After playing Halo 5 for over an hour, I never once felt any discomfort wearing this headest. The headstrap is adjustable and the ear cups fit tightly over my ears. Even sitting in a recliner with a high backing, I was able to rest my head on the headrest of my chair without having headset interference. I guess my only complaint is that my ears felt hot after a while. At the same time, I have been using this headset at the end of June so the hotter outside air also plays a factor.
The optional but included green ear cups do not offer any additional features other than sporting the official Xbox green hue. However, I personally think the black matte finish mixed with aluminum silver framing looks pretty sexy and didn’t feel the need to switch to the green.
Microsoft has officially backed this headset, calling it an official product. However, users need to be aware that there are some limitations to the unit through no fault of Kingston/HyperX. This headset will obviously only work with Xbox One controllers that have a 3.5mm input. This means that the Xbox One Elite controller, which sells for around $150, is compatible with this headset; I tested this headset using this high-end controller. It is also worth pointing out that this headset is simply plug-and-play (you might need to update the firmware on your controller). Unfortunately, this headset will not work the Xbox One Chatpad accessory and this headset is compatible with CTIA connections.
Out of the box, the mic will not be attached to the unit. However, it is simply a matter of pulling out the rubber stopper in the mic input then inserting the optional mic. It is easy and works exactly how you would expect. My complaint here, although minor, the rubber stopper is fully removable and will probably get lost the first time you remove it. But even if you lose it, having the mic input exposed is no big deal especially if you keep the unit in the included case.
As for the sound quality, the CloudX is a stereo headset, not surround sound. While sound isn’t as good as say, the Astro A50’s 7.1 surround sound system, this CloudX still sounds great and costs significantly less than other surround sound units on the market. For example, the Astro A50 costs $300 whereas the CloudX is under $100. This price point, however, is easily justified because of the solid construction, high comfort level, included accessories, and clear sound quality. Again, using my hours of Halo 5 as my play test example, it is easy to identify where bullets, footsteps, and dialog are coming from, which makes for more efficient and entertaining play. Even though it is only stereo, this headset can definitely increase performance especially in a competitive environment like Halo, CoD or Destiny.
Here at myGamer.com, we have reviewed many Kingston and HyperX products over the years and have yet to be disappointed. Not only do these products perform well, they look great and we have yet to experience one fail. The HyperX CloudX is another quality product that continues their line of quality products. If you are looking for a classy headset that won’t break the bank, the HyperX CloudX is something to consider.
On Par With: the HyperX Cloud II unit
Wait For It: a HyperX wireless 7.1 surround sound unit
Better Than: Using your TV’s speakers or stereo sound bar
By: Zachary Gasiorowski, Editor-in-Chief myGamer.com