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Best HyperX headsets: get a quality set of audio givers from a major player

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The best HyperX headsets are some of the top audio providers in the business. The gaming hardware experts quietly go about making first-class headsets that permeate the best PC headset for gaming lists up and down the internet given their excellent and established a reputation for quality game sound. 

There's a special seat at the table for those who make particularly exquisite headsets, though. The likes of HyperX headsets, Razer headsets, Logitech headsets, Sennheiser gaming headsets, and Turtle Beach headsets all provide exceptional gaming audio device that are comfortable, durable, often (but not always) loaded with features, and have spectacular sound. 

Going for a top brand like these HyperX headsets means that while you might pay a bit more, you're far less likely to have to compromise on any of these key facets and characteristics. A HyperX headset is going to tick many boxes in one fell swoop. 

Whatever HyperX headset you choose, when you team it with your favorite machine such as one of the best gaming PCs (like the ASUS ROG GA15 PC that I use in my setup) the results are fantastic. And they are likely to be the same for PS5 and Xbox Series X, providing us with contenders for best PS5 headset and best Xbox Series X headset given how they have excelled on the current generation of consoles too.

An important note: even though the HyperX headset range is well established - but still growing, of course - this is a new guide as we look to cast an eye over all the major players in the best gaming headset market. As a result, you can expect this guide to grow and be more detailed over time as we revisit some established Hyperx headsets and some upcoming new ones too.

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha

A well-established, premier HyperX headset

Acoustic Design: Closed back; over ear | Cable length: 3.3m / 10.8ft | Drivers: 50mm Dynamic | Weight: 11.8oz / 336g | Compatibility: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Mobile

Peerless build quality
Great sound
Reasonable price
No customization or software

The HyperX Cloud Alpha aren’t exactly the new kid on the block. This venerable mid-range headset has been knocking around since 2017 but the fact they’re still around should tell you something: this headset is superb. 

Sure, one could decry HyperX for the lack of software, RGB lighting, or various doo-dads that litter the specs sheet of many a modern gaming headset, but for the money, the Cloud Alphas offer peerless build quality and in-game performance.

Plug them into your PC or console of choice and enjoy a well-balanced, clear sound straight from the offset, plus a lovely plush fit that’ll never be tiresome over those long sessions. If you’re someone who values customization in your headset, you might want to look elsewhere, but if you’re someone who prefers the simpler things in life, the Cloud Alpha is the HyperX headset for you.

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HyperX Cloud II wireless review

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HyperX Cloud II wireless review

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HyperX Cloud Wireless II review

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HyperX Cloud II Wireless

A worthy upgrade in both value and power

Acoustic design: Closed back, over ear | Drivers: 53mm | Weight: 10.6oz / 301g | Compatibility: PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch (docked)

Excellent battery life
Overall strong value for money 
Strong audio performance
No 3.5mm options

Building a successor to a wildly popular budget HyperX headset, the gaming hardware behemoth must have known that the less it touched the core design of the HyperX Cloud II the better. In refusing to fix that which isn't broken, Hyper X has managed to create a wireless gaming headset that still offers stunning comfort and a strong audio performance for only $50 more than the previous wired generation. 

That proposition only gets more interesting when you discover the excellent 30-hour battery life packed away here, as well as the consistent, reliable wireless connection brought about by the 2.4GHz USB receiver. Sure, the virtual surround sound is still more of a general directional audio tool than one to rely on for pinpoint accuracy, but it still performs well enough for the everyday player who doesn't need to hone 'esport level' reaction skills. Plus, the sparse suite of audio controls available through the Ngenuity software is a little lacking by 2021's standards. 

However, it's easy to forgive some of these shortcomings that aren't likely to impact the casual player when you recognize the excellent overall quality, long-lasting comfort, and reliability of this affordable wireless headset. 

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S

A worthy mid-range headset that offers good all-around performance

Acoustic Design: Close-back, circumaural | Cable length: 2.5m / 8.2ft | Drivers: 50mm Dynamic with neodymium magnets | Weight: 275g / 9.7oz | Compatibility: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Mobile

Comfy earcups
Balanced audio profile
Solid mic
Good value price point
No real customisation options
The plastic chassis feels cheap

It’s not the fanciest headset on the market, but it sure is comfortable. HyperX brings its signature comfort and performance quality to a simple but effective gaming headset, with 50mm neodymium directional drivers and a noise-cancelling mic that does a great job of filtering out background noise, like key smashing or a rattly desk fan.

At $60 / £60, this doesn’t quite fall into the premium headset category, and the plastic exterior does feel a bit cheap for the asking price. Thankfully the audio quality isn’t compromised at all, with a refined soundscape that blends snappy highs with rich, bassy lows. An excellent choice for anyone after an all-around solid HyperX headset.

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HyperX Cloud II review

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HyperX Cloud II review

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HyperX Cloud II review

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HyperX Cloud II

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HyperX Cloud II

Perfect for everyday comfort console gaming

Acoustic design: Closed back; over ear | Cable length: 1m / 3.3ft | Drivers: 53mm Neodymium | Weight: 11.3oz / 320g | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Mac, Mobile

Long lasting comfort
Excellent design
Strong mid and high ranges
Unconvincing 7.1 surround sound
Muddy lower range

HyperX's follow-up to the original Cloud gaming headset, promises 7.1 surround sound and a quality noise-cancelling mic. And while it's not perfect, you're still getting decent audio in the mid and high ranges as you'd expect from HyperX. Console players will benefit from this strong audio, though if you're after more bass-heavy experiences you'll notice a stuttering lower range. Doom Eternal delivers the power of its bassline, for sure - but this power is sometimes at the disadvantage of detailing. 

However, there aren't any EQ customization options for PC players here, though you'll find a USB dongle in the box for toggling 7.1 surround sound or controlling audio and mic volume. That 7.1 surround sound was a little unconvincing in our testing, but, that said, for the price, you're still getting a nice soundscape in less bass-heavy games. What really sells these cups, however, is the excellent design and level of comfort. Two options for cushion materials will ensure your personal preference can be met, and roomy, expandable cups will fit just right for more head sizes and shapes than you might think. 

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HyperX Cloud Flight wireless

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HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless

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HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless

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HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless headphones

Mid-range headphones that perform solidly if unspectacularly

Acoustic Design: Closed back | Cable length: Wireless | Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 315g | Compatibility: PC, PS4

Comfy to wear
Small and snug
Decent HyperX sound quality
Battery life is overstated
2.0 channel audio only
Not compatible with Xbox

HyperX has a bunch of headphones in its Cloud range, and the Cloud Flight Wireless is the mid-range pair with PC and PS4 compatibility. It'll set you back about $140 / £120, but what does it offer at that not-quite budget price point to stand out from the crowd?

By all means, it's a solid headset with decent HyperX-levels of quality audio, that is comfy to wear for long periods, but there are a couple of compromises you need to be aware of: the 2.0 channel audio is good but other headsets in the same price range offer 5.1 or 7.1, and the mic isn't particularly impressive. 

It is generally a fine HyperX headset but not much more. You'll still be able to locate enemies and their general direction, and the game audio and detail level is good but nothing spectacular. If you're in need of a replacement headset and can pick this up in a sale, then this is ideal, but it will also fit the bill for a pressure-free headset you don't mind taking out and about, or a perfect first gaming headset as a way into HyperX headsets and gaming audio.

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HyperX Cloud Revolver S review

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HyperX Cloud Revolver S review

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HyperX Cloud Revolver S review

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HyperX Cloud Revolver S

Bang-average headphones that don't do enough to stand out

Acoustic Design: Closed back | Cable length: c.3m | Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 376g | Compatibility: PC, PS4

Comfy to wear for long periods
Good sound quality
Cracking noise cancellation
7.1 surround sound is only OK
The cable is *very* long
Not Xbox compatible

This HyperX headset sits in the middle ground of the range and offers a solid option for PC and PS4 players. The HyperX Cloud Revolver S is incredibly comfy. Memory foam in the headband makes it a delight to wear for long periods, and the closed-back ear cups result in genuinely terrific noise cancellation, to the point where it's deathly quiet with them on if you have nothing playing. The leather ear cups can be a nuisance for some, especially in warm weather, but you'll know your personal preference. Sound-wise, it's not going to blow anyone away, but it does suffice with very decent audio quality, both in-game and listening to music.

There are some drawbacks such as the middling 7.1 surround sound, the incredibly long cable, and the incompatibility with Xbox but the headset is still solid. There are plenty of headsets jostling for position and for your money in this price range so it's increasingly hard for one to pull ahead of the pack, which the Revolver S falls victim to, unfortunately. However, it's still a great HyperX headset and if you ever see it on sale, then it'd be a great acquisition.

Rob Dwiar

I'm one of the Hardware Editors for GamesRadar+, and I take care of a whole host of gaming tech reviews, buying guides, and news and deals content that pops up across GamesRadar+. I'm also a qualified landscape and garden designer so do that in my spare time, and lean on it to write about games' landscapes and environments too.