HyperX Cloud Stinger Headset Review
Normally at this level of pricing your choice is limited to open backed designed headphones, as the closed back offerings usually aren't quite up to snuff. HyperX, however, have continued their excellent range of headsets with the Cloud Stinger. Making all three of the Cloud headsets worthwhile purchases.
Although largely clad in plastic the headset doesn't remotely feel cheap, as the plastics used are of a high quality and the design is good enough that it doesn't look like a collection of disparate pieces - the headband serving as nothing more than something to connect the two ear pieces - but rather hewn from a whole. It's a very nice design indeed. This level of attention to detail is enhanced by the use of metal height adjustments. Often this is the section of a headset which is guaranteed to fail first, but with the Cloud Stinger we're sure it will last a long time. The lightweight chassis aids comfort too, with the combination of well padded ear cups and the lightweight ensuring you can listen for hours without the dreaded fatigue, or even sweaty ear issue, becoming a problem.
Listening for hours is something you'll definitely want to do too. The 50mm drivers have a wide frequency response which brings new life to old favourites and a fully rounded aural experience to new media. You can be certain that the Cloud Stinger will cause you to miss nothing in the soundscape. Often closed back designs can be a little heavy on the bass notes, but the HyperX headset merely enhances them, bringing punch to the proceedings without allowing the lower frequencies to dominate the rest of the audio. The sound is exceptionally good, and even if you prefer the airier audio of an open backed design we are certain that you'll be thrilled with the Cloud Stinger.
If there is a minor weak point it is the microphone design. With a headset providing audio of this quality it would be tempting to use it as your sole weapon of choice, but the microphone sticks firmly out of the side and isn't retractable, so you could wear the Stinger in public. That isn't to say that the microphone isn't capable of clearly rendering your voice, merely that the Stinger is so good we're slightly disappointed the microphone isn't at the very least detachable. But this is of no great significance.
At the retail price of £50 the HyperX Cloud Stinger is unquestionably worthy of our highest award, the OC3D Enthusiast. It supports PC and PS4, is built well, looks great and the audio is spectacular. If you hurry you can grab it at even more of a bargain price though.