Kingston HyperX Cloud 2 7.1 Headset Review

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The packaging for the HyperX Cloud 2 is outstanding. An excellent box with a clear feature list opens to reveal an internal box stamped with a large HyperX logo. Lift the lid off that and the Cloud 2 is finally revealed. It would be easy for any company to use vacuum-formed plastic, or even just chuck the accessories into the cardboard cubby hole at the bottom. Kingston have gone for soft foam with extremely precise cutouts, and it certainly gives a good impression.

Speaking of accessories the Cloud 2 has leather ear pieces by default but foam and cloth ones are an included option. There is a carry bag, adaptors - the 3.5mm jack plug is hard wired to the headset - and the Virtual 7.1 USB soundcard that separates this from its brethren.

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The aluminium construction ensures that the Cloud 2 is both light and sturdy. No creaky plastic hinges to be found here. 

There are two different volume controls on the USB soundcard portion, enabling you to adjust both the audio and microphone volumes independently. You can also turn the Virtual 7.1 on and off as you wish.

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There are two colour choices for the Cloud 2, today's review sample which is muted greys and black, or one which more closely resembles the original Cloud wherein all the grey bits on ours are replaced with red. It's nice to have the choice depending upon how understated you prefer your hardware to be. The microphone is removable so you can use these are a plain set of headphones if the mood takes you, or if you're just paranoid about accidentally leaving your microphone on.

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The band is the perfect combination of great-looking and comfortable. The design is identical to the first HyperX Cloud, and a couple of other headphone models on the market and can be worn for hours and hours without fatigue. 

Beneath the changeable covers are the 53mm drivers which are the heart of the Kingston HyperX Cloud 2. If it sounds remotely as good as its predecessor then we're in for a treat.

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20-01-2015, 16:53:59

AverageNinja
Now those are some comfy looking headphones. Really digging the look of the headset too. Might have to look into these. Thanks for the review Bryan Quote

20-01-2015, 18:25:17

jimma47
I bought the original version ten days ago... oops. Seriously they're amazing though and for the price can't be beaten.

I would have loved a tri-pole connector instead of the separate mic/headphone jacks for using with my phone but generally they're just plugged into my sound card via the front panel so agree with Bryan on that one - unless you need the USB card the originals are just fine and with no price as yet I imagine the originals will be better value for a while yet.

I'm thinking this version would work especially well with notebooks etc with average onboard audio. I do love the stealth look of the black/grey as well.Quote

21-01-2015, 00:48:16

NeverBackDown
So the same awesome headset that has better mircophone and more connectivity options? Don't see how it can't get less than a Gold Award. Nice review Bryan!

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Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
Now those are some comfy looking headphones. Really digging the look of the headset too. Might have to look into these. Thanks for the review Gary
It says it was BryanQuote

21-01-2015, 02:05:06

AverageNinja
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It says it was Bryan
Holy s***, I'm stupid Fixed!

In my defense, I just got home from my job at a local grocery store, and I had to do overtime. I was tired Quote

21-01-2015, 02:07:48

Chrazey
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In my defense, I just got home from my job at a local grocery store, and I had to do overtime. I was tired
You got an alibi for that? ...Quote
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