Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset Review
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We spoke in our introduction about how Kingston have combined with QPad for the production of the Cloud headset, and once you take a look at it it's clear in the design. It's nearly identical to the vastly more expensive 1339 with all metal hinges that have been beautifully anodized in black. We adore the looks as that all black with just a hint of red for the HyperX logo really catches the eye. The cables themselves are outstanding quality with a lovely soft touch braid, devoid of any loose threads.
We've seen so many headsets, even expensive ones, that have headbands which belie their price tag with cheap foam and maybe a screenprinted logo. The HyperX Cloud screams quality from the rooftops. Embroidered logo and some contrast stitching really emphasise that this isn't "stick a logo on someone else's headset" but a product in keeping with the quality that the HyperX brand brings to the table. There is, for those with a larger noggin, plenty of height adjustment too with 7 steps for maximum comfort.
Given the quality of the audio that many gaming headsets produce it's great to see that the microphone is removable. You wouldn't want to walk up the road with a giant mic sticking out, so to be able to take it off and then cover the resulting hole is a nice touch.
Continuing the trend of excellent design decisions the Cloud has removable ear cups and a spare set provided. So for those of you who prefer a foam ear piece rather than the leather option, the Cloud has you covered. We also like that the foam ones have the red insides to help give more contrast should you so desire it.