Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset Review
By Jason Vaught
Manufacturer: Kingston Technology Corporation
Product Name: HyperX Cloud II Pro Gaming Headset
Model Number: KHX-HSCP-RD
Price As Tested: $99.99 (Amazon | NewEgg)
Release Date: February 2015
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Kingston.
The Kingston HyperX Cloud II Pro Gaming Headset is much like it’s predecessor in both features and aesthetics. The HyperX Cloud II features 7.1 channel virtual surround, which is accomplished with an advanced USB audio control box with built-in DSP sound card. The Cloud II still retains the ability to function with other devices that utilize a 3.5mm plug, including cell phones, tablets, and gaming console controllers. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will investigate how well Kingston delivers this revamp to it’s acclaimed HyperX Cloud headset.
With the HyperX Cloud II headset, I’ll be testing how well the virtual surround sound works, how functional the in-line remote is, sound quality, microphone quality, and overall durability of the headset. We won’t be evaluating any software with this USB headset, as it does not require nor have any. The updated Cloud II also features a more responsive microphone, but it loses the ability to use 3.5mm plugs with your PC, unless your PC can utilize a single, tri-band 3.5mm stereo headphone/microphone plug..
HyperX Cloud II Features
- Advanced USB audio control box with built-in DSP sound card
- Hi-Fi capable with 53mm drivers for supreme audio quality
- Hardware-driven virtual 7.1 surround sound
- Comfortable, 100% memory foam on headband and leatherette cushions
- Pro-Gaming optimized with closed cup design for passive noise cancellation
- Compatible – USB connectivity for PC & Mac. Stereo compatible with PS4, Xbox One*, and mobile
*Xbox One requires adapter (sold separately)
HyperX Cloud II Specifications