Kingston HyperX Cloud II Pro Gaming Headset Detailed Features
Now we’ll take a closer look at some of the detailed features that the HyperX Cloud II has to offer.
As mentioned previously, the Kingston HyperX Cloud II Pro Gaming Headset features two connection types, a USB and a tri-band 3.5mm plug. This allows for greater device compatibility, see below.
Included with the box is a quick start guide that gives your a quick visual reference of what various devices the headset is designed to work with. As you can see above, the only special considerations you need to take is that currently you have to use the in-line sound card to use it on a PC and you need a separate adapter to use it with an Xbox One controller. Unfortunately, Kingston did not take into account people who have expensive sound cards or simply don’t prefer USB DSPs (Digital Sound Processors) when choosing what adapters to include with this headset. See Testing and Results for more on this.
The in-line control box DSP (Digital Sound Processing) unit features volume control for the headphones and microphone with the ability to turn the virtual 7.1 surround sound on or off via the middle button labeled “7.1”.
The in-line control box DSP also has a handy microphone mute slider switch located on the left side and a shirt clip on the bottom, allowing you to position the remote comfortably and for easier access.
On the bottom of the left can, there is a plug cover for the microphone. This enables you to keep the port clean while using the headset as just headphones. Honestly though, it might would have been a better idea to have the plug be permanently attached, or to have it be a small sliding cover vs being completely removable. Let’s face it, you’re gonna loose that little plug and never use it again unfortunately.
The felt like alternate ear cups that Kingston so thoughtfully included proved to be a little warm while being worn for longer periods of time, but again, ambient temperature plays a role as always. Nonetheless, some would prefer the softer, warmer material to the leatherette varient that comes already attached to the headset.