Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset Review


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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.


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  1. Phillip

    Do you know if for sure the usb connection will work on the PS4 to allow for the 7.1 surround? If not, then I am definitely going to go for the first HyperX Cloud.

    1. Jason Vaught

      According to Sony, after patch 1.60, all USB headsets should be supported by the PS4, including 7.1ch surround headsets both wired and wireless.

  2. Vinny

    Some sources have stated the HyperX Cloud 1’s will perform better with a headphone amp and DAC, since the Cloud II’s share the same specs, does the USB DSP plug provide adequate power to move those drivers in the headphones?

    1. Jason Vaught

      Yes, the USB does provide adequate power to the drivers. The headset also performs well via 3.5mm plug on internal sounds card, external DAC, and even pocket headphone amps (altoid amp).

  3. InfidelGastro

    I like this gadget but Kingston should offer it in two variants… 1. As it is now 2. With a longer cable and only with 3.5mm jacks. I would definitely jump at the latter. The USB 7.1 DSP is a deal breaker for me, it’s trash, 7.1 simulated sound is a gimmick and I don’t want it so I wouldn’t pay for it.

  4. Jason

    If I use a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter, will the headset work on my xbox 360 controller?

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