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HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless Quick Review

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is a PC gaming headset that is both wireless and outstanding. It boasts an excellent sound quality, a clean microphone, and DTS Headphone:X simulated surround technology. This headset is for you if your primary gaming platform is the PC. The Cloud Alpha Wireless is also compatible with PlayStation 4/5, however some of its audio functions aren’t, and it lacks a 3.5mm connector as a wired backup for broader compatibility.

That’s fairly limited for $199.99, especially considering that similar-priced headsets like the JBL Quantum 800 and Steel series Arctis 7+ also serve as Bluetooth headphones. Nonetheless, the Cloud Alpha Wireless generates superb audio, which is reason enough to buy it.

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless

Classic Cloud Design

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Classic Design

The Cloud Alpha Wireless is nearly identical to the Cloud II Wireless in appearance and feel, right down to the red stitching on black fake leather on the headset. The headset has big, oval-shaped earcups, matte black rubberized sides, black, semi-gloss rear panels, and red, skeletal metal struts in a black-and-red colour scheme. The electronics are connected by short, fabric-covered wires that extend from the tops of the cups to the headband.

The leatherette-covered earpads are minimally cushioned yet adequate. They lack the large, deep memory foam/gel pads seen on the Razer Kraken V3 Pro, but they do have enough soft foam to cushion the headset against your skull. The Cloud Alpha Wireless weighs 11.8 ounces, which is less than the Kraken V3 Pro but more than the Razer Barracuda X and wired Astro Gaming A10. The Cloud Alpha Wireless was tight yet comfy for me.

Most of the headset’s connections and functions are located at the bottom edge of the left earcup, including a USB-C charging port, a 3.5mm connector for the detachable boom mic, a power button, and a mic mute button. Only a basic volume wheel is included on the right earcup.

The Cloud Alpha Wireless’ battery, according to HyperX, may last up to 300 hours at 50% loudness. That’s an incredible figure, and while we can’t guarantee it, the headset has clearly lasted a long time without losing power throughout our tests. Regardless, if you increase the amount, that time will be significantly reduced.

PC Ngenuity

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: 2.4 GHz USB Transmitter

A 2.4GHz USB transmitter is included with the Cloud Alpha Wireless for wireless usage with a PC. The transmitter is compatible with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, while the DTS Headphone:X component of the headset is only available on PC. There are no cable connection options on the headset.

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: DTS Headphone:X

The HyperX Ngenuity app allows for easy customization. You may use it to adjust the headset’s audio using a selection, presets, or a 10-band EQ, as well as turn on and off mic monitoring. But that’s the extent of the modifications. The software’s DTS Headphone:X implementation is more appealing. DTS’ simulated surround technology is activated through a radio button in the app, similar to the THX Spatial Audio offered with the Razer Kraken V3 Pro.

DTS Headphone:X, THX Spatial Audio, and Dolby Atmos for Headphones are all available for Windows PCs, and their presence is appreciated.

Crisp, Clean Voices

The noise-canceling boom mic performs admirably. My voice was clear and sharp in test recordings, and there was no evidence of fan noise from my laptop. This is an excellent microphone for voice chat, recording, and streaming, but professional content makers should acquire a specialised USB microphone instead of a consumer headset boom mic for superior sound quality.

Scooped Sound, With Balance

The 50mm drivers in the headset can produce a powerful low-frequency thud. The kick drum impacts and bass synth notes in The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” our bass test track, seem forceful and real. The headset does not display any distortion at highest (and dangerous) volume settings.

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: EQ Headset

The Cloud Alpha Wireless basic sound profile is balanced but sculpted, as seen by Yes Roundabout. The initial acoustic guitar plucks contain a lot of crisp string texture in the higher frequencies and a lot of resonance in the lower frequencies. The bassline, vocals, and high-hat all stand out in the mix as the music properly kicks in, however the guitar strums’ mids fade into the background. It sounds fantastic, but it’s been scooped.

HyperX appears to be aware of this, since the Ngenuity app’s “Balanced” EQ preset increases two of the middle frequency bands to compensate (and successfully bring out the strums better than with the EQ disabled).

The Cloud Alpha Wireless’ robust bass response means The Crystal Method’s “Born Too Slow” sounds great whether the EQ is changed or not. The vocals and chords pierce through the mix, while the backbeat provides enough of thunder to the music. It never sounds murky, but it does rattle your brain.

The DTS Headphone:X surround effect is good, although it needs a little persuading. It delivers a general feeling of directionality by default, but not much more than solid stereo panning, with the EQ turned off. This might be because the sculpted sound hides the useful mids and mid-highs, allowing the bass and high frequencies to shine through. HyperX appears to be aware of this, since the Gaming EQ setting amplifies particular frequencies. It improves the accuracy and directionality of the simulated surround.

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Gaming Headset

On the Cloud Alpha Wireless, Monster Hunter Rise sounds fantastic. The sweeping, occasionally joyful soundtrack is well reproduced, charging blade impacts and monster swipes feel powerful, and environmental elements like as water splashing and snow crunching are discernible. With the Gaming EQ setting activated, DTS Headphone:X also performs well in this game, giving you a strong feeling of where different monster noises are coming from in the environment.

A Great Headset for PCs

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is a great gaming headset that is limited by its platform. The headset features an excellent sound quality, a clear microphone, good simulated surround, and a long battery life. It’s entirely wireless and mostly designed for PCs, which is a bit restrictive for $200. Editors’ Choice selections JBL Quantum 800 ($199.95) and Razer Kraken V3 Pro ($199.99) provide more features for the price, including wired connection options and RGB illumination. The Razer offers haptic feedback, while the JBL has Bluetooth connection.

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Editors' Choice Razer Barracuda X

For PC gamers who value full audio and a long battery life, the Cloud Alpha Wireless is an excellent solution. The aforementioned gaming headsets are better alternatives if you want greater freedom with your devices, with additional functions and connection for the same price. The Editors’ Choice Razer Barracuda X ($99.99) sounds amazing and works with Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4/5, and USB-C-equipped Android phones, yet its build quality falls short of the competition.

There’s also the Astro Gaming A10 ($59.99), an Editors’ Choice wired option that needs you to purchase your own simulated surround software. On that front, the Editors’ Choice Razer Blackshark V2 ($99.99) has a USB sound card with its own simulated surround processing.

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