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Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset: Introduction
Today we take a look at the Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset, which hits the retail shelves this month. Following in the footsteps left by the original Cloud headset, Kingston aims to step it up a notch with better cable management / compatibility and the addition of the hardware-driven virtual 7.1 surround sound. Kingston Technology Company was formed in 1987, originally as a memory company, and now is one the largest suppliers in the market. Kingston also has branched out under its HyperX division, creating peripherals and headsets among the many varieties of flash memory.
This time, Kingston has added to its headset collection with the Cloud II that was announced at CES 2015. The headset itself has a good amount of features and improvements over the original. So before spoiling the rest, let's jump in and see what this newest addition is all about.
Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset: Closer Look
The Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset comes in a large box with all the marketing information necessary on the box. I have never been a person who cares about the box presentation, but for those who do, let me give a quick rundown of what is written. The front has the main selling points and everything one needs to know about the Cloud II. These features include 7.1 surround sound, Pure Hi-Fi 53mm drivers, and a digitally enhanced microphone to name a few. On the back of the box, it has more or less the same things listed what was on the front, in case you missed it. It does, however, go into detail like a detachable microphone and memory form padding. Of course there is a bit more information than that, but why spoil the whole review? Let's move onto the sides!
Now checking out the sides, Kingston continues to educate potential buyers (assuming you didn't buy it online) listing its mission statement in a few languages. Below that is Kingstons checklist of what it considered certified / compatible while using its microphone. Some of these include Teamspeak, Mumble, and Skype. Of course it's not limited to these programs, but you shouldn't have any problems with these programs. Flip to the other side and it lists the main points again that were on the front and back of the box, so no need to cover it again.
Under the red exterior is a grey box with the HyperX logo across the middle. After opening the box, you can see the headphones neatly packed around foam keeping it secure. This is a great start for the headphones since you can never tell what may happen between manufacturing to opening it at home. On the other side of the HyperX logo is a little letter, basically thanking you (the buyer) for supporting them and hope you enjoy the headphones. It's not necessary at all and does nothing for me personally, but it's a nice gesture. Now you see the headphones from a distance, how about a closer look?