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Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset: Closer Look

Once the headphones are pulled from the packaging, you can see the Kingston HyperX logo across the top. I'm guessing the "Cloud" isn't considered a series yet since the name isn't anywhere on the actual headphones. Labeling it HyperX make me think instantly of its memory division, but in fact it is not just for memory, but headphones and peripherals too. The Cloud II comes in gun metal (pictured) or red in which the stitching, metal, and logo is in red. If the gun metal version says anything, than I'm going to assume the red version is the same build quality.

 

 

Moving on to the extra contents inside that grey box, there is a detachable microphone and USB Plug & Play sound card. The microphone itself is a decent improvement upgrading to frequency response of 50–18,000Hz versus the original Clouds 10KHz. The USB sound card is a new addition as well. Err correction, a major upgrade over the original. It only requires one cable for the microphone and audio, besides that it also has the added function of virtual 7.1 surround by clicking the center button. This allows for the ability to plug and play into any computer and guarantee good sounding headphones. If you choose to ditch the add-on, you'll have to buy a splitter that will be required to use the mic for using it on the computer. Otherwise you are good to go on the gaming consoles.

 

 

Kingston was nice enough to provide a quick start guide for using the headphones and a bit of warranty information. Now I consider myself a tech savvy person, but this time I was really stumped on how these headphones work with the Playstation 4 without Bluetooth. So without jumping on the web and doing a bit of looking around, I may have missed this completely. Somehow I just completely forgot the PS4 had a mic jack on the controller or it didn't click. Either way, having this quick guide actually for once helped me out. Thanks Kingston! On a more serious note, having the ability to use this headset on the PlayStation or Xbox is a huge plus in my book. It may be overlooked by a lot of people simply because it's marketed more towards PC gamers, but should become a major consideration when choosing a console headset. Not only can you take it from the computer to the console just by unplugging one cable, it still sounds great and isn't just a throw away feature.

 

 

Next up is the interchangeable ear cups, which is just a fancy way of saying ear cushions. An extra pair is included and listed as "velour ear cushions", while the included ones are leather-like. I wouldn't say they are real leather unless it's was confirmed, but they feel smooth and comfortable.

 

 

Looking at the sides you can see how each speaker is attached along with the adjustable band for each person head size. I'm going to just say I have a small head since I didn't have to adjust these at all. The Cloud II also didn't ever feel too big or heavy at anytime of use. As for the construction, these are solid as they get. It's metal and I can't even bend them with some force. Therefore I give the Cloud II a thumbs up for construction. I have no doubt, these will not break after being stepped on or dropped a few times. I guess at this point I should say I've broken every pair of headphones I've ever own. Mostly due to stepping on them or the plastic holding each speaker breaks off. I'm excited to have a pair they may outlast the rest. Time will ultimately tell, but I have a good feeling about these purely based on build quality.

 

 

Now back to the microphone that I very briefly talked about before. The microphone from a specification point of view is a bump up from the original Cloud. A small boost from a frequency response of 100–12,000 Hz to 50–18,000 Hz. This gives a nice frequency boost to capture more of the natural voice. Now this can be only be as effective as the recording device and codec. So before making this your primary microphone for everything, understand that some apps may have no apparent difference in sound quality because of how it's being captured by the software itself. I personally had great results with this microphone and more of that in the testing phase of this review.

 




  1. Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset: Closer Look
  3. Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset: Specifications & Features
  4. Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset: Setup & Testing
  5. Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset: Conclusion
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