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Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset: Conclusion

Let's wrap things up with a rundown of the pros and cons of this headset. Once again, I do not have equipment to analyze the frequency response or any way to prove it either way. This review is based my personal audio experience and use as a whole. Practicality does have a factor, but this is something really left to someones preference. I believe these type of reviews should be the least bias as possible, but peripherals are extremely hard to follow these guidelines and the Cloud II more or less falls under the same category.

Luckily for Kingston I really only have good things to say about the HyperX Cloud II. It has great sound and some decent bass. Before suggesting everyone drop everything and go out and by this headset, let me talk about the 7.1 virtual surround that I really didn't cover during the review. The key word here in the title is virtual, because it, at best, acts like an equalizer rather than any sort of surround. I gave it a try over the month and some times the "surround" was on not knowing it and felt it sounded like something was off. More than once I stepped on the button which is located in the middle of the volume controller. Without knowing it was on, I could tell it sounded different. I wouldn't consider it bad per say, but to achieve this virtual surround, the Cloud II raises the treble and lowers the base. This gives an effect of space that some may enjoy. The problem is, since it's just an equalizer, it can't be blindly apply to all audio and games. I would have much rather seen options to pick different settings for each type of experience. One for games, movies, or music. Of course it wouldn't be perfect, but then again, marketing a headset as 7.1 hoping no one will notice virtual part, is a bit misleading.

Overall, Kingston has created a great headset. Not only is the sound exceptionally good for the price range, I would suggest buying these for the headphones alone. The Microphone is just like an added bonus in my eyes. The Cloud II was very comfortable thanks to the memory foam padding. Not to mention the list of features that are great in itself. I can't say they aren't better products that do one of these things, but you will be hard pressed to find something that crosses platforms and has high multipurpose functions.

Pros:

  • Clear and crisp sound
  • Decent bass
  • Gaming consoles support
  • Very comfortable
  • Detachable cable & mic
  • Interchangeable cable/mic connectors
  • Velour and leather earpad sets included
  • High quality braided cable
  • Build-in DPS USB soundcard

 

Cons:

  • 7.1 virtual surround
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  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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