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Kingston HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset Review

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Category: Speakers/Headphones
Price: $99.99
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HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset Introduction:

There used to be a time when gamers only used headphones when they didn't want to disturb family members or roommates. Nowadays, owning a gaming headset is almost required for any gamer planning to play online multiplayer. But unlike other gaming accessories, headsets are still often an afterthought for most people – they'll just buy whatever's on sale when they need one, with little care for brand or sound quality. One thing I see over and over again is someone will spend $1500+ on a new top of the line gaming system all decked out and ready to go, but then they will pop some cheap $20 Walmart special headset on their head and get upset when defeated in that Battleground game. Now that said, how do you find the right balance between a quality headset and a good price? Sure there are several hundred dollar ones out there that offer the most immersive sound, but can you find a really good quality headset without having to sell your first born child? Of course; you just have to weed out all the competition to find one.

Today we bring you a headset from a company that is well known in the computer and gaming world, but I have to admit that, while I have bought its RAM, SSDs, and other goodies, I have yet to experience its headset line. Way back in 2002, Kingston Technology launched its high-performance product division HyperX. Originally breaking records with its memory, HyperX has now evolved into a gaming division with a portfolio that includes mice, keyboards, headsets, and more. HyperX released its first headset in 2014, called HyperX Cloud. There are now multiple HyperX Cloud headsets, including the previously reviewed Cloud Revolver and Cloud Stinger. In three years, the company has shipped more than two million headsets worldwide – quickly making a name for itself. This time around we'll be looking at the HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset. With a name containing “Alpha” you immediately think the leader of the pack, right? Well we intend to see if that holds true during the review.

The Cloud Alpha is billed as "the first gaming headset to feature revolutionary dual chamber technology." The dual-chamber design separates the bass from the mids and highs, which should produce a cleaner, smoother sound. Combine that with an aluminum frame, premium memory foam, an expanded headband, and detachable braided cables and noise-cancellation microphone, and the Cloud Alpha packs quite the feature set. Oh, and it's fully compatible with Windows and Mac PCs, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR, and most mobile devices – basically anything with a 3.5mm port. This means you can get the most out of your investment and not have to buy separate headphones for multiple device. If you are intrigued as I am, let's see if all these fancy features translate to a great product.

 

HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset Closer Look:

Starting with the packaging, the box of the HyperX Cloud Alpha is just as sleek and exciting as the headset. The color pattern chosen shows off the red and black contrasts that the headset offers, getting you excited before you even open the package. On the front of the box, there is a large picture showing you the Cloud Alpha headset in all its glory and highlights some key features, including the dual-chamber design, signature comfort, and the detachable cable with in-line controls. If you look at the bottom left, you also have the certification logos from Discord and TeamSpeak, so you know your purchase will work with those services right out of the box. On the reverse side of the box, we have callouts for some of the features again, as well as a list of additional voice services and cable length sizes. One thing that really stood out to me was the free technical support included, should you need help getting set up. Finally, on the side, there are logos of professional gaming organizations that use or have used the HyperX Cloud Alpha.

 

 

Removing the outer sleeve reveals a solid black box on all sides with a white HyperX logo on the front. Opening the box reveals a card welcoming you to the HyperX family and Quick Start Guide, with the headset packaged snugly in some rigid clamshell plastic beneath. I really liked how the Cloud Alpha was packaged by Kingston, as you can tell it was fully protected during transit from the factory to your door. Each of the components had its place to sit, well protected and neat. Removing everything from the box and protective plastic, you really can get that first glimpse of this sleek gaming headset. Included in the packaging alongside the aforementioned card and Quick Start Guide is the Cloud Alpha headset itself, the microphone boom, the headset to 3.5mm cable, a 3.5mm to headset/microphone splitter, and a soft carrying case to keep everything together and clean.

 




  1. HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset: Closer Look
  3. HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset: Specifications & Features
  4. HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset: Testing & Results
  5. HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset: Conclusion
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