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Kingston HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset Review


HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset Testing:

Unlike a lot of gaming headsets that use a USB connector, the HyperX Cloud Alpha uses a 3.5mm headphone jack with a Y-splitter to allow use with a wider number of devices, including mobile and desktop computers. With this flexibility, I chose to test the headset by replacing all of my daily headset use with the Cloud Alpha, which included gaming, listening to music, watching movies, and even conducting phone conference calls.


Testing Setup:



When it comes to gaming, this headset was a beast. I am an avid player of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, and boy did I feel like I had an advantage at times due to the clarity and precision of the sound that was exerted. I could easily hear footsteps coming toward me, even if the other player dropped their shoes. This saved my butt many times from being the target of opportunity and even helped me get a few wins. When it came to mobile gaming, using the Cloud Alpha on the Nintendo Switch was a dream. Sounds were a lot clearer, the melodies were a joy to listen to and they were not washed out or distorted. The only issue I can say I experienced with this headset was in Discord, as there was a lot of echo heard by the other users at times. I chalk that up to the dual drivers on the headset being so loud and clear that the microphone picked it up as if I was talking.



For movies, the Cloud Alpha had a lot of deep bass and very good mids and highs when action scenes were going on. Despite not having true surround sound, I really felt like I was immersed in the scenes. I watched several movies across my desktop PC and my iPad, and I had the same immersive feeling no matter the device, which shows the true performance of the Cloud Alpha headset. I really liked the removable microphone as well, as this allowed me to truly use this headset for audio without having a big boom sticking out in my face.



Music was also a joy listening too with the Cloud Alpha headset. Just as with the movies, the sounds were clear and crisp. The bass was adequate without being too much or too little. I listen to a wide variety of music, so I was able to get a good handle on the different levels of bass and treble. When it came to music, I mostly listened on my desktop PC and my phone. It was easy to switch between the two with the PC extension cable – when I was done with the computer, I could just disconnect from the extension cable and plug directly into my phone and keep listening. As far as audio quality, I feel it was a bit better on my PC, but I pass that on to my PC having a better built-in sound card and my phone having a lesser quality DAC.


Phone Calls / Comfort:

Finally, the comfort of the headset is really a joy to use. I have been able to have the Cloud Alpha on my head for 4+ hours and not feel any neck or head fatigue. The cups and the headband cushions really are soft and do not force a lot of pressure on my ears at all. I really forget I am wearing them some times, which in my opinion is one of the best qualities of a top notch headset. I did use the headset a few times for work and personal calls, and from what the people on the other side of the phone said, it sounded like the phone was up to my head. They heard no difference, no static, nothing that would make them think I was on a "gaming" headset. One time I had to jump on a work call in the middle of a game and I just unplugged the cable from the PC extension splitter and right into the phone jack and in seconds I was on a call. No switching headsets at all.

  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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