As a new parent, it’s tough to enjoy games, movies or TV at a loud volume. When the baby’s awake, he needs to be stimulated, but not overstimulated, so the volume has to stay low.
When he’s asleep, he needs to remain undisturbed so the volume has to stay low. It makes it hard to get fully immersed in whatever it is I’m doing. Thankfully, I’ve been given a pair of HyperX Cloud Flight wireless headphones to review.
While the HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset only outputs in stereo, the lack of surround sound can be overlooked by the sheer quality of the overall package.
HyperX Cloud Flight Review
The absolute best feature of the HyperX Cloud Flight is its plug and play USB dongle. Simply plug the dongle into your PC or PS4 and you’ll be up and running with sound and chat.
You can also plug the dongle into your Xbox One and get audio, but due to the nature of the Xbox One, you’ll need to plug the headset into the controller via the included auxiliary cable.
The HyperX Cloud Flight has been designed for PC and PS4 though, so that’s what I’ve been testing.
Once the dongle is plugged in, you simply need to hold the power button on for a few seconds and the headset and dongle pair instantly. There’s no messy authorisation required so you can get playing faster. Using the HyperX Cloud Flight is just as easy as plugging them in.
Plug and Play
On the left headset cup is the power button, microphone out, headphones out and micro-USB charging port. On the right cup is the volume control and that’s it.
The HyperX Cloud Flight headset is incredibly comfortable to wear thanks to the soft and durable cups. Each cup rotates 90 degrees to allow or maximum customisation. In addition to the extendable headband, the HyperX Cloud Flight can and will fit anyone.
I used the HyperX Cloud Flight for well over eight hours in one go and not once did I feel uncomfortable. It’s a real testament to the design of the headset that I could wear it for so long without feeling annoyed, weighed down or needing to take them off.
When it comes to sound quality, as I mentioned earlier, this headset is stereo only. Because it uses the dongle, all sound comes through one channel which means you can’t separately control the volume of chat and audio on the headset itself.
You’ll need to use the PS4’s chat options or those on your PC to adjust the volumes.
When you’re not playing an online game it’s not a problem at all. If you’re playing a game where you need to chat, it’s not really an issue either. Finding a volume that suits both audio and chat isn’t difficult. I never bothered to adjust the chat volume as it was generally ok.
The quality of both the audio and chat audio that pumps through the HyperX Cloud Flight is excellent. Regardless of what game I was playing, how much action was on-screen or how many people were talking to me, I was able to clearly hear the different streams and differentiate between game and chat.
Even better still, not once did I notice the HyperX Cloud Flight crackling or losing audio fidelity even after long sessions with the battery life draining.
Well Worth It
HyperX Cloud Flight’s detachable microphone is an absolute boon. You can simply unplug it from the microphone aux port and set it aside until you need it. Flexible and solid, the microphone provides great audio quality and its inbuilt noise cancelling means that your mates won’t have to hear background noise too loudly.
Finally, the aux input is great for using the HyperX Cloud Flight with all manner of devices. You can plug it into your smartphone and listen to music, plug it into you Nintendo Switch or any other device with an aux output.
The HyperX Cloud Flight is a tremendous headset and one that performs flawlessly. I love using them and they’ve become my preferred way to game.
If you’re in the market for a great pair of wireless stereo gaming headphones, the HyperX Cloud Flight is easily recommended.
PowerUp! reviewed the HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset with a unit provided by HyperX.
Product Name: HyperX Cloud Flight
Offer price: $209