HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Gaming Headset Review – They Call That The Stinger
If you’re a multi-platform gamer, it can be hard to find an affordable headset that works well with all of your gaming devices of choice. Let alone a wireless set. However, HyperX has you covered as the HyperX Cloud Stinger covers a lot of major gaming platform bases with very simple plug and play functionality. It works seamlessly with PS4, PC and Switch if docked.
This is a simple to use, comfortable and flexible headset that will benefit multiplatform gamers.
Whether you’re using the headset for the audio or chat, the HyperX Cloud Stinger has you covered.
HyperX Cloud Stinger Review
HyperX has a reputation for comfortable headsets and the Cloud Stinger headset lives up to it easily. With a fairly lightweight mostly plastic build, which looks a little flimsier than it feels, medium clamp pressure, deep ear-cup cushions and generous padding on the headband you can almost forget you are wearing this headset.
The range on the wireless connection is pretty solid too, I couldn’t get it to drop out without actually leaving my house. This means you can keep chatting with the team if you need to take care of anything while waiting for a respawn, without needing to take your controller with you.
The battery is reported to last up to 17 hours at half volume, but in practice, I found that it lasted about 11 hours at an immersive volume level. This isn’t too bad and should do the job for most gaming sessions, with charging needed every day or two depending on how heavily you game.
It is possible to use the headset while it charges via the micro USB cable however the supplied cable is pretty short and might make that a bit tricky.
Cloudy with a chance of Stingers
The sound of the Cloud Stinger Wireless headset is…cinematic.
For a wireless headset, these produce a solid volume level. The huge low-end response is a little overwhelming and ill-defined, while the high frequencies lack a little detail.
This by no means makes this a bad sounding headset but it is suited to some things more than others. I did not, for example, greatly enjoy listening to music with the Cloud Stinger. However, for movies and many games, it was excellent and immersive.
The microphone, on the other hand, is merely adequate. Voice through this mic is clear enough to effectively let your team know what’s going on but it comes across as heavily processed with noise-cancelling and compression which can make it sound a little phasey and unnatural.
It is quite handy however that if you want to mute the mic while you wander around or interact with people a little more local, you can simply raise the mic boom arm to the upright position.
Given that this headset can be found for under $100 AUD the HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Gaming headset is a pretty good value choice.
It’s certainly worth it for anyone looking for wireless cans they can use with PS4 and PC with the simplicity of plugging in a USB dongle.
The construction feels solid and durable, the wireless range is quite good, the sound is immersive if a little unbalanced and the battery adequate for all but the most prolonged gaming sessions.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Headset was reviewed using a pair provided to PowerUp! by HyperX.
Product Name: Hyper X Cloud Stinger Wireless Gaming headset