HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Two Minute Review
The HyperX Cloud Alpha wireless headset has claimed itself as the wireless headset to beat, performing incredibly well in every test we’ve thrown at it. With 2.4GHz wireless capability, incredible audio fidelity and impressive battery life, the Cloud Alpha Wireless is simply one of the best headphones you can buy right now.
The Cloud Alpha features a sturdy aluminum frame, comfortable synthetic leather upholstery for your head, and a detachable microphone. Wireless capability is achieved via the USB-A wireless adapter included with the headset, and the USB-A wireless adapter works great with USB-C dongles that are commonly used with some of the best gaming laptops. from the market.
In terms of performance, the audio quality produced by the 50mm neodymium dual chamber drivers is absolutely impressive. When you combine the already fantastic audio quality with the EQ presets featured in HyperX’s Ngenuity software, Cloud Alpha produces one of the clearest audio of any headphone in recent memory.
HyperX’s Ngenuity downloadable software supports the DTS:X Spatial Audio surround sound format, and this software also provides the ability to adjust EQ presets, create your own EQ presets, and adjust auto-off settings for Cloud Alpha. . Just be warned, HyperX’s Ngenuity software is only available for PC.
The microphone works incredibly well, from intense co-op gaming to muffled corporate video conferences. The bi-directional microphone has a frequency response of 50 Hz to 7.2 kHz, and this is tailored specifically to pick up the human voice and also to reject background noise. You can be sure that you will hear your friends and colleagues as if they were right next to you and they will hear you perfectly.
HyperX claims the Cloud Alpha Wireless headset has 300 hours of battery life on a single charge, and they’re not kidding. We’ve used this headset on a full charge for hours, with the headset still registering a 100% charge. The Cloud Alpha’s battery life is absolutely excellent.
A major criticism of the Cloud Alpha is that the wireless USB adapter and detachable microphone can be misplaced, and this is an even bigger problem because there is NO wired or Bluetooth backup capability. If, by some stroke of bad luck, you break or lose the Cloud Alpha USB-A adapter, you’ll have an expensive paperweight.
Other than that, however, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is not only among the best wireless gaming headsets, it’s also pushing aside its wired competition and absolutely belongs in the list of the best PC gaming headsets ever. the times.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Pricing and Availability
- How much does this cost? $199 (about £179 / AU$280)
- When is it available? Available now
- Where can you get it? Available in the US, UK and Australia
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless headset appears to be priced higher than average for comparable headsets; however, we would argue that Cloud Alpha has too many fantastic features to easily justify its price. Just be sure to check your compatibility. Cloud Alpha does not work well with certain devices such as the XBox.
HyperX’s Ngenuity software for Windows is available for free from the Microsoft store, and the Ngenuity software expands the capabilities of Cloud Alpha to include DTS:X Spatial Audio Surround Sound functionality, EQ presets, and mic monitoring.
Mac users can use Cloud Alpha Wireless, but they won’t be able to download the Ngenuity software, which enables the DTS:X surround sound function, so they’ll miss out on some of its best features. Cloud Alpha works flawlessly with the PS4 and PS5, however.
For that price, it would be nice to have wired or Bluetooth backup connectivity. There are competing headphones like the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless that offer wireless and Bluetooth connectivity for the same price as the Cloud Alpha. This is the biggest problem with Cloud Alpha because if you lose USB wireless adapter without Bluetooth capability as another option, Cloud Alpha will not work.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Design
- solid construction
- incredibly comfortable
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless Headset utilizes a sturdy aluminum frame, memory foam padding, and breathable synthetic leather linings to provide plenty of comfort for hours of playing the best PC games.
The entire headset (with microphone attached) weighs around 335 grams, so just under half a kilo. The ear cushions fit snugly into the wearer’s ears, helping to reject external or ambient noise, and the 50mm neodymium magnetic drivers feature two audio chambers: one for mid and high frequencies and one for low frequencies. This results in incredible audio fidelity so you can hear every audio nuance of your favorite games and movies.
The adjustable microphone is placed very well on the Cloud Alpha. The microphone is adjustable and stays in place when adjusted, and the microphone is also detachable. All built-in controls are easily accessible, even during gameplay. On the left earcup you’ll find the detachable microphone, power button, microphone mute/monitoring button, status LED, and USB-C charging port. The microphone has a modest LED indicator that lights up red when the microphone is muted. On the right earcup you will find the volume wheel.
The USB-A adapter is quite large for USB receivers. It’s very possible to accidentally break it if you forget it’s there. The downside is that this receiver has a range of 20 meters. However, in our tests, we got even better performance, with an actual wireless range of 30 meters or 100 feet (more on that below).
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Performance
- amazing track
- Fantastic audio fidelity
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless headset produces some of the clearest audio we’ve ever heard from any headset. Games, movies and music sound amazing through Cloud Alpha, and it sounds so good and is so comfortable you might not even want to take it off.
Cloud Alpha has a frequency response of 15 Hz to 21 kHz (which is dog whistle territory) and having tested the frequency response we can confidently say that all sound frequencies in the human auditory spectrum are projected very clearly. . The Cloud Alpha’s upper volume level level isn’t the loudest we’ve heard from a wireless headphone, however it’s still loud enough for any application and helps protect your hearing.
The Cloud Alpha’s microphone is also great. During our testing, Cloud Alpha seemed to have no problem transmitting a perfectly audible signal to video conference participants or teammates during Counter Strike sessions. We even tried recording in Audacity using the Cloud Alpha mic and the mic seemed to pick up the user’s voice very clearly with no noticeable attenuation.
The two-way microphone receives the user’s voice very well, although we’re a little confused by using a two-way microphone in a headset where a cardioid polar pattern would make more sense. However, Cloud Alpha uses effective noise canceling technology to transmit the user’s voice very clearly thanks to its 50Hz to 7.2kHz frequency response, so the voice capture is very clear despite a lot of noise. background.
The wireless adapter’s range is also a standout feature. The HyperX has a range of 20 meters (approx. 65 feet) before you lose your wireless connection, but in our tests, we were able to go outside and still get clear reception (even through walls) for about 30 meters (approx. 100 feet). ) until we experience a dropout.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: battery life
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless headset has best-in-class battery life among its competitors. HyperX claims the Cloud Alpha Wireless is capable of around 300 hours of battery life on a single charge, with a full 0% recharge in just under five hours. In our experience, this claim definitely holds up.
The constant audio abuse of Lorna Shore’s music for games with Elden Ring should have dropped the load from 100% to 90% in a single hour-long game session, but we were shocked that after playing nearly four hours, we still had 100 % charge in the headset. We’ve been testing this headset for weeks on a single charge and we still haven’t reached 50%. It’s going to be hard to beat that battery life with any headset.
Should I buy a HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless?
Don’t buy if…
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Report Card
|Value||The Cloud Alpha Wireless isn’t cheap, but it’s not out of line with its class. The lack of alternative connectivity means that breaking the wireless USB adapter that pairs the headset is a very costly mistake.||4/5|
|Project||From build quality to easily accessible controls, the Cloud Alpha Wireless is an exceptionally designed headset.||5/5|
|Features||Downloading the NGenuity software unlocks a whole new set of features for Cloud Alpha Wireless, including incredible virtual surround sound capability.||5/5|
|acting||From the incredible sound quality to the crystal-clear microphone and absolutely otherworldly battery life, the Cloud Alpha’s performance is best-in-class.||5/5|
- First reviewed in August 2022
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