HyperX Cloud Flight Headphones Review

HyperX’s latest wireless gaming device, recognized for its outstanding range of inexpensive gaming headsets, is Cloud Flight. It may be late for the game but this portable headset makes a statement by offering one of the best 30-hour battery life and illumination you won’t find on any of its rivals.

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The Cloud Flight’s slightly higher price and smaller feature set doesn’t help it compete with other affordable wireless gaming headsets like the $149 (£ 159, AU$259) SteelSeries Arctis 7, $149 (£ 139, AU$219) Logitech G533 and $149 (£ 149, AU$249) Astro A20. There’s no question that HyperX developed a punchy headset with long battery life to sustain it, but it’s just lagging behind.

Style:

The HyperX Cloud Flight has the same design language as the majority of the HyperX series but does not feel as sleek or as powerful as either the Alpha or the Cloud. We have a more traditional headband style with decently sized round, swiveling ear cups and a detachable device. This gives them a casual over-ear look that, particularly if you switch off the LEDs, you can easily wear outdoors. They don’t appear as glamorous as some of the other gaming headsets that some listeners may favor but some may consider the lack of color options a drawback.

Design:

The Cloud Flight is a more conventional headset style than out of HyperX I’m used to. I have always wanted a HyperX wireless headset to be more like the initial Cloud, with its exposed metal forks— or even the Cloud Revolver and its rotating headband. The Cloud Flight, however, appears much like the lowest-end HyperX device, the budget-friendly Cloud Stinger. Lots of packaging, that is what I mean. The headband is supported by a solid piece of metal, although the most obvious parts of the Cloud Flight are mostly plastics. There’s a soft-touch coating, so it still feels semi-luxurious, but it doesn’t immediately scream “high-end” like a lot of HyperX’s work, nor is the headset’s profile as sleek.

Compared to HyperX’s previous gaming headsets, the Cloud Flight looks are considerably reserved. Instead of flashy earcups or red stitching, this headset’s design is traditional and sleek – so much so that you could mistake it for pair of Bose’s Bluetooth headphones.

That said, the Cloud Flight is the first headset for the company to have built-in illumination generated by lighting up HyperX logos on each earcup. Otherwise, here you will see only a pair of red cables connecting the cans to the headband as the only piece of decoration.

For a gaming headset it might sound boring, but we see it as a gaming headset you wouldn’t be afraid of carrying in public. Like other wireless headsets, you’ll find all the buttons on the Cloud Flight itself. On the left side there is a power button-which also switches on / off and breathing effects for the lighting of the headset-and a mute switch built into the left earcup’s outer panel.

Having said that, the comfort of the HyperX trademark is mostly intact. Both the ears and the headband are kindly lined, wrapped in a luxurious leatherette. Past Cloud models have been more comfortable, but not much — which is saying something, given that the Cloud Flight has to incorporate the weight of the wireless receiver and battery too. Out of the box I noticed a slight pinch around the jaw, but that went away as the headset got more use.

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At $160 list price, the Cloud Flight is far from the entry-level prices of the original Cloud. While I’d love for HyperX to ensure its headsets still work without software, it’s a shame those who want to tinker don’t have an easy way to do so. Especially when HyperX makes a point of saying, “Turn off the LEDs if you want more than double the battery life,” it’s strange there’s no way to do so permanently.

Another notable absence: No chat-mix. Given that feature’s cropped up in most $150 headsets lately, the Cloud Flight’s lack is a shame.

Performance:

One of the key benefits of this gaming headset is its 30-hour battery life, when it comes to extended games. We were able to get a whole day’s use out of the cloud flight and then some, as ridiculous as that seems. Of note, the extended battery life of the Cloud Flight often comes in handy to postpone charging times to every few weeks instead of days as with other wireless headsets. To take full advantage of its long battery life you will have to turn off the lights of the Cloud Flight completely. With the breathing impact switched on, then solid LED lighting can shorten the lifespan to 13 hours or 18 hours.

Sadly, only a 2.0 stereo sound is provided by the Cloud Flight, and you won’t get the same surround-sound sensitivity of the 7.1 channel SteelSeries Arctis 7 or Logitech G533, or even 5.1 channel audio to compare with Astro A20. Where the portable HyperX computer console is deficient in surround sound, two massive 50 mm drivers make up for it. The Cloud Flight sounds a little bass heavy due to these huge tweeters–surprising given the lack of subwoofers in this headset–which is good if you’re into action-packed games like Wolfenstein 2.

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Noise Isolation:

The HyperX Cloud Flight has a closed-back design with a tight fit. Thus passive noise isolation is excellent. The cans effectively block the ambient noise so you can focus on your game. You’ll still hear people talking to you at lower volumes, and you can even listen through the headset if you mute the sound. This is probably the best balance. You get isolation from the noise while still being able to carry a conversation when needed (muting the audio).

Durability:

As is usual for a HyperX headset, the build quality is excellent. The headset is made out of quality plastics. You can feel the sturdiness of the headset. The headband is flexible and gives a good response. It won’t break easily. The swiveling joint feels solid, and every part is well designed. It feels as premium as a lightweight plastic headset can. The wireless USB dongle looks like a standard USB storage key covered in plastic. You can easily expect many years of use from it.

Sound:

When it comes to audio quality, it doesn’t disappoint either. It’s not the best sounding headset for gaming but better than average nonetheless. The overall sound signature is V-shaped. The emphasis on bass and treble is noticeable but not bothersome. It’s tuned for a modern user who likes good bass and livelier highs.

While the lows aren’t super deep or intense, they do create a punch. You can find “bassier” gaming headsets out there for sure even though these aren’t bad either. The middle range is recessed, but most people won’t notice this anyways. The highs are sometimes emphasized to the point of sibilance (especially at higher volumes).

Also, it has a classic stereo sound, and there’s no virtual surround sound. Since it’s a wireless gaming headset, they could’ve easily added it via software. For FPS gamers out there, positional accuracy is about average. It’s nothing special, and the soundstage could be better (as we know from other HyperX models like Cloud Alpha).

Portability:

The HyperX Cloud Flight is not very compact headphones, but their size is less constrained than other gaming headsets, as you can use them wired while on the go. However, if you intend on using them wirelessly, you have to bring the USB transmitter dongle and they’re pretty bulky headphones that don’t bend into a more portable shape. In some cases, the ear cups lay flat which might come in handy, and the microphone is removed so you can accommodate them in your pocket a little comfortably. Like most gaming headsets, they’re going to be a pain to cart around on your back, and sadly they don’t come with a carry case or pocket that’s a bit disappointing.

Build Quality:

The HyperX Cloud Flight has a good build quality but does not sound as luxurious or as long-lasting as the Cloud II or the Alpha. They have a sturdy but lightweight metal frame and thick ear cups which will not crack if you drop the headphones once or twice by mistake. Their build quality sadly has a lot more plastic than some of the other HyperX projects. They also have much more moving parts and hinges that will be vulnerable to long-term wear and tear. They should be plenty robust for most but don’t sound as well crafted as some of the other gaming headsets we’ve tested, like the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Version or the HyperX Cloud Mix.

Stability:

The trip in the cloud is decently secure headphones. These are close enough on the head to maintain a stable position for most recreational and gaming sports but will not be the ideal choice for competition. Nonetheless, they should be secure enough to jog with particularly when using them wirelessly, since they are restricted by the range of their USB transmitter, when you are not home and near to a PC or Console, you will most definitely use them wiredly. This makes them a little less secure as the audio cord may get lost in your clothing. On the plus, the cord is detachable so if it gets hooked on something it will break before yanking the headphones off your ear.

Bass Performance:

The bass performance is terrific. LFE (extension with low frequency) is at 12Hz, which is great. Low-bass, responsible for the popular thump and rumble in bass-heavy music and video games, is within our goal of 0.3dB. Responsible for the body of bass guitars and the kick drum blast, mid-bass is hyped by about 2dB. High-bass, essential for comfort, is overemphasized by 1.3dB, which could bring to the tone a little bit of muddiness. Their bass distribution often varies significantly among consumers, and is subject to position, seal strength and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.

Battery life:

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The HyperX Cloud Flight has outstanding battery life but recharging is long. LED status light has 3 choices, and the battery life varies considerably based on location. The battery lasts around 12.9 hours, with the Light always on. The best life of the battery only arrives when the Light is fully off. With the included analog cable, they also support passive playback but the microphone can not be used when wired.

Cloud Flight now has one question. It’s distracting, and may rather allow you choose wired headset. There’s a little clicking sound at every frequency until you turn them on. Without audio you can clearly hear it, and at lower volumes. It gets overpowered by the game sound at medium to high volume so it’s not a problem.

After a while you get used to it, but if you turn regularly from wired to wireless it is very obvious. It’s the Engineering problem.

It’s true gaming headsets aren’t known for the best sound quality, particularly wireless models, however we’d like to see improved audio quality in the Cloud Flight headset to make it a top pick in the category wireless. The hustle and bustle results.The Cloud Flight is more than good enough to be a wireless contender. Excellent battery life, a durable design, and great noise isolation bolster a solid-sounding headset into a top-tier pick. The one sticking point for me? At $160, the Cloud Flight is priced higher than most of the mainstream competition nowadays. Other headsets, like the Logitech G533, manage to do more for less—sometimes much less, depending on the day’s discounts. Given HyperX made a name off undercutting the competition, it’s a shame the Cloud Flight couldn’t find a similar niche.

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