For gaming peripherals such as mice or keyboards, HyperX may still be outperformed by other brands such as Razer and Logitech. However, when it comes to headsets, HyperX is often the brand of choice thanks to a number of very competitive offerings, both in terms of price and quality.
One of the best-selling gaming headsets is Cloud II, which is said to have sold nearly four million units since it was first introduced in 2015. Five years later, HyperX has prepared a successor; not Cloud III, but Cloud II Wireless.
As the name implies, what’s new about this headset, of course, is its wireless connectivity. Cloud II Wireless relies on the help of a USB dongle the size of a flash disk to connect to a PC, PlayStation, or Nintendo Switch. It’s a shame there isn’t Bluetooth as an option when listening to music via a smartphone, but at least Cloud II Wireless promises an instant pairing process, with a maximum range of up to 20 meters.
Its name also indicates that this headset retains many of its predecessors’ advantages, especially in terms of design. The aluminum construction remains the flagship, as are the thick memory foam pads on the head and ears.
Long story short, if you like the ergonomics that Cloud II offers, you should be compatible with Cloud II Wireless, especially considering the weight of this device is relatively light at 300 grams. Regarding operation, Cloud II Wireless stores a volume knob on the right earcup, as well as two buttons on the left earcup; one power button, another to mute / unmute the microphone.
The LED indicator for mute status as well as the remaining battery is also present as a complement. The battery itself is claimed to last up to 30 hours on a single charge, and the device can still be used as usual while being charged using a USB-C cable.
Regarding the sound quality, Cloud II Wireless packs a 53 mm diameter driver with a frequency response of 15-20,000 Hz. Based on reviews circulating on the internet, apparently quite a lot of people praise the sound quality of this headset. Since this is a gaming headset, a 7.1 surround sound emulation feature is also available as standard, and can be turned on or off at any time.
At first glance, it doesn’t seem that there are many changes brought by HyperX Cloud II Wireless, but we should have guessed from the name. In the United States, this device is planned to be marketed from November 20, 2020 for $ 150. In comparison, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro that was released last month is priced at $ 180.