When it comes to wireless gaming headsets, you can easily overpay for a fairly cheap product. The wireless headset market is very much a premium and can easily range from £150 to £300 for a pair.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger headset is changing that market with the latest headset around the £70 mark, sitting between the cheaper wireless types and high-end wireless headsets. Compatible with PC, PS4 and PS4 Pro, it also has some versatility for those who like to switch between platforms.
Design and features
With its lower price point, the HyperX Cloud Stinger understandably has a plastic frame but do not let this put you off. The moulded plastic body is very durable and during testing it was dropped plenty of times with no damage or quality loss.
The headset is all black and even the earcups are covered in black pleather. The earcups are very comfortable even after 10-12 hours of gaming. The memory foam is a plus and with them pressed over your ears they are very comfortable, an obvious necessity for prolonged gaming sessions.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger can house a large 50mm driver that allows for more audio range then the closest competition at this price range. The adjustable mic allows you to position the mic to suit your preference, and the impressive ‘lift to mute’ function allows to quickly cut your audio to avoid annoying your teammates with background distractions, like an ill-timed mid-game phone call or sudden coughing.
Both earcups fold 90 degrees which allow you to place them flat on the desk if you do not have a headset stand. The HyperX Cloud Stinger connects through a 2.4Ghz connection to what looked like a USB drive. The headset itself was so easy to set up and use it was a pleasant surprise. You just plug it in, check the blue light is flashing, turn on the headset and you are good to go.
The battery life should last you 17 hours of gaming on a single charge but in reality, it’s closer to 15 which is on par with most wireless headphones. They also charge quickly with a time of 2.5 hours from a flat battery.
The quality of the HyperX headset was impressive in most scenarios, although at times it fell flat on the bass which was noticeable when playing games that have big explosions or high impact moments.
The cups kept out enough of the outside noise but did not provide a pin perfect atmosphere when playing tense FPS shooters. The noise reduction does help and makes the quality of most games audio right up there with some higher-end sets.
The mic audio was clear and picked up my voice from most available positions. HyperX say there is a noise-cancelling technology in the microphone case and although it will cut out some background noise like a fan it does not do much for a TV being on in the background.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless is a great bit of kit for the price range. The audio is clear and the headset itself is very comfortable for longer gaming sessions. They do lack the software to adjust the audio settings which is a shame, but that would draw away from the attractive plug and play simplicity of the headset.
Price: £79.99 (RRP)