With the exponential growth of esports business gaming focused peripherals are among the hottest products on the whole electronics market. No wonder there’s new products, product families and even manufacturers introduced around every corner.
Kingston, however, better known for their hard drives, has been around the block for a while with their HyperX brand. The original HyperX ”maximum comfort, superior sound” Cloud headset was released in 2014 and the Cloud series has been a go-to recommendation for gaming headset buyers who are looking for good value for their money.
HyperX Cloud Flight headset is HyperX’s first wireless gaming headset and has been highly anticipated due to the Cloud series being such a success.
If you’ve previously used any of the Cloud headsets and found them comfortable, Cloud Flight is a also comfortable headset for you. The headphones are just firm enough while remaining comfortable to use even in those all night gaming sessions, but these things are always subjective as our ears are different. We had no issues at all.
The headset connects to your desired device (PC, Mac, PS4) with a Bluetooth USB dongle. The setup is easy with no drivers required – just plug in the USB dongle and turn on the headset. They also work with a regular 3.5mm jack so you can also use them on the go with an iPod or your phone for example, but you can’t use the microphone when going wired.
The battery is good, giving you up to 30 hours of use if you disable the LED lights. Having them on significantly reduces the time down to 13 hours and using the ”breathing” mode gives you 18 hours of using time. Even though 13 hours is plenty for a day it was a no-brainer for us to go lights off.
If you have used HyperX Cloud’s in the past, you’ll know that they come with a dongle for volume and microphone controls. These have all been moved to the headphones due to the headset being wireless. Pressing the earphone from the side will mute the mic and there’s a scroll for volume on the bottom. They work just as you would expect but the fact that you don’t get any feedback or audio cue when the microphone gets muted (like on Asus ROG Strix Fusion 500) is a bit disappointing. You can always just manually remove the microphone from the headphones if you get really paranoid (if you’re having a private conversation IRL for example) but this is not exactly handy.
Soundwise the microphone is good but nothing special, just as is the case with almost all gaming headsets.
It’s good. Not exactly hifi if you compare it to regular headphones of the same price but as far as gaming headsets go we’d certainly place them in the better end of the scale. They can be comfortably used for music listening as long as you don’t go too far away from the receiver. The memory foam ear cushions eliminate enough outside noise even though there is no active noise control. The frequency response is actually better (15-23 000 Hz versus 20-20 000 Hz) when using the headset with a cable, but a regular user can’t really tell the difference.
- Driver: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
- Type: Circumaural, Closed back
- Weight: 300g (315g with mic)
- Cable length and type: USB charge cable (1m) + Detachable 3.5mm headphone cable (1.3m)
- Battery life: 30 hours (LED off), 13 hours (LED on)
- Wireless Range: Up to 20 metres (2.4 GHz)
- Wireless: 20Hz–20,000Hz
- Analog: 15Hz–23,000Hz
- Impedance: 32 Ω