Introduction and First Impressions
We check out the first wireless headset from HyperX
HyperX announced the Cloud Flight at CES, marking the first wireless headset offering from the gaming division of Kingston. HyperX already enjoyed a reputation for quality sound and build quality, so we'll see how that translates into a wireless product which boasts some pretty incredible battery life (up to 30 hours without LED lighting).
The HyperX Cloud Flight with a closed-cup design that looks like a pair of studio headphones, and in addition to the 2.4 GHz wireless connection it offers the option of a 3.5 mm connection, making it compatibile with anything that supports traditional wired audio. The lighting effects are understated and adjustable, and the detachable noise-cancelling mic is certified by TeamSpeak and Discord.
The big questions to answer in this review: how does it sound, how comfortable is it, and how well does the wireless mode work? Let's get started!
Specifications from HyperX:
- Driver: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
- Type: Circumaural, Closed back
- Frequency response:
- Wireless: 20Hz–20,000Hz
- Analog: 15Hz–23,000Hz
- Impedance: 32 Ω
- Sound pressure level: 106dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
- T.H.D.: < 2%
- Weight: 300g; 315g with mic
- Cable length and type: USB charge cable (1m) + Detachable 3.5mm headphone cable (1.3m)
- Wireless Range: Up to 20 meters
- Element: Electret condenser microphone
- Polar pattern: Noise-cancelling
- Frequency response: 100Hz-7,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: -45dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
- LED off: 30 hours
- Breathing LED: 18 hours
- Solid LED: 13 hours
Thanks to HyperX for supplying the Cloud Flight wireless headset for our review!
- HyperX Cloud Flight: $159.99 – Amazon.com
Out of the box this looks and feels like a premium product. The accessories include the 2.4 GHz wireless USB dongle, a detachable boom mic, and optional 3.5 mm analog cable.
The HyperX Cloud Flight looks like a pair of stereo headphones more than a typical flashy gaming headset, and I personally like this understated, Sony-like styling.
The lighting effects are limited to a simple logo illumination on each earcup, and this can be adjusted from solid to a breathing effect, or simply turned off.
On the next page we'll take a closer look at the design and then see how it performed!
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