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HyperX Cloud Alpha S review

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The HyperX Cloud Alpha S delivers crisp and clear 7.1 surround sound in a supremely comfortable package.

The good

  • Virtual 7.1 surround sound creates an enveloping audio landscape
  • Soft leatherette ear cushions make the headset phenomenally comfortable
  • Wired remote makes it easy to adjust audio balance on-the-fly

The bad

  • Not "true" 7.1 surround sound
  • Premium quality comes with a premium price tag

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The best gaming headsets need to check off a lot of boxes. They need to be comfortable enough that you can wear them for hours on end without leaving your skull feeling like it's trapped in a vice. They need to deliver high-quality audio that remains clear even when you've got multiple channels and audio sources popping off at the same time. And they need to support surround sound so you know exactly where every shout, footfall and explosion is coming from.

With the Cloud Alpha S, HyperX has ticked off all of the above.


Design

  • Memory-foam ear cushions are blissfully soft
  • Hardy build quality
  • Flexible microphone holds its position when bumped or jostled
HyperX Cloud Alpha S

Performance

  • 7.1 surround sound is rich and full
  • Powerful bass with no peaking
  • Microphone audio is decent, if relatively unremarkable
HyperX Cloud Alpha S

Features

  • Wired remote provides quick access to handy features
  • Built-in bass sliders are a novel albeit unnecessary addition
HyperX Cloud Alpha S

Verdict

Between its soft and cool ear cushions, its crisp audio and its all-encompassing 7.1 surround sound, the HyperX Cloud Alpha S is every bit the premium gaming headset HyperX is pitching it as. No matter what kind of gamer you are, I have no qualms recommending it with a hearty double thumbs-up.
HyperX Cloud Alpha S

Pricing and availability

The HyperX Cloud Alpha S retails for $229.

HyperX Cloud Alpha S Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud Alpha S Gaming Headset

Improve your situational awareness with the custom 7.1 surround sound powering the tremendously comfortable HyperX Cloud Alpha S gaming headset.

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Specs

HyperX Cloud Alpha S Gaming Headset
Finder score: 4

Build

Wired/Wireless
Wired
Weight
321g
Speaker Driver
50mm Neodymiummm
Frequency Response
13Hz - 27kHz
Ear Cushion
Over-ear leatherette
Microphone Type
Flexible boom mic with noise cancellation
Colours
Black/Blue
Sound Format
Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound

Connectivity

Connection Type
3.5mm/USB
Cable length
1m

Features

RGB Lighting
No
Detachable Microphone
Yes
In-line Controls
Volume, Mute, Surround Sound, Balance

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