HyperX Cloud Flight S review

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Quick verdict: With sublime 7.1 surround sound and Qi wireless charging, the HyperX Cloud Flight S justifies its premium price tag.

  • Impeccable surround sound audio quality
  • Hardy yet comfortable construction
  • Good battery life
  • Supports Qi wireless charging
  • Audio quality on PS4 is only decent
  • Prone to the occasional wireless disconnect
  • Not particularly cheap

There's no shortage of surround sound gaming headsets to choose from these days, and the differences between them can be dramatic. Most take the virtual surround sound approach rather than cramming five or more individual speakers into their earcups, relying instead on software-based algorithms that can vary wildly from headset to headset.

It's these algorithms that elevate the HyperX Cloud Flight S above the competition. When activated, its surround sound implementation is among the best I've experienced, delivering big, booming audio with clear positioning in 360-degree space. Any PC gamer looking for a high-quality surround sound solution will find a lot to like in the Cloud Flight S.


Design

Design

  • Sleek and subdued design suits both work and play
  • Durable frame feels appropriately premium
  • Memory foam ear cushions keep long gaming sessions comfortable
HyperX Cloud Flight S headset lying on keyboard

Performance

Performance

  • 7.1 surround sound is big and boisterous
  • Sublime audio quality in-game and out
  • Solid 30-hour battery life
HyperX Cloud Flight S headset close-up on ear cups

Features

Features

  • Volume wheel is firm and precise
  • Customisable on-earcup controls are neat
  • HyperX Ngenuity app is light on features but does the job
HyperX Cloud Flight S standing on its own earcup

Verdict

Verdict

  • A fantastic 7.1 surround sound headset for PC gamers
  • Premium quality does come at a premium price, though
HyperX Cloud Flight S headband
Should you buy it?

I can safely say that the HyperX Cloud Flight S is one of the best-sounding 7.1 headsets I've tested. With surround sound active and the volume pumped, everything sounds bigger and beefier, all at no perceptible cost to audio clarity.

If you're after a top-tier surround sound gaming headset, the HyperX Cloud Flight S is good enough to justify its admittedly hefty price tag.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP $299

Where to buy


Specifications

HyperX Cloud Flight S

Build

Wired/Wireless
Wireless
Weight
310g
Speaker Driver
50mm
Frequency Response
10Hz - 20kHz
Ear Cushion
Over-ear leatherette with memory foam
Microphone Type
Bi-directional, noise-cancelling, flexible
Colours
Black
Sound Format
Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound

Connectivity

Battery Life
Up to 30 hours

Features

RGB Lighting
No
Detachable Microphone
Yes
On-headset Controls
Volume wheel, four programmable buttons

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