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HyperX Cloud Stinger Core review: Quality that doesn’t sting the wallet

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The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core deliver impressive speaker and mic fidelity, plus it'll take an especially epic ragequit to harm them.


  • Quite decent speaker audio.
  • Microphone output is rather crisp.
  • Does extreme yoga to fit all head types.
  • Can take a beating /angry twisting /rage-biting.

Could be better

  • Microphone not detachable.
  • Two-thread cabling to both ear cups.
  • Console-neutral colouring would have been better.

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Comfort, durability and convenience, all at a low, low price: that's the mission statement of this console gaming headset by HyperX. For reasons I can't explain its attempts to do so have been named: Cloud Stinger Core, though I'd put my money on a word generator somewhere set to “edgy gamer nouns”. The Stinger may be nonsensical in some ways but it's hard to deny that the performance and features it offers for a mere 70 bucks makes perfect sense.


  • Fabric ear cups aren't quite as plush as the memory foam of the original Cloud Stinger
  • 3.5mm cable provides compatibility with a wide range of devices


  • 40mm drivers offer decent audio quality for the price
  • Mic audio is equally respectable


  • Plenty of adjustment options for different head sizes
  • In-line controls aren't quite as easy to access as the regular Cloud Stinger's on-ear controls


By and large, the performance and comfort you're getting here are well worth your hard-earned money. The Cloud Stinger Core is perfect for two types of buyers: for a casual gamer looking to get the job done well on the cheap, or a parent looking to buy a reasonably-priced, fairly indestructible set of cans for their offspring. Basically, if you have hyper children, think HyperX because at this low-tier price point you're not going to find anything that does the job better than these things.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Gaming Headset

The HyperX Stinger Core delivers high-quality audio and plenty of versatility at a very affordable price.



HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Gaming Headset


Speaker Driver
40mm Neodymiummm
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz
Ear Cushion
Microphone Type
Boom mic with noise cancelling


Connection Type
Cable length


RGB Lighting
Detachable Microphone
In-line Controls
Volume, Mute

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