HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless review: Great, for a specific audience

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The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a sleek and powerful wireless gaming headset. It's just too bad only PS4 and PC players get to enjoy it.

The Good

  • Sleek, inconspicuous design.
  • So comfortable it barely feels like you're wearing a headset.
  • Clean and powerful audio.
  • Volume wheel is a handy addition.

The Bad

  • Only compatible with PS4 and PC.
  • No option to wire in as a backup.
  • No mic controls built in.

HyperX is a well-established name in the gaming headset space. Its Cloud line spans more than half a dozen different models, each of which targets a slightly different audience.

For the original wired version of the Cloud Stinger, that audience was budget-conscious gamers wanting comfort and performance in equal measure. The new wireless edition of the headset adds the convenience of a cable-free set-up, but it comes at a notable cost to both compatibility and your wallet.


Design

  • Sleek design sheds the industrial aesthetic of many HyperX products
  • Rotatable ear cups let you rest the headset comfortably around your neck when not in use
  • Fixed mic can get in the way when stowing the headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless

Performance

  • Clear, powerful sound in-game and out
  • Mic audio is ho-hum
  • Solid battery life
  • Wireless connectivity is weaker than a lot of other headsets
HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless

Features

  • Wireless-only connectivity significantly limits compatible devices
  • Bluetooth pairing is quick and easy
  • Built-in volume wheel is handy, but having to swivel the mic to mute can be cumbersome
HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless

Verdict

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a quality gaming headset held back by its limited compatibility. If all you own is a PS4 or PC and you hate wired headsets with a passion, the Cloud Stinger is well worth considering. However, if you're after a more versatile headset for use with a wide array of devices, you'll probably want to look elsewhere.
HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless

Pricing and availability

The wireless version of the HyperX Cloud Stinger retails for $185 and is available from JB Hi-Fi, Amazon, EB Games, mwave and other computer retailers.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Gaming Headset

Free yourself from cables with the lightweight HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless for PS4 and PC.

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Specs

HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Gaming Headset

Build

Connectivity

Features

Wired/Wireless Wireless
Compatibility PC/PS4
Weight 270g
Speaker Driver 50mm Neodymium
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz
Ear Cushion Over-ear memory foam
Microphone Type Boom mic with noise cancelling
Colours available Black
Connection Type 2.4GHz
Cable Length 1m
Battery Life Up to 17 hours
RGB Lighting No
Detachable Microphone No
On-headset Controls Volume

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