Out of any headset we have ever tested (and we've tried on more than 20 since we first started testing gaming headsets) this one is without a doubt the most comfortable.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha combines outstanding comfort, impeccable sound quality, and an outstanding microphone, making it ideal for users who game for hours on end. If you've been in search of a comfortable gaming headset, look no further.
We liked wearing the headset for addictive games like Fortnite, because you practically forget you're wearing it. When testing other headsets, we felt the need to take them off and let our ears breathe normally around the half-hour mark. This one allowed us to have much longer game sessions.
It sports extra breathable memory-foam ear cushions with leather-like padding, an adjustable design, and a detachable microphone that won't get in the way. So if you prioritize comfort over sound quality, RBG lighting, and other features, this headset is a no-brainer.
The Cloud Alpha has a more attractive design over the competition, thanks to its sleek finish. The headset flaunts an aluminum frame that slightly resembles the Golden Gate Bridge. Aesthetically speaking, we think Kingston did a nice job at designing the headset.
Details like red stitching at its top, a leatherette band, and a braided cable make it look and feel more luxurious than a $99 headset. Its microphone is removable, the headset is easily adjustable, and its cable has inline controls for muting the mic and lowering or increasing the volume.
You won't be disappointed with the headset sound-wise, either. It does a fantastic job at isolating external noise and the audio is powerful, but clear. It has a deep, punchy, and well-balanced bass that doesn't drown out the midrange. Plus, its microphone excels at picking up voices.
The biggest difference between the Cloud Alpha, and the Cloud Alpha S is that the newer model supports surround sound. You can hook the headset up to a small sound mixer that you connect to your PC for adjusting game and chat volume, or enabling the Virtual 7.1 surround sound setting.
We were surprised to see that the surround sound was a major letdown. Although the audio sounded louder and fuller, it didn’t improve our gaming experience. The audio was shrill and too reverb-y for our tastes. So you're better off saving the money opting for this more affordable model instead.
Although other gaming headsets have better audio and microphone quality what sets the Cloud Alpha apart from the competition is how comfortable it is. It’s a headset that you can wear for hours on end. It didn’t clamp down too hard around our heads and it never felt too hot to wear. Just like the name suggests, it truly is cloud-like.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha provides a sleek-looking design, outstanding comfort, and good-enough sound quality for a reasonable price.
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