Let’s start at the budget-friendly end of the spectrum, with the HyperX Cloud Stinger.
Available in both simple stereo or 7.1 surround sound versions, they’re still one of the most affordable headsets HyperX puts out there.
Yes, at a price point this low, you’re looking at wired earphones, rather than anything overcomplicated and wireless, but the Cloud Stinger is still a pretty lightweight option, with rotating ear cups and a swivel-to-mute noise-canceling mic.
With volume control directly on the earphones, they’re less sophisticated than some on the market, but they’re also less fussy in the middle of a long game – just reach, adjust, and kill whatever is suddenly trying to kill you.
Weighing in at just under 10 ounces, these are not earphones that are going to weigh you down during a long campaign, and with 50mm steel sliders, you can wear them around your neck between vital communication moments if you want to.
Compatible with PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation, they have several of the biggest players on the gaming waterfront covered and give you a crisp audio environment for all your gaming needs – without breaking your bank.
Got a little cash to splash, but still want to value for your headset money?
Try the HyperX Cloud Alpha S.
We’re still in the wired world with the Cloud Alpha S, but we’ve clearly moved up a notch or two. Available in stereo or more sumptuous 7.1 surround sound, the Cloud Alpha S brings a detachable noise-canceling microphone and 50mm dual-chamber drivers, for more richness and clarity of sound, and less distortion.
Built on a durable, lightweight aluminum frame with an expanded headband for comfort, the HyperX Cloud Alpha S headset gives you great toughness but won’t weigh you down on longer campaigns. Just over 111 ounces of memory foam and leatherette is hampering nobody.
The Cloud Alpha S headset comes with a detachable braided cable, giving you in-line audio control, for easy adjustment during a game.
The Cloud Alphas offer a wider range of compatibilities, too. This headset will work with PC, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Mac, Mobile, Nintendo Switch, and VR, making them a viable choice for lots of gamers, and in all probability a viable choice for you too.
The first wireless offering on our list, the HyperX Cloud Flight S obviously offers significant benefits in terms of freedom of movement.
The usual suspects are all here – available in stereo or 7.1 surround sound, the Cloud Flight S headset comes with a detachable noise-canceling microphone with an LED mute indicator (always useful as campaigns go long!) and 50mm drivers for a crisp, rich audio environment.
Just over 11 ounces in weight, they allow you much more physical freedom during your gaming, maintaining a connection up to 65 feet away from the system, so you may be AFK for a snack break, but can certainly maintain your lines of communication with your team.
The wireless battery gives you around 30 hours of gameplay between charges too, so more often than not, you’ll need recharging before the Cloud Flight S does. Also, when it does need charging, it has the technology to do it wirelessly.
Now, before you rush out and click the ‘Buy’ button, it’s worth remembering that this is one of HyperX’s most expensive headsets, so sure it has all the cool bells and whistles – but you’ll need to be prepared to pay for every one of them, and to be sure they’re going to enhance your gaming experience, before you fork over quite this many clams.
But if you want to go high-end and get yourself a wireless HyperX headset, Cloud Flight S is right up there in the must-see section.
Alright, let’s get next-level.
The HyperX Cloud Orbit S-Gaming headset is by no means wallet-friendly. It’s basically a headset that mugs you and takes all your money. But what it gives you in return is audio quality that’s off the chain.
Yes, despite a little dip in the wireless pool, we’re back in the world of wired headsets for this ultimate HyperX.
You’re not going to care about that. Because you’re about to get the ultimate HyperX audio experience.
First of all, kiss goodbye to all that stereo, 7.1 surround stuff. The Cloud Orbit S gives you 3D surround sound, which is a whole other game for your ears.
Using 100mm planar magnetic drivers, the Cloud Orbit S headset minimizes distortion with some ultra-thin diaphragms and gives you a truly eye-popping audio environment within your earphones.
Waves Nx audio is 3D and totally immersive – you know that feeling from reality – something makes a noise, you turn towards it, because you can identify where the noise came from. That’s what you’re upgrading to with the Cloud Orbit S headset. What’s more, when you turn your head, the headset tracks that movement and adjusts to maintain that immersive sonic environment.
We’re not gonna lie – the first few times you try it, it’s going to freak you right out. It’s pretty much the sound of scientific sorcery being poured into your head.
You can even customize your own audio settings, so you can effectively ‘tune the room’ to your own responses.
And part of the joy is that all this is done within the headset, so you don’t need additional adapters, whichever device you use it with – PC, Mac, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox one, etc. The magic is in the headset, not the gaming machine.
Yes, it’s going to cost you a fortune compared to some of the cheaper HyperX headsets on our list. But on the principle that you only live once (at least in the real world), it’s worth treating yourself at some point in your life and gaming career, and hearing the difference you get with the Cloud Orbit S headset.
After a journey to the edge of your bank account, come back down to earth a little with another budget-friendly headset. The HyperX Cloud Core headset has lots of the good stuff as standard but comes with a smile-making price-point.
The Cloud Core has 53mm magnetic drivers, gives you that familiar 7.1 virtual surround sound, brings a detachable noise-canceling microphone to your budget-happy party, and gives you a USB audio control box for quick and easy fine-tuning during your gaming session.
The Cloud Core headset also plays well with lots of others, so whether you’re a PC or Xbox gamer, get your thrills with a PS4 or PS5, turn your Mac into a distant world or game on the go with a mobile device, the lightweight (sub-11 ounces) Cloud Core is wired and ready to give you crisp audio input all the way from the initial tavern meet to the declaration of mission complete.
Are wireless headsets better than wired ones?
What are the features worth paying extra for in headsets?
Why do I need a headset anyway?
Before buying a HyperX headset, ask yourself some key questions.
To wire, or not to wire?
Wireless headsets are all the rage in 21st-century gaming, and you can get one from HyperX. The question is whether the wireless factor is a deal-breaker for you. There are some great, more budget-friendly options with wires, and arguably the best HyperX headset of the lot also comes wired, rather than wireless. So determine whether you absolutely, positively have to go wireless before you make your choice.
How much are you willing to spend on a headset?
Like most things in life, the more you pay, the more bells, whistles, and staggering audio experiences you get. What’s your actual headset budget though? While a phenomenal audio experience might be theoretically worth it, is it worth it today, compared to all your other necessary expenses?
Always remember, there’s no shame in starting off smaller and more budget-friendly, and expanding your reach when you can do so with less economic impact. What’s your actual headset budget today? Fix it in your head, and buy accordingly.
A weighty decision
Weight can be a major factor in how comfortable your headset is long-term. If you can get one that’s under 11 ounces, you’ll be able to wear it for longer without getting headaches and muscle fatigue. Likewise, if you ensure you get a headset with aluminum construction, you can get a rugged set without it costing you the weight of heavier materials. Factor in the weight when you choose your ideal headset.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes and no. There are advantages to wireless headsets, in that they allow you more physical freedom while you game. But in terms of the sound coming to your ears, there’s little difference either way
That depends on your own experience, but crisp surround sound is always useful. Anything that goes beyond that and gives you 3D sound will cost you a lot more – but might be worth it. Also, it will depend on your own feelings whether the freedom of wireless headsets is worth paying extra for.
There are several reasons to invest in a gaming headset. Firstly, if you share a living environment, it will protect anyone else living there from the sounds of your quest or battle. Secondly, it will immerse you in the full sensory experience of whatever game you’re playing. And perhaps most of all, with the combination of headphones and a microphone, it allows you and your teammates to coordinate actions, strategies, attacks, etc, to help you get the most out of multiplayer gaming.