We've tested 7 HyperX headphones. They make mostly mid-range gaming headsets with a couple of higher-end models. They’re known for their great microphones and good overall audio reproduction, but they’re somewhat lacking in active features and customization options.
For something wireless, the best HyperX gaming headset that we've reviewed so far is the HyperX Cloud Flight. Audio latency is often cited as the number one reason gamers distrust wireless headsets, but HyperX's implementation of a wireless USB dongle does work surprisingly well, with latency as low as 20ms. Unfortunately, this dongle is also a weak point, as it's only compatible with PC and PS4. Xbox users will have to plug it in, but even then, the mic isn't functional. They sound very good, though there's some sharpness in the treble and the mid-range is a little recessed. The battery life is excellent, averaging around 30 hours of continuous playback with the LED turned off. They may not be as customizable as other wireless headsets we've tested, but if you’re looking for a no-frills option and use a compatible gaming system, they’re a solid choice and are one of the best HyperX headsets out there.
If you just need a basic wired pair without having to worry about compatibility, the best wired HyperX headphones we’ve tested are the HyperX Cloud II. They’re impressively well-built and very comfortable gaming headphones, especially for their price. Their boom microphone is excellent with remarkably powerful noise handling, and they sound decent too. Unfortunately, their treble performance is rather uneven, so they sound a bit less balanced than the similarly designed HyperX Cloud Alpha, but they have in-line channel mixing and virtual 7.1 surround sound, which the Alpha are missing. The mic is detachable if you want to use them on-the-go; just be aware that the 3.5mm portion of the cable is rather short and doesn't include an in-line remote or microphone for calls.
The best HyperX headset in the budget category is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Despite the budget price, these wired headphones have a decent build, an excellent microphone, and a great sound. Unfortunately, they don’t have a detachable mic like other HyperX headsets we’ve reviewed, so you might find them a bit bulky if you want to use them more casually with your phone. Isolation can be a challenge as well; although they're good at attenuating noise in the treble region, they're almost negligible when it comes to blocking out lower frequencies such as bus or airplane engines. They're also limited by the range of their audio cable since it isn’t detachable, but on the upside, they come with a decently long extension cord. Their wired design also works with consoles, so you can use them with your PS4 and Xbox One controllers for voice chat and audio when gaming.
Overall, HyperX makes durable and sturdy gaming headsets at an affordable price with excellent noise filtering microphones. Most of their headsets are wired, which is great if you prefer to simply plug-and-play without having to worry about latency, but their headsets tend to lack features when compared to other popular headsets like the Astro A50 Wireless, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, or the Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset. That said, their lineup is worth taking a look at if you prefer simpler yet still well-rounded designs.
HyperX makes mostly wired gaming headsets, with excellent microphones and sturdy build quality. They're decently affordable, tend to sound moderately well-balanced, and their wired models offer a great low-latency gaming experience. Not everyone finds a wired design as convenient, though, and their headsets also lack customization options when compared to other brands.
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11/25/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.