We've tested 12 pairs of 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 generally somewhat lacking in active features and customization options.
The best HyperX headset with a wireless connection that we've tested is the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless. These well-built headphones have a comfortable fit and a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that helps emphasize sound effects in action-packed games. Their boom mic can detach for a more casual look, and it has an impressive recording quality, so your voice sounds clear and full when you're talking to your teammates. It's decent at isolating your voice from background noise, so whoever you're talking to can hear you even when you're gaming in a relatively noisy environment. They work with companion software that allows you to adjust the mic level and turn on the 7.1 surround sound feature, and their wireless USB dongle gives them very low latency. Their continuous battery life of roughly 30 hours is great, and you can even use them to receive audio while they're charging.
Unfortunately, their software doesn't include any customization features like a graphic EQ or presets. Also, they have a poor passive noise isolation performance and leak some sound, so they aren't ideal for listening to music on the go since you may be distracted by background sound or bother people nearby if you turn the volume up. Also, their sound delivery can vary depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head, which may be particularly noticeable if you have thick hair or wear glasses. However, if you're looking for the best HyperX headset for PC or consoles, their wireless design and solid mic performance make them a suitable choice.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha S is the best HyperX gaming headset with a wired connection that we've tested. These wired gaming headphones are incredibly well-built, with a flexible aluminum frame, a braided audio cable, and a boom mic that can be detached when you want a more casual look. They're lightweight, comfortable, and they come with a choice of leather earcup padding or cloth earcup padding, so you can pick what material you prefer. The earcups have bass sliders that you can turn up for a warm, boomy sound that emphasizes sound effects in action-packed games. Their mic offers good overall performance, so your voice should sound quite clear and full-bodied, even if you're gaming in a noisy place.
Unfortunately, aside from the bass sliders, they don't offer any customization features since the HyperX NGENUITY companion software doesn't have an EQ or presets. Their sound delivery also varies quite a bit depending on their fit, seal, and positioning, so you may need to take some time to adjust them to get the same sound each time. Otherwise, if you want a wired gaming headset that's compatible with both analog and USB audio, this is a good choice.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger are the best HyperX headphones in the budget category that we've tested. These wallet-friendly over-ears have a comfortable, breathable, and spacious fit suitable for long hours of gaming. Their bass-heavy sound profile delivers extra thump, rumble, and boom, which can help emphasize sound effects in your gameplay. If you like to chat with others while you're gaming, their boom mic also offers great overall performance. As a result, your voice sounds clear and understandable, even if you're talking in a moderately noisy environment. Since they use a 1/8" TRRS cable, they're fully compatible with PCs as well as PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
Unfortunately, their controls are very limited, and you can only control the volume and mute their mic. They also lack customization features like an EQ, so you can't tweak their sound to your preferences, and unlike the HyperX Cloud Stinger S, they lack a 7.1 virtual surround feature. They're very prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery too, and you may need to adjust their fit, positioning, and seal to achieve a more consistent fit each time you use them. However, if you don't mind their simple, no-frills design, they offer a decent gaming performance.
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 plug-and-play without having to worry about latency. Their headsets lack features compared to other popular headsets like the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, or the Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset. That said, their lineup is worth looking at if you prefer simpler yet still well-rounded designs.
Oct 08, 2021: Checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. However, there hasn't been a change in our picks.
Jul 12, 2021: Checked that picks still represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.
Apr 13, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Feb 12, 2021: Replaced the HyperX Cloud Flight S with the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless as the Cloud 2 Wireless offer a better value to most users.
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 compared to other brands.