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 HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless is the best HyperX headset with a wireless connection that we've tested. These comfortable, well-built headphones have a gaming-oriented design with a boom microphone that you can detach for a more casual look. The microphone offers an impressive recording quality, too, so your voice sounds clear and full to teammates on the other end of the line, even if you're gaming in a noisy place. You can even use the HyperX NGENUITY software to adjust the microphone level and turn on the 7.1 surround sound feature. These headphones have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that adds a little extra thump and punch to your audio, so you really feel the sound effects in action-packed video games. They last for over 30 hours off of a single charge, which is incredible, and their wireless USB dongle helps ensure low audio latency.
Unfortunately, these headphones don't come with a graphic EQ or presets, so you can't really customize their sound profile more to your liking. Also, like many gaming headphones we've tested, they have poor noise isolation and leak a bit of audio, so they may not be ideal to bring with you on the go as you may be distracted by background noises. Also, their audio delivery can vary a bit depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head, especially if you have thick hair or wear glasses. That said, if you're looking for a pair of wireless headphones that make it easy to communicate with your teammates, they're a solid choice.
The best HyperX headset with a wired connection that we've tested is the HyperX Cloud Alpha S. These wired gaming headphones are very comfortable thanks to their lightweight construction and included selection of ear cups, which come in both leather and cloth. They're also remarkably well-built, with a flexible aluminum frame as well as a detachable boom microphone and braided audio cable. If you're looking to give your favorite action games an added bit of thump and rumble, they feature sliders on each ear cup to independently change the amount of bass at three levels of adjustment. Their microphone is very good overall, as it makes your voice sound fairly clear, full-bodied, and mostly free of ambient noise.
Unfortunately, they don't offer a very broad range of configuration options, as their HyperX NGENUITY companion software only allows you to adjust their microphone level and enable surround sound. Due to their somewhat inconsistent fit, it's also quite likely that you'll experience sounds differently on separate listening sessions, particularly in the treble range. That said, if you're looking for a pair of wired gaming headphones that are compatible with both analog and USB audio, they're a solid choice.
The best HyperX headphones in the budget category that we've tested are the HyperX Cloud Stinger. These entry-level gaming headphones are decently built and have a comfortable, lightweight fit that's suitable for long gaming marathons. Their wired design virtually eliminates worries about battery life and audio latency. Their 1/8" TRRS cable also makes them fully compatible with PC, PS4, and PS5 consoles, which is great if you like to game on different platforms. They have a bass-heavy sound profile that adds extra thump and boom to your audio. Their boom mic does a great job of recording your voice, even in noisy environments, so you are heard clearly by your teammates.
Unfortunately, they have simple controls, as you can only adjust the volume and mute the mic by flipping it upright. Like many gaming headphones, they're also prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery. They aren't compatible with HyperX's NGENUITY software either, so they lack customization features like an EQ or mic control. If you're looking for gaming headphones with slightly more robust features, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S offer similar performance with the added benefit of a 7.1 virtual surround feature, and they're sometimes available at a budget-friendly price. However, if you're on a budget, the original Stinger have a no-frills design that delivers a decent price-to-performance ratio.
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 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, 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.
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 when compared to other brands.