We've tested 13 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 ΗyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is the best HyperX headset for PC and console gaming that we've tested. They're impressively comfortable, well-built, and stand out from the pack because of their long continuous battery life. They last for more than 300 hours off of a single charge and are equipped with an auto-off timer to save power when you're not using them. Their detachable boom mic has a very good performance, so your voice sounds clear when you're gaming with friends, even with some noise in the background. They support DTS:X Spatial Sound virtual surround sound, which can help make your gameplay more immersive.
Unlike many headsets that we've tested from this manufacturer, they also work with a very good companion app that includes a graphic EQ and presets to adjust their sound and a few microphone customization options. They're on the higher end of the price range for HyperX headsets, so if you're looking to save money, you may prefer the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless. They perform quite similarly and even have a better mic recording quality, but they don't come with sound customization options and have shorter continuous battery life.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha S is the best HyperX gaming headset with a wired connection we've tested. These over-ears have the same very comfortable, well-built design as the very popular and well-known HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II, but with a few added features. They have a bass slider on each ear cup, so you can adjust the amount of bass each cup receives. With both sliders turned up, they have a boomy sound profile that can help emphasize sound effects like footsteps in gameplay. They come with two different pairs of swappable ear cup padding: one made from cloth and another pair made from leather. If you like to game with others, their boom mic offers good performance. Your voice sounds clear, natural, and full-bodied, even if you're talking in a moderately noisy environment.
While they're compatible with HyperX NGENUITY companion software, it only allows you to adjust your mic level and turn surround sound on and off. It doesn't offer sound customization features like an EQ or presets. The headphones are also prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery. It's important to adjust their fit and positioning to hear the same sound each time you use them, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger are the best HyperX headphones in the budget category 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 rumble and boom to help emphasize sound effects in your gameplay. Their boom mic also offers great performance, so your voice sounds clear and understandable, even if you're talking in a moderately noisy setting. Since they use a 1/8" TRRS cable, they're fully compatible with PCs as well as PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
Unlike the pricier options on this list, they lack app support. They don't have sound customization features like an EQ, presets, or onboard controls like bass sliders, so you can't tweak their sound to your preferences. If you're looking for headphones that provide a more customizable listening experience, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S are a slightly more expensive option that support virtual surround sound.
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.
Jun 09, 2022: Replaced the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless with the ΗyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless as the 'Best HyperX Headphones'.
Mar 10, 2022: Checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Dec 10, 2021: We've checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
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Jul 12, 2021: Checked that picks still represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.
HyperX makes mostly wired gaming headsets with excellent microphones and sturdy build quality. They're 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.