We've tested 9 pairs of HyperX headphones to date. 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 so far is the HyperX Cloud Flight S. These wireless gaming headphones are the newer version of our previous pick, the HyperX Cloud Flight. They're a bit more comfortable thanks to the better quality padding on the ear cups, they look and feel more premium and durable, and they now have four programmable buttons on the left ear cup. While these headphones sound slightly thin and lacking in detail, their sound profile is well-tuned for video games. providing a good amount of extra thump for gunshots and explosions. Their microphone performs excellently overall, and your voice sounds full-bodied, clear, and easy to hear, even in very noisy environments.
Unfortunately, unlike the previous version, these headphones can only be used wirelessly, and they don't have a 1/8" TRRS port for a wired connection. Their latency is also a bit worse than the previous version, but it should still be good enough that you won't notice any lag or delays. Overall, these are a very decent pair of wireless gaming headphones, and their better padding and more durable-feeling build make them a good upgrade over the previous version, as long as you don't require a wired connection.
The best HyperX headset with a wired connection that we've tested to date is the HyperX Cloud Alpha S. These wired gaming headphones are very comfortable, and come with two different kinds of padding for their ear cups, depending on if you prefer cloth or leather. They feel very well-built and durable, thanks to their sturdy but flexible aluminum frame and detachable braided cable, and their wired connection means they're compatible with both Xbox One and PS4. They feature bass sliders on each ear cup that allow you to set each ear to three different levels of bass. At their highest, they have a boomy and bass-heavy sound profile that'll help bring out gunshots and explosions in your games. The detachable boom microphone is great, and your voice sounds full-bodied, natural, and easy to hear in noisy situations.
Unfortunately, their companion software is quite limited and it only allows you to adjust the level of your mic, and toggle virtual surround sound on/off. Their sound reproduction also isn't the most consistent among various people, so people with glasses or long hair may experience their bass differently, though this is common with bulky gaming headphones. Overall, these are a very decent pair of wired gaming headphones that feel very well-built and comfortable.
The best HyperX headset in the budget category that we've tested so far is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. These inexpensive wired gaming headphones maintain the comfortable, well-padded build of the other headphones on this list, though they have a very plasticky-looking design. They have an excited sound profile with a bit of extra thump and kick that lends itself well to explosions and gunshots in games, and the microphone performs nearly as well as the more expensive HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. Their wired connection means you don't have to worry about battery, and they can easily be plugged into the controller of a PS4 or Xbox One, or directly into a PC or phone.
Unfortunately, like with the other options on this list, their frequency response consistency is disappointing, and some people will likely experience their sound reproduction differently, especially if you have long hair or glasses. Their on-ear control scheme is also limited, providing you with only a volume slider. Overall, if you don't want to spend a ton of money but still want a comfortable pair of headphones with an excellent microphone, they're a good choice.
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.
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.