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The 3 Best HyperX Headsets of 2020
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Best HyperX Headphones

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.

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Best HyperX Headphones


  1. Best Wireless HyperX Headset

    Test Methodology v1.4
    6.4
    Mixed Usage
    6.7
    Neutral Sound
    5.9
    Commute/Travel
    6.0
    Sports/Fitness
    6.5
    Office
    7.3
    Wireless Gaming
    7.7
    Wired Gaming
    7.6
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    For something wireless, the best HyperX gaming headset 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.

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  2. Best Wired HyperX Headset

    Test Methodology v1.4
    5.9
    Mixed Usage
    7.0
    Neutral Sound
    5.3
    Commute/Travel
    5.6
    Sports/Fitness
    6.0
    Office
    5.6
    Wireless Gaming
    7.3
    Wired Gaming
    7.6
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you'd prefer the ease-of-use and better compatibility of a wired headset, go with the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II, as it's the best wired HyperX headset we've tested so far. These 7.1 over-ear headphones are very comfortable and feel surprisingly well-built for their price-point. Their boom microphone is excellent and your teammates should have no problems hearing you clearly, even if you game in a noisy environment. While their bass and mid ranges are both very well-balanced and accurate, unfortunately, their treble's accuracy is disappointing and vocals may be lacking in detail, and higher frequencies may sound sharp and piercing on overly bright tracks. Overall, they're a good pair of wired gaming headphones that offer a decent price-to-performance ratio, especially if you manage to get them when they're on sale.

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  3. Best Budget HyperX Headset

    Test Methodology v1.4
    5.6
    Mixed Usage
    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    5.0
    Commute/Travel
    5.4
    Sports/Fitness
    5.5
    Office
    5.3
    Wireless Gaming
    7.4
    Wired Gaming
    7.4
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    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.

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Compared to other brands


  • Durable build quality. HyperX makes sturdy headphones that feel durable enough to withstand constant and repeated use. Even their lower-end models feel like they’ll survive getting dropped a couple of times.
  • Versatile gaming designs. HyperX headsets are good not only for gaming, but most also have a detachable microphone for more casual use with your mobile devices on-the-go. None of the models we’ve tested have an in-line mic for taking calls on your phone, but some have a detachable cable, so any in-line remote should do.
  • Great microphone quality. The microphone quality of most of the HyperX headphones we've tested so far is excellent. They reproduce your voice accurately and separate noise from speech well enough to use at competitions and in louder environments.
  • Lack active features. Although HyperX has some wireless headsets and a couple of models that support surround sound, they don’t have any headphones that do it all, like some competing brands offer.
  • Few customization options. Unfortunately, these headphones don’t really have many customization options, especially when compared to gaming headsets from other brands like SteelSeries, Razer, or Logitech.

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.

Conclusion

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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