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The 3 Best HyperX Headsets of 2020
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Best HyperX Headphones

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.

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Best HyperX Headphones


  1. Best Wireless HyperX Headset

    6.3
    Mixed Usage
    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    5.9
    Commute/Travel
    5.9
    Sports/Fitness
    6.4
    Office
    7.4
    Wireless Gaming
    6.0
    Wired Gaming
    7.6
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    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 quite well-built, comfortable enough to wear throughout long multiplayer raids, and provide over 33 hours of runtime on a single charge. They can also be recharged via any Qi-enabled wireless charger, which is quite handy. Their boom microphone does a great job of making your voice sound clear, full-bodied, and mostly free of background noise, so teammates shouldn't have an issue understanding you, even if you're gaming in a crowded or noisy environment. If you're planning on throwing them in a bag, the mic is also detachable, which reduces the headphones' footprint and makes them a little easier to carry around. They offer a fairly well-balanced sound profile overall, which should give mostly equal emphasis to everything from sound effects to dialogue.

    Unfortunately, if you're looking for a little more thump and rumble, their HyperX Ngenuity companion software doesn't offer an EQ or audio presets to tailor their sound profile to your liking, though it does allow you to remap their physical control buttons to a very broad range of functions. They're also only compatible with the proprietary wireless USB receiver, so they can't really be used in more casual scenarios like listening to music on your phone. Still, if you're looking for a pair of comfy, well-built gaming headphones that offer a decently rich feature set, these are a good choice.

    See our review

  2. Best Wired HyperX Headset

    5.7
    Mixed Usage
    6.7
    Neutral Sound
    5.0
    Commute/Travel
    5.6
    Sports/Fitness
    5.8
    Office
    5.7
    Wireless Gaming
    7.4
    Wired Gaming
    7.3
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    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 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, these headphones 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.

    On the downside, these headphones 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.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget HyperX Headset

    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 that we've tested so far is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. These wired gaming headphones deliver great bang-for-the-buck, with a fairly dense construction, a comfortable fit, and a boom microphone that compares favorably to that of far more expensive competitors. They use a 1/8" TRRS cable for audio and microphone support, so they're fully compatible with any system that has an aux port. Meanwhile, their slightly overemphasized bass response should please gamers who want to experience a little more punch and kick while playing their favorite action-heavy games.

    On the downside, like other headphones in HyperX's lineup, they struggle to provide a consistent listening experience, particularly with sounds in the treble range. Their boom microphone and audio cable also aren't detachable, so either component snags on something breaks, you'll need to replace the whole unit.

    See our review

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 some extra features like surround sound or wireless charging, 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 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.

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.

Check out our recommendations for the best gaming headphones, the best wireless gaming headphones, or the best budget gaming headphones.

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