The HyperX Cloud II are an above-average gaming headset with a decently balanced sound and a casual design you can use outdoors. They easily pass for regular headphones, once you remove the mic, although they do not have a control scheme that's ideal for mobile devices. They're well-built, sturdy and comfortable with a wired design that suitable for gaming and watching movies thanks to its low latency. However, they won't be ideal for commuting or sports.
The HyperX Cloud II are stylish-looking gaming headphones with a detachable mic for outdoor use. They're comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions, although your ears will get a little warm after a while. They have a decent control scheme for gaming, but they're not versatile enough for everyday use with your phone. Unfortunately, they're still a bit cumbersome to carry around on your person and they're not stable enough to use while doing any physical activities, but casual listening and gaming won't be a problem.
The HyperX Cloud 2 have a simple and polished design. The arching hinges are reminiscent of the Beyerdynamic headphones like the DT990 Pro. The mic is also detachable, making them more appealing for casual use. However, they're still a bit bulky, and the bright logos on the ear cups may not be for everyone. On the upside, the simple two-tone black and red color scheme looks good and stands out without being too flashy.
The HyperX Cloud 2 are comfortable headphones with big, well-padded ear cups and an equally well-padded headband. However, they're a bit tight on the head. Fortunately, the pressure is spread evenly around your ears so they do not clamp your head like some of the other gaming headphones we've reviewed. Unfortunately, this still makes them somewhat fatiguing after long gaming sessions.
The headphones have a decent control scheme, especially for gaming. They have a dedicated inline remote cable with a USB connection that gives you control over the volume and mic level, as well as a surround sound button to activate Dolby 7.1. They also have a mute switch on the side of the inline remote to completely disable the mic. The buttons are decently responsive although a little flat. They also take a bit of time to get familiar with, but they're relatively easy-to-use. Unfortunately, the control scheme is not as versatile since it doesn't cater to mobile devices, which is a little disappointing since the headphones can also pass for casual everyday headphones.
These headphones will make your ears fairly warm during long listening sessions and would not be suitable for more intense workouts. They have a closed back over-ear design that fully encapsulates the ears and obstructs airflow. Unfortunately, they do not come with more breathable pads like the Logitech G433 or the Astro A50. They won't be ideal if you often have long uninterrupted gaming sessions, but they should be okay if you take a couple of breaks from time to time.
The HyperX Cloud 2 are not very portable headphones. They're a bit more compact than other gaming headphones but they're still on the larger side for most over-ears. That and the lack of foldable hinges makes them less portable and a bit of hassle to carry around on your person without a bag.
The HyperX Cloud 2 have a good build quality, similar to the Cloud Alpha. It feels durable yet flexible enough to not snap from overextension. The ear cups also feel dense, well made and capable of handling a couple of drops without any major damage. However, the shiny back plates with the Hyper X logo could get scratched up over time and the exposed audio cable linking the ear cups is a potential weak point.
The HyperX Cloud II are just tight enough to be decently stable and comfortable headphones but they won't be ideal for sports. They sway a lot under physical activity and will slip off your ears if you use them while running or working out.The main cable is also not detachable, so if it gets hooked on something it will yank the headphones off your head.
The HyperX Cloud 2 are a decent-sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a deep and punchy bass, an excellent and well-balanced mid-range, but a sub-par treble performance which lacks a bit of detail and could be too sharp on S and T sounds. Also, their bass delivery is prone to inconsistencies and may be affected by wearing glasses. Although they have great imaging, they don't have a large and speaker-like soundstage.
The bass is very good. LFE is extended down to 14Hz, which is great. Low-bass and mid-bass are quite flat and within 1.5dB of our target. This results in a bass that is capable of producing the thump and punch common to EDM, Hip-hop and film scores. High-bass, however, is slightly more emphasized than mid-bass, making the sound of these headphones very slightly boomy. Also, their bass delivery varies significantly across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.
The HyperX Cloud 2 have a great mid-range performance. Low-mid and mid-mid are virtually flat and within 1dB of our target, ensuring a clear mix with well-balanced vocals and lead instruments. The small dip around 1KHz, however, will push the vocals/leads slightly to the back of the mix.
The HyperX Cloud 2 have a below-average treble response. The big dip around 4KHz will have a negative effect on detail and articulation of vocals/leads. The 10dB peak around 9KHz could make these headphones noticeably sibilant (sharp and piercing on overly bright tracks).
These headphones have a sub-par frequency response consistency. The treble response is decently consistent, with some minor peaks/dips around 4KHz which shouldn't be terribly noticeably. The bass delivery is also quite consistent, as long as the user is getting a proper fit/seal with them. In our tests on five human subjects, the person who wore glasses experienced a noticeable drop in bass compared to others because the arm of their glasses broke the air-tight seal between the headphones and the head.
The imaging is great. Their weighted group delay is 0.24, which is within very good limit. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below our audibility threshold, suggesting a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test bench were very well-matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects and instruments (voices, footsteps) in the stereo image.
The soundstage is sub-par. Their PRTF response shows that they don't interact with the pinna (outer ear) much, and don't activate its resonances like a loudspeaker. Therefore, their soundstage will be perceived to be small and located inside the listener's head as opposed to in-front.
The harmonic distortion performance of the HyperX Cloud 2 is mediocre. The amount of harmonic distortion in the bass and mid-range are within good limits, even at 100dB SPL. However, the large peak in THD at 4KHz could make the treble of these headsets harsh and brittle, which could be fatiguing over a long listening session.
The HyperX Cloud 2 create a pretty good seal around your ears that stops a lot leakage and prevents high-frequency noise from seeping into your audio. Unfortunately, since they only isolate passively, they won't be able to block some of the lower-frequency noise, like the rumbling sounds of a subway. They're decent headphones to use in quieter settings, like at an office, due to their low leakage but they won't be ideal for commuting or traveling.
The isolation performance is sub-par. Since they are over-ear and don't have ANC (active noise cancelling), the don't isolate in the bass range. This means they will let in all the rumble of airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, which is important for blocking out speech, the achieved 13dB of isolation, which is above-average. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they achieve more than 36dB of isolation, which is very good.
The HyperX Cloud 2 have a good leakage performance. The significant portion of their leakage is between 800Hz and 3KHz, which is a narrow range. The overall level of the leakage is not very high too, making the sound leaking out of these headphones quiet and thin sounding.
The boom microphone is very good. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound full, detailed and natural, but lacking slightly in airiness and brilliance. In noisy situations, the HyperX Cloud 2 perform great and are capable of separating speech from noise in the most demanding environments, such as a subway station and gaming competitions.
The boom mic has an excellent recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 86dB, which is very good. The HFE of 7.1KHz is also very good, resulting in a speech that above-average presence and detail, making it very clear and easy to understand. However, it does lack some openness and airiness because of the dip above 7KHz.
The boom microphone has impressive noise handling. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 49dB, which is outstanding. It indicates that this mic will be to isolate speech from noise even in the noisiest and demanding environments.
These headphones are passive and have no battery life.
These headphones do not have any compatible software for added customization.
The HyperX Cloud 2 only have a wired connection. On the upside, they are compatible with most consoles and they have negligible latency which is good for gaming and watching movies.
These headphones are wired and do not have a Bluetooth connection. If you want a gaming headset that supports Bluetooth, check out the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.
The HyperX Cloud 2 have a wired connection that provides volume control and microphone compatibility support for consoles as long as you plug them into the Xbox One or PS4 controllers. They also come with a USB adapter for PCs that give them a bit more control over the microphone and audio.
This gaming headset does not have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, then consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7.
These headphones do not have a wireless range since they're wired. If you want a good wireless gaming headset, check out the Astro A20.
The USB wired connection of these headphones has negligible latency which is suitable for gaming and home theater.
The HyperX Cloud 2 is a wired gaming headset with a durable build quality and an above-average sound. They're also more outdoor-friendly since you can remove the mic and use them as casual everyday headphones, unlike some of the competing gaming headsets at around the same price. They're very comfortable with spacious earcups. However, their wired design won't be as convenient as some of the other wireless gaming headsets that we've tested so far. See our recommendations for the best PS4 headsets and the best gaming headsets.
The HyperX Cloud II are very close in performance to the HyperX Cloud Alpha. The Cloud II and the Cloud Alpha have a very similar design, weight, and build quality. They also both have excellent boom mics that are removable so you can use them casually outdoors. The Cloud II come with a slightly more versatile USB DAC with additional microphone control, but it doesn't add much since they do not come with a good support software. On the other hand, the Cloud Alpha have a slightly better sound, although not by much. The yokes and earcups of the Alpha also look a little different, which some may prefer.
The HyperX Cloud II is a better gaming headset than the Razer Kraken Pro V2. The Cloud II is one of the better-built and most comfortable gaming headsets we’ve reviewed so far. It offers great value for the price and has a better sound quality than the Kraken Pro V2. It also offers channel mixing directly on the in-line remote and the microphone is detachable, so you can use the Cloud II as normal headphones as well.
The HyperX Cloud II are a better gaming headset if you prefer a wired design that you can use with your console controllers however if you want a wireless option for gaming then the G930 are a better choice. The G930 have alot more range thanks to their wireless connection. They also have a lot more customization options thanks to their software support and programmable buttons. The HyperX Cloud II on the other hand have a much better build quality and comfort level. They're also wired with a detchable mic so they more easily pass for casual over-ears that you can use outdoors.
The HyperX Cloud II and HyperX Cloud Revolver have an almost identical performance for gaming, but the Cloud II are a bit more versatile overall. The Cloud II are slightly more comfortable with better-padded earcups than the Cloud Revolver. The Cloud II also have a sturdier and more durable build quality that does not have as many moving parts, and they come with a USB dongle that gives them audio over USB on PC as well as a bit more controls. On the other hand, the Revolver have a better-balanced sound and unique design that some may prefer.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are a better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud II. You get the freedom of wireless technology on top of better audio reproduction, and a great customization software. However, you’ll have to manage battery life, which not everyone prefers. The Cloud II is a wired headset, so you won’t have to worry about this. They also have a slightly better isolation performance and are one of the better-built and most comfortable gaming headsets we’ve reviewed so far.
The HyperX Cloud II is an overall better gaming headset than the Corsair Void RGB if you don’t need a wireless headset. They are more comfortable and are better-built than the Corsair Void RGB. They also have a better microphone for online gaming. On the other hand, the Corsair have slightly better audio reproduction, especially with sharp noises in the treble range. Unfortunately, they can’t be used wired and have a relatively short battery life, which is something you won’t have to worry about with the wired Cloud II. However, you’ll be able to customize their sound with the in-app EQ, which HyperX doesn’t have.
The HyperX Cloud II are better gaming headphones than the Corsair HS60. The HyperX are more comfortable and slightly better built. They also have a much better microphone, a better control scheme, and come with more accessories than the HS60 like a carrying pouch, an airline adapter, and extra pads. On the other hand, the HS 60 sounds a lot better balanced than the HyperX. The Corsairs also benefit from the iCUE software supports which gives them a bit more customization options than the HyperX.
The Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp is slightly better than the HyperX Cloud II. It offers more customization due to the Turtle Beach Audio Hub software and are slightly better sounding than the Cloud II. They also come with an AMP to amplify the sound, and it offers an easily accessible volume knob. You can also connect the headset to your phone over Bluetooth to listen to your music and take calls, which you can’t do on the Cloud II. However, the HyperX has a slightly better microphone and are more comfortable for long gaming sessions. They also leak less than the Turtle Beach which can be useful if there are people in the same room as you. The subtler look of the Cloud II is also better for outdoor use.
The Audeze Mobius are slightly better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud II. The Cloud II have a much better build quality and are also more comfortable than the Audezes. They have a more outdoor-friendly design that's a bit more suitable for commuting and even physical activities. On the other hand, the Mobius are wireless via Bluetooth which make them a bit more convenient to use with your phone. They also offer a unique gaming experience thanks to their 3D sound and head tracking features. They also have a better-balanced default sound that you can somewhat customize with the built-in EQ modes.
The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a slightly better headset than the HyperX Could II if you care about sound quality the most. Both headsets are very comfortable, but the cups are deeper and larger on the Atlas. However, the HyperX has channel mixing that gamers should appreciate to mix game and chat audio. The Cloud II also slightly isolates more ambient noise and don’t get as hot as the Elite Atlas.
The Astro A50 are one of the better gaming headsets that we've tested. They have a comfortable and premium design, a great sound quality, and a lot of active features and customization options that make them stand out from the pack. They also come with a great base station that offers a lot of connection options and dock charging. However, the dock is limited by the console variant you choose, which is a little disappointing. They also have no wired option and you can't detach the mic so they won't be ideal for outdoor use. If you want a gaming headset that you can also use as casual headphones, get the HyperX Cloud 2. However, for gaming only, the A50s are a lot better and a bit more convenient thanks to their wireless design.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger, like the Cloud II, is a wired gaming headset with a great mic, a comfortable design, and a good sound quality. They're compatible with most consoles and they're relatively affordable. However, their plastic design, though decently durable, isn't as sturdy as the HyperX Cloud 2. They're also not the most outdoor friendly headphones since you can't remove the mic. The Cloud II are better built and have a slightly better performance overall compared to the Stinger but they're also more expensive.