The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II is an above-average gaming headset with a balanced sound and a casual design that ensures they aren't limited to indoor use. Once you remove the mic, they can easily pass as regular headphones, although their color scheme is quite unique. They're well-built, sturdy, and comfortable. Their wired design and low latency make them suitable for gaming and watching movies. However, their lack of noise cancellation makes them less than ideal for commuting or traveling.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II is a middling gaming headset that is versatile enough to also be used as casual headphones. They have a simple but well-built design with a comfortable fit. They also have closed-back ear cups that don't leak much and block a bit of noise, although they won't be ideal for commuting or loud environments. On the upside, these headphones have an above-average sound, and since they're wired, they have very negligible latency, which makes them suitable for gaming and watching videos.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are decent for neutral listening. The gaming headset has good bass and a balanced mid-range but a poor treble reproduction. They lack a bit of detail while sounding slightly sharp on some tracks due to the inconsistent treble range. They also don't have the most spacious soundstage since they're closed-back headphones. On the upside, they're comfortable and sound good enough for casual listening.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are inadequate for commuting. Although they have a more outdoor-friendly design than other gaming headsets, thanks to their detachable mic, good build quality, and comfortable design, they don't block enough noise to be ideal for public transit.
Although the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are a bit more compact than other gaming headsets, they're still a bit too bulky and unstable to be suitable for running or working out. They will also make your ears a bit warm after a couple of minutes of exercising.
The headphones are mediocre for office leak. They don't leak much but don't block a lot of noise, so you'll still be able to hear the ambient chatter if you're not playing any music.
These headphones aren't suitable for wireless gaming.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II headset is decent for gaming. They have low latency, a wired USB connection, a fairly well-balanced audio reproduction, and a great noise filtering mic. They're comfortable enough to wear for long gaming sessions but, unfortunately, have no software support for added customization options, unlike some of the other popular gaming headsets. Their design is also not the most breathable, so your ears may get a little warm after gaming for a while.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II have a simple and polished design. The arching hinges are reminiscent of the Beyerdynamic headphones like the Beyerdynamic DT 990 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.
These are comfortable headphones with big, well-padded ear cups and an equally well-padded headband. They're more comfortable than the Cloud Flight, but they're a bit tight on the head. Fortunately, the pressure is spread evenly around your ears so they don't clamp your head like some of the other gaming headphones we've reviewed. Unfortunately, this still makes them somewhat fatiguing after long gaming sessions.
They have a sub-par control scheme, especially for gaming. They have a dedicated in-line 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 in-line 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 isn't 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. For a more straightforward headset without controls, take a look at the HyperX Cloud Core.
Like the Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset, 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 don't come with more breathable pads like the Logitech G433 Gaming Headset. 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.
Like the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp, the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II aren't 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.
There's a simple pouch that comes in the box and will shield the headphones from minor scratches while they're in your bag. Unfortunately, it won't protect them against impacts, drops, or water damage.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II have a good build quality, similar to the HyperX 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 backplates 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. For headphones with a similar design but with better and sturdier materials, look at the Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are just tight enough to be 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.
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 HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II bass is very good. The 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. However, high-bass is slightly more emphasized than mid-bass, making their sound 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. If you prefer to have a little more control over your audio experience, the HyperX Cloud Alpha S has adjustable bass sliders to give you more or less bass.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II have a remarkable 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 disappointing treble response. The big dip will have a negative effect on the detail and articulation of vocals/leads. The peak around 9KHz could make these headphones noticeably sibilant (sharp and piercing on overly bright tracks). For a gaming headset with a better-balanced treble range, see the Razer BlackShark V2.
The imaging on these headphones is excellent. The GD graph shows that the entire group delay response is below our audibility threshold, suggesting a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Also, 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 on this headset is bad. 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. For another closed-back alternative that offer a slightly more spacious listening experience, consider the Corsair VOID RGB Elite.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II isolation performance is sub-par, though they still do a better job of blocking out ambient noise than the HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1. 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.
TheHyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II have a good leakage performance. The significant portion of their leakage is between 800Hz and 3KHz, which is a narrow range. The overall leakage level isn't very high, making the sound leaking out quiet and thin-sounding.
The boom mic has an excellent recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) is very good. The HFE 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 don't support non-Bluetooth wireless. However, the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless and have outstandingly low latency.
Update 12/02/2020: We've updated the USB Audio results from 'Analog to USB Adapter' to 'USB Type-A' to improve clarity. These headphones can receive audio when connected to a PC with a USB Type-A port. The scoring of this test hasn't changed.
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.
Update 06/03/2020: We had previously reported that these headphones don't have a dock. However, after comparing their USB control box to those of other headphones, we decided to include it in the Base/Dock score. The review has been updated.
The HyperX Cloud II come with a USB control box that gives you access to functions you don't otherwise have when using the headset with their 1/8" TRRS connection. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any input options besides USB. However, it lets you mix your chat and audio channel levels independently, and activate a 7.1 virtual surround sound feature.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II is a wired gaming headset with durable build quality and an above-average sound. These headphones are 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 ear cups. 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 over-ear headphones under $100, the best gaming headsets, and the best headphones under $100.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are better headphones than the Razer BlackShark V2, though depending on your preferences, you may prefer one over the other. The HyperX are more comfortable, better-built, and their microphone performs better out-of-the-box. They also do a better job passively isolating noise. That being said, the Razer have a better-balanced sound profile, and they're compatible with customization software that lets you adjust the sound and the microphone performance to your liking. The Razer also have a more stable fit.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are slightly better than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. The Cloud II and the Cloud Alpha have a very similar design with a detachable boom mic so you can use them casually for day-to-day use, though the mic on the Cloud II performs slightly better overall. They also come with a slightly more versatile USB DAC with additional microphone control, but it doesn't add much since they don't come with good support software. While both pairs of headphones look and feel very similar, the detachable audio cable on the Cloud Alpha makes them feel slightly more durable, as it can easily be replaced. They also have a slightly better-balanced sound profile.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II and the HyperX Cloud Alpha S are very similarly performing gaming headphones but the Cloud Alpha S are slightly better. The Cloud Alpha S have a bit better controls such as a bass slider on each ear cup. They also feel slightly better built and have companion software that allows you to adjust the mic level. The Cloud 2, on the other hand, have a slightly better performing boom microphone. On the downside, it should be noted that both headphones have inconsistent bass and treble delivery, and neither have a full EQ to account for it.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II is a slightly better and more complete gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. The Cloud II is better-built and is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets we’ve reviewed so far. It also has channel mixing and quick access to their surround sound setting. On the other hand, the Cloud Stinger might have a slightly better sound quality, especially in the treble range, but that’s about it.
The HyperX Cloud 2/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 ear cups 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 Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset and HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are two very similar gaming headphones, and you may prefer one pair over the other depending on your needs. The Logitech are better-built thanks to their detachable cables. They come with a mobile-friendly cable that lets you control your music too, which makes them even more versatile. On the other hand, the HyperX have channel mixing and their boom microphone performs slightly better, but they don't offer as many customization options as what you can find in the Logitech G HUB app.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Core since they have controls. These two headsets are practically the same, but the Cloud II has an in-line remote that gives you access to a mic-mute, volume control, and channel mixing, while the Core model is simple and will be good for people who don’t care much for controls.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II and the HyperX Cloud Flight are both decent gaming headphones, but their main difference is that the Cloud II are wired while the Cloud Flight are wireless. The Cloud II feel a bit better-built, thanks to their metal frame, and are a bit more comfortable during long gaming marathons. On the other hand, the Cloud Flight have a better-balanced sound profile, and dedicated customization software, though it doesn't offer many options.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are the wired variant of the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless. They share a similar style, build quality, and comfort level. The wireless variant offers over 30 hours of continuous playback time as well as low audio latency via their non-Bluetooth wireless dongle. They're also compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch devices. However, the wired variant comes with a carrying pouch, its mic has a better recording quality, and you can use it on the Xbox One in addition to most other consoles with an AUX port.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II and the HyperX Cloud Stinger S are very similar headphones, and depending on your preferences, you may prefer one over the other. The Cloud 2 are more comfortable and better-built. They also leak less noise. That said, the Stinger S are compatible with companion software, unlike the Cloud 2, which lets you adjust the microphone levels.
The SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition are slightly better-wired gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. They have a very nice gaming software that allows lots of customization and control over the headset. Also, their sound quality is better than the HyperX’s, especially in the treble range. On the other hand, the HyperX are better-built and are one of the most comfortable gaming headphones we’ve reviewed so far. Their microphone recording quality is also superior, which you can also fully detach to use the headphones outdoors.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are better overall gaming headphones than the Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset. They're more comfortable, feel much better-built, and come with a USB sound card to activate channel mixing and surround sound options on PC and PS4. The Logitech's microphone performs better in quiet environments, but they reproduce audio very inconsistently across different users.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless can be used both wired and wirelessly, so they’re more versatile gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II which can only be used wired. The SteelSeries are also customizable with their support software on PC, but the HyperX are more comfortable.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are more versatile gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. The SteelSeries are more feature-packed, with a low-latency wireless transmitter that gives you access to an onboard EQ, channel mixing, and battery charging. They also support Bluetooth so you can mix in a voice chat from your phone into your game audio. However, the HyperX have a more traditional wired design, which some gamers prefer. They're also more comfortable, and their mic is detachable.
If you’re looking for a headset that you can customize and have many controls, then the Logitech G433 Gaming Headset will be a better option. If you prefer straightforward headsets and prefer to care about comfort and build quality, then the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II is a better choice. These gaming headphones are both good for their intended use but will be better at different things. Also, the HyperX have channel mixing, which the G433 is lacking. On the other hand, the sound quality of the G433 is more accurate, and you can EQ it inside their app, which you can’t do on the Cloud II.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II and the HyperX Cloud Flight S are both decent gaming headphones but the Cloud 2 are wired-only, while the Flight S can only be used wirelessly. The Cloud 2 are more comfortable, and look and feel a bit more durable. They're also better for people with multiple consoles, as their wired connection means you can easily plug them into the controller of either a PS4 or Xbox One. On the other hand, the Flight S only work with PC/PS4 but have companion software, though it doesn't add much. They also support wireless charging, which may be handy to some people.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are better wired gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1. The Cloud 2 are comfier, better-built, block out more ambient noise, and offer superior overall mic performance. Conversely, the Revolver have lower latency when using their USB-A adapter.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are slightly better for wired gaming compared to the Cooler Master MH751. The HyperX have a more comfortable fit, superior build quality, and better microphone noise handling capability. They also have a more comprehensive control scheme via an in-line remote on their analog-to-USB adapter. Meanwhile, the Cooler Master have a more expansive soundstage as well as a slightly more portable, compact design.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are better wired gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken X. The HyperX sound much better-balanced, they're more comfortable, and their USB DAC provides additional features like channel mixing and virtual surround sound. The Razer's microphone sounds even more natural, though. They also come with a Y-splitter, which is helpful when connecting to certain desktop PCs, especially since it helps eliminate the latency a USB DAC can cause.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are better gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition. They are one of the most comfortable gaming headphones we’ve reviewed so far. They are also better-built and feel more solid thanks to the metal frame of the headband and hinges. They sound quality is also superior, although you can’t EQ them inside an app like you can do with the Razer headphones. The HyperX is also a bit more outdoor-friendly since you can detach the microphone. Their overall design isn’t as bulky as the Kraken.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are better overall wired gaming headphones than the Corsair HS50. While both models feel very well-made, the HyperX are much more comfortable for long gaming sessions. They also have more control options, like channel mixing and an option to activate surround sound on PC and PS4 thanks to their USB sound card/in-line remote. They also have a much better microphone and isolate more noise too. The Corsair reproduce sounds in the treble range more accurately, though, and their simpler controls are also easier-to-use.
The HyperX Cloud 2/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 Corsair like a carrying pouch, an airline adapter, and extra pads. On the other hand, the Corsair sounds a lot better balanced than the HyperX. The Corsair also benefit from the iCUE software supports which gives them a bit more customization options than the HyperX.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II and the Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset are both good gaming headsets, but each performs better in different ways. The open-back Sennheiser have better audio reproduction and will be more open-sounding than the HyperX, but some may feel like they are a bit lacking in sub-bass. The mic of the Sennheiser is also slightly better and more natural sounding. On the other hand, the HyperX has channel mixing when used via USB and are one of the most comfortable and better-built gaming headsets we’ve reviewed so far. They are also more versatile, as their closed-back design blocks more ambient noise and you can fully detach their microphone for a more outdoor-friendly look.
The Corsair HS70 Wireless are slightly better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. The Corsair are wireless, have a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and companion software for customization options. On the other hand, the HyperX's wired connection means you don't need to worry about batteries or latency issues, and makes them compatible with any console. They also have a much better microphone, are more comfortable, and leak much less audio.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II and the SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless are similarly performing gaming headphones but unlike the HyperX, the SteelSeries can be used wired or wirelessly via Bluetooth. Although they both have similarly excellent boom microphones, the HyperX are slightly more comfortable and have a better build quality. The SteelSeries, on the other hand, have a more balanced sound profile and a continuous battery life of over 40 hours.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. The SteelSeries are compatible with the SteelSeries Engine, so you can customize the sound using graphic EQ and presets. You can also tweak the EQ on-the-fly by using their DAC and the DAC itself offers a lot of connectivity options as well as customization features. However, the HyperX are more comfortable, well-built, and their microphone performs better than the SteelSeries.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are the better choice for wired gaming over the Corsair VOID RGB Elite. The HyperX are comfier, sturdier-feeling, have better noise isolation capabilities as well as a better boom mic. They also feature an analog to USB control box with onboard controls for live channel mixing and microphone volume adjustment. The Corsair, meanwhile, offer a slightly broader range of configuration options thanks to their Corsair iCUE companion app, which features audio presets, a graphic EQ, microphone sidetone adjustment, and RGB lighting customization.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II is a better gaming headset than the Razer Kraken Pro V2. The HyperX 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. It also offers channel mixing directly on the in-line remote and the microphone is detachable, so you can use the HyperX as normal headphones as well.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II is a better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Mix, but it won’t be as versatile. The Cloud II are slightly more comfortable and offer channel mixing, which is great. However, they can’t be used wirelessly like the Cloud Mix. Overall, these two headsets are very similar, but if you’re looking for a gaming-only one, get the Cloud II. If you want one pair of headphones for multiple use cases and gaming, get the Cloud Mix.
If you don’t care much for customization options and RGB lighting, then the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G635 Gaming Headset, especially thanks to their great build quality and comfortable design. They also have a better microphone for online games and offer channel mixing on their in-line remote. However, the G635 has better sound quality, especially in the treble range, and is more customizable thanks to the G HUB app.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II is an overall better gaming headset than the Corsair Void PRO RGB Wireless if you don’t need a wireless headset. They are more comfortable and are better-built than the Corsair. The HyperX 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 HyperX. However, you’ll be able to customize their sound with the in-app EQ, which HyperX doesn’t have.