HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Jan 15, 2021 at 09:03 am
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6.3
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Sound
5.8
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
7.7
Wireless Gaming
5.8
Wired Gaming
7.5
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless are comfortable gaming headphones that are compatible with PCs, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch consoles. Thanks to their wireless dongle, they have very low latency. They also have over 30 hours of continuous playback time, so you don't have to worry about charging them very often. While some users may prefer their slightly bass-heavy sound profile, they don't have an EQ to help customize their sound. Their companion software also is fairly basic and doesn't offer many customization features. That said, they're well-built and have a detachable boom mic that does an impressive job of recording your voice, even in noisy environments.

Our Verdict

6.3 Mixed Usage

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are acceptable for mixed use. These headphones have a comfortable fit, low audio latency, and over 30 hours of continuous playback time, making them well-suited for gaming. Their boom mic also does an impressive job of recording your voice, even in loud environments. However, they need their wireless USB dongle to transmit audio. They also don't really block out bass-range noise like bus engines on your daily commute and struggle to reduce ambient office chatter. Their slightly bass-heavy sound profile may not be ideal for fans of neutral sound and their bulky design isn't the most stable for sports.

Pros
  • Well-built and comfortable design.
  • Over 30 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Middling noise isolation performance.
  • Don't support Bluetooth.
6.9 Neutral Sound

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are alright for neutral sound. They have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile with a neutral and even mid-range that helps accurately reproduce vocals and lead instruments. However, their treble-range is a bit uneven, resulting in dull vocals and lead instruments as well as sharp sibilants like S and T sounds. They also don't have a comprehensive EQ to help customize their sound, and their passive soundstage can be perceived as small.

Pros
  • Well-built and comfortable design.
Cons
  • Sub-par passive soundstage.
5.8 Commute/Travel

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are disappointing for commute and travel. While they're comfortable enough for long flights and have over 30 hours of continuous battery life, they don't block out any bass-range noise like bus or plane engines. They're also fairly bulky and can't fold up to be made more portable. They don't have a carrying case and need their wireless USB dongle in order to transmit audio, which isn't convenient if you want to listen to audio from your phone.

Pros
  • Well-built and comfortable design.
  • Over 30 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Middling noise isolation performance.
  • Don't support Bluetooth.
  • No music or call management controls.
6.0 Sports/Fitness

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are mediocre for sports and fitness. While they're stable enough for gaming, they aren't really designed for use during physical activity and can fall off your head while you're moving. They also don't have an IP rating for water resistance and need their wireless USB dongle to transmit audio. Their lack of an audio cable reduces the chances of something snagging and pulling them off your head, though.

Pros
  • Well-built and comfortable design.
Cons
  • Don't support Bluetooth.
6.4 Office

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are acceptable for office use. They're comfortable and their battery life should last through a few shifts at the office before they need a recharge. However, they struggle to cut down ambient chatter around you and only support non-Bluetooth wireless via their USB dongle, so you won't be able to wirelessly stream audio from your smartphone. They also don't support multi-device pairing.

Pros
  • Well-built and comfortable design.
  • Over 30 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Middling noise isolation performance.
  • Don't support Bluetooth.
7.7 Wireless Gaming

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are great for wireless gaming. They're well-built, comfortable enough for long gaming sessions, and have low audio latency via their non-Bluetooth wireless dongle. Their continuous battery life lasts over 30 hours, and their mic can record your voice clearly, even in noisy environments. However, their companion software also only offers limited features and it doesn't have an EQ to help tweak their sound.

Pros
  • Well-built and comfortable design.
  • Over 30 hours of continuous battery life.
  • Excellent performing boom mic.
Cons
  • No channel mixing.
5.8 Wired Gaming

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are wireless gaming headphones and can only be used with non-Bluetooth wireless.

7.5 Phone Calls

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are good for phone calls. Their detachable boom mic does a great job of recording your voice, even in very noisy environments. However, the headphones don't really block out bass-range noise like bus engines and only slightly reduces ambient chatter, so you may want to take calls in quieter environments to clearly hear the person on the other end of the line.

Pros
  • Well-built and comfortable design.
  • Excellent performing boom mic.
Cons
  • Middling noise isolation performance.
  • 6.3 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 5.8 Commute/Travel
  • 6.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.4 Office
  • 7.7 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.8 Wired Gaming
  • 7.5 Phone Calls

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless look identical to the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. They have a black frame with red accents on the hinges, headband stitching, and brand logo on each earcup. They also have a detachable boom mic, which can help them look more casual.

8.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.69 lbs
Clamping Force
0.9 lbs

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are comfortable headphones. They have good padding on the headband and around the earcups. They don't clamp too tightly, which is nice. However, they could get warm during long gaming sessions.

5.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
PC/PS4
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Surround Sound

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless have sub-par controls. They're gaming headphones and lack basic call or music-related controls such as a dedicated play/pause button. That said, unlike the wired HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II, they have controls on both ear cups. On the left ear cup, there's a power button, as well as a mic mute button which has an LED light that turns red when you're muted. You can also press and hold the mic button to turn 7.1 surround sound on and off. On the right earcup is an infinite volume wheel. It has a different audio chime to let you know when you've reached the minimum or maximum volume. The headphones also beep to indicate their auto-off timer. Unfortunately, they lack channel mixing.

5.6
Design
Portability
L 7.8 "
W 5.6 "
H 3.6 "
Volume 155.9 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required Yes

These headphones aren't very portable. They can't fold into a more compact form, and the cups can't swivel to lay flat. They also don't come with a carrying case to help protect them.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones don't come with a carrying case.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless have a great build quality. Their hinges and yokes are made of aluminum, which makes them feel durable. The ear cups also feel dense and should survive a couple of accidental drops without taking too much damage. They have leather padding on the headband and ear cups, too. However, the audio cable linking the ear cups to the headband is a potential weak point.

6.5
Design
Stability

These headphones have a fairly stable fit. They're stable enough for playing video games, but they're not ideal for sports. They can fall or slip off your head during moderate exercise. On the upside, they have a wireless design, so you don't need to worry about an audio cable hooked on something, which may pull them off your head.

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In The Box

  • Hyper X Cloud 2 Wireless headphones
  • USB wireless dongle
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • Detachable boom microphone
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.88 db
Treble Amount
-1.15 db

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that's well-suited for emphasizing sound effects in video games. The mids are also balanced, so dialogue in cutscenes is accurately reproduced. Unfortunately, they lack companion software to help you customize their sound profile.

5.9
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.97 dB

These headphones have a sub-par frequency response consistency. Bass and treble delivery can vary due to fit, positioning, and seal. You may experience a drop in bass if you wear glasses or have thick hair, as this can break the headphones' seal.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.48 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
13.54 Hz
Low-Bass
2.51 dB
Mid-Bass
3.76 dB
High-Bass
4.66 dB

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless have good bass accuracy. It's slightly overemphasized across the range, adding extra thump, punch, and rumble to your mixes. However, some users may find it sounds very boomy.

9.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.06 dB
Low-Mid
0.83 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.8 dB
High-Mid
-0.02 dB

These headphones have fantastic mic accuracy. The range is mostly flat and neutral, resulting in clear and present vocals and lead instruments.

6.5
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.63 dB
Low-Treble
-1.83 dB
Mid-Treble
1.78 dB
High-Treble
-2.2 dB

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless have fair treble accuracy. The low-treble is uneven, so some vocals and lead instruments sound slightly harsh or veiled. The mid-treble is overemphasized, which makes sibilants like cymbals sound a bit piercing.

7.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.41 db
Dips
2.09 db

These headphones have decent peaks and dips performance. There's a small peak in the high-bass which adds boom. It's followed by a slight dip in the low to mid-mid range, nudging back vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. There's a peak and dip in the low-treble range, so the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments are bright but become very veiled as the frequency increases. The mid-treble has a couple of peaks as well, resulting in piercing sibilants.

5.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
1.14
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.69
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.73
Weighted Phase Mismatch
186.94

The imaging is disappointing. The left and right drivers aren't very well-matched in group delay and phase response. While the left driver's group delay response falls below our audibility threshold, there's a small peak in the right driver's treble range, which suggests a slightly wimpy treble. There's also a high mismatch in phase response, and we noticed a warp in audio during our tests. A poor match in phase response can indicate inaccuracies in the stereo image. The left and right drivers of our unit are very well-matched in amplitude and frequency response, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects and instruments (voices, footsteps) in the stereo image. It should be noted that these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

5.2
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.41 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
2.0 dB
PRTF Distance
11.71 dB
Openness
5.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.6

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless have a disappointing passive soundstage. The soundstage is perceived as natural, but small and located mostly inside your head rather than out in front of you. Due to their closed-back design, they won't sound as open or spacious as open-back headphones.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Dolby 7.1

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless have a Dolby 7.1 virtual surround feature that can be turned on and off by pressing and holding down the mic mute button. However, we don't currently test this feature.

7.1
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.458
WHD @ 100
0.220

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of these headphones is satisfactory. At a normal listening volume, there's a small peak in the low-treble. However, it can be hard to hear with real-life content. That said, the range falls within good limits, resulting in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings we used to test the HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

Isolation
4.7
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.33 dB
Bass
1.24 dB
Mid
-8.12 dB
Treble
-27.86 dB

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless have a poor noise isolation performance. They don't block out any bass-range noise like bus or plane engines and struggle to cut down mid-range noise such as office chatter. They do a better job of reducing higher-pitched noise like the hum of an AC unit, though.

6.9
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
40.24 dB

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless have a fair leakage performance. Most of the leakage is concentrated between the mid to treble range, which sounds thin. If you're listening to audio at a high volume at the office, others around you shouldn't be able to hear what you're listening to.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
Yes

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless have a detachable, flexible boom mic.

8.1
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
102.26 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.77 dB
HFE
6639.82 Hz
Weighted THD
0.083
Gain
7.22 dB

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless' boom mic has a great recording quality. Your voice sounds clear, full, and easy to understand.

8.9
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
42.6 dB

The boom mic has excellent noise handling. It can separate your voice from ambient noise around you, even in loud environments.

Active Features
8.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
30.7 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
30.7 hrs
Charge Time
4.1 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The battery performance of these headphones is great. They have over 30 hours of continuous battery life, and should easily last through long gaming marathons. You can also still use them to receive audio while charging but you can't use them passively since they don't support a wired connection.

6.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name HyperX NGENUITY
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows Yes
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Yes

The NGENUITY software is just mediocre. This app allows you to view your battery level, as well as just volume and mic levels. You can also turn the 7.1 surround sound feature on and off. There's a 'preset' feature available, too, which creates shortcuts for opening certain programs or software.

Note: A user has reported that there is an 'Auto-Optimizer' feature available when using the 7.1 surround sound feature when using the HyperX Cloud Alpha S. This feature is advertised to apply a customized audio preset to select games. However, we didn't test this feature and it isn't listed on the NGENUITY (BETA) website.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless aren't Bluetooth-compatible.

9.3
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
150 ft
Non-BT Latency
9 ms

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless have fantastic non-Bluetooth wireless compatibility. They have very low latency, which makes them suitable for gaming or watching videos. That said, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your real-life experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These wireless headphones only come with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging. They aren't compatible with any wired connections.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are only compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch using their non-Bluetooth wireless connection. This connection offers full audio and microphone support.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones aren't compatible with the Xbox One.

0.4
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless come with a wireless USB dongle.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are the wireless variant of the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. They come in one color variant: 'Black' and you can see its label here. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are wireless gaming headphones that can only be used on PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch consoles. Unlike the wired HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II, these headphones use a wireless USB dongle that delivers low audio latency suitable for gaming. However, because of this, they're not compatible with the Xbox One. Still, they have a bass-heavy sound that some users may especially enjoy, and their 30-hour-plus continuous battery life is impressive. Check out our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets, the best PS4 gaming headsets, and the best gaming headsets.

HyperX Cloud Flight S

The HyperX Cloud Flight S and the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless are similarly performing wireless gaming headphones and depending on your preferences, you may favor one over the other. The Wireless are more comfortable and feel better-built. They have a better-balanced sound profile that delivers more bass too. However, the Cloud Flight S have slightly longer battery life.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II

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.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless. The SteelSeries have a more stable fit and have a better-balanced sound profile. Their battery performance is better too and you can customize their sound profile via SteelSeries Engine software's graphic EQ and presets. They even support Bluetooth and can be used with a wired connection. However, the HyperX Cloud II Wireless are more comfortable.

Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless. The Astro deliver audio more consistently and are compatible with Astro Command Center which has a graphic EQ and presets, which allows you to customize their sound profile. They can also receive audio when connected to the Xbox One, but don't have mic support. However, the HyperX have much lower audio latency and their continuous battery life is longer as well.  

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