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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are wireless gaming headphones and can only be used with non-Bluetooth wireless.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These headphones don't come with a carrying case.
The HyperX Cloud II 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.
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.
The HyperX Cloud II 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.
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.
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.
These headphones have fantastic mic accuracy. The range is mostly flat and neutral, resulting in clear and present vocals and lead instruments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are the settings we used to test the HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless. Our results are only valid when using these settings.
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.
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.
The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless have a detachable, flexible boom mic.
The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless' boom mic has a great recording quality. Your voice sounds clear, full, and easy to understand.
The boom mic has excellent noise handling. It can separate your voice from ambient noise around you, even in loud environments.
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.
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.
The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless aren't Bluetooth-compatible.
The HyperX Cloud II 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.
These wireless headphones only come with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging. They aren't compatible with any wired connections.
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.
These headphones aren't compatible with the Xbox One.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 so that you can customize their sound profile. They can also receive audio when connected to the Xbox One via non-Bluetooth wireless, but don't have mic support. However, the HyperX have much lower audio latency and their continuous battery life is longer as well.