The HyperX Cloud II are a versatile gaming headset, with an above-average sound, and a casual design once you remove the mic. They easily pass for regular headphones, 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.
- Negligible latency.
- Good audio reproduction and microphone.
- Well-built and comfortable design.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Slightly bulky.
- Can sound sharp on some tracks.
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 Cloud II 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 Hyper X Cloud 2 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 Cloud II headphones can also pass for casual everyday headphones.
The HyperX Cloud II are just tight enough to be decently stable and comfortable headphones but they're not made and 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 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 that 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 2 are a decent-sounding pair closed-back, over-ear headsets. They have a deep and balanced bass, an excellent mid-range, but a sub-par treble. Additionally, their bass delivery may be affected by wearing glasses, their treble can be a bit harsh and brittle on overly-bright tracks, and like most closed-back headphones, they don't have an open and spacious soundstage.
Excellent bass range performance. LFE is extended down to 14Hz, which is great. Low-bass and bass are quite flat and within 1.5dB of our target. High-bass is slightly more emphasized than bass, making the sound of these headphones very slightly boomy.
Great mid range performance. Low-mid and mid are virtually flat and within 1dB of our target. The small dip around 1KHz, however, will push the vocals/leads slightly to the back of the mix.
Sub-par treble range performance for the HyperX Cloud 2. 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 sharp and piercing on overly bright tracks.
Sub-par frequency response consistency. The treble response is decently consistent, with some minor peaks/dips around 4KHz. The bass delivery is also quite consistent with the HyperX Cloud II, as long as the user is getting a proper fit/seal with them. In our tests, the subject who wears glasses experienced a noticeable drop in bass compared to others.
Sub-par soundstage. Due to the closed-back design and relatively shallow ear cups, the HyperX Cloud II won't have an open sounding and out-of-head soundstage.
Decent imaging. Phase error is minimal, and so is amplitude mismatch, However, our test unit showed elevated amounts of phase and frequency response mismatch, which could skew the stereo image a bit.
Mediocre harmonic distortion performance. The amount of harmonic distortion in the bass and mid-range are within good limits. However, the large peak in THD at 4KHz could make the treble of these headsets noticeably harsh and brittle.
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 a decent headphone to use in quieter settings, like at an office, due to their low leakage but they won't be ideal for commuting or traveling.
Sub-par isolation. These headsets do not isolate any noise in the bass range. In the mid-range, these headphones achieve about 13dB of isolation, which is decent. In the treble range, the reduce ambient noise by more than 36dB, which is good.
Good leakage performance. The significant portion of leakage sits between 800Hz and 3KHz, which is a narrow region. The overall amount of leakage is also quiet.
Very good microphone performance. Speech recorded with the HyperX Cloud II will sound full and neutral, but lacking slightly in airiness and brilliance. In noisy situations, these headsets are capable of separating speech from noise in the most demanding environments, such as subway stations and competitions.
Very good recording quality. Low-frequency response is well extended, and the overall response is quite flat up to 7KHz. However, the response cuts off above that frequency, making voice slightly airless.
- 100% SpNR
Impressive noise handling. The HyperX Cloud 2 achieves an SpNR of 49dB, which is a great value. This makes them suitable for almost all environments and one of the best performing microphone we've reviewed in this category.
No active features.
Wired connection, negligible USB latency.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Hyper X Cloud II Headphones
- USB headset adapter
- Airline adapter
- Extra Over-Ear pads
- Carrying pouch