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Reviewed on Jun 04, 2018

HyperX Cloud Alpha

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
Mixed Usage
Critical Listening
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The HyperX Cloud Alpha is an above-average wired gaming headset, with a good sound and a sturdy, durable build quality. They look very similar to the Cloud II, and they're just as comfortable with well-padded ear cups and a flexible headband that isn't as tight on the head. They also have a detachable mic so you can use them outdoors as casual headphones, although they won't be ideal for loud environments, commuting, and sports.

Test Results
Design 7.2
Sound 7.8
Isolation 6.0
Microphone 7.9
Active Features 0
Connectivity 5.5
  • Negligible latency.
  • Good audio reproduction and microphone.
  • Well-built and comfortable design.
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Slightly bulky.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.

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The HyperX Cloud Alpha look fairly similar to the Cloud II but have slightly different yokes and ear cups. This is a comfortable gaming headset that is well-padded and not too tight on the head. These headphones also come with a detachable mic so you can use them as casual headphones outdoors. They have the same sturdy build quality of the Cloud II that's decently lightweight and fairly compact for a gaming headset, but still a bit too cumbersome and unstable to carry around on your person or to use for sports. Unfortunately, they only come with a soft carrying pouch that won't protect the headphones that well when they are in your bag.


The HyperX Cloud Alpha have a simple and polished design that looks almost identical to the Cloud II but with slightly different ear cups and yokes. The arching hinges are perforated for style and to make the headphones a little lighter, although overall they're about the same weight as the Cloud II. 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 pure two-tone black and red color scheme looks good and stands out without being too flashy.

8.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.7 lbs
Clamping Force
0.9 lbs

The HyperX Cloud Alpha are comfortable, well-padded headphones. They are more comfortable than the Cloud Flight and they are slightly less tight on the head than the Cloud II but have the same overall fit with big, decently spacious ear cups and an amply padded headband. They do not clamp your head like some of the other gaming headphones we've reviewed and should be comfortable enough to wear for long gaming sessions.

5.9 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Okay
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Additional Buttons : No

These headphones have a very straightforward gaming control scheme. They have an in-line remote with a potentiometer for volume control and a simple switch to enable or disable the microphone. It's very basic and lacks any control for mobile which is slightly disappointing since these headphones can also be used casually outdoors when you remove the detachable mic. Also, feedback for the volume controls is not great and doesn't have distinct notches to set your preferred volume level, but on the upside, the switch is fairly responsive and easy-to-use.

6.3 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 6.2 C

Like the Cloud II and the Logitech G Pro, the Cloud Alpha create a fairly good seal around your ears which blocks a good amount of airflow so they won't be the most breathable headphones for long listening sessions. They will make your ears reasonably warm after a 1 hour of continuous listening and would not be suitable for intense workouts. They have a closed-back, and unfortunately, they do not come with more breathable pads like the Logitech G433 or the Astro A50 so they won't be ideal if you often have long uninterrupted gaming sessions, but should be fine if you take breaks from time to time.

5.7 Portability
L : 7.3 "
W : 6 "
H : 3.2 "
Volume : 142 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The HyperX Cloud Alpha, like most gaming headsets, are not very portable. They're on the smaller side for gaming headsets and have a decently compact frame. However, they do not fold or lay flat to make them easier to carry around in a bag, and they come with a fairly simple pouch, that doesn't offer much protection, which is a bit disappointing.

5.5 Case
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

These headphones come with a simple pouch that 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.

8.0 Build Quality

The HyperX Cloud Alpha are well-built and durable headphones. They have a sturdy yet flexible aluminum frame and fairly dense ear cups that won't break if you accidentally drop the headphones once or twice. Unlike the Cloud II, the Alpha do not have shiny backplates on their ear cups that may get scratched up by regular wear and tear. Overall, it's a good build quality that may not look as premium as the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas or the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but feels durable and should last you a while.

6.5 Stability

The HyperX Cloud Alpha are decently stable 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. On the upside, unlike the Cloud II, the audio cable is detachable, so it won't yank the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something. They should be stable enough for more casual uses and for gaming but won't be a good option for running and working out.

Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.4 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

These headphones come with a 1/8" TRRS audio cable and a headset adapter.

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The HyperX Cloud Alpha is a good sounding pair of closed-back over-ear gaming headsets. These headphones have a deep, punchy, and well-balanced bass, an even and neutral mid-range, and great imaging. This makes them a good and versatile option for a wide variety of music genres, including bass-heavy music, as well as movies and video games. However, their bass delivery is prone to inconsistencies across multiple users, and their treble lacks a bit of detail while sounding a bit sharp on S and Ts.

9.1 Bass
Std. Err.
1.32 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
0.76 dB
0.63 dB
2.2 dB

The HyperX Cloud Alpha have an excellent bass. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is great. Low-bass, responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy music and video games, is within 1dB of our target. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and the punch of kick drums, is also within 1dB of our neutral target. However, high-bass, responsible for warmth, is overemphasized by more than 2dB, which adds a bit of muddiness to the sound. 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.

8.9 Mid
Std. Err.
1.45 dB
1.75 dB
-0.47 dB
0.68 dB

The mid-range is great. The response is very even and flat throughout the range, this results in a well-balanced reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. However, low-bass is overemphasized by about 2dB, which adds a bit of thickness to the vocals and a bit of clutter to the overall mix.

6.8 Treble
Std. Err.
4.45 dB
-2.0 dB
-1.12 dB
-2.32 dB

The treble performance of the HyperX Cloud Alpha is decent. The overall response is quite even, but not very balanced. The 10dB dip around 5KHz negatively affects the detail and articulation of vocals and lead instruments. The 10dB peak around 10KHz could make these headphones a bit sibilant (sharp and piercing on S and Ts), which will be mostly noticeable on vocals and cymbals.

5.8 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.03 dB

The HyperX Cloud Alpha has a sub-par frequency response consistency. In the bass range, they show more than 6dB of variance across our human subjects, which is quite significant. However, in the treble range, their delivery is a lot more consistent across multiple positions/re-seats.

8.9 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
Weighted Phase Mismatch

The imaging is great. Weighted group delay is at 0.18, which is very good. The GD graph also shows that their entire group delay response is within the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were exceptionally well-matched. This is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo field.

6.1 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.09 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
3.79 dB
PRTF Distance
12.45 dB
Acoustic Space Excitation
Correlated Crosstalk
0.0 dB

The soundstage of the HyperX Cloud Alpha is mediocre. The PRTF graph shows a good amount of pinna activation and interaction, but the accuracy of the activation is low, and the 10KHz notch is not very deep either. This and the closed-back design result in a soundstage that will be perceived inside the listener's head as opposed to in-front.

8.1 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
Weighted THD @ 100

The harmonic distortion performance of the Cloud Alpha is great. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is quite low, but the sharp peak in THD around 4KHz could make the sound of that region a bit harsh and brittle.



The HyperX Cloud Alpha block noise passively with the seal they create around your ears. Unfortunately, although the seal does prevent some high-frequency noise from seeping into your audio, since they only isolate passively, they won't be able to block enough rumbling and low-frequency noise to be suitable for commuting. On the upside, they do not leak much so they're a decent option to use in quieter settings, like at an office and you can mask some of the ambient noise by playing your music a little louder without distracting the people around you.

5.0 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.06 dB
0.56 dB
-5.15 dB
-28.86 dB
0 dB

The isolation of the HyperX Cloud Alpha is inadequate. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sit, they don't achieve any isolation. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieve 5dB of isolation, which is sub-par. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, they isolate by about 29dB, which is above-average.

7.8 Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
35.21 dB

The leakage performance is good. The significant portion of the leakage is between 1KHz and 5KHz, so the leakage will sound quite thin. The overall level of the leakage is not loud either. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away, averages at about 35dB SPL and peaks at 49dB SPL, which is just below the noise floor of most offices.



Detachable Boom

The HyperX Cloud Alpha have a great boom microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively full, clear and detailed, but it may lack a little bit of airiness. In noisy situations, they do a great job at separating speech from background noise, even in loud places like a game competition or a subway station.

7.4 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
359.19 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.04 dB
10388.94 Hz
Weighted THD
30.13 dB

The recording quality of the microphone is good. The bass response is extended and flat, but a little underemphasized. This means speech recorded/transmitted with this mic will sound relatively full-bodied. The HFE (high-frequency extension) is at 10KHz, indicating a clear and detailed speech. But it will lack a bit of airiness.

8.3 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
32.11 dB

The boom microphone of the Cloud Alpha is great at noise handling. It achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 32dB in our SpNR test, indicating they are able to separate speech from ambient noise even in the most demanding situations.


Active Features

Like the Cloud II and the Cloud Revolver, the HyperX Cloud Alpha do not have any active features or app support.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
Battery Life
Charge Time
Power Saving Feature
Audio while charging
Passive Playback

These headphones are passive and have no battery life.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
ANC control
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
Playback control
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

These headphones do not have any compatible software for added customization. For a wired gaming headset with a companion software, take a look at the Logitech G635 or the Astro A40.



The HyperX Cloud Alpha only have a wired 1/8" TRRS connection. On the upside, their in-line remote and microphone is compatible with the PS4 and Xbox One controller. They also have negligible latency since they're wired, which is good for gaming and watching movies. Unfortunately, they won't have the range and convenience of wireless gaming headsets.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
Multi-Device Pairing
NFC Pairing

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.

9.1 Wired
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
USB Audio
PS4 Compatible
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
Audio + Microphone
PC Compatible
Audio + Microphone

The HyperX Cloud Alpha 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 (see our recommendations for the best Xbox One headsets and the best PS4 headsets). They also come with Y-splitter headset adapter for PCs.

0 Base/Dock
Optical Input
Line In
Line Out
USB Input
RCA Input
PS4 Compatible
Xbox One Compatible
PC Compatible
Power Supply
Dock Charging

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.

0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
Line of Sight Range

The HyperX Cloud Alpha do not have a wireless range since they're wired. If you want a good wireless gaming headset, check out the Astro A20.

10 Latency
Default Latency
0 ms
aptX Latency
aptX(LL) Latency

These headphones have negligible latency thanks to their wired connection. This makes them suitable for gaming and watching movies but they are limited by the range of their relatively short cable.

In the box

  • Hyper X Cloud Alpha Headphones
  • Carrying pouch
  • 1/8" TRRS audio cable
  • Headset adapter
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

 The HyperX Cloud Alpha are well-built and easy-to-use gaming headphones with a low latency wired connection. They have the same sturdy build quality of the Cloud II, and although they have slightly different ear cups, they are just as comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Unfortunately, they aren't the most breathable headphones so they will make your ears a little warm and they're not as customizable as some of the other gaming headsets compared below. On the upside, they have a casual design that you can use with your phone outdoors, although they won't be the best option to use in loud, noisy environments or for sports. See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best over-ear headphones under $100, and the best wireless headphones under $100.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017

The Astro A40 are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha thanks to their great controls on the MixAmp and their significantly better sounding microphone. The A40 are also compatible with the Astro Command Center, which offers decent controls and a few customization options. They also come with a nice dock that offers controls, and great cable length which will allow you to play easily from your couch. On the other hand, the Alpha have a slightly better sound quality out of the box, but they can’t be EQ’ed inside a companion app like the Astros. Their closed-back design will also isolate more noise and leak less, which will be better for some.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II

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 ear cups of the Alpha also look a little different, which some may prefer.

HyperX Cloud Flight

The HyperX Cloud Flight are slightly better gaming headsets than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. The Flight are a bit more convenient for gaming, thanks to their low latency wireless dongle. The Flight also have a slightly more outdoor-friendly build quality and come with a regular TRS cable to use with your phone. On the other hand, the wired Cloud Alpha have a better build quality than the Flight and should be more durable. Also, since they are wired, they come with a boom mic that's compatible with both the PS4 and Xbox One, unlike the Flight which only have mic support on the PS4 (and PC) via their wireless dongle.

Razer Kraken Pro V2

The HyperX Cloud Alpha is a better gaming headset than the Razer Kraken Pro V2. It is more comfortable, better-built, and has a superior and more accurate audio reproduction. On the other hand, the Kraken Pro V2’s mic has a better recording quality, so if you play online or with some friends, this might be something to consider. On the other side, you can’t detach the Kraken’s mic like you can do with the Alpha.

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

Both the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition and HyperX Cloud Alpha are decent gaming headphones. The Kraken offers you access to a nice and complete app and their microphone is clearer for online games. On the other hand, the Alpha is more comfortable and better-built. If you want more features, then the Razer is a better choice, especially since you can use them for audio and mic support on any platform. However, the style and design of the HyperX headphones might be better-suited for outdoor use since you can detach the microphone.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are a better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. This wireless headset offers more customization options thanks to the SteelSeries Engine software, and they have a slightly more neutral frequency response. Their microphone also has better recording quality and noise handling performance for online gaming. On the other hand, if you don’t care much for customization and want a great headset right out of the box, the Cloud Alpha is more comfortable and feels better-built than the Arctis 7. You can also detach the microphone and use them outdoors, as they have a more casual look.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a slightly better headset than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. The deeper and larger cups will suit most ears, and the microphone has better recording quality, which online gamers will appreciate. These two wired headsets have no latency, are well-made, and feel premium. The Alpha are a bit more breathable and isolate a bit more ambient noise. However, their bass delivery varies a lot across users, especially if you have glasses. The Elite Atlas would be a better choice for most users.

HyperX Cloud Core

The HyperX Cloud Alpha are slightly better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Core thanks to their controls. You can control the volume and mute your microphone easily on the Alpha, which you can’t do with the Core. Other than that, the two headsets are practically identical, but the Alpha has a slightly less uneven treble range performance. Both models are very versatile and will be suitable for all platforms.

Corsair HS70 Wireless

The Corsair HS70 Wireless is a slightly better gaming headset thanks to its wireless design, but some may prefer the wired HyperX Cloud Alpha since it is more comfortable. The HS70 has slightly better audio reproduction and have a companion app that lets you EQ them to your liking. On the other hand, the Alpha has a better microphone for online gaming, and they are compatible with every console and PC, unlike the HS70. Their tight fit and design also create a better seal around your ears, isolating more background noise.

Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset

Both headsets are decent for gaming, but the HyperX Cloud Alpha might have a small edge over the Logitech G Pro. They are noticeably better-built headphones and their metal frame feels more durable than the plasticky G Pro. They are more comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions. Their audio reproduction is also slightly better, but their microphone isn’t as natural-sounding as the G Pros.

HyperX Cloud Revolver

The HyperX Cloud Revolver and HyperX Cloud Alpha are very similar-performing gaming headsets, but the Revolver has a few features that could make it a better choice for some. The biggest difference for gamers might be the fact that the Revolver has channel mixing, and their microphone is noticeably better than the Alpha’s. However, if you’re not looking for a headset to play online competitive games where channel mixing and a great microphone could be useful, the Alphas feel better made and slightly more comfortable.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. the HyperX Cloud Alpha sound very good and are latency-free thanks to their wired design, but the Arctis Pro Wireless still sound better and offer more connectivity options since they can be used wired or wirelessly. The boom mic of the Cloud Alpha is removable, though, which helps the headphones blend in more for everyday use. The Arctis Pro Wireless are much more expensive too, so if you want a versatile, wired gaming headset without spending a fortune, the Cloud Alpha is definitely worth considering.

Sony WH-CH700N Wireless

If you want a gaming headset, then the wired HyperX Cloud Alpha are the better option, but for mixed usage, the wireless Sony WH-CH700N are more convenient. The Cloud Alpha have no latency, they're a bit more comfortable, and they're better built than the Sonys. However, the WH-CH700N have a much better range since they are wireless, and they're a bit more practical for outdoors since they are noise canceling headphones.

LucidSound LS31 Wireless

If you really want a wireless headset for gaming, then the LucidSound LS31 is a better option than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. It is wireless and has game and voice chat channel mixing, which some gamers will appreciate. However, if you don’t want to manage a battery life and don’t mind a wired connection, the Alpha are better built, more comfortable, and have a great audio reproduction and microphone. 

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6.7 Mixed Usage
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are above-average gaming headsets that are versatile enough to use as casual headphones. Like the Cloud II, they have a simple but sturdy build quality with well-padded ear cups that make them comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions. They also have closed-back ear cups that don't leak as much as most gaming headsets and block a fair bit of noise, although, they won't be ideal for commuting or loud environments. On the upside, these headphones have a good sound quality that sounds slightly sharp and lacking in detail on some tracks but should good enough for most listeners. Also, since they're wired, they have very negligible latency which makes them suitable for gaming and watching videos.
7.8 Critical Listening
Good for critical listening. The HyperX Cloud Alpha have a slightly better sound quality than the similarly designed Cloud II. They deliver a good amount of bass and a balanced mid-range but a slightly inconsistent treble that lacks a bit of detail but still sounds sharp on some tracks. They don't have the most spacious soundstage since they're closed back headphones so they won't be the ideal choice for more critical listeners but on the upside, they're comfortable and sound good enough for most.
6.0 Commute/Travel
Mediocre-at-best for commuting. The HyperX Cloud Alpha have a more outdoor-friendly design than most gaming headsets with a detachable mic, a closed-back design and a good, comfortable build quality. However, they do not block enough noise to be ideal to use on public transit and their slightly bulky design won't be easy to carry around on your person without a bag.
6.1 Sports/Fitness
Mediocre for sports. Although they are a bit more compact than other gaming headsets, they're still too bulky and unstable for running or working out. They're also not the most breathable headphones so they will make your ears a little warm and sweaty after a couple of minutes exercising. They also don't have a mobile-friendly control scheme.
6.5 Office
Average for office use. They do not block a lot of noise so you will hear the ambient chatter in a busy office. However, since they do not leak as much, you can mask some of the ambient noise in your surroundings by playing your music a little louder. They're also comfortable enough to wear for long listening sessions although they will make your ears a little warm during longer listening sessions.
6.1 TV
Mediocre for home theater. The headphones have a low latency, wired connection, and a well-balanced sound. They're also comfortable enough to wear throughout a long movie. They have decently long cable, however, it won't be long enough for most home theater setups unless you watch your movies on your PC or tablet.
7.2 Gaming
Above-average for gaming. The HyperX Cloud Alpha has a low latency, wired connection, a decently well-balanced audio reproduction, and a good mic that filters a lot of noise. They're comfortable enough to wear for long gaming sessions but, unfortunately, have no software support for added customization options, unlike some of the more feature-packed gaming headsets that we've tested. Their design is also not the most breathable so your ears may get a little warm after gaming for a while.

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