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.
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.
Good for neutral 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 neutral listeners but on the upside, they're comfortable and sound good enough for most.See our Neutral Sound recommendations
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.See our Commute/Travel recommendations
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.See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
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.See our Office recommendations
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.See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update 09/09/2019: Thanks to the detachable cable, we think the Alpha is more durable than the Cloud II as it is easily replaceable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These headphones are passive and have no battery life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Logitech G Pro X are slightly better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. The audio reproduction of the G Pro X is slightly better, noticeably in the treble range. Also, the microphone sounds slightly better right out-of-the-box. The biggest difference between both headphones is the fact that the G Pro X have the most complete companion software for gaming headphones that allows plenty of customization while the Alpha doesn't have an app.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha is a slightly better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. The Alpha is noticeably better-built and more durable, on top of being more comfortable during long gaming sessions. Both microphones sound very similar, although the Stinger scores better in our tests. Sound-wise, the Alpha has a better mid-range, which results in a slightly better reproduction of vocals.
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.
The Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. Their wireless design offers more freedom and the wireless latency is fairly negligible too. Their audio is also better, especially in the treble range. On the other hand, the Alpha are slightly better built and have a detachable cable, which makes them more durable. Also, their mic's recording quality is better. The Alpha doesn't have a dedicated app, but the Astro do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.