The HyperX Cloud Alpha are good wired gaming headphones. They have a fairly well-balanced sound profile, though they're quite susceptible to fit, seal, and positioning, so you may experience their sound reproduction differently, especially if you wear glasses. They look very similar to the HyperX Cloud 2/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 look and feel very well-built, and have a detachable mic so you can use them as your day-to-day headphones as well. That being said, they don't block much background noise so they may not be the best to give you peace in the office or on the bus.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are a good pair of gaming headphones but aren't very versatile. They look and feel very durable, and their well-padded ear cups make them comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions. While their very good microphone performance makes them good for gaming, unfortunately, they block very little background noise so they may not be the best option for commuting or to use in the office. On the upside, they leak very little audio, so you can turn up your music to block out background noise without bothering your coworkers. They also likely won't be the best choice for wearing to the gym since they aren't very stable and their wire could easily get snagged.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are decent headphones for neutral sound listening. Their sound profile is fairly well-balanced, though their recessed low/mid-treble ranges cause some sounds to be dull, lispy, and lacking in detail. Like with most bulky over-ear headphones, their sound reproduction isn't very consistent, so depending on the quality of the seal you're able to achieve, you may experience their sound reproduction differently. They also don't have the most spacious soundstage since they're closed-back headphones, so they may not be the ideal choice for more critical listeners.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are poor headphones for commuting. While their detachable mic helps give them a more casual, day-to-day look, they isolate very little background noise, so they don't help block out the low rumble of bus or plane engines. On the bright side, they're very comfortable, and they don't leak too much audio, so you should be able to turn up your music to help block out noise without bothering people close to you. Their wired connection also means you don't have to worry about keeping a battery charged up, which can be helpful for long travel days.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha aren't recommended for sports. While they're a bit more compact than some 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 make your ears a little warm and sweaty after exercising for a bit. They also can't be used wirelessly, so their wire could get in the way or become snagged while working out.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are sub-par headphones for use at the office. They don't block much background noise so they won't help block out chatty co-workers. However, since they don't leak too much audio, you can turn your music up without bothering those closeby. They're also comfortable enough to wear all day, and their wired connection means you don't have to worry about keeping them charged.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are wired-only headphones that can't be used wireless.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are good wired gaming headphones. Their microphone has a good recording quality and does a great job of separating your voice from background noise. They're comfortable enough to wear for long gaming marathons but, unfortunately, have no software support for added customization options, unlike some of the more feature-packed gaming headsets that we've tested. They also aren't the most breathable so your ears may get a little warm after gaming for a while.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are decent wired headphones for phone calls. Their boom microphone has a good recording quality, and your voice sounds detailed, full-bodied, and clear. The mic also does a great job of separating your voice from background noise, so your voice doesn't get drowned out, even in noisy environments. Unfortunately, they're likely too bulky to use to take calls on-the-go, but they might be a decent choice for phone calls at home or in the office.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha have a simple design that stands out without being too flashy. They look almost identical to the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II but with perforated yokes and slightly different ear cups. Their detachable mic makes them suitable for casual use, though they're a bit bulky, and the bright logos might not be for everyone.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are very comfortable headphones. They're quite a bit more comfortable than the HyperX Cloud Flight thanks to their large ear cups and well-padded headband. They have a very similar overall fit as the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II, but they feel less tight, making them slightly more comfortable for people with larger heads.
These headphones have a very straightforward gaming control scheme. They have an in-line remote with an on/off switch for the mic and a volume wheel, though sadly it doesn't feature distinct notches, making it difficult to get the exact right volume. The controls are very basic and lack any media/phone call functionality, which is disappointing if you want to remove the mic and use these headphones for casual use.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha aren't the most breathable headphones and you'll likely have to take breaks from time to time as your ears will get quite warm. Like the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II, they create a tight seal around your ears which blocks a good amount of airflow, and their padding doesn't breathe as well as some other options, like the Logitech G433 Gaming Headset or the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha aren't very portable. They're on the smaller side for gaming headsets and have a decently compact frame, but they don't fold or lay flat to make them easier to carry around in a bag.
These headphones come with a simple pouch that will shield the headphones from minor scratches while they're in your bag. Unfortunately, it doesn't protect them against impacts, drops, or water damage.
Update 09/09/2019: Thanks to the detachable cable that can be easily replaced, we think the HyperX Cloud Alpha are more durable than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. The review and scores have been updated to reflect these changes.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha feel very well-built and durable. They have a sturdy yet flexible aluminum frame and fairly dense ear cups that should be able to withstand a few accidental drops. Unlike the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II, the Alpha don't have shiny backplates on their ear cups that can get easily scratched up by regular use. Overall, while they feel very durable and well-built, they don't look quite as premium as the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas or the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are reasonably stable headphones that should be fine for casual uses and gaming but aren't recommended for sports. They sway a lot under physical activity and slip off your ears while running or working out. On the bright side, unlike the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II, the audio cable is detachable, so it doesn't yank the headphones off your head when it gets hooked on something.
The sound profile of the HyperX Cloud Alpha is quite well-balanced and accurate. Almost the entire bass and mid ranges are even and flat, except for the slightly over-emphasized high-bass that makes them sound a bit muddy and boomy. That being said, overall, these headphones are well-suited for a fairly wide range of genres and content, though the recessed low and mid-treble ranges cause some sounds to be dull, lispy, and lacking in detail.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha have a sub-par frequency response consistency. People with long hair or glasses experience their bass reproduction differently, as it's difficult to get a proper seal due to their bulky design and large ear cups. Their treble response is also greatly dependent on fit, seal, and positioning, so you might have to adjust them on your head slightly every time you wear them.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha have a very accurate bass range. While almost the entire frequency range is even and flat, high-bass, which is responsible for warmth, is slightly overemphasized, which adds a bit of muddiness to the sound. It's worth noting that since their bass delivery is sensitive to the quality of fit and seal you're able to achieve, the response here represents their average bass response and your experience may vary.
Mid accuracy of these headphones is excellent. The response is very even and flat throughout the range, resulting in a well-balanced reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. However, low-mid is slightly overemphasized, adding a bit of thickness to the vocals and a bit of clutter to the overall mix, though it might not be too noticeable to most.
The treble accuracy of the HyperX Cloud Alpha is mediocre. While the start of low-treble is flat and even, the following large dip in low and mid-treble negatively affects the detail and articulation of vocals and lead instruments, causing them to sound dull and lispy.
The peaks and dips performance of the HyperX Cloud Alpha is decent. The minor peaks and dips throughout the bass and mid-range likely won't be too noticeable to the overall sound of the headphones. However, the large dip in low-treble, followed by the big peak makes some higher-frequencies dull and lispy, while others are sharp and piercing.
The imaging of these headphones is excellent. The GD graph shows that their entire group delay response is within the audibility threshold, ensuring a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit are 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 sub-par. Their closed-back design means that they don't sound very open, and their soundstage is perceived to be located inside your head, as opposed to in front.
These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.
The weighted harmonic distortion of these headphones is great. The entire range is below the audibility threshold, even at louder volumes, resulting in a clean and pure audio reproduction with very minimal artifacts.
These are the settings used while testing these headphones; therefore, the results are only valid when used at these settings.
The noise isolation of the HyperX Cloud Alpha is bad. They block no bass sounds, like the low engine rumbles of a bus or plane. While they block out some background chatter, it's very minimal and they're much worse in this regard than some other options, like the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II or the Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset. On the bright side, the do a good job at blocking out higher-frequency sounds, like the noises of an AC unit or fan.
The leakage performance is good. While they leak a little bit of audio, it's thin and not very loud. It falls below the noise floor of an average office, so when you listen to music at higher volumes, it likely won't bother your coworkers.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha have a detachable boom microphone.
The recording quality of the microphone is good. When using this mic, your voice sounds relatively full-bodied, clear, and detailed, though it lacks a bit of airiness. If you're looking for a pair of wired gaming headphones that have a microphone capable of yielding even better recording quality, check out the JBL Quantum 400.
Like most boom microphones, noise handling is impressive. When speaking in a very noisy environment, your voice doesn't get drowned out, and the person on the other end hears you clearly.
These headphones are wired and don't require a battery.
These headphones are wired and aren't compatible with a Bluetooth connection. If you want a gaming headset that supports Bluetooth, check out the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless.
These headphones are wired-only.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha use a detachable 1/8" TRRS audio cable to plug into the controller of a PS4 or Xbox One, or directly into your PC or mobile device. As is common with wired headphones, they have no latency, so you experience no lag when speaking to your teammates.
These wired headphones are fully compatible with PS4 by plugging them into the controller. You can also use them with any PC thanks to the included Y-splitter.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are fully compatible with Xbox One by plugging them directly into the controller.
This gaming headset doesn't have a dock. If you want wireless headphones with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, then consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are wired gaming headphones with the same sturdy build quality of the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. Though they have slightly different ear cups, they're just as comfortable to wear for long periods. Unfortunately, they aren't the most breathable headphones so they will make your ears a little warm and they're not as customizable as a lot of the other gaming headphones we've tested. Check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets for PC, the best PS4 headsets, and the best Xbox One gaming headsets.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are slightly better than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. The Cloud II and the Cloud Alpha have a very similar design with a detachable boom mic so you can use them casually for day-to-day use, though the mic on the Cloud II performs slightly better overall. They also come with a slightly more versatile USB DAC with additional microphone control, but it doesn't add much since they don't come with good support software. While both pairs of headphones look and feel very similar, the detachable audio cable on the Cloud Alpha makes them feel slightly more durable, as it can easily be replaced. They also have a slightly better-balanced sound profile.
The Logitech G Pro X and the HyperX Cloud Alpha are similarly performing wired gaming headphones. While both headphones are comfortable and feel very well-built, the Logitech have a better in-line remote than the HyperX, which much easier-to-use controls. The sound profile of the Logitech is quite a bit more bass-heavy, but also is more detailed in the treble range than the HyperX. The microphone on both headphones works very well, but the recording quality of the HyperX is slightly better-balanced and natural sounding. One big advantage of the Logitech is the compatible software, which is excellent and offers a ton of customization options, including a graphic EQ for their sound reproduction. The Logitech also have a virtual 7.1 surround feature, though we don't test the effectiveness of this.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. The Arctis 7 are wireless headphones that offer more customization options thanks to the SteelSeries Engine software, and their microphone has better recording quality and noise handling performance for online gaming. On the other hand, the wired HyperX Cloud Alpha have a better-balanced sound profile, and feel more comfortable and durable. You can also detach the microphone and use them as your day-to-day headphones, as they have a more casual look.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha S is the next generation of the HyperX Cloud Alpha. Although they look very similar and have the same excellent build quality, in this newest update, the HyperX Cloud Alpha S now have a separate USB dongle for audio management. They also have a unique bass slider on each ear cup so that you can adjust the level of bass as you play and they've added a 7.1 surround sound feature to help immerse you in your gameplay. Their detachable boom microphone performs slightly better, capturing clear voices, even in loud environments. You can also now play on PC or PS4 using a wired USB connection.
The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017 are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha thanks to their great controls on the MixAmp, and their significantly better sounding microphone. The Astro 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 HyperX have a slightly better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, but they can’t be EQ’ed inside companion software like the Astro. The HyperX closed-back design also isolates more noise and they leak less, making them better to use around other people.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are better wired gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas. While both are equally comfortable, the Alpha feel a bit more durable, thanks in part to their detachable audio cable. Both headphones have decently well-balanced sound profiles, though the Turtle Beach sound a bit more cluttered and muddy. If you play a lot of competitive online games, the Turtle Beach may be a better option, however, as their microphone performs a bit better overall, and your voice will sound much more natural and clear.
The Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. The Astro's wireless design offers more freedom, and the wireless latency is fairly negligible too. Their audio reproduction is a bit more accurate, especially in the treble range. On the other hand, the HyperX are slightly better-built and have a detachable cable, which makes them more durable. Also, the HyperX mic's recording quality is better. However, the HyperX don't have a dedicated app, but the Astro do.
The HyperX Cloud Flight are slightly better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. The Cloud Flight are wireless gaming headphones that can also be used wired, while the Cloud Alpha are wired-only. The Cloud Flight have a better microphone that does an outstanding job at separating your voice from background noise. On the other hand, the Cloud Alpha are more comfortable and look and feel quite a bit more durable and well-built. They also are less bass-heavy, though they lack quite a bit of presence and detail in the treble range.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are slightly better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. The Alpha feel noticeably better-built and durable, on top of being more comfortable during long gaming sessions. Both microphones sound very similar, though the Stinger scores better in our tests. The Alpha have a better-balanced sound profile, leak a lot less audio, and have a detachable mic and audio cable, which can easily be replaced if damaged.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are better gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken Pro V2. They feel much more comfortable and durable, and have a better-balanced sound profile and a detachable boom microphone, which is convenient. On the other hand, the Kraken Pro V2’s mic has a much better recording quality.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are better wired gaming headphones than the Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset. The Alpha are noticeably better-built headphones and their metal frame feels more durable than the plasticky G Pro. They're also more comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions, and they have a better-balanced sound profile. On the other hand, the recording quality of the mic on the G Pro is a lot better overall.
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 have a slightly less uneven treble range. Both models are very versatile and are suitable for all platforms.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are better wired gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken X. The HyperX are quite a bit more comfortable and look and feel a lot more durable and well-built. Their sound profile is a lot better-balanced out-of-the-box, though both headphones are very susceptible to fit, seal, and positioning, so you may experience their sound reproduction differently. The Razer feel more stable on the head, and have a better mic with much better recording quality, which can be important if you play a lot of online games.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha and the Corsair HS60 are both very good wired gaming headphones. The HyperX have a better microphone, but their simple plug-and-play design is limited in features. The Corsair come with a USB adapter to enable some customization options on PC, but they're not as comfortable and don't feel as well-built.
The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset and the HyperX Cloud Alpha are both similarly performing wired gaming headphones. Both have an inconsistent bass and treble delivery but only the Logitech have companion software with a graphic EQ plus presets that allow you to tweak their sound to your liking. The Logitech also have a better performing boom microphone that captures your voice clearly, even in noisy environments, and they even offer Dolby 7.1 virtual surround support. The HyperX , in comparison, have a better build that's slightly more comfortable and they leak less sound.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are better wired gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition. The Alpha feel much more comfortable and durable, as well as being more stable on the head. They also have a detachable boom microphone, and a significantly better-balanced sound profile that's much more versatile. On the other hand, the Kraken have companion software that gives you a ton of customization options, and their in-line remote is easier-to-use. Their microphone also performs slightly better, though both are great overall.
The Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO and the HyperX Cloud Alpha are designed with different uses in mind: the Beyerdynamic for critical listening in the studio, and the HyperX for gaming. That said, if you don’t need a microphone, the DT 990 PRO can be a viable option for wired gaming thanks to their well-balanced sound profile. The Cloud Alpha have better padding for long gaming sessions, but they lack detail and brightness in the treble range, and some people find the closed-back design more fatiguing to wear over time.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are better wired gaming headphones than the JBL Quantum 400. The HyperX are much better built, offer a more comfortable fit, and have a better-balanced sound profile. Their microphone performance is fairly similar overall. Meanwhile, the JBL offer a more customizable listening experience overall, thanks to their feature-rich Quantum Engine companion software, and are slightly better at blocking out ambient noise.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are better gaming headphones than the Corsair HS70 Wireless, though they have different designs. While the Corsair are wireless and can also be used wired, the HyperX are wired-only. That being said, the HyperX are more comfortable and feel more durable. Their microphone is also better overall and has a much better recording quality. On the other hand, the Corsair has dedicated companion software that gives you access to a graphic EQ if you want to fine-tune their already well-balanced sound profile.
The Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset is a slightly better wired gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. While they're both similarly comfortable, the Sennheiser have a better-balanced sound profile and a more consistent frequency response. Their boom microphone also has a remarkable performance overall. However, the HyperX feel more durable and better-built.
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 much better-built and slightly more comfortable.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha and the SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition are both very good wired gaming headsets. The HyperX are more comfortable and feel more durable, but the SteelSeries have a companion program that allows you to customize the way they sound, which makes them a bit more versatile.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. The SteelSeries have a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and since they have companion software, you can customize the way they sound with a graphic EQ or presets. Their microphone performs much better overall, and they're more versatile as they can be used wired or wirelessly. They even support Bluetooth, so you can use them with your phone to mix music in while gaming. The boom mic of the HyperX is removable, though, which helps the headphones blend in more for everyday use, and they feel more comfortable and durable as well.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha and the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO are very different pairs of headphones. The HyperX are gaming headphones while the Beyerdynamic are headphones designed for critical listening. Therefore, the HyperX are a better choice if you want a microphone, and they're also more comfortable and feel more durable as well. On the other hand, the Beyerdynamic have a better-balanced sound profile, though not by much.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha and the SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless are both solid gaming headphones that each have their pros and cons. The SteelSeries are slightly more versatile since they also support Bluetooth - you can mix in wireless chat audio from your phone while gaming over a wired connection, or simply use them wirelessly on-the-go. However, the HyperX are more comfortable for long gaming sessions and feel significantly more durable.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha and the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are both very good headphones for wired gaming, but the SteelSeries have the advantage of also being able to be used wirelessly as well. The HyperX are more comfortable and feel even better-built, but they don’t have any sound customization options. The SteelSeries give you access to a good graphic EQ in their companion software as well as other customizable features.
While the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC and the HyperX Cloud Alpha are similarly performing wired gaming headphones with great boom microphones, the SteelSeries offer slightly more features. Both headphones have inconsistent bass and treble delivery but only the SteelSeries offer a companion app with a graphic EQ plus presets so that you can tweak the sound to your liking. They also offer DTS 7.1 virtual surround support and their controls allow you to channel mix on the fly. On the other hand, the HyperX are slightly more comfortable and have a bit of a better build.
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 Wireless 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.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha and the HyperX Cloud Flight S are similarly performing gaming headphones. The Cloud Alpha are wired, while the Flight S are wireless and cannot be used wired. The Alpha are a bit more comfortable, feel much better built, and have a more natural and accurate sound profile. On the other hand, the Flight S have wireless charging and software for customization options.
If you really want a wireless headset for gaming, then the LucidSound LS31 Wireless 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.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha and the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless are very different headphones. The HyperX are wired headphones with a boom microphone designed for gaming, while the TOZO are truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds for use with your mobile devices. You can still use the HyperX with your phone since they use a regular audio jack, but the TOZO aren't compatible with most gaming platforms and have too much wireless latency for PC gaming.