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HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed May 09, 2022 at 10:32 am
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless Picture
7.9
Neutral Sound
6.0
Commute/Travel
6.1
Sports/Fitness
7.3
Office
7.9
Wireless Gaming
6.1
Wired Gaming
7.2
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are high-end gaming headphones released in 2022. They're the wireless variant of the HyperX Cloud Alpha, a basic pair of over-ears released in 2017, and are compatible with PCs and PlayStation consoles. The manufacturer advertises that they're the first gaming headphones with over 300 hours of battery life—that's over 12 days of continuous playtime, which is practically unheard of for any wireless headphones. They're also compatible with HyperX's Ngenuity software, which offers customization features like a graphic EQ and presets that are unique to this model.

Our Verdict

7.9 Neutral Sound

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are very good for neutral sound. Using the 'Balanced' EQ, which results in the flattest response, these headphones have a slightly v-shaped sound profile that delivers a touch of extra bass while sibilants like cymbals are bright. That said, vocals and lead instruments are accurately reproduced, thanks to their neutral mid range. Unfortunately, they're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, so it's important to take the time to adjust their fit, positioning, and seal on your head each time you use them.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets available in companion software.
  • Comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
6.0 Commute/Travel

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are unremarkable for commute and travel. Unfortunately, they're gaming headphones and aren't designed for this purpose. They don't support Bluetooth, so if you want to use them with your phone, you'll most likely need a USB-A adapter to use their wireless dongle. They also don't block out bass range noise, like the low rumble of bus and plane engines, which can be frustrating if you want to listen to only your audio. While they don't come with a carrying case to help protect the headphones when you're on the go, they have a comfortable and well-built design. They also have an outstandingly long continuous battery life that should easily last through long trips.

Pros
  • Exceptionally long battery life.
  • Comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth.
  • Don't block out bass range noise.
6.1 Sports/Fitness

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are mediocre for sports and fitness, especially as they're not designed for this usage. They have a bulky design and can fall off your head with moderate head movements. They also don't support Bluetooth, so you need to use a device with a USB-A port or purchase an adapter separately if you want to use them with your smartphone. On the upside, they have a comfortable and well-built design. Since they don't have an audio cable, you don't have to worry about something snagging them off your head while moving.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth.
  • Can fall off your head with moderate movement.
7.3 Office

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are decent for office use. Although they don't support Bluetooth, and you can't use them wired, you can connect them to your PC using their USB-A wireless dongle with low latency. They have a comfortable and great build quality, and you can even remove their boom mic if you want a more casual look. They also have a long-lasting continuous battery life, so you don't need to worry about having to constantly recharge them. Although they have a disappointing overall noise isolation performance, they can still block out a decent amount of mid-range noise like ambient chatter.

Pros
  • Exceptionally long battery life.
  • Comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth.
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
7.9 Wireless Gaming

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are very good for wireless gaming. They have a comfortable fit, low wireless latency, and their long battery life easily lasts through multiple days of gaming. Using their 'Balanced' EQ, they have a slightly v-shaped sound profile that adds a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom, which can help emphasize sound effects like explosions. Dialogue and instruments are still clear and accurate, though. Unlike other HyperX headphones, the Ngenuity software offers a graphic EQ and presets unique to this model, which allows you to fine-tune their sound to suit your preferences. If you like to chat with others while you game, their boom mic has a very good overall performance, so your voice sounds clear, even in moderately noisy environments.

Pros
  • Very good boom mic performance.
  • Exceptionally long battery life.
  • Graphic EQ and presets available in companion software.
  • Comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
6.1 Wired Gaming

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are wireless-only headphones, and you can't use them wired.

7.2 Phone Calls

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are satisfactory for phone calls. Unfortunately, they don't support Bluetooth, so if you want to connect them to your phone, you'll need a USB-A adapter to use their wireless dongle. That said, you can use their dongle on PCs if you have a lot of virtual meetings. Their detachable boom mic has a very good overall performance, ensuring you're heard clearly, even in a moderately noisy environment like a busy office. However, the headphones struggle to block out ambient noise, making it harder to hear your conversations.

Pros
  • Very good boom mic performance.
  • Comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • Don't block out bass range noise.
  • 7.9 Neutral Sound
  • 6.0 Commute/Travel
  • 6.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.3 Office
  • 7.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.1 Wired Gaming
  • 7.2 Phone Calls
  1. Updated May 24, 2022: We've completed our battery life test. These headphones have an outstandingly long continuous battery life that has taken several days to drain. We have updated the 'Continuous Battery Life', 'Total Battery Life', and 'Charge Time'. The scoring of the 'Battery' test has also changed.
  2. Updated May 09, 2022: Review published.
  3. Updated May 03, 2022: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless have a very similar look to other headphones in this manufacturer's lineup, like the HyperX Cloud Alpha. Their color scheme is identical to the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless, but the yokes are more similar to the HyperX Cloud Alpha S, which have decorative perforations. The leather headband is slightly different, as the leather grain has pebbling with red stitch detailing. These headphones are only available in this colorway.

8.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.72 lbs
Clamping Force
1 lbs

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are comfortable headphones. The headband and cups have soft padding that feels good on the skin. They don't clamp too tightly on your head either. However, you may feel your ears get warm if you're wearing them for long gaming marathons as they can trap heat. Unlike the HyperX Cloud Alpha S, they also only come with one set of leatherette padding.

5.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Mic Monitoring

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless have sub-par controls. They're very simple, and since they're designed for gaming, they lack call and music management controls, so they aren't very versatile. On the left ear cup is a power on and off button. There's also a mic mute button, which is slightly raised, meaning you can tell the difference between it and the power button. The LED light on the mic will turn red when muted, and you'll hear a chime when muting and unmuting. If you hold this button for three seconds, you can turn on and off mic monitoring, which allows you to hear your own voice. There's an infinite volume wheel on the right ear cup, which has different chimes to let you know when you've reached min and max volume. Overall, there are different chimes to let you know when you've registered some commands. There are also voice prompts that you can turn on and off in the companion software.

Unfortunately, there are no DTS:X or EQ preset controls directly on the headphones, so you'll need to access these features in the companion software. There's also no audio feedback to let you know when you're selecting these features.

5.6
Design
Portability
L 7.7" (19.5 cm)
W 5.9" (15.0 cm)
H 3.7" (9.3 cm)
Volume 166.00 in³ (2,720.30 cm³)
Transmitter Required Yes

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless aren't very portable, but this is normal for gaming headphones. They can't fold or lay flat to help reduce their footprint. They also don't come with a carrying case to help protect them when you're on the go.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless have a great build quality. They have a sturdy aluminum frame with an expandable headband with red stitch trim. They also have a mic you can detach for a more casual look. While they don't support a wired connection they have a USB-C input to recharge the headphones. Overall, they feel sturdy and should survive accidental drops without taking on too much damage.

6.5
Design
Stability

The HyperX Alpha Wireless have a fairly stable fit. You shouldn't experience any issues if you're just gaming at your desk or couch. However, they're not designed for physical exercise, so if you use them while moving, they could fall off of your head. Luckily, they're wireless headphones, so you don't need to worry about something snagging the headphones off of your head.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless headphones
  • USB-A dongle
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Detachable boom microphone
  • Pop filter (boom cover)
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.42 dB
Treble Amount
-1.14 dB

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless have a slightly v-shaped sound profile when using the 'Balanced' EQ, which is the flattest EQ response when compared to their default sound. They have a bit of extra bass to add thump, rumble, and boom to mixes while sibilants are bright. Dialogue and lead instruments sound clear, present, and accurate.

Unlike most other HyperX products, these headphones can access a graphic EQ and presets in their companion software. There are several presets available and you can see a comparison of their frequency responses here. You can use the graphic EQ or presets to help you adjust their sound profile to suit your tastes.

5.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.4 dB

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless have disappointing frequency response consistency. They're prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery due to fit, positioning, and seal. You may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses, as this can rupture the headphones' seal on your head.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.6
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
2.55 dB
Mid-Bass
2.23 dB
High-Bass
1.88 dB

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless' bass accuracy is excellent. The response is slightly overemphasized across the range but shouldn't be overwhelming. Sound effects like explosions in GTA 5 have a touch of extra rumble, punch, and boom.

8.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.68 dB
Low-Mid
-0.5 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.11 dB
High-Mid
-2.18 dB

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless have excellent mid accuracy. Dialogue in games like Hades sounds present and full. However, a dip in the high-mid weakens vocals and lead instruments a bit.

8.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.83 dB
Low-Treble
-1.61 dB
Mid-Treble
1.9 dB
High-Treble
-6.91 dB

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless have great treble accuracy. There's a little underemphasis in the low-treble, making vocals and lead instruments sound veiled. A bump in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals a little piercing.

7.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.44 dB
Dips
0.93 dB

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless' peaks and dips performance is very good. There's a small mismatch in drivers, particularly in the low-mid, and this dip in the right driver thins out vocals and lead instruments. After that, the drivers are in sync. A dip in the high-mid hurts the clarity of vocals and lead instruments, while the uneven low-treble alternatingly veils and brightens these sounds. A large peak in the mid-treble turns sibilants like cymbals piercing.

8.2
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.24
Weighted Phase Mismatch
8.89
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.75
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.27

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless' imaging performance is great. The group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and clear transparent treble reproduction. The L/R drivers are also well-matched in amplitude and phase response, which are important for the accurate placement of objects like footsteps in the stereo image. While there are a couple of peaks in the phase response's high bass and mid-mid, they're very minor, and audio seems very slightly louder on the left side. However, it shouldn't be noticeable with real-life content. There's also a minor frequency mismatch, indicating slight holes in the stereo image. Imaging can vary between units and can indicate a manufacturer's quality control and ergonomics.

6.1
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.22 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
5.21 dB
PRTF Distance
12.21 dB
Openness
4.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.8

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless' passive soundstage performance is mediocre. Their passive soundstage seems wide and natural. However, the headphones struggle to create an out-of-head audio experience. Since they're closed-back headphones, their soundstage doesn't seem as open or spacious as open-back headphones.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
DTS:X Spatial Sound

These headphones support DTS:X Spatial Sound for a more immersive audio experience. You can only access this feature via the companion software, and the only setting available is to turn this feature on or off.

8.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.228
WHD @ 100
0.102

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless' weighted harmonic distortion performance is great. Overall, the range falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction at moderate and high listening volumes.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
v4.1.0.2
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Balanced
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used to test the HyperX Alpha Wireless. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

Isolation
5.1
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-14.45 dB
Bass
-0.13 dB
Mid
-13.53 dB
Treble
-30.96 dB

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless have disappointing noise isolation. They struggle to block out bass-range sounds like the rumble of car engines from traffic outside your window. They do a better job of cutting down ambient chatter, though, and they can effectively reduce the high-pitched hum of computer fans.

6.7
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
41.01 dB

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless have an okay leakage performance. It's mostly concentrated in the mid to treble range and sounds somewhat thin. That said, if you're listening to audio at high volumes in a moderately noisy environment, others around you may be able to hear it.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
Yes
7.8
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.63 dB
HFE
6,933.79 Hz
Weighted THD
5.314
Gain
24.69 dB

The boom mic's recording quality is very good. Your voice sounds full-bodied, natural, and fairly clear. Your teammates shouldn't have any problem understanding you.

7.8
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
67.08 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
8.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The boom mic's noise handling performance is very good. The mic can separate your voice from moderate ambient noise. Even if you're talking in a room with an open window and traffic outside, your voice shouldn't be drowned out.

Active Features
9.0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
346.4 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
346.4 hrs
Charge Time
3.9 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless have an incredible battery performance. The manufacturer advertises them to last 300 hours continuously. We measured over 340 hours, which is over 14 days long, making them a solid choice if you don't want to worry about constantly recharging their battery. They also quickly recharge and can completely replenish their battery in under four hours.

These headphones have an auto-off timer in their companion app. You can also see the percentage of remaining battery life and hours left. Unfortunately, these headphones don't have an AUX port, and you can't use them wired.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name HyperX Ngenuity
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Yes

The HyperX Ngenuity software is good. Unlike the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless, this app offers a 10-band graphic EQ and presets to help you customize their sound to your liking. You can also access presets that create shortcuts to open particular programs and software. You can view the battery life, adjust the auto-off timer, and turn on and off the following features: volume level, mic level DTS:X, and mic monitoring.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A
8.8
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
119.75 ft (36.50 m)
Non-BT Latency
21 ms

These headphones have excellent non-Bluetooth wireless. Their latency is low, ensuring that your audio and visuals stay in sync.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

You can't use the HyperX Cloud Alpha wired. They come with a USB-C to USB-A cable to recharge the headphones.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

The HyperX Cloud Alpha are only compatible with PCs via non-Bluetooth wireless. However, you have full audio and mic compatibility.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

HyperX Cloud Alpha are fully compatible with PS4 and PS5 consoles when using their USB-A dongle. However, you can't connect them to these consoles in any other way.

Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
3.4
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Yes
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

The HyperX Alpha Wireless come with a wireless USB dongle that offers low latency.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless come in one color variant: 'Black/Red' and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussion section below and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are the wireless variant of the HyperX Cloud Alpha. Like most headphones in this manufacturer's lineup, they have a comfortable and well-built design with simple controls. However, two things make them stand out from the crowd. When connected to HyperX's Ngenuity software, they can be customized to your liking using its graphic EQ or presets. The manufacturer also advertises them to deliver over 300 hours of continuous battery life, which is significantly longer than other wireless headphones on the market, like the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset and the SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless. You can't use them wired, and they don't support Bluetooth, limiting their versatility.

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HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, Cloud Alpha have a more neutral default sound profile that you can customize to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ or presets, their passive soundstage feels wider, and they have a significantly longer continuous battery life. Their boom mic also has a better noise handling performance. However, the Cloud 2's mic has a better recording quality.

Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are slightly better gaming headphones than the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset. While both headphones are comfortable, the HyperX are better-built, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their battery life is significantly longer. They also have lower wireless latency. However, the Logitech headphones have more robust companion software.

HyperX Cloud Alpha

The Hyperx Cloud Alpha Wireless are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. While both headphones are comfortable, the wireless variant sounds more neutral, which some users may prefer, and they're more customizable, thanks to their companion software, which offers a graphic EQ and presets. However, the original model is wired, which eliminates audio lag.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are more versatile gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless. You can use the SteelSeries wired or wirelessly, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their microphone offers better overall performance. They also support Bluetooth, which is good if you want to receive audio from your smartphone while connected to your PC. Their wireless transmitter base has a few different inputs too. However, the HyperX are still a solid choice as they're more comfortable, have lower wireless latency, and their continuous battery life is significantly longer.

Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are slightly better wireless gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless. While both headphones are well-built and comfortable, the Astro have more consistent audio delivery, their passive soundstage performance is better, and they have even lower wireless latency. Their boom microphone also has a better recording quality and noise handling performance. Their base station is also console-locked, but you can get a variant that works with either your PlayStation or Xbox console. However, you may still prefer the HyperX if you prioritize a significantly longer continuous battery life and more noise isolation.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are better overall gaming headphones than the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless. The HyperX are more comfortable, better-built, and have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. They have lower wireless latency, deliver a significantly longer continuous playback time, and their boom mic offers a better overall performance too. However, the Razer can be wired or wireless, making them more versatile.

SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless

Depending on your preferences, you may want to consider either the SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless or the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless. While both headphones are well-built, you can use the SteelSeries wired or wirelessly, making them more versatile. However, the HyperX are more comfortable, have a more neutral sound profile, and their continuous battery life is significantly longer. Their boom mic also offers better overall performance.

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