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HyperX Cloud Flight Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Jun 06, 2018 at 11:46 am
HyperX Cloud Flight Picture
Test Methodology v1.4
Mixed Usage
Neutral Sound
Wireless Gaming
Wired Gaming
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The HyperX Cloud Flight is a good, wireless gaming headset with a well-balanced sound quality. These headphones do not feel as durable as some of the other HyperX models, but they are fairly well built and comfortable. They also have a great mic for voice chat, and they're wirelessly compatible with the PS4 and PCs but not the Xbox One. However, despite their outdoor friendly design, they will not be the best option for commuting or sports.

Our Verdict

6.4 Mixed Usage

Above-average for mixed usage. They have a well-balanced sound and very low latency for gaming and watching movies. They also have a casual design that you can use outdoors since you can remove their mic and they're comfortable enough to wear for long listening sessions. Unfortunately, they do not isolate well in loud noisy environments and they're a little bulky and unstable so they won't be the best headphones to use while commuting or running. On the upside, they're a good choice for gaming especially if you have a PS4 or game on PC since you can use them wirelessly with those devices.

6.7 Neutral Sound

Good for neutral listening. They're comfortable and have a well-balanced audio reproduction with a good bass that rumbles without overpowering instruments and vocals in the mid-range. They can sound a bit sharp on some bright tracks due to the peaks in the higher-frequencies but overall they have a fairly even sound that should cater well to most songs and music genres. Unfortunately, like most closed-back headphones they do not have very spacious soundstage which will not be ideal for more neutral listeners but should be good enough for most.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
5.9 Commute/Travel

Average for commuting. The HyperX Cloud Flight do not block a lot of noise which is not ideal for the loud environments involved in commuting. They also do not have a control scheme when using them with your phone. On the upside, they have a casual closed-back design that is more suitable for outdoor use than typical gaming headsets. They're also not limited by their USB transmitter since you can use them wired with most devices while on the go.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
6.0 Sports/Fitness

Average for sports. The HyperX Cloud Flight are not made for sports but are decently stable enough for jogging. Unfortunately, they are limited by the range of their USB transmitter if you want to use them wirelessly. You can use them wired with your phone but they have no control scheme for mobile devices and they're still a bit too bulky and cumbersome which will hinder your movements when working out. They're also not very breathable which will make you sweat more than average.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.5 Office

Decent for office use. They have a good sound and comfortable design but do not block a lot of noise so you will hear what's going on around you. They also leak at higher volumes which will be audible to the people around you and maybe a bit distracting.

See our Office recommendations
7.3 Wireless Gaming

Good for gaming. The Cloud Flight have a good, well-balanced sound, a great mic, and very little latency when using wirelessly with your PS4 or PC. This makes them a suitable choice for gaming but they won't be the best choice for Xbox One owners since you will have to use the audio cable which does not have chat support. They're comfortable, they have a good battery life and a decent range. Unfortunately, they're also not the most breathable headsets so they will make you sweat a bit during longer gaming marathons. They also lack a good customizable software support.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
7.7 Wired Gaming
7.6 Phone Calls
  • 6.4 Mixed Usage
  • 6.7 Neutral Sound
  • 5.9 Commute/Travel
  • 6.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.5 Office
  • 7.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.7 Wired Gaming
  • 7.6 Phone Calls
  • Comfortable design.
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Great battery life (with LEDs off).
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Slightly leaky at high volumes.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 2/4/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 12/13/2019: The HyperX Cloud Flight is now compatible with the HyperX Ngenuity app. The review has been updated.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  4. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results


The HyperX Cloud Flight have the same design language as the rest of the HyperX lineup but do not look as premium or as sturdy as the or the Cloud Alpha. They have a more typical headband design with decently sized oval, ear cups that swivel and have a detachable mic. This gives them a casual over-ear look that you can comfortably wear outdoors especially if you turn off the LEDs. They do not look as flashy as some of the other gaming headsets which some listeners may prefer however the lack of color options may be a downside for some.

Weight 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
0.9 lbs

The Cloud Flight are comfortable headphones, but they're not as well-padded as the Cloud II or the Cloud Alpha. They're slightly lighter than the other two HyperX headsets since they have a bit more plastic in their build quality. The headband isn't too tight on the head, and the ear cups are decently spacious. Overall, they are comfortable enough to wear for long gaming sessions and should fit well for most users, but the Cloud II and Cloud Alpha are slightly better.

OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
Noise Cancelling Control No
Additional Controls No

The HyperX Cloud Flight have a simple and efficient gaming control scheme. They have a volume dial and a microphone mute button on the right ear cup. The power button also cycles between the different LED lighting patterns. Feedback is decent but the volume dial lacks discrete notches and end points so the dial will keep spinning even when you're at max volume (you do get auditory feedback though). The buttons are also slightly mushy but still deliver enough tactile feedback when you press them.

Avg.Temp.Difference 6 C

The HyperX Cloud Flight, like most closed-back, over-ear headphones are not very breathable, especially in warmer conditions. They create a fairly good seal around your ears which obstructs a lot of airflow and will make your ears relatively warm after an hour of continuous listening. They should be okay for most casual uses and gaming but they won't be the ideal choice for sports and more strenuous activities.

L 6.3 "
W 7.2 "
H 2.8 "
Volume 127 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The HyperX Cloud Flight are not very portable headphones, although they are less limited by their design compared to other gaming headsets since you can use them wired while on the go. However, you do have to carry the USB transmitter dongle if you plan to use them wirelessly and they are fairly bulky headphones that do not fold into a more compact format. The ear cups do lay flat which could come in handy in some situations, and the microphone is removable so you can fit them in your bag somewhat easily. Also, like most gaming headsets, they will be a hassle to carry around on your person, and unfortunately, they do not come with a carrying case or pouch which is a little disappointing.

Type No case
Volume N/A

These headphones do not come with a case.

Build Quality

The HyperX Cloud Flight have a decent build quality but do not feel as premium or as durable as the Cloud II or the Cloud Alpha. They have a flexible but thin metal frame and dense ear cups that won't break if you accidentally drop the headphones once or twice. Unfortunately, their build quality has a lot more plastic than some of the other HyperX designs. They also have a lot more moving parts and hinges that that will be susceptible to wear and tear in the long run. They should be durable enough for most but do not feel as well built as some of the other gaming headsets we've reviewed like the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition or the HyperX Cloud Mix.


The Cloud Flight are decently stable headphones. They are sufficiently tight on the head to maintain a stable fit for most casual activities and gaming but won't be the ideal choice for sports. They should be stable enough to jog with especially when using them wirelessly, however, since they are limited by the range of their USB transmitter you most likely will use them wired when you're not home and close to a PC or Console. This makes them a bit less stable since the audio cable may get tangled in your clothing. On the upside, the cable is detachable so it should disconnect before yanking the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something.

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In The Box

  • HyperX Cloud Flight Headphones
  • USB transmitter
  • USB Charging cable
  • Audio cable 
  • Manuals

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.21 db
Treble Amount
0.08 db
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.13 dB

The frequency response consistency of the HyperX Flight is sub-par. In the bass range, the maximum amount of deviation across multiple users at 100Hz is about 7dB, which is quite significant and noticeable. However, their treble delivery is quite consistent across multiple re-seats and positions, which is good.

Raw Frequency Response
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.09 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
2.19 dB
4.91 dB
5.21 dB

The bass performance is great. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 12Hz, which is great. Low-bass, responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy music and video games, is within 0.3dB of our target. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and the punch of kick drums, is hyped by about 2dB. High-bass, responsible for warmth, is overemphasized by 1.3dB, which could add 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.

Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.18 dB
0.13 dB
3.51 dB
3.45 dB

The mid-range of the Cloud Flight is great. The response is very even and flat throughout the range, this results in a well-balanced reproduction of vocals and other instruments. However, low-bass is underemphasized by more than 3dB. This tends to thin out vocals a little bit, but also creates more room for the punch and thump of the bass range to come through.

Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.6 dB
3.26 dB
5.98 dB
-2.04 dB

The treble performance is very good. The overall response is a bit uneven, especially in mid-treble, but overall quite well-balanced. Low-treble is within 0.2dB of our neutral target. The 5dB dip around 6KHz, negatively affects the detail and articulation of vocals and lead instruments. The 10dB peak around 10KHz could make these headphones a bit sharp and piercing on S and Ts (sibilant), which mostly affects vocals and cymbals.

1.88 db
1.29 db
Weighted Group Delay
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
Weighted Phase Mismatch

The imaging performance is great. Weighted group delay is at 0.3, which is good. The GD graph also shows that virtually the entire group delay response is within the audibility threshold. This results in a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in amplitude, frequency and phase response. This ensures an accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo field.

Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.5 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
5.45 dB
PRTF Distance
10.79 dB
Acoustic Space Excitation

The HyperX Cloud Flight have a mediocre soundstage. The PRTF graph shows a good amount of pinna activation, however, the interaction is not very accurate, and there's not a 10KHz notch present either. This and their closed-back design suggests a soundstage that is perceived to be located inside the listener's head, as opposed to in-front.

Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
Speaker Modeling
Room Ambience
Head Tracking
Virtual Surround

These headphones don't have a virtual soundstage feature. If you want a gaming headset that does, check out the HyperX Cloud Flight S.

Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
WHD @ 100
Test Settings
Wireless (Proprietary)
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-14.27 dB
-0.2 dB
-9.21 dB
-34.03 dB

The isolation is sub-par. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sits, they don't provide any isolation. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, the HyperX Cloud Flight achieve 9dB of isolation, which is decent. In the treble range, occupied by the sharp sounds like S and Ts, they reduce outside noise by more than 34dB, which is good.

Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
42.16 dB

The leakage performance is about average. The significant portion of their leakage is between 400Hz and 3KHz, which is a broad range spanning both the mid and treble regions. However, the overall level of the leakage is not very loud. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 42dB SPL and peaks at 55dB SPL, which is just above the noise floor of most offices.

Microphone Style
Detachable Boom

These headphones have a detachable boom microphone.

Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
20.29 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.02 dB
6544.63 Hz
Weighted THD
24.57 dB

Update 02/21/2020: Microphone recording quality sample has been updated.

The boom microphone has a great recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 20Hz, suggests that speech recorded/transmitted with this mic will sound full-bodied. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 6.5KHz results in a speech that sounds intelligible, detailed and present, but lacking a bit of airiness. The response between the LFE and HFE points is also quite flat, producing a natural voice.

Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
73.1 dB

The Cloud Flight's boom microphone is excellent at noise handling. It achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 73dB, which is by far the highest number we have recorded so far. However, this is due to its powerful noise gate processor that seems to be always on. If it was able to test this microphone with the noise gate turned off, it would still perform very well and probably similarly to the other headsets by HyperX, like the Cloud 2 or the Cloud Alpha.

Active Features
Active Features
Battery Type
Continuous Battery Life
29.6 hrs
Additional Charges
Total Battery Life
29.6 hrs
Charge Time
3.6 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
Passive Playback
Charging Port micro-USB

The HyperX Cloud Flight have excellent battery life, but they are slow to recharge. There are 3 options for the LED status light, and the battery life varies considerably depending on the setting. With the LED always on, the battery lasts about 12.9 hours. The best battery life is only available when the LED is completely off.

They also support passive playback with the included analog cable, but the microphone cannot be used when wired.

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

Update 12/13/2019: The Cloud Flight is compatible with the HyperX Ngenuity app. The review has been updated.

The HyperX Cloud Flight is compatible with the HyperX Ngenuity app. It's very barebones and doesn't allow for any lighting or sound customization. The only available features are a battery indicator and volume/microphone level tuners.

Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
NFC Pairing
Line Of Sight Range
PC Latency (SBC)
PC Latency (aptX)
PC Latency (aptX HD)
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
iOS Latency
Android Latency

The HyperX Cloud Flight do not use Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. Instead, they rely on a proprietary USB adapter (included).

Excellent low latency when used with the included dongle or with the analog cable, perfect for watching TV or movies. The latency is much better than similar Bluetooth headphones.

Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
95 ft
Non-BT Latency
70 ms
Analog Audio
USB Audio
Detachable Yes
Length 4.2 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

When not used wirelessly, the Cloud Flight can be used with an included detachable TRS cable. When used with an analog cable they are universal, but the controls on the side of the headphones do not work.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC/PS4 Wired USB
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
Xbox One Wireless
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Line In
Line Out
Optical Input
RCA Input
Dock Charging
Power Supply

There is no base or dock included with the HyperX Cloud Flight. The included wireless dongle can be plugged into a PS4 and used wirelessly but is not compatible with the Xbox One.

If you are looking for a good headset with a dock, check out the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The HyperX Cloud Flight have a fairly straightforward design. They're comfortable, decently well built and wireless with a detachable microphone so that you can use them outdoors like regular over-ear headphones. They have a great battery life and a decent wireless range. They also deliver a fairly well-balanced sound quality that's good enough for gaming and critical listening. Unfortunately, though decently well built, they do not feel as sturdy as some of the other Hyper X models. You also can't use them wirelessly with your Xbox One. See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets for PC, the best PS4 headsets, and the best Xbox One gaming headsets.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II

The HyperX Cloud II and the HyperX Cloud Flight are both good gaming headphones, but their main difference is that the Cloud II is wired while the Flight is wireless. The Cloud II is also a bit better-built, thanks to a metal frame, and feel a bit more comfortable. On the other hand, the sound quality of the Flight is slightly better, although both perform quite differently on various users, so your experience may vary. Also, it’s important to note that when using the Flight wired to console controllers, you won’t have microphone support, and the USB dongle doesn’t work on Xbox One. This makes the Cloud II a more versatile option.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Flight. Both headsets are wireless and have great sound quality, but the SteelSeries feels more high-end and better-built. It also has a great customization software that the HyperX lacks. On the other side, the HyperX has a better microphone that has amazing noise handling and will easily separate speech from background noise. Also, some may prefer having a USB dongle without a wire for easier cable management.

Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset

The HyperX Cloud Flight and the Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset are both very good gaming headsets, but the HyperX has the advantage of being able to be used both wired and wirelessly. Its microphone has better noise handling too, but unlike the Logitech, it isn't customizable and doesn't feel as well-built.

HyperX Cloud Alpha

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.

HyperX Cloud Mix Wireless

The HyperX Cloud Mix and HyperX Cloud Flight models are quite similar, but are opposites at the same time. The Cloud Mix is a wired gaming headset that you can use wirelessly outside thanks to their Bluetooth compatibility, while the Flight is a wireless gaming headset that you can use passively when on-the-go without the dongle. Overall, the Mix feels better-built, but the Flight has better audio reproduction and better wireless range.

Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset

The HyperX Cloud Flight will be a slightly better gaming headset than the Logitech G533, notably because of the better recording quality of the microphone. The Flight can also be used wired, while the G533 have to be used with their USB transmitter. The Cloud Flight have more battery life, as well. On the other hand, if you care about customization options, the Logitech G533 are compatible with the G Hub app, which lets you EQ the headphones’ sound profile. They also feel slightly better-built than the Cloud Flight and have better wireless range.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Flight in almost every way. They are better-built and sound better too. They have a good app that allows for customization options and also support Bluetooth, making the Arctis Pro Wireless a more outdoor-friendly option. While the Flight has a longer single charge battery life, the Arctis Pro Wireless provides you with two batteries, which mean you can continuously use the headset wirelessly while the other battery is charging in the dock. The Flight has a slightly better latency performance, but the difference between both won’t be very noticeable.

Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset

Both headsets are great for gaming, but the Logitech G933 offer a bit more customization and have a great companion software, while the HyperX Cloud Flight are a simple wireless headset without any app. The G933 also feel slightly better-built and more durable than the Cloud Flight. However, the HyperX have twice the battery life of the Logitech headset, and have a more accurate audio reproduction. It also have a great microphone that outperforms the G933. If you prefer great performance right out-of-the-box, get the Cloud Flight. If you like having gaming software to customize your sound, lighting, and programmable buttons, get the G933.

Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017

The Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 is a slightly better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Flight. They are slightly more comfortable, are better-built, and they have a good app that offers an EQ and mic controls. On the other hand, the HyperX Cloud Flight offers great value, can also be used wired, and the battery life is noticeably longer, on top of taking less time to charge. The Cloud Flight's mic also sounds better than the Astro’s.

HyperX Cloud Stinger

The HyperX Cloud Flight is a noticeably better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. It has a better audio reproduction, on top of being wireless with negligible latency, with adjustable channel mixing and a great battery life of about 30 hours. Both headsets are fairly similar in design and build quality, but the control scheme of the Flight is easier to use. On the other hand, if you don’t want a wireless headset and prefer a wired connection, the Cloud Stinger offers audio and mic support while you’ll only have audio when using the Cloud Flight wired.

HyperX Cloud Flight S

The HyperX Cloud Flight S are a minor upgrade to the HyperX Cloud Flight. The Flight S are more comfortable, feel slightly more premium, and have four programmable buttons on the left ear cup. On the other hand, the original Cloud Flight have lower latency, better noise separation with the microphone, and can be used passively with a wired connection.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition is a better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Flight. Both headsets are wireless and have great sound quality, but the SteelSeries feels more high-end and better-built. It also has a great customization software that the HyperX lacks. On the other side, the HyperX has a better microphone that has amazing noise handling and will easily separate speech from background noise. Also, some may prefer having a USB dongle without a wire for easier cable management.

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