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.
The HyperX Cloud Flight is a decently well-designed gaming headset with a comfortable fit and easy-to-use controls. These headphones have a removable mic and come with a simple 1/8" TRS audio cable so you can use them as casual headphones outdoors. They're decently stable, although not ideal for sports or running, and they're fairly compact for a gaming headset but won't be the easiest headphones to carry around on your person. Unfortunately, their build quality is not as good as some of the other HyperX models like the Cloud Alpha and Cloud II. They do not come with a carrying case or pouch, and despite being more outdoor-friendly gaming headphones, they do not have a mobile-friendly control scheme with their audio cable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 or the Astro A20.
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.
The HyperX Cloud Flight is a good sounding pair of closed-back over-ear gaming headsets. These headphones have a deep, punchy, and well-balanced bass, an even and neutral mid-range, and a clear treble. This makes them a good and versatile option for a wide variety of music genres, including bass-heavy music, as well as movies and video games. However, their bass delivery is prone to inconsistencies across multiple users, their mid-range is slightly recessed which thins out vocals, and their treble could sound a bit sharp on S and Ts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The harmonic distortion performance is good. The overall amount of harmonic distortion produced is within good limits. However, the peak in THD around 5KHz could make the sound of that region a bit harsh and brittle sounding.
The HyperX Cloud Flight have a poor isolation performance. They're able to block some high-frequency noise with the decent seal that the ear cups create around your ears. Unfortunately, it will not be enough for the rumbling low-frequency noise of an engine on public transit or the ambient chatter and of a lively competition environment. They also leak a bit at higher volumes so they will be audible to the people around you in quieter conditions. On the upside, since they are closed back headphones with regular pleather ear cup pads, they should isolate a lot better than some of the other gaming headsets we've tested.
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.
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.
The HyperX Cloud Flight have a great microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound full, detailed and intelligible, but may lack a bit of airiness. In noisy situations, this mic is able to separate speech from background noise to a great degree, even in the most demanding situations. However, since it comes with a powerful and sensitive noise gate that's always on, you have to make sure that the microphone is placed closed to your mouth, and that you speak loud enough. Otherwise, your speech may also be cut by the noise gate too.
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.
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.
They HyperX Cloud Flight wireless headphones have an excellent battery life but no app support. They will easily last through even the longest gaming sessions. Unfortunately, like all HyperX headphones, there is no companion app available and there are no customization options.
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.
There is no companion app for the HyperX Cloud Flight.
The HyperX Cloud Flight have decent connectivity. They connect using a proprietary USB dongle and do not support Bluetooth. The dongle has low latency, making them suitable for gaming and watching movies. The dongle is also compatible with the PS4/PS4 Pro, but not with the Xbox One. On the upside, they can be used wired and can connect to a variety of devices, but the microphone does not work wired.
The HyperX Cloud Flight do not use Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. Instead, they rely on a proprietary USB adapter (included).
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.
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.
Good wireless range when obstructed, you can walk around a small apartment without losing the connection. Line of sight range is mediocre, much worse than similar Bluetooth headsets.
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.
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.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha are a slightly less versatile gaming headset than the Cloud Flight. They have a better build quality that looks more premium and feels more durable. They're also a bit more comfortable. Unfortunately, unlike the Flight, they are not wireless. This makes them a bit less convenient for gaming and slightly less versatile for everyday casual use. If you mostly game on a PS4 or on your PC, then get the Flight. However, if you want the better-built headset and do not mind having a wired design, then go for the Alpha.
The HyperX Stinger are a slightly worse option for gaming than the Cloud Flight. Both headphones are not as well built as some of the other HyperX models, however, the Cloud Flight are a bit more versatile for most use cases. They have a better sound and a more convenient wireless design so you can game on your PS4 while sitting on your couch. However, the Cloud Stinger will have chat support when plugged into your console controllers whereas the Cloud Flight will only provide audio. Overall, the Flight are the better, more versatile headset but if you mostly play on the Xbox One, then the Stinger maybe the better slightly cheaper alternative.
The Logitech G533 are not as well rounded as the Cloud Flight for gaming or more casual uses. They have a bulkier design that is not outdoor friendly and does not come with a connection option for your console controllers or your phone. You can't use them outdoors but on the upside, they have a better-balanced sound than the HyperX. They feel a bit more premium, and they're a lot more customizable thanks to the Logitech gaming software. If you mostly game on PC, then the G533 are a great choice. However, for most use cases, the HyperX Cloud Flight are the better option.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a better more versatile gaming headset than the Cloud Flight. These headphones have a better build quality and thanks to the breathable cups you can wear them for longer than the HyperX, although their strap design does make them a little tight on some heads. Both headphones work wirelessly with their USB dongles on PC and PS4 but the SteelSeries has a lot more connection options that make them versatile enough to work with your TV and with your Xbox One controller. The Flight are a lighter and less bulky alternative, with a fully detachable mic, which makes them a bit more outdoor friendly. However, if you are going to use your headphones for gaming or home theater then the SteelSeries Arctis 7 are the better choice.