The HyperX Cloud III Wireless are comfortable and well-built gaming headphones. The manufacturer advertises a continuous battery life of 120 hours, which is impressive compared to wireless gaming headsets from other manufacturers. They offer low-latency wireless performance via a USB dongle and feature the same sturdy and comfortable design as their wired counterpart, the HyperX Cloud III. Extra features are accessible through the HyperX NGENUITY companion software to tweak the sound profile with a graphic EQ and activate the DTS:X Spatial Sound for a multi-dimensional audio experience.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless are good for neutral sound. They have a very neutral mid-range response, meaning vocals and lead instruments are detailed and present in the mix. The entire bass range is under-emphasized, so your audio lacks rumble and punch. However, you can adjust the sound profile via the graphic EQ and presets available when you connect to the HyperX NGENUITY app. Unsurprisingly, given their closed-back design, these headphones lack a wide, natural-sounding soundstage. They're also prone to inconsistent audio delivery, so you'll have to take time to ensure you get a good fit, especially if you have thick hair or wear glasses.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless are a poor choice for commuting and traveling. They're bulky and lack a proper carrying case, so you'll struggle to bring them on trips or commutes. They also lack ANC and will do little to isolate your audio against loud, lower-frequency noises, like engine rumble. That said, they're comfortable, have a sturdy design, and their battery life will last you through the longest of journeys. You can also detach the boom mic for a more casual look.
The HyperX Cloud III Wireless aren't designed for fitness use. Although they have a wireless design, they're bulky and aren't designed with stability in mind. You'll struggle to keep these headphones on your head even during moderate-intensity exercise. Their faux leather earpads will also trap moisture around your ears. They lack an IP rating for protection against water and dust, but that's normal for over-ear gaming headphones.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless are decent for office use. They have an impressive 120-hour battery life that will get you through the entire workweek without needing to charge. They're also comfortable enough to wear throughout the day. However, they don't provide much isolation against ambient noise, so you'll get distracted by conversations around you. They also leak a fair bit of audio, meaning others around you can hear what you're listening to. If you're used to listening to audio from your smartphone, you'll likely miss the lack of Bluetooth connectivity and NFC pairing, as wireless audio is through the included USB dongle only.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless are a good choice for wireless gaming. They're well-built and comfortable enough for marathon gaming sessions, and their exceptional battery life performance will get you through a few of these without the need to charge. They offer a low latency performance via the USB dongle that'll ensure you stay competitive during even the most intense firefights, and the boom mic will transmit your voice clearly so you can communicate with teammates effectively. Although you can adjust the sound profile somewhat via the graphic EQ and presets in the HyperX NGENUITY app, the default sound lacks bass, which makes your audio sound less full and immersive. Changes made in the app can only be used on PCs and can't be transferred onto a console.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless are wireless gaming headphones; you can only use them with non-Bluetooth wireless.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless are adequate for phone calls. The detachable boom mic has decent recording quality. It does a good job of making your voice sound present and clearly understandable, even in noisy environments. However, recorded audio lacks a bit of body due to the mic's inability to reproduce bass frequencies. These headphones also don't provide much isolation against outside noises, meaning the rumble of bus and car engines will interfere with your audio if you live on a busy street.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless are the wireless variant of the HyperX Cloud III. We tested the 'Black-Red' version, but there's also a monochrome 'Black' colorway available. You can see the label of our unit here. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the forums, and we'll update our review.
While the HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless don't quite have their wireless sibling, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless', exceptional 300-hour-plus battery life, the 120-hour battery performance is still fantastic. This battery performance is also an improvement on the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless, which can go for 30 hours between charges. Both the Cloud II and III Wireless offer great, low-latency wireless performance and integrate well with the HyperX NGENUITY software. Still, the second-gen provide a more bass-heavy sound out of the box. If you're looking for wireless gaming headphones that you can use with a wired connection, it's worth checking out the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. They can connect to Xbox series consoles via a wired connection, which isn't possible on the HyperX, and have an impressive 97-hour battery life.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless have one of the best battery life performances of all the wireless gaming headphones we've tested. Still, the HyperX Cloud III Wireless are a better overall choice for gaming. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Cloud Alpha Wireless struggles with high latency when connected to the NGENUITY app. This can mean that you'll sacrifice your competitive edge as the audio content of your game struggles to keep up with the visuals. While the Cloud Alpha Wireless have a more bass-heavy sound profile, the HyperX Cloud III Wireless' superior mid and treble accuracy brings life to speech and cutscenes.
The HyperX Cloud III Wireless have a superior battery life performance to the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless. Clocking in at over 120 hours, they're a better fit for marathon weekend gaming sessions. Both headphones share a similar sound profile, but the Cloud II Wireless have an overemphasized bass response that adds realism to cinematic sounds like explosions. The Cloud III Wireless have slightly better imaging and soundstage performance, though, which can help you locate in-game audio cues, like footsteps. However, the boom mic on the Cloud II Wireless has better recording quality, making your voice sound more full and natural. Both headphones are great for wireless gaming, but the Cloud II might be a better pick for streamers needing the best mic quality.
The Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED and HyperX Cloud III Wireless are similarly performing wireless gaming headphones. Depending on your preferences, you might prefer one over the other. Both headphones are sturdily built and comfortable for long gaming sessions. However, the Logitech have a much more accurate bass response that adds rumble and intensity to cinematic sequences. They also support a wired connection, meaning you can connect to Xbox series consoles, which isn't possible with the HyperX. That said, the HyperX have a more accurate mid and treble range response, a longer battery life, and the boom mic sounds more natural compared to the Logitech's boomy, bass-heavy recording quality.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless headphones are better for console gaming than the HyperX Cloud III Wireless. The SteelSeries come in three variants for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. They support Bluetooth and multi-device pairing, and they're the natural choice for Xbox owners, as the HyperX lack Xbox compatibility. While the SteelSeries have a better bass response, their treble response is disappointing compared to the HyperX, and in-game dialogue suffers as a result. The battery life is great, at 33 hours of continuous use, but the HyperX are a better choice if you want to go longer without recharging.
The HyperX Cloud III Wireless and the Razer BlackShark V2 HyperSpeed Wireless have different trade-offs, so depending on your preferences, you may enjoy either one. The HyperX are more comfortable, have a significantly better build quality, and have a more balanced and neutral sound out of the box, which some users may prefer. They also have a much longer continuous playback time, but you can only use them wirelessly. Conversely, the Razer's mic offers significantly better overall performance, they have more customization features available via their companion app, and they support Bluetooth, so you can stay connected to your console and smartphone simultaneously.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless are almost identical in appearance to the HyperX Cloud III and other headphones in the HyperX Cloud lineup. They feature the same two-tone, black-and-red color scheme throughout. Striking red yolks complement the matte black aluminum frame and ear cups, and a small red HyperX logo is in the ear cup's center. The earpads and headband are made of a black, faux leather material.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless have a comfortable fit. The earpad and headphone cushioning is plush and feels good on the skin, and they don't clamp too tightly, making them a great choice for long gaming sessions where fatigue is often an issue. The ear cups and yoke have a great range of motion, meaning it's relatively easy to achieve a good seal. However, the faux-leather material used to cover the earcups and headband traps heat easily, so your ears can get warm after extended use.
The control layout is relatively simple: there are dedicated buttons for power and to mute the microphone, as well as a volume wheel. You can also adjust the headphones' volume, mic volume, and mic monitoring via the NGENUITY app. There's a helpful voice prompt that confirms when you've successfully powered on or off and an audible beep that plays when you engage/disengage the mic. However, unlike the wired HyperX Cloud III, the volume wheel has an infinite scrolling mechanism. While it has physical notches that click as you turn it, there's no audio or voice prompt to let you know when you've hit maximum volume, which can be frustrating.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless aren't designed to be portable. They don't fold into a more compact form, so it's tough to stow them in a bag or backpack, and the ear cups don't swivel to lay flat. Their bulky design means they're not a good on-the-go choice, but this won't be a problem if you intend to keep them near your gaming setup.
These headphones come with a simple, thin case made from multifiber cloth. It won't protect them from drops, but it'll provide some protection against bumps and scrapes and prevent dust from settling.
These headphones have great build quality. Like other HyperX products, they have an aluminum frame and ear cups covered in some areas by plastic and faux leather. The detachable boom mic is sturdy but also easily adjustable. However, some notches around the yokes can be a little loose: they're likely to extend by a notch or two if you're not gentle with them. That said, the aluminum frame and faux leather earpads are subject to wear and tear over time.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless have a fairly stable fit. Much like the wired version, they don't fit too tightly, though this can depend on the size and shape of your head. They're unlikely to slip off your head while you're gaming, but sharp movements of the head can cause them to slip out of place. More intense movements can also cause the yolks to extend by a notch or two. However, their wireless design means you never have to worry about getting an audio cable hooked on anything.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless have a very similar sound profile to the wired version. The mid-range response is very neutral and gives an accurate representation of dialogue and lead instruments, ensuring they're forward in the mix. However, sounds like explosions lack rumble and boominess due to the weak low-bass performance. While the bass range is underemphasized overall, the high-bass response is least affected by this, which can help with hearing sound effects like footsteps. Fortunately, you can adjust the sound profile to your liking via the graphic EQ and presets available via the companion software. However, you won't be able to transfer your settings onto the console as the headphones don't have onboard memory.
One other similarity these headphones share with their wired counterpart is the noticeably high noise floor. While it's not quite as pronounced on this model, it's still audible, especially at higher volumes. However, the volume wheel uses a different mechanism, and adjusting it won't create the fuzzy, staticky noise that's present in the wired model.
These headphones have sub-par frequency response consistency. There's a lot of variation in the mid and treble delivery depending on the fit you achieve on your head. You can also experience a significant drop-off in bass response if you have thicker hair or glasses. The thick, plush earpads make it challenging to achieve a good seal around your head if you have these features, and you'll need to adjust the fit every time you use them to ensure consistent audio delivery.
These headphones have reasonable bass accuracy. It's slightly underemphasized across the entire range, so bass-heavy sounds like explosions lack rumble and intensity. However, the response for the bass range is tilted so that the high-bass is the least under-emphasized. It's still recessed, so mixes lack warmth and boom, but it can still help bring out in-game noises like footsteps.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless have superb mid-range accuracy. The lower part of this range is quite flat and neutral-sounding, but there's a slight bump in the mid-mid range that adds intensity and clarity to dialogue and lead instruments. It's particularly great for cutscene-heavy games, like The Last of Us, where you'll want to follow speech closely.
They have satisfactory treble accuracy. The low-treble range is under-emphasized, which causes the upper harmonics of instruments to sound quite veiled. The mid-treble reproduction is more even and neutral, so sibilants like cymbals and metallic sound effects sound bright and present without being too harsh.
The peaks and dips performance is decent. These headphones follow their own sound profile well. However, a peak across the mid- to high-mid range adds a bit of harshness to instruments. There's also a dip in the low-treble, so instruments lack detail and sound brittle at the top end of their register.
While the frequency response graphs show that these headphones have a recessed treble, the peak in the mid-treble indicates that the headphones struggle to control their sound in this frequency range. While they should reproduce slightly dull sibilants, this peak makes sibilants very piercing instead.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless have incredible imaging performance. All the headphones we've tested in HyperX's Cloud lineup have had great imaging performance, which indicates the manufacturer's reliable quality control and ergonomics. Still, these headphones are exceptional in this regard. Our unit's group delay falls under the audibility threshold for almost the entire range. There's a small peak in mid-bass range, but it's tough to perceive with real-life content, given these headphones struggle to reproduce frequencies in this range. The L/R drivers are also evenly matched in phase, amplitude, and frequency response, which means objects and in-game audio cues are accurately placed in the stereo image. However, imaging varies from unit to unit.
These headphones have a passable passive soundstage performance, which is unsurprising for closed-back headphones. While the soundstage is slightly wider and more open than other headphones in the HyperX Cloud lineup, audio still seems to be coming from inside your head rather than from speakers in front of you.
They support DTS:X Spatial Sound, which you can toggle on and off in the companion software if connected to your console or PC. It's meant to help create a more immersive soundstage and can position in-game audio more naturally in the stereo field. However, you'll need to play a game compatible with this feature, and performance will vary greatly depending on how the game's sound is mixed.
These headphones have good weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's a sharp peak in the low-bass and a larger one in the low-treble. However, this is difficult to perceive in real-life content, even at higher volumes. The response generally falls within good limits, resulting in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.
These are the settings used to test the HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless. Our results are only valid for this configuration.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless have a poor noise isolation performance. They block out almost nothing in the bass range, like the rumble of plane or bus engines outside your window. However, they do a slightly better job of passively isolating you against higher-pitched noises, like nearby voices and fridge hums. If you're looking for wireless gaming headphones with better noise isolation, check out the ANC-equipped Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless.
They have an okay leakage performance. Most leakage is concentrated in the high-mid range, so the leaked audio sounds somewhat thin. If you're listening to audio at a high volume, others around you can hear part of what you're listening to.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless' boom mic has a decent recording quality. Recorded speech is mostly clear, and your teammates won't have trouble understanding you. Sadly, the mic struggles to reproduce bass frequencies when compared to the boom mic on the wired version of the HyperX Cloud III, meaning your voice sounds less full by comparison.
We could test the mic performance using the detachable boom mic from the wired model but found that this made no difference to the recorded output. You can see the results here. This headset seemingly struggles to process low-end information and cuts off the highs at a much steeper angle. This is likely a result of the manufacturer preserving wireless bandwidth by over-compressing the lows and highs to preserve mid-range clarity.
The boom mic has good noise handling performance. The mic won't block out any background noise in moderately noisy environments, but your voice will still be clear and easily understood. It does a similarly good job of separating your voice from louder environments. Your voice will still be clear and easily understood, even if you live under a flight path and are constantly subject to the noise of rumbling engines. It's worth noting that the mic doesn't have as much clarity in loud environments as the wired model's boom mic, but this is likely a result of its inferior recording quality.
The battery life performance is amazing. The manufacturer advertises up to 120 hours of battery life, and we measured slightly more than this. This makes them an excellent choice for those who don't want to constantly worry about charging their battery. It's even longer than competitors like the Razer BlackShark V2 HyperSpeed Wireless. However, battery performance can vary depending on your usage. You can listen to audio via the wireless connection while they're charging, but the included charging cable is too short for this to be practical in most cases. The companion app also features an auto-off timer, a useful power-saving feature for those wanting to get the most out of the impressive continuous battery life.
The HyperX NGENUITY software is decent and allows you to tweak the performance of these headphones somewhat to your liking. It's available for download via the Microsoft store. You can adjust functions like microphone volume and headphone volume and enable functions like mic monitoring and the DTS:X Spatial Sound virtual surround feature. A graphic EQ and presets allow you to customize the headphones' sound profile a little. However, you won't be able to transfer any changes made here onto consoles as the headphones don't have onboard memory. If you're on a PC, you can stop the Ngenuity app, and it'll keep your EQ presets, though.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless have excellent non-Bluetooth wireless compatibility. They have very low latency, so your audio and video stay in sync. You can react quickly to any audio cues while gaming and maintain a competitive edge without worrying about your audio lagging.
During our testing, we measured non-Bluetooth latency at closer to 58 ms, which seemed like an inflated representation of their real-life latency performance. As a result, we stepped out of our methodology and did several latency passes, trying to account for the inconsistencies between results. We then averaged them out. This result, 24 ms, is closer to real-life performance, and we don't expect you to have any noticeable syncing issues while gaming.
These wireless headphones only come with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging. They aren't compatible with any wired connections. While these headphones can play audio via a wireless connection while charging, you'll want to invest in a longer charging cable if you plan on doing this regularly. If you're looking for wireless headphones that you can use with a wired connection, check out the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless, which can connect via a 1/8" TRRS cable.
The HyperX Cloud III Wireless are only compatible with PCs via non-Bluetooth wireless. However, you have full audio and mic compatibility.
The HyperX Cloud 3 Wireless are fully compatible with PlayStation consoles when using their USB dongle. However, you can't connect them to these consoles in any other way.