HyperX Cloud Alpha – Gaming Tech Review

If you are like me then you’ve been through a number of headsets in your gaming life. Everything from earbuds and plain headphones with separate mics to wired and wireless gaming specific headsets. I’ve rarely found a solution that really checks all of the boxes for me without feeling like a compromise. I can honestly say that the HyperX Cloud Alpha does that and more in terms of sound quality, system compatibility, and price.

Sound Quality

You can’t talk about headsets without first mentioning sound quality. The HyperX Cloud Alpha sports a pair of 50mm dual chamber headphones that will pipe stereo sound from your favorite game while cushioning your ears with soft memory foam. According to HyperX, the dual chamber design will “separate the bass from the mids and highs”. For me, this translates to very distinct sounds coming through, particularly from different sources such as game and chat, without being muffled. This is the cleanest sounding headset I have ever used, easily surpassing the 7.1 virtual surround sound in my previous gaming headset, the Sony Playstation Gold.

Compatibility

Like many of you, I game across several platforms: PC, PlayStation, XBox, Nintendo, and more. One of my main problems with the Playstation Gold Wireless Headset was being largely locked in to the PlayStation or PC. With the HyperX Cloud Alpha, I now have one headset that I can use for all of my gaming needs and know that I’ll have the same performance and comfort each time.

Affordability

Retailing for $99.99, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is firmly in the mid-range for headset prices. A frugal shopper can always find a deal with a little patience. I’ve approached this as an investment piece that will last a few years and many hours of gameplay. The price is a bargain considering what I’ve spent on other headsets that haven’t lasted very long, been very comfortable, or were limited to a small number of consoles.

Bonus: Storage

I picked up one of the HyperX Headset Storage Cases and it has been a lifesaver. The case itself is rugged and durable. It’s been through trips in my backpack, accidentally being packed in the bottom of a box for moving, and even been an impromptu football for my boys. The case fits the headset itself firmly with room for the detachable mic and cord. Once zippered close, nothing rattles around. I highly recommend picking one up to protect your investment.

Summary

Overall, the HyperX Cloud Alpha has been an excellent investment piece for me. This rock-solid gaming headset has been with me through numerous marathon gaming sessions without hurting my ears or the side of my head. The sound is distinct and never muffled. And all for a solid price, especially if you can find it on sale. I highly recommend that you check out the Cloud Alpha and consider finding a place for it in your gaming setup.