The history of the HyperX brand began with the release of RAM under this name. Then the brand was owned by Kingston Technology. Later, the focus of the HyperX division was decided to shift to e-sports and professional peripherals: headsets, mice, keyboards. As a result, the HyperX brand has established itself well and established itself in this market.
The Cloud Stinger Core series headsets are generally good value for money. In the review, we will look at the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless headset.
Outwardly, the headset looks good and neat: the cups do not stick out much, a small rounded headband, nothing protrudes anywhere, and looks organic, keeping the overall design. Unless the microphone protrudes, but it’s thin, so it fits in just fine. At the same time, the design of attaching the cups is simple and does not have fouled joints – you have to try hard to break the retractable metal runners.
But the plastic material feels a little rough and cheap to the touch. Although my old Sony PlayStation Wireless had “leather” ear pads, the plastic itself is soft and pleasant. And HyperX Cloud Stinger feels that the material is chosen for the sake of weight: the headset is really very light, but still a controversial compromise. The same applies to the fabric of the ear cushions – it is unpretentious and can cause a little discomfort when worn for a long time.
Buttons and connectors
The headset is controlled by one button and a volume control wheel. They are located on the back of the left cup, along with the USB Type-C connector. Nice bonus: the headset can be used while charging. Just be prepared for 5 minutes to listen to periodic long beeping informing about the low battery. Why make an alert every 10 seconds is unclear, but as soon as the headset is charged more than 15%, the “alarm” dies down. On a single charge, the headphones live for about 15-17 hours.
The microphone is turned on and off by raising and lowering it – it is simple and convenient, but there is not enough indication or a characteristic click to know that it has turned on. Headphones do not have software, especially since they are positioned as a headset for the PlayStation and not a PC, so everything here is designed to “plug into USB, and it works.” Included with the HyperX Cloud Stinger is just a “USB whistle,” on which there is only one button – synchronization.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless has a fairly clear and medium depth sound. It spreads evenly in space and does not stick out anywhere. The headset works best with the PlayStation – apparently, the internal equalizer was tuned specifically for this system: the games are heard well, and all sounds can be distinguished. But with a PC, everything is a little different. The HyperX Cloud Stinger has clearly boosted bass, making it great for listening to music or streaming – voices sound sweeter and deeper. Even if you turn up the music louder, the headset doesn’t start to wheeze or hiss.
But in games, too much bass can get in the way. For example, in a dynamic battle in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the explosions of grenades give off savory volumetric booze, but behind them, you cannot hear the stomping of enemies, and grenades are thrown there constantly. If you cut the bass through the sound software, then the steps become clearly distinguishable.
But in Counter-Strike, on the contrary, there are few explosions, so the positioning of enemies is understood very clearly. I felt the most comfortable in the Destiny 2 raid, where I spent a total of six hours: the headphones were invisible, the microphone worked properly, except that the fabric of the ear pads was a little annoying.
As for the microphone, it is the most common for this type of headset. The declared noise cancellation works half-heartedly: the knock of the keys of the mechanical keyboard or the click of the mouse can still be heard.
Conclusion: Should you buy HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless headset?
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless is really quite lightweight and comfortable. They are easy to connect, take up little space, look nice, and are unlikely to break easily due to their simple design. But the price of this is average materials to the touch and the absence of at least an equalizer. The sound is good, but the pumped bass is not useful in all games. In Cloud Stinger Core Wireless, it’s easy to sit for 5 hours playing Call of Duty and not notice that something is on your head.
The price of the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless headset is $69.99 for a very unpretentious wireless gaming headset for two devices at once – this is a rather profitable offer, albeit with several compromises.