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HyperX Cloud Stinger Review – Budget Gaming Headset

Last updated: 1 month ago, Apr. 15. 2020
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    The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a cheap wired gaming headset in a jet-black color, with a simple design, and all the basic features.

    Our Conclusion

    The overall score: 2.9 out of 5 points.

    If you’re looking for a solid budget headset for gaming, HyperX Cloud Stinger is still one of the best options, though competition is catching up.

    In short, it costs under $50 and offers solid comfort even for long gaming sessions, enjoyable sound with a robust microphone, but it’s weak on durability.

    The Cloud Stinger is compatible with PC, Mac, PS4, and Xbox One via 3.5mm plug.

    Read more about it below.

    PROS

    • Lightweight and comfortable
    • Simple plastic design
    • Good microphone
    • Great value for money

    CONS

    • Lower durability
    • Average noise isolation

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    Specifications

    Type: Over-ear headset
    Connection: Wired, 3.5mm
    Back-design: Closed-back

    Headphones

    Driver size: 50mm
    Frequency range: 18-23,000Hz
    Impedance: 30 Ω
    Weight: 275 g
    Cable length: Headset (1.3m) + Extension Y-cable (1.7m)
    Microphone & Controls: Built-in volume slider & boom mic
    Water-protection: None

    Microphone

    Type: Electret condenser microphone
    Mic design: Uni-directional
    Frequency response: 50Hz-18,000Hz
    Mutable: Yes (flip-to-mute)

    What’s in the Box?

    • HyperX Cloud Stinger gaming headset
    • User manual
    • Extension cable (Y-plug)
    HyperX Cloud Stinger plugs

    You can connect it with the 3.5mm plugs (PC, Mac, PlayStation, and Xbox compatible).

    Comfort & Fit – 4/5 Great

    HyperX Cloud Stinger’s comfort is above its pay-grade. Since they are only $50 for a pair of headphones, they feel great. You can wear them for longer gaming sessions without a problem.

    HyperX-Cloud-Stinger-earpads

    The earpads aren’t the thickest but good enough to stay comfortable.

    The headset is really lightweight, which is a good thing for a gaming headset. There is enough memory foam in the padding, so your ears don’t make contact with the drivers. The headband also has some cushioning to alleviate the top of the head irritation.

    In general, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is comfortable to wear, and you can wear it for hours with no problem. Though the ear cups are big enough, they could be bigger.

    The only annoying thing is that the earpads become sweaty after a couple of hours of hardcore gaming. Which is normal for most pads with fake leather cover.

    Noise Isolation – 2,5/5 Average

    Noise isolation in HyperX Cloud Stinger is average. The earcups are on the thinner side.

    You can hear others around you better, but for a pure gaming experience, this isn’t preferable. A lot of gaming headsets come with big, bulky ear cups, but the Stinger’s a somewhat thinner.

    The headphones also have a little sound leakage, but it’s minimal and acceptable at the price range.

    HyperX Cloud Stinger ear cushions

    Durability – 2.5/5 Average

    The HyperX Cloud Stinger is somewhat sturdy, well-built with a plastic design. But, the internal mic mechanism is prone to malfunction over time.

    Update: In our tests, the gaming headset survived for over 2 years of daily use. After the inside mic mechanism broke and the microphone stopped working.

    HyperX Cloud Stinger earcup

    After 2 years of daily use, the headset looks worn but the faulty mic mechanism is hidden inside.

    Now looking at the mic for the first time, it’s sturdy, but not super flexible. You can mute it by flipping it up or pulling down to talk.

    Ear cushions are covered by fake leather and filled by regular foam, though HyperX markets it as memory foam.

    The earcups turn 90 degrees, which makes it possible to wear them around your neck. Also, the steps of adjusting the headband are well defined to prevent slipping.

    Moreover, the cable is flexible but not braided. It’s kind of short, but it comes with an extension cable, though the headphone cable isn’t detachable.

    Features 2.5/5 Average

    It comes with essential functions like mic mute and volume control, which is fine for a budget gaming headset.

    HyperX Cloud Stinger volume slider

    The volume-control button feels cheap but does the job.

    They have no virtual surround sound, but for a $50 pair, you can’t expect that.

    Apart from a mutable microphone and volume control, you don’t really need anything else for a comfortable gaming experience.

    With the volume slider on an earcup you control the sound, it works fine but isn’t fancy.

    Microphone

    The built-in mic has a quality sound, which is great for a budget headset.

    From time to time, your voice will sound a little nasally, but it gets the job done. You can comfortably chat with friends on Discord or talk with co-players in multiplayer games.

    Sound 3/5 Almost Great

    The Cloud Stinger comes with bass emphasized signature that works well for explosions and more immersive gameplay. Though they can’t compare to high-end models, sound quality is fine for casual gamers.

    First of all, the treble is slightly lacking in clarity and detail, so sounds like gunshots aren’t as crisp, they lack some of their sheen when listening to music.

    Bass response is clearly boosted to create deeper bomb blasts and gunfire noise. It’s the preferred sound preset that makes cheap headphones a better value.

    In general, however, the HyperX Cloud Stinger aren’t fantastic for music but are still enjoyable for a non-demanding user who listens to music, watches movies, or spends hours on YouTube.

    Also, the soundstage isn’t big. If you’re competitive in FPS games you might want to spend more money on open gaming headphones (which have better positional accuracy – see here).

    HyperX-Cloud-Stinger-headset

    Why Buy HyperX Cloud Stinger?

    If you’re on the lookout for a cheap gaming headset that works well and comes from a reputable brand, then the Cloud Stinger should be your top option.

    You get everything you need for a fun gaming experience: a good mic for clear communication without white noise and interruptions, comfortable fit that you forget about, decent audio quality, and the mute and volume controls.

    Now, 50 bucks won’t get you the same quality as more expensive gaming headsets but is more than good enough for infrequent users.

    Compared to Other Headsets

    Sure, you can get an even cheaper alternative, but those often come with weird design and annoying bad microphones. Though there are some gems…

    A great dirt-cheap option – Onikuma K6 (check the review): This one is much cheaper from an unknown brand but delivers a similar gaming experience for a casual gamer, plus it’s even more comfortable with thick earpads.

    Logitech G432 (around $50): With it, you get the same 50mm drivers, plasticy but comfortable design, but also the addition of virtual surround sound (DTS Headphone:X 2.0). However, its effect and value are debatable.


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