HyperX has become a reputable gaming brand in the market, which offers excellent quality yet affordable wired headsets for its customers. The Cloud Flight is the first wireless gaming headset from HyperX, that is aimed to provides best-in-class comfort and long-lasting battery life.
The design of the packaging resembles other products from HyperX recently, with a white and red color scheme. A large photo of the Cloud Flight headset occupies most of the front area. A few standing features are mentioned, such as the 30-hour battery life and comfortable fit. The headset is also certified to work well on Discord or TeamSpeak.
Brief descriptions in various languages about the Cloud Flight are printed at the back. The headset is compatible with both PC, PS4 and PS4 Pro wirelessly, while Xbox One, Xbox One X and mobile devices can only be used with a wired connection.
More detailed information about the Cloud Flight internal battery can be found on the side. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 1500 mAh and is not user-replaceable. With all LED off and 50% volume, the headset is claimed to have up to 30 hours of battery life.
Inside the box, you will find a quick start guide, Thank You and support cards. There are a total of two included cables. One is a 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable (at 3.5 meters long), and the other is a micro USB to USB Type-A cable. The wireless USB receiver and the detachable microphone are included as well.
HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset
The Cloud Flight headset has a very simplistic and minimalistic approach in design. The outer shell is constructed with matte black plastic, with a little bit of red accent via the ear cups’ cables. The stealthy appearance would not draw too much unnecessary attention, when wearing the headset in public areas.
Ear cups at both sides can be rotated by 90 degrees, allowing you to lay the headset flat on the table or around your neck. It also provides a more snug fit around your ears.
Most buttons and ports are located on the left side of the ear cup. You have the 3.5 mm microphone jack, micro USB charging port, 3.5 mm headphone jack and a power button. There is only a volume wheel on the right ear cup.
There is no touch sensitive surface on the Cloud Flight headset, but you have a easy-to-press mute button on top of the left ear cup, which I find extremely useful if you do not have push-to-talk enable in software.
The HyperX logos on both ear cups have red LED lights on them, which can be set to on, off or breathing depending on your needs.
The ear pad cushion is extremely soft and puffy, but still have enough thickness to avoid your ears hitting the headset’s drivers. The ear pads are not replaceable though.
The frame of the headband is made from metal, which feels very solid and should be durable for years of use. The Cloud Flight’s headband provides up to 11 distinct adjustments for each side. There is a soft gel cushioning on top to prevent the headband from creating stress points on your head.
The noise-cancelling microphone is detachable via a 3.5 mm audio connector. The shape of the plastic casing only allows the microphone to plug in the headset the right way. There is no pop filter included, unlike the Cloud, Cloud II and Cloud Alpha headsets. But you can still bend the arm to move the microphone to the desired location.
The Cloud Flight headset operates through 2.4 GHz frequency radio wave in wireless mode, which requires the USB receiver on the other end (PC or console). The receiver is as big as a standard USB flash drive. With it, the headset can transmit both audio and mic input on PC, PS4 and PS4 Pro. However, if you connect the headset using the included 3.5 mm cable, you cannot have mic input on all platforms.
The mostly-plastic and plain design of the Cloud Flight may be the reason why it is surprisingly light, despite of the internal battery. It weights only 315 grams with the mic attached. The amount of adjustments for the headband and the swivel ear cups makes the headset very comfortable to wear and fit securely, even for a prolonged period. For me, I do not experience any issue with sweating, although the Cloud Flight is a closed-back headset.
The physical buttons are useful and easy to operate, especially the microphone mute button. It would be better if the volume wheel can have a finer control. I also like the ability to use the Cloud Flight in wired mode, in case the battery runs out, though the microphone will be disabled.
Also, there is no EQ adjustment available in the Ngenuity software, which would be great to have more customization.
The Cloud Flight provides sound through its two large 50 mm neodymium drivers. It outputs reasonably high-quality sound for a gaming-oriented headset. Maximum volumes are loud enough for most users. The bass from Cloud Flight is powerful, while the mid-range and treble are pretty balanced. Voice lines and footsteps in games can be heard clearly and located precisely. The headset isolates outside environmental noise well enough, as far as a non-active noise-cancelling headphone.
The detachable noise-cancelling microphone is adequate to use for game chat. The overall audio quality is good, with clean voice over Discord. However, I think the background noise cancellation and compression are a bit too aggressive, which makes the audio be tinny sometimes. Overall, the mic can get the job done decently.
Wireless Range and Battery Life
The Cloud Flight has awesome wireless reception, which should be more than capable to handle normal day-to-day operation. With the USB receiver plugged in back of my PC, I am able to continue listening to audio without noticeable lag and interruption, while walking around the apartment.
Battery life is also above-average for the Cloud Flight, with a industry-leading 30 hours of usage. It will shorten to 18 hours or 13 hours if you turn the LEDs on. For me, I typically get about 2 to 2.5 days of mixed usage (watching YouTube videos and playing games). The NGenuity software shows users the battery percentage clearly, and reminds them to recharge the headset.
The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset is a solid performer in both sound and microphone quality. Audio in games are crispy and clear. You should have no problem to locate the sound from your enemies. The headset itself is comfortable to wear and fit nicely around your ears, even for long gaming sessions.
Its biggest selling point is the incredible battery life, which should last for 30 hours without the LEDs on. Other wireless headsets in the market only have rated battery life around 15 hours to 20 hours.
The Cloud Flight comes with a 2-year warranty and has solid build quality. The headset is priced at $159.99 USD (MSRP) originally, but it is on sale for around $120 USD at the time of this review. If you mainly games on PC or PS4 consoles, the Cloud Flight would be an awesome choice to consider.
You can purchase the headset from your local/online resellers or the links below from Amazon or Newegg.
- Amazon US: HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset
- Newegg US: HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset
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