HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset for PC Review

Editor rating

3.6/5 on October 21, 2017

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1,293 reviews

PROS

  • Affordability. The HyperX Cloud Stinger is the most affordable quality headset on the market at the moment. The headset goes for only $49.99 on Amazon, and no other headset at that price matches the audio quality of the Cloud Stinger.
  • Audio quality. The HyperX Cloud Stinger was primarily made for gaming, but it gives a solid performance in other activities such as listening to music and streaming movies. Whether you are listening to music, streaming movies or playing games, the HyperX Cloud delivers an above par audio quality.
  • Comfort. The HyperX Cloud Stinger is heavily padded with faux leather and is lightweight. It, therefore, offers a high level of comfort on the ears. You can stay with the headset for several hours straight without getting sweaty or uncomfortable.
  • Durable. Though not as sturdy as you would like, the all-plastic headset is highly durable under normal circumstances. It can survive several falls on a hard surface but be careful; repeated falls will compromise the build and shorten the lifespan.

CONS

  • Undetachable microphone. The HyperX Cloud Stinger comes with a permanently attached microphone which may not auger well with some users. It’s inconvenient, and most people want a mic they can detach when they don’t plan to use anytime soon.
  • Sound quality. Earlier in the review, we said that the sound quality is good for a headset in that price tag, meaning that it can get better. At full blast, the HyperX Cloud Stinger produces a significant level of distortion, and to avoid that, you have to set the headset at a lower volume level.
  • Analog. In some devices, the analog connection may lead to humming noises, especially when making live recordings. You will notice the background noise when playing your recordings, but that largely depends on the specific device.
  • So-so build. The HyperX Cloud Stinger is made from scratchy plastic which makes it a bit weak. It will survive the normal battle scars of a headset but repeated falling onto a hard surface will break it. Handle with care!

VERDICT

One of the most important questions to ask yourself before you buy a HyperX Cloud Stinger headset is, of course, how much audio quality you can get from a $50 headset. The answer to that question is: ‘not much.’ The question of whether you proceed to buy it or not depends on how much you are willing to compromise. Also, the amount you are willing to spend on the headset plays a huge role in determining whether the HyperX Cloud Stinger is a good option for you.

Throughout the review, we have maintained that the HyperX Cloud Stinger is a very good headset for its price. But that’s it; it doesn’t match the build quality, features, and the performance of headsets in the higher price categories. That being said, it’s important to note that the HyperX Cloud Stinger is still a decent headset and if you are on a tight budget, there’s no better choice.

It’s an excellent headset and it's doing wonders in the lower end of the market. If you are just looking for a headset with a good enough quality without having to dig deeper into your pocket, you can’t do better than HyperX Cloud Stinger. It’s a great choice especially if you are taking the first foray into gaming headsets. It comes in a relatively attractive design, serious comfort, and produces solid sound quality – again, for a headset in that price range.

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a superb entry-level headset with excellent craftsmanship that comes at a very affordable price – this definitely arouses the interest of any audiophile who knows a thing or two about headsets. Kingston — the company behind the HyperX brand —made its name with the release of its first cloud headset back in 2014. For a street price of $80, the HyperX Cloud offered a clean audio and an amazing level of comfort.

Ever since the first launch, the company has been releasing some amazing headsets on the HyperX Cloud series at incredible prices. Its latest release, the HyperX Cloud Stinger Headset for PC is no different. As a matter of fact, the HyperX Cloud Stinger offers a superior audio performance at a more budget-friendly price compared to its predecessors.

It’s not the best pair of headsets out there, but if you are willing to put in a few extra bucks, the sound quality can definitely get better. However, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is an excellent choice if you are little short on cash or you are saving for a new graphics card. Read the full review on the HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset below.

Design

The manufacturer has done a commendable job at making the HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset for PC emulate the look of a high-end device. It looks like a premium pair of headset, but it sure doesn’t feel that way. The lower price tag certainly means cutting some corners, and the effects are most felt when it comes to the build quality. The only color on the otherwise all-black headset is the red X trademark on the headband.

The headphone set is almost entirely made out of low-quality plastic. The headband and the earcups are covered by a layer of synthetic leather making it soft and comfortable, but not as thick as many of us would like. The all black, almost all plastic headset — with a strip of metal running through the headband — is sturdy enough to survive normal use and all the usual battle scars a headset can sustain. You can drop it on your desk or toss it in your backpack without having to worry about damaging it.

Features

The Stinger is a balanced headset that is surprisingly lightweight – weighing only 275 grams. It comes with two 3.5mm jacks and a noise canceling microphone attached to the left earcup. The headset is universally compatible with any devices that comes with a 3.5mm audio port including PCs, game consoles, and mobile devices. If you have an Xbox one controller, especially the older versions, you will need to use the headset with an adapter which isn’t provided.

The microphone on the headset is highly flexible, but not detachable. You can keep the headphones around your neck comfortably when they are not on your ears, twist them to lay flat on your shoulders, and you can easily adjust the height by sliding the headphones up and down. The volume slider is located under the right ear; you can adjust the volume from here.

Performance and the Quality of Sound

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a budget headset, and as you would expect, the sound quality falls a little short. Now, get me right! It doesn’t mean it’s bad, but if you factor in its price, it’s more than passable. Looking at the performance of the headphones when playing games, streaming movies and TV shows, and listening to music, it is pretty solid.

HyperX Cloud stinger performed satisfactorily when playing games, but the sound was slightly distant especially in the case of dialogues. When streaming movies and videos, there were no hisses or crackles; the performance was more than adequate but nothing spectacular. It was the same case when listening to music. The midrange and the vocals came through nicely, though some highs and lows lacked clarity.

For the best experience, use the headphones with the volume set somewhere in the middle. You will experience some distortion if you pump up the volume to full blast. Overall, it gives a pretty good experience. The headphones can stay on your ears for a long time without getting sweaty, thanks to the faux leather padding.

Microphone

HyperX Cloud Stinger sports a pretty decent microphone – the flip to mute noise canceling microphone gives a respectable performance. Even in a noisy setting, voice recordings had an excellent level of background voice separation and volume that was highly audible. Note that the HyperX Cloud Stinger is an analog headset, and as a result, it will collect a considerable level of background noise or hum from connected devices. 

The level of the humming sound or noises depends on the onboard sound quality of the motherboard. Depending on the device you will be using, you can plug the HyperX Cloud Stinger headset into either separate mic/headphone port with the accompanying splitter and cable extensions or the single port like the one you will find on most laptops. Just plug it right into the 3.5mm port in either case.

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