HyperX Cloud Flight
Wireless Gaming Headset
The Cloud Flight represents HyperX’s first foray into the world of wireless audio. And with an already great track record thanks to the excellent and perfect-for-gaming Cloud series of headsets, the Cloud Flight continues the trend of excellent HyperX gear. With 30-hour battery life, lightweight and comfortable design, detachable microphone, and additional 3.5mm jack, it’s clear that when HyperX tells us that it works closely with professional gamers when designing its products – they’re not merely referencing some slick marketing gimmick. The HyperX Cloud Flight is to put it simply, a great wireless headset.
If you’ve had the experience of using one of the wired HyperX offerings, say the Cloud Revolver, then you’ll have a good idea on what to expect with the Cloud Flight sound-wise. A no fuss, clean, and detailed stereo sound that benefits from a wide frequency response and powerful 50mm drivers. Connecting to either a PC or PS4 via a USB dongle, the 2.4 GHz wireless Cloud Flight is serviceable if not the fasted bandwidth available. If you’re sitting at a desk or on a couch you shouldn’t have any interruption issues.
The Cloud Flight also doubles as a pair of decent wired headphones (sans microphone) that can be connected via 3.5mm jack to an Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, smart phone, or any other audio device. This versatility coupled with the balanced if a little bass-heavy stereo sound makes it a decent two-for-one deal that can alternate between being a wireless headset for gaming and an on-the-go pair of headphones for listening to music or watching media on a portable device.
And on the plus side, coming in at around 300g the Cloud Flight is also one of the lighter wireless headsets available today. In terms of downsides the only real area where HyperX seems to have skimped is in the chat department. Not really suited for streaming or recording, the Cloud Flight simply offers up decent chat performance for day-to-day gaming and nothing more.
- Type: Closed
- Driver: 50mm
- Frequency response: 20 to 20,000 Hz (Wireless) 15 to 23,000 Hz (Analogue)
- Impedance: 32 ohm
- Weight: 300g (315g with mic/cable)
- Wireless: 2.4 GHz
- Cable length: 1.3m audio
- Microphone Pickup pattern: Polar pattern noise-cancelling
- Frequency response: 100 to 7,000 Hz
Design and Comfort
Okay, so this is one area where the Cloud Flight impresses. Even if it isn't one of the flashiest or showiest headsets on the market. In terms of look, it’s a classic design through and through that instead of the metallic flourishes of other HyperX Cloud products instead goes the lightweight and durable plastic approach. In the fitting department the Cloud Flight is supremely comfortable, which is a definite plus for a wireless headset. Normally wireless offerings can feel heavier and unbalanced due to the need to fit things like batteries and audio hardware within the cups. At a glance, which is then confirmed through heavy use, the Cloud Flight offers up the same sort of weight distribution that you’d normally see in a wired headset. And with a total weight of 300g, it’s a headset you can easily wear for hours at a time without fatigue.
With only stereo output and no real software to adjust the sound-mix, outside of secondary software on a PC, the Cloud Flight offers up a balanced sound that doesn’t forego mid-range frequencies. Or artificially enhance the low and high-end to suit certain types of games. In the end it’s a refreshing approach and in something like DOOM, which is a bit of frequency workout, you get clear channel separation and distinction between the music and effects. Likewise, the same can be said when connected to a PS4 and playing Uncharted: The Lost Legacy or Gran Turismo Sport. The results are excellent across the board and in many ways a testament to the simple fact that stereo sound is still great for gaming. And for headsets arguably the best option.
In the end it’s easy to recommend the HyperX Cloud Flight for the simple reason that it successfully translates the great sound of other HyperX Cloud headsets into the realm of wireless audio.