HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Two Minute Review
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless headset has lived up to its claim as the wireless headset to beat, performing incredibly well in every test we’ve run on it. With 2.4GHz wireless capabilities, incredible sound quality and impressive battery life, the Cloud Alpha Wireless is simply one of the best headsets money can buy right now.
The Cloud Alpha has a strong aluminum frame construction, comfortable synthetic leather covering for your head and a detachable microphone. Wireless capabilities are achieved through the USB-A wireless adapter that comes with the headset, and the USB-A wireless adapter works really well with USB-C dongles that are commonly used with some of the best gaming laptops on the market. market.
In terms of performance, the sound quality produced by the dual chamber 50mm neodymium drivers is absolutely stunning. When you combine the already fantastic audio quality with the EQ presets in HyperX’s Ngenuity software, the Cloud Alpha produces some of the clearest audio of any headset in recent memory.
HyperX’s downloadable Ngenuity software supports the DTS:X Spatial Audio surround sound format, and this software also gives you the ability to customize EQ presets, create your own EQ presets, and set automatic shutdown settings for the Cloud Alpha to fit. Be warned, HyperX’s Ngenuity software is only available for PC.
The microphone works incredibly well, from intense cooperative gaming to stuffy business video conferencing. The bi-directional microphone has a frequency response of 50 Hz to 7.2 kHz, and this is specially tuned to pick up the human voice and also to suppress background noise. Rest assured that you will hear your friends and colleagues as if they were standing next to you and they will hear you just fine.
HyperX claims the Cloud Alpha Wireless headset has 300 hours of battery life on a single charge, and they’re not kidding. We fully charged this headset for hours, while the headset was still 100% charged. The Cloud Alpha’s battery life is absolutely excellent.
A big criticism of the Cloud Alpha is that the wireless USB adapter and detachable microphone can be misplaced, and this is an even bigger problem as there is NO Bluetooth or wired backup option. If you break or lose the Cloud Alpha’s USB-A adapter due to some misfortune, you’ll have an expensive paperweight.
Aside from that, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is not only one of the best wireless gaming headsets, but also outshines its wired competition, and definitely ranks among the best PC gaming headsets ever.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Price and Availability
- How much is it? $199 (about £179 / AU$280)
- When will it be available? now available
- Where can you get it? Available in US, UK and Australia
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless headset appears to be priced higher than average when compared to comparable headsets; however, we’d argue that the Cloud Alpha has plenty of fantastic features to easily justify the price tag. Make sure to check its compatibility. The Cloud Alpha does not play well with certain devices, such as the XBox.
HyperX’s Ngenuity software for Windows is available for free from the Microsoft Store and the Ngenuity software extends the capabilities of the Cloud Alpha with DTS:X Spatial Audio Surround Sound functionality, EQ presets and microphone monitoring.
Mac users can use the Cloud Alpha Wireless, but they can’t download the Ngenuity software, which enables the DTS:X surround sound feature, missing out on some of the best features. However, the Cloud Alpha works seamlessly with the PS4 and PS5.
At this price it would be nice to have a backup wired or Bluetooth connectivity. There are competing headphones, such as the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless, that offer both wireless and Bluetooth connectivity for the same price as the Cloud Alpha. This is the main problem with the Cloud Alpha because if you lose the USB wireless adapter without Bluetooth capability as another option, the Cloud Alpha will not work.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Design
- Solid construction
- Incredibly comfortable
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless headset uses a sturdy aluminum frame, memory foam padding and breathable synthetic leather covering to provide great comfort for hours of playing the best PC games.
The entire headset (with mic plugged in) weighs about 335 grams, so just under a pound. The ear cushions fit snugly around the user’s ears, suppressing external or ambient noise, and the 50mm neodymium magnetic drivers have two audio chambers: one for mid and high frequencies and one for low frequencies. This results in incredible sound quality, so you can hear every audio nuance from your favorite games and movies.
The adjustable microphone is very well placed on the Cloud Alpha. The microphone is adjustable and stays in place when adjusting, and the microphone is also detachable. All onboard controls are easily accessible, even while gaming. On the left earcup you will find the detachable microphone, power button, microphone mute/monitoring button, status LED and USB-C charging port. The microphone has a modest LED indicator that glows red when the microphone is muted. On the right earcup you will find the volume wheel.
The USB-A adapter is quite large for USB receivers. It’s entirely possible to accidentally break it if you forget it’s there. The disadvantage is that this receiver has a range of 20 meters. In our tests, however, we achieved even better performance, with an actual wireless range of 30 meters or 100 feet (more on that below).
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Performance
- Incredible reach
- Fantastic sound quality
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless headset produces some of the clearest audio we’ve heard from a headset. Games, movies and music all sound great through the Cloud Alpha, and it sounds so good and feels so comfortable you may never want to take it off again.
The Cloud Alpha has a frequency response from 15 Hz to 21 kHz (which is dog whistle range), and after testing the frequency response, we can confidently say that all sound frequencies in the human hearing spectrum are projected very clearly. The Cloud Alpha’s upper limit on volume level isn’t the loudest we’ve heard from a wireless headset, but it’s still loud enough for any application and helps protect your hearing.
The Cloud Alpha’s microphone is also great. In our testing, the Cloud Alpha seemed to have no trouble relaying a perfectly audible signal to video conference participants or to teammates during Counter Strike sessions. We even tried recording in Audacity using the Cloud Alpha’s microphone and the microphone seemed to pick up the user’s voice very clearly with no noticeable attenuation.
The bi-directional microphone receives the user’s voice very well, although we are a little surprised using a bi-directional microphone on a headset where a cardioid polar pattern would have made more sense. Nevertheless, the Cloud Alpha uses effective noise reduction technology to convey the user’s voice very clearly thanks to its frequency response from 50 Hz to 7.2 kHz, so that speech recording is very clear despite a lot of background noise.
The range of the wireless adapter is also striking. HyperX has a range of 20 meters (about 65 feet) before you lose the wireless connection, but in our testing we were able to walk outside and still get a clear reception (even through walls) for about 30 meters (about 100 feet) until we experience a breakdown.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Battery Life
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless headset has the absolute best battery life in its class among its competitors. HyperX claims that the Cloud Alpha Wireless is capable of approximately 300 hours of battery life on a single charge, with a 0% full charge taking just under five hours. In our experience, this claim certainly holds up.
Constant audio abuse from Lorna Shore’s music to gaming with Elden Ring should have reduced the load from 100% to 90% within a single hour of gaming session, but we were shocked that after almost four hours of play we were still at 100% charge the headset. We’ve been testing this headset on a single charge for weeks and it hasn’t dropped to 50% yet. It’s going to be hard to top this battery life with a headset.
Should I buy a HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless?
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HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: Report Card
|Where the||The Cloud Alpha Wireless isn’t cheap, but it’s not out of step with its class. However, the lack of alternative connectivity means that disconnecting the wireless USB adapter that pairs the headset with is a very expensive mistake.||4 / 5|
|Design||From the build quality to the easily accessible controls, the Cloud Alpha Wireless is an exceptionally designed headset.||5 / 5|
|Functions||The NGenuity software download unlocks an all-new feature set for the Cloud Alpha Wireless, including incredible virtual surround sound capabilities.||5 / 5|
|Performance||From the incredible sound quality to the crystal-clear microphone to the absolutely supernatural battery life, the Cloud Alpha’s performance is best in class.||5 / 5|
- First reviewed in August 2022
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