If you have used any HyperX headsets in the past, you’ll notice that the Cloud Alpha’s design closely resembles other models in the HyperX Cloud line of headsets, including its immediate predecessors Cloud and Cloud II. Overall, Cloud Alpha is a well-built headset that boasts of excellent sound, great comfort, and a dual-chamber speaker that brings its sound reproduction to a whole new level.
Cloud Alpha is compatible with a range of 3.5mm-port platforms including PCs, PS4, PS4 PRO, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox One S, VR, and other mobile devices.
- 4-feet 3.5mm cable
- Additional 3-feet extension cable
- HyperX dual chamber speaker drivers
- Detachable noise-canceling microphone
- Lightweight aluminum construction
- Plush, comfortable headband and ear cups
- Adjustable headband to offer a great fit
- Clear, well-balanced, great-sounding audio with a pronounced bass
- Detachable mic and cable
- Well-built and durable
- An uncomplicated operation, plug and play
- Stereo only; could have been even better with surround sound
- Much as the mic is rated noise-canceling, it does pick up some noise
- Highs get a little muddled on the extreme end
- Fewer accessories, for instance, extra ear pads which are present in the previous models
Cloud Alpha gaming headset picks up the design of the Cloud and Cloud II models that came before it but with some improvements to deliver an even better listening experience.
It features a wider aluminum headband with slightly thicker foam padding under the cushy leatherette material for both the ear cups and the headband. This makes it more comfortable and lightweight at 336g but may feel a little hot after long hours of use as leatherette is not exactly breathable.
The slotted arc design at both ends of the band where it joins the earcups with unique aluminum forks gives the Cloud Alpha a more unique and stylish look. More than that, the metal forks joints are strong and quite durable, a feature that makes this headset one of the most durable headsets.
The heavy padding on the ear cups has another important role to play. They create great noise isolation and deliver a great wobble-free fit on your head. The headband is adjustable, so there will be no fitting concerns.
These headphones may feel a little bulky for those who need outdoor sets, but perfectly okay for gamers indoors. Moreover, with the detachable cables and mic, be sure that your headset will last longer. You will only have to replace the cable or microphone in case they get damaged which frankly, was a well-conceived design feature by HyperX.
A removable mic for a headset is a welcome feature as you can remove it to use your headset for other functions like music streaming or single-player gaming.
Apart from the physical features, HyperX Cloud Alpha’s microphone is a great performer with a frequency response range of 50 - 18,000Hz. This mic does deliver clear voice sounds even though it tends to pick very little background noise. However, this is certainly not a deal-breaker as its performance is way better than others in its league.
Cloud Alpha is analog, only connecting to the console or other devices through the provided 4-feet 3.5mm braided cable. This cable, unlike in the Cloud and Cloud II, is detachable which is another advantage it offers. You have the option of easy storage and easy replacement, in case the cable breaks.
Also included in its package is a 3-feet extension cable which comes in handy if your console or desktop is a little further than the 4-feet cable distance.
While the HyperX Cloud Alpha offers only stereo sound, the 50mm dual-chamber driver technology enhances it, bringing out the detail you would love to hear through your sessions. Together with a decent 13 - 27,000Hz response range, you’ll hear a grenade’s punchy blast while still picking out the finer details of clanking metal and smashed glass pieces dropping on the floor without missing out on the sound of the instrumentals in the background.
The dual-chamber technology works by producing the bass, mids, and highs in their dedicated chambers to deliver better clarity with little distortion. This commonly happens on the extremes of the highs and lows of ordinary headsets. From the punchy bass through the rich mids to the crisp highs, the response is well balanced and the sound amazingly comfortable to the ears.
Another big plus for Cloud Alpha is the fact that this headset is good to go right out of the box, with no set-up, software installation, custom profiles, or modes to activate. Simply plug and play.
Cloud Alpha is designed with inline controls in the 4-feet cable. These are placed on the remote and include a microphone mute button and volume management wheel. Agreeably, this headset is one of the most uncomplicated in terms of controls.
While it doesn’t have much going for it in terms of extras, this headset produces impressive sound with very little distortion. Again, the sound is not lacking in finer details both on the low and high ends, thanks to the HyperX very own dual-chamber drivers.
The Cloud Alpha gaming headset is lighter, more comfortable, and durable with thoughtful adjustability features like the detachable mic and cabling which make it functionally versatile. It can be used for other functions apart from gaming. However, the thick padding on the earcups may feel a little tight and the headset itself a little bulky, particularly for outdoor use.