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HyperX new gaming headset takes flight

The HyperX gaming headset has ear cups that are equipped with memory foam and are 90-degrees rotatable, making it easy to store.
The HyperX gaming headset has ear cups that are equipped with memory foam and are 90-degrees rotatable, making it easy to store.

The Cloud Flight is the first wireless gaming headset from HyperX, the gaming arm of PC system memory maker Kingston.

Design wise, the headset looks like the budget Cloud Stinger that we previously reviewed.

Given that it is three times more expensive than the Cloud Stinger, I was expecting something more luxurious. But the Cloud Flight is made almost entirely of plastic, apart from the adjustable steel sliders that connect the headband to the ear cups.

The ear cups are equipped with memory foam and are 90-degrees rotatable, which makes it easy to fold the headset for storage. However, it will still take up a sizeable volume in your bag like most headphones do.

At the rear of the left ear cup is a power button. At the ear cup's bottom is the microphone and micro-USB charging ports, as well as a 3.5mm audio jack for connecting to mobile devices. On the right ear cup's bottom is a handy volume dial.

Included in the box is a detachable microphone, 3.5mm audio cable and 2.4GHz wireless USB dongle.

The ear cups' rubberised exterior bears the HyperX logo, which can be illuminated only in red. Double tap the power button to toggle through the three illumination modes - On, Off and Breathing.

You can also tap the exterior of the left ear cup to mute or unmute the microphone.

  • TECH SPECS

    PRICE: $240

    CONNECTIVITY: 2.4GHz, 3.5mm jack

    WEIGHT: 315g (with microphone)

  • RATING

    FEATURES: 3/5

    DESIGN: 3/5

    PERFORMANCE: 4/5

    BATTERY LIFE: 4/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 4/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

I find the Cloud Flight comfortable to wear. While the ear cups block out most outside noise, I find my ears getting warm after a while even in an air-conditioned room.

Setting it up is a cinch. Plug the USB dongle into your PC or PS4, power up the Cloud Flight and you are ready to go. I do not encounter any lag when using the headset wirelessly.

Whether it is used in wireless or wired modes, the Cloud Flight works flawlessly. Equipped with a 50mm neodymium magnet dynamic stereo driveron each side, the audio performance is superb.

And whether playing action role-playing games like Diablo III or first-person shooters such as OverWatch and Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 on my gaming PC, the Cloud Flight delivers clear dialogue and realistic bullet screeches.

There is no overbearing bass here. However, the bass may not be as "thumpy" as some gamers prefer.

Also, the microphone is rather insensitive. I have to position it close to my mouth to be heard by others.

Battery life is rated at 13 hours with the illuminated logo turned on and 30 hours when the logo is turned off. The battery level drops to 80 per cent after around three hours of gaming, so that sounds about right.

• Verdict: The HyperX Cloud Flight is an excellent no-frills, easy-to-use and reliable wireless gaming headset.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2018, with the headline 'HyperX new gaming headset takes flight'. Print Edition | Subscribe