Kingston HyperX are a brand known to PC enthusiasts and gamers alike for some time now. Over the past 4 years they have grown by leaps and bounds in the gaming peripherals department, not least of which with their wired headsets. From the Cloud II to the Cloud Revolver S they have a proven track record of delivering high quality wired sound, with incredible comfort and style. The Cloud Flight is their first foray into the world of wireless headsets, and it’s fantastic to see that the quality and comfort we’ve come to expect has transitioned flawlessly.
World class comfort, exceptionally long battery life, impeccable wireless range and a rich wide soundstage, the Cloud Flight delivers in spades, albeit in a relatively understated external appearance.
Whilst weighing in at the top of the HyperX headset range in terms of price, the basic design could fool you into mistaking the Cloud Flight as a remarkably overpriced price entry level headset. This couldn’t be farther from the truth with HyperX clearly focusing on performance and function rather than garish over accentuated cups or superfluous metal frames. With it’s sleek, minimalist design the headset is extraordinarily light to the point where I almost felt like it was too “plastic’y”. That said after some fairly rigorous handling it’s clear the Cloud Flights are surprisingly hardy for their weight (295g) with a good amount of flex allowed. Once on, the light weight meant you very quickly forget you even have them on….at least in comparison to my current go to Razer ManO’War weighing in at a rather hefty 335g, which may not sound like a lot, but trust me, it’s noticeable.
The cups sport the distinguishable HyperX logo illuminated with red lighting. By default these are set to solid red, however with the tap of the power button on the left ear cup you can alternate between solid, breathing and off. I’m going to assume that unless you are at a LAN or tournament, you’re going to do the right thing and turn these off…..because I said so. And yes, before you ask, it is ONLY red LED’s. If you absolutely must have RGB lighting on your headset, for some strange reason, then your best bet is to take a look at Razer ManO’War and SteelSeries Arctis 5 which offer more robust RGB customization.
Besides the power button, the left ear cup holds the bulk of your controls and inputs including USB charging port, 3.5mm wired audio port and removable mic input. Also, the left cup itself acts as a mic mute button, something I found exceptionally handy in those occasional moments where expletives are required but not fit for public consumption. Over on the right cup you’ll find your volume slider. Nice and simple.
Overall I found it very difficult to fault the Cloud Flights with its robust, balanced and detailed sound quality. From excellent positional audio in PUBG, to the expansive explosions and gunfire in Battlefield 1, the Cloud Flights handled each style of game with ease. Even Resident Evil 7’s eerily complex ambient soundtrack and environmental noises were no match for the Cloud Flights, delivering small environmental details as clearly as gunshots and explosions, making it easy to get lost in any game you throw at it.
Music and movies provided clear and even performances with as much punch and detail as you could want, although it has to be said I tend to listen to music and watch movies on dedicated speakers more often than not. Even so, music fans and movie buffs won’t be disappointed with these at all. Once again the light weight of the Cloud Flights mean even the longest of movies won’t be an issue comfort wise……on that note, I’m off to watch the extended LotR trilogy again….brb.
The Cloud Flights also provide some of the best noise cancelling I’ve come across on a headset….ever. This allows you to have an incredibly immersive experience, however you do need to be aware that the noise cancellation is so good, you’re likely to be unaware of any other noise around you.
Setup, Compatibility and Microphone
The Cloud Flight’s removable microphone is serviceable without blowing any minds. As with most headset mics it will get the job done with basic communication in game and during the occasional live stream. If you’re looking at producing more professional content or regular broadcasts a dedicated microphone is still going to be your best bet. That said, in comparison to the Razer ManO’War or Tiamat it does provide a cleaner, clearer sound but lacks a little bit in the volume department.
The Flight’s wireless USB dongle worked instantly and flawlessly with both my PS4 and PC, and held a wireless signal whether I was a few feet away on my couch or walking roughly 10-15 metres away, in my house. The headset also includes a 3.5-mm analog cable for use with Xbox One S, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, though you won’t be able to use the microphone or LED lighting in analog mode.
For those wanting to fiddle with EQ settings, bass and all other manner of audiophile sophistication, you’ll be out of luck. The plug and play wireless dongle is as complicated as it gets. For some the lack of adjustment and sound manipulation will be a significant shortfall, for me though it’s a welcome level of simplicity considering the audio quality is already extremely well balanced.
The Cloud Flight boasts 30 hours of battery life with the LED lights off, 18 hours in breathing LED mode and 13 hours with the lights constantly on. From my time spent with them, these quotas are easily met if not surpassed, particularly with LED mode off. So far I’m a week in and haven’t been given the low batter warning alert tone! (Yes, there is no way to tell how far through your battery you are, besides the persistent beep…beeep…beeep once you hit 10% battery life left)
The HyperX Cloud Flight is a fantastic, no-frills wireless headset, delivering great sound, a serviceable mic and long battery life, with one of the lightest and most comfortable designs I’ve had the privilege of using. That said, if you have a specific style and need loads of features, you might want to consider some alternatives before you fork out the $229 for the Cloud Flights.
There are a number of alternatives on the market within the Cloud Flights price range so your choice will depend on the need for significant audio customisation, virtual 7.1 or something to slake your RBG lust. Still, if you’re seeking a simple, plug-and-play wireless headset for your PS4 and PC, the Cloud Flight is one of the smoothest and most comfortable listening experiences you can buy….we give it 4.5 beards out of 5!!
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