I am of the belief that it is hard to find a good quality headset out there that is still affordable, and worth every penny you’ve spent. The HyperX Cloud Revolver gaming headset is now shipping this week and it certainly comes close. This is a serious piece of tech, with careful thought put into its design and functionality. Before diving in to a review of the HyperX Cloud Revolver, I’d like to mention what a wonderful group of people comprises the team behind this amazing technology. I’ve met a few of them at gaming conventions, PAX South and PAX East 2016, specifically, and I have corresponded with other HyperX personnel via email, and they’ve been nothing but kind and helpful every step of the way.
Background and Concept
HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology encompassing high-speed DDR4 and DDR3 memory, SSDs, USB Flash drives, headsets and mouse pads. HyperX is known throughout the world for quality, performance and innovation, geared towards gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts. The HyperX Cloud Revolver is the team’s baby, as it is their first headset to be developed fully in-house by the company (their Cloud II, for example, started as a headset licensed from Qpad). The Cloud Revolver is similar to the HyperX Cloud II headset, but with some extra features and a slight change in design & engineering.
HyperX Cloud Revolver Features:
- A studio grade sound stage with 50mm directional drivers that deliver wider depth and sound for improved audio precision in first-person shooter and open environment games
- Signature memory foam and premium leatherette ear cups and headband
- Durable steel frame
- Detachable noise cancellation electret condenser microphone
- Audio control box with 3.5mm stereo output
HyperX Cloud Revolver Pros and Cons
The Goods – You’re not going to get a sound like this in many, if any, other headsets out there (especially at the $120 price point). These headsets boast 7.1 surround sound and noise cancellation. I heard games that I’m very familiar with like I’ve never heard them before. And coming from a musician and voice actor perspective in life, I’ve always been very into audio. While my love of audio may make my ears tune in specifically to how my games sound, the HyperX Cloud Revolver makes it obvious to anyone who wears it within mere seconds. Footsteps behind or in front of you, siren alarms in the distance, bullets whizzing past your ear all sound tremendous and it really puts you into the game environment you’re playing in. And when that bullet whizzes right by your ear, you will hear it travel past you as if it were real life. In-game explosions booming on either side are very punchy (in the best possible way) and certainly feel more real than your average headphones would make them sound. The detachable mic and ear cups are a nice touch; I do not know if I’d ever need to take off the ear cups, but if I do, it’ll be a breeze, thanks to HyperX.
The Bads – I’ve been quite aware of the selling point that this headset can be worn for hours without feeling inconvenient; it is something that the HyperX team told me at both PAX conventions and this feature is conveyed through their website rhetoric. Sadly, I am unable to tolerate it for any longer than one hour at a time. The ear cups begin to feel heavy on me, and the memory foam band, while great and comfortable initially, does start to feel like it’s pressing on my head a bit. It’s certainly important to keep in mind that everyone has their own preferences and their own perspectives; DKC Gaming writer, Steph, will be writing her review on this very same headset and she has told me how she can wear it comfortably for long gaming sessions. I still believe the HyperX Cloud Revolver headset is more comfortable than many currently on the market.
Unfortunately, I also do not believe the mic has good recording quality. For team communication and for casual calls with friends, it is absolutely fine, but I would not want to use this mic for recording my YouTube gaming commentaries. It is mostly the presence of hiss and fuzz that prevents this mic from sounding very professional. This opinion comes from a stickler, when speaking of quality vocal recording, so the layperson may not be as concerned.
7 out of 10!
The HyperX Cloud Revolver gaming headset needs to be part of your gaming gear set up if you really want to hear amazing surround-sound audio quality. The bass, the mids, and the higher frequencies are all crystal clear, sharp, and a symphony of beauty when wearing the Cloud Revolver. It definitely transformed my game audio in such a positive way. If you like a decent amount of padding all around your head, and don’t mind a headset on the heavier side, then this headset will be a welcome addition in your home.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver is available at Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg. It has multi-platform connectivity and is backed by a two-year warranty. A sample headset was provided for the purpose of this review.