Gaming headsets aren’t generally known for being adventurous when it comes to colour. Black, white and very occasionally maybe a splash of red. The HyperX Cloud II wireless gaming headset is white, sure, but it’s the pink highlights that make it something visually special.
It isn’t often that we see the words “back by popular demand” in relation to headsets, but that’s the situation here. The wired version of the Cloud II has been a top choice for those after a top-performing gaming headset at a reasonable price for a while now, and this release sees the much-requested return of the pink and white colour scheme.
Remove the Cloud II from its packaging, and those striking colours look even more fun in the flesh. From the stitching on the headband to the HyperX logos on each earcup and the metallic connectors between headband and earcups, if you’re not into pink then you need not apply – but we daresay you also wouldn’t be reading this!
Taking it in hand, the first thought is that this headset oozes premium – it has weight enough to feel sturdy, without so much heft as to be a potential drag in extended play sessions. Pushing and pulling the various parts just reassures that this headset is built to survive your typical gaming rigours.
The easily-adjustable headband is constructed of aluminium and is covered in soft leatherette. This premium-feel material also covers the memory foam ear cups, which remain as super-comfortable as ever – both for glasses wearers and those without need of prescriptive help in the visual department.
Connection is refreshingly old school, via a 3.5mm plug when that’s the required way of hooking up on a console (PS5, PS4, Xbox, Switch…) or mobile, or via an included USB soundcard if you’re coupling with a PC or Mac. This latter piece of kit also brings extras to the table as far as sound is concerned, amplifying audio and delivering a very cool virtual 7.1 channels.
A feature that we reckon is a must on a gaming headset is a removable mic. You don’t always want to be in chat, and you may also wish to go mobile without looking like you’re auditioning for a job on a helpdesk. The Cloud II features a reassuringly sturdy, flexible boom microphone – complete with cute little grey pop sock – that can be unplugged and put away when not required. When in use, we found it delivered clear voice to those with whom we were playing, helped by its noise cancelling tech.
“A feature that we reckon is a must on a gaming headset is a removable mic.”
You can have all the comfort and convenience in the world, but naturally a gaming headset ultimately stands on how good it sounds. We remain impressed with the pleasingly familiar Cloud II sound, with all the games that we tried out sounding clean and suitably punchy. Heading out to listen to some tunes? Music, too, passes the test ably, with decent bass that’s never overwhelming to the ears.
The HyperX Cloud II really is a classic in the gaming headset space, and has attained that status for good reason. If you’re tired of drab headgear and wish to colour your gaming world then this cheerfully bright take on a proven winner is well worth checking out.
The HyperX Cloud II wired gaming headset in pink is available now.