Hyper CloudX vs HyperX Cloud II: Which gaming headset should you buy?
We're a group of experienced, seasoned game players that have tested a large range of different gaming headsets. We know what we're talking about when it comes to quality.
The HyperX CloudX is a great headset with high-quality sound, features, and design, but it lacks some of the bells-and-whistles that the HyperX Cloud II has to offer.
- Great sound
- Comfortable earcups
- Durable aluminum frame
- Slightly lower price
- Less sound options
The HyperX Cloud II is a fantastic headset that offers everything the CloudX does, as well as some extra bonus features. You'll have to pay a little more for it, though.
- Has everything the HyperX CloudX does
- More sound options
- Slightly more expensive
- Most advantages are PC-exclusive
Both of these headsets are nearly identical and will satisfy any player, but the HyperX CloudX is more on the affordable side while the HyperX Cloud II has a slight advantage in terms of features and accessibility. Here are the full details.
Hyper CloudX vs HyperX Cloud II: Price vs features
For the most part, the HyperX CloudX and the HyperX Cloud II have identical specifications, as they both share the same speakers, frequency range, and connection method. They also share the same well-made aluminum frame, memory foam earcups, and leather headband. However, there are some key things that make the Cloud II a more advanced piece of kit.
|Speaker||53mm neodymium||53mm neodymium|
|Frequency response||15Hz – 25kHz||15Hz – 25kHz|
|Compatibility||PS4, Xbox One, PC, mobile||PS4, Xbox One, PC, mobile|
|Features||Detachable microphone, in-line audio controls||Detachable microphone, in-line audio controls, microphone echo cancellation, 7.1 surround sound|
Arguably the best thing about the Cloud II is that it has a 7.1 surround sound option that can be toggled on or off at your leisure using the included USB control box. This only works for PC players, but it's a very nice feature that makes the in-game environment sound much more expansive and immersive. All you have to do is plug the headset's 3.5mm jack into one end of the box, and then plug the box's USB cable into your PC and you're good to go. In addition to the sound improvement, this also means you won't need a Y-Splitter adapter to use the Cloud II with your PC — something that the CloudX headset requires. Also, the Cloud II's microphone has echo cancellation, whereas the CloudX's does not.
Aside from these two things, though, the two headsets are identical in every way. It's worth mentioning that both the CloudX and the Cloud II will require a stereo adapter to use with Xbox One if you own an older controller that doesn't have a 3.5mm port. The newer third-generation controllers do, so you don't need to worry about an adapter if you own that version.
Hyper CloudX vs HyperX Cloud II: Which should you buy?
Ultimately, I think the deciding factor on what to buy comes down to which platform you're using. PC players should opt for the HyperX Cloud II, since it offers a cool 7.1 surround sound option. However, Xbox One and PS4 users will want to go for the HyperX CloudX, as there's no real sense in paying more for a sound feature you'll never use. The Cloud II does have echo cancellation for its microphone, but I don't think that's worth an extra $10 personally.
Fantastic value for console gamers
Though it isn't super accessible for PC players, the HyperX CloudX is still a great headset that any gamer will be satisfied with.
Best overall quality
Features for PC players
The HyperX Cloud II offers everything the CloudX does and more, including echo cancellation and a quality 7.1 surround sound feature for PC players. It's a little pricier, but only slightly.
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