HyperX Cloud Alpha S
23rd September, 2019
Up to now 12 months and two months, I’ve reviewed two headsets by HyperX. The primary was the Cloud Revolver, reviewed in November 2018. The Cloud revolver obtained eight/10 from me, with sturdy reward for its construct high quality, comfortability and common worth for cash amongst different issues. The second headset I reviewed in September 2019 which was the Cloud Stinger Wi-fi, which I gave eight.5/10 based mostly on consolation, design and affordability amongst different issues. Reviewing the HyperX Cloud Alpha S, I got here into this anticipating extra of the identical: high quality, consolation and value.
The straightforward query then is how has HyperX fared in assembly the requirements they’ve set earlier than and naturally have they met different requirements of audio high quality, in addition to together with different options which might be anticipated with a headset, significantly one which will probably be used for gaming? Let’s discover out.
One factor I’ve practically at all times needed to reward HyperX for is the design and construct of their headsets. Regardless of the decrease value of their headsets in comparison with ‘premium’ manufacturers like Sennheiser, they’ve practically at all times been each sturdy and comfy. From time to time there are slight points, although none which have ever been deal breakers. The HyperX Cloud Alpha S, being the brand new and improved model of the Cloud Alpha, actually has some sturdy upsides although is not with out some slight points.
When it comes to construct and appears, this seems to be and feels virtually similar to its predecessor. There’s been a change in color design from purple to blue on the metallic band that connects the cups. The cups and bands are lined within the normal leatherette that former HyperX headsets have used, although with one attention-grabbing addition – a spare set of ear cup cushions with a material cowl, way more appropriate for these of you who could discover leatherette cushions uncomfortable over lengthy classes on account of warmth & sweat.
As for consolation, each the headscarf and ear cups each have a fairly thick reminiscence foam filling. Adjustment of the ear cups is, as at all times, easy. A pleasant function, nonetheless, is the truth that there are grooves on the within of the band, letting me and different considerably obsessive individuals ensure that each side have been adjusted to the identical size. On the cups, there is a fairly redundant function within the bass sliders, one thing that I can not actually say has a perceptibly giant influence on no matter you are listening to. It provides somewhat oomph, however not that a lot.
What the HyperX Cloud Alpha S does have is the USB-powered digital 7.1 encompass sound card. This comes with an inbuilt controller, enabling you to extend and reduce quantity with two different buttons being designed to quickly alter the steadiness between sport quantity and that of chat purposes like Discord or Teamspeak. On the aspect, there’s the flexibility to mute the removable microphone. Lastly, there’s the button within the center to show or, or off, the digital 7.1 encompass sound. How a lot mileage you will get out of that is actually right down to what you are utilizing it for.
All of that is hardware-based, with HyperX having not expanded it is (slightly shoddy for the time being) NGenuity software program to their headset vary. Granted, that is just because the software program is just designed to manage the LED’s on different , comparable to mice and keyboards. The dearth of software program is a limiting issue, significantly in the case of the options (bass slider & 7.1 encompass sound) which might be included within the headset. There is no actual middle-ground, no fine-tuning, which is a disgrace.
Why is it a disgrace? Nicely, the audio high quality of the HyperX Cloud Alpha S is nearly as good as you possibly can have hoped for. The headset has the standard to essentially deal with no matter you throw at it, improved by the dual-chamber design the place one tackles the bass the place the opposite offers with mids and highs, serving to to deal with any problems with readability or distortion. All of it makes for a usually good sounding and good high quality headset. So the place’s the disgrace once more?
So, the bass slider has such a negligible influence. On events, you might be able to discover one thing. Nonetheless, when attempting out my go-to strategies (enjoying Hysteria by Muse) I can not actually say I seen a distinction in my private check of “does this sound higher if I do that?”. With the 7.1 digital encompass sound, it actually accentuates smaller parts. I can higher hear the footsteps of individuals as I sneak round in Kingdom Come: Deliverance or the cries of further-away troopers in Complete Battle: Three Kingdoms.
On the identical time, some parts nearer begin to sound somewhat too loud and misplaced no matter it was that distinguished them from one another. Virtually all the pieces reverberates. Certain, you may hear extra, however the distinguishing options are virtually at all times misplaced and you may surrender any semblance of hope in listening to any directional particulars. The common none 7.1 digital encompass sound settings are significantly higher, it is a night time and day state of affairs. The issue is that if 7.1 Encompass Sound is the factor that will promote you on this headset, it is best to look elsewhere.
On different audio high quality, the microphone, you will discover that the dearth of software program does barely inhibit your choices with the headset, nevertheless it’s not precisely needed. The microphone, removable and versatile, sounds nice out of the field. It amplifies the voice properly and retains out a good quantity of background noise. Merely put, I’ve but to discover a state of affairs the place the voice is not simply heard by these listening on the opposite aspect, that or once you’re singing Barbie Lady to your PC’s voice recorder app in preparation for the subsequent Britain’s Received Expertise.
So what’s the actual query in the case of the HyperX Cloud Alpha S? That is easy: Is it value the fee? The reply to that’s each a sure and a no. In case your selection is between shopping for the HyperX Cloud Alpha S or not having a headset in any respect, then sure, that is value it. Nonetheless, slightly than spend £120/$130 on this, you possibly can merely purchase the unique Cloud Alpha for £90/$100. The design is nearly similar, that is considerably extra comfy, however the further £30/$30 is simply too steep of a value for further consolation, an ineffectual-at-best bass slider and an actively sound-damaging digital 7.1 encompass sound.
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The Cloud Alpha S is, as with all HyperX headsets, a really properly made, nice sounding and – on this case – a considerably cheap value. Priced £30/$30 larger than the Cloud Alpha, this value is because of further options which embody a bass slide and in addition USB-powered digital 7.1 encompass sound. Nonetheless, neither of those new options stand out, one being ineffectual at finest with the opposite inflicting the headset to sound worse than the already wonderful high quality. What ought to be remembered is that the headset has incredible sound high quality and it is extraordinarily sturdy and comfy, which means that regardless of the problems it is nonetheless a terrific headset – you would be higher served shopping for the Cloud Alpha at £30/$30 much less.
Design & Aestheticseight.5
- Extraordinarily comfy design, nice for lengthy classes
- Looks like a premium headset due to excessive construct high quality
- Very helpful removable clip-on audio controller with an extended cable size
- Implausible default sound high quality
- The bass slider looks like an pointless gimmick
- Digital 7.1 encompass sound makes virtually all the pieces sound worse, making it a pointless function at finest
- No software program, solely , limiting your choices