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Phenomenal battery life, great sound

The prospect of only recharging your earphones once every two weeks seems unlikely. Yet here we are, with HyperX’s Cloud Alpha Wireless Gaming Headset and its mammoth 300-hour battery life. And the best piece? HyperX is not exaggerating at all.

Features
  • Mark: HyperX
  • Battery life: 300 hours
  • Material: Metal, plastic
  • Bluetooth: Nope
  • Noise Cancellation: Nope
  • Microphones: Detachable boom microphone
  • Lester: 337g/11.88oz
  • Colors: Black and red
  • Audio codecs: 2.4GHz wireless audio
Advantages
  • Exceptional battery life of 300 hours
  • Comfortable for long periods
  • Good balanced sound
  • Works well with music, games, movies
The inconvenients
  • Ngenuity software could be better
  • No wired option at all

HyperX’s Cloud Alpha gaming headset is an extremely popular option for gamers everywhere, combining a sleek design with solid build quality, while delivering good overall sound quality that doesn’t push or pull its EQ. too far in any direction. Cloud Alpha is a mainstay and HyperX is a name associated with gaming wherever you go.

HyperX’s latest version of this venerable gaming headset introduces a 300-hour battery, which means you can use the HyperX Cloud Alpha for 12 days of gaming. Cloud Alpha Wireless best in class wireless gaming headsets.


HyperX Cloud Alpha wireless style and comfort

You can notice the Cloud Alpha Wireless being a HyperX gaming headset almost immediately. No, it’s not the HyperX logo on the exterior of the ear cup; the Cloud Alpha Wireless has roughly the same form factor as most HyperX gaming headsets of the past decade.

Now that’s with knowledge of HyperX’s line of headsets, but these gaming boxes iterate around an almost standardized design pattern: lots of black, slight bits of red.

It’s almost exactly the same style as its wired companion, the largely metal frame accented with soft memory foam and leatherette for comfort. The Cloud Alpha Wireless weighs 337g (11.88oz), which is perfectly average for a gaming headset, especially one you might wear for 300 hours at a time. The ear cushions are soft and cover most of my ear, helping to provide passive noise cancellation (there’s no active noise cancellation, mind you), and right out of the box, it there is little additional pressure.


You’ll find the standard range of controls on the bottom of the ear cups: the detachable microphone input, a volume wheel (which has a nice resistance), the USB Type-C charging port, the mute button and the power button. It’s all standard fare, but everything works well and as it should.

HyperX Cloud Alpha wireless connectivity and (incredible!) battery life

Let’s get stuck into the main attraction: the HyperX Cloud Alpha’s incredible 300-hour battery life. On review, these headphones were used every day for hours and actually exceeded the stated battery life of 300 hours which is phenomenal, translating to over 12 days of playtime.

Additionally, despite excellent battery capacity, the Cloud Alpha Wireless only takes about two hours to fully charge from empty. There is no specific quick charge function, but when you can fully charge in a few hours and the expected battery life is 300 hours, entering even just ten or fifteen minutes will give you many hours of play. .

If your goal is to maximize your gaming time, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is the gaming headset for you. Even if you don’t ring with the rest of the Cloud Alpha Wireless features, the 300-hour battery life alone sets this gaming headset well above the competition.

Although these are wireless gaming headphones, they do not use Bluetooth. Instead, the Cloud Alpha Wireless uses 2.4 GHz wireless via a USB Type-A dongle. The 2.4 GHz wireless connection offers at least two major advantages: better range and greater connection stability. In this case, both are true, with the HyperX Cloud Alpha line of wireless headphones surpassing what you’ll find with Bluetooth 5.2 or 5.3.

Of course, the difference that makes your gaming experience depends on your gaming setup, but I certainly enjoyed walking from my desk to the kitchen to make tea without having to remove my headphones.


The other thing to note about connectivity is that the Cloud Alpha Wireless is just that: wireless. They don’t offer any wired connection option, either USB Type-C or 3.5mm jack.

HyperX Cloud Alpha wireless sound quality, in-game performance and DTS:X

The Cloud Alpha Wireless is really a gaming headset, it says on the site!

But, HyperX has resisted making massive changes to the headset EQ, and while there’s a definite boost in the low end, it’s certainly not heaps either. As more and more gaming headset manufacturers take notice and realize that most people use their gaming headsets for music, movies, etc., it’s still great to see.

On this count, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless sounds really good. Slightly boosted bass gives the 50mm neodymium drivers a punchy sound when you throw in jungle or techno, and the low-end sounds relatively accurate throughout. You’ll also find that the Cloud Alpha Wireless performs well when going for complex arrangements, although this does depend somewhat on the type of music you’re listening to. Steve Reich’s music for 18 musicians is delivered with reasonable clarity, with some transitions getting slightly muddy in the midrange, but something like Aphex Twin’s Windowlicker hits home, delivering those hisses, glitches and gurgles as they go. must.


It is music; but how does the Cloud Alpha Wireless headset sound when you’re gaming?

Again, as HyperX has gone with a balanced sound profile, that’s what you tend to get in gaming. Depending on what you’re playing, you’ll experience different things. For example, the soaring and sometimes brutal soundtrack of Doom 2016 and Doom Eternal sounds amazing, layered over the sounds of your Heavy Assault Rifle or Super Shotgun. In racing games like Assetto Corsa Competizione, you’ll hear the full low-end rumble of each car’s unique engine properties, which the Cloud Alpha Wireless’ slight bass boost also adds a bit more tone.

The sound quality in the game is therefore good. The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless also supports DTS:X, surround sound technology you can use to create a more immersive gaming audio experience. In theory, enabling DTS:X should allow you to hear where footsteps are coming from or where a gun has been fired, and, for the most part, it works. Don’t expect this to be the definitive difference between winning a round of your favorite FPS and being wiped out in the final moments.


HyperX Ngenuity Desktop App

You can use the HyperX Ngenuity desktop app to control the headset EQ. Advice to the wise: use the Microsoft Store application. Otherwise, it will not work properly. Unfortunately, the standalone download offered as an alternative to the Microsoft Store version is (at the time of review) for a June 2021 beta that does not recognize the Alpha Wireless Cloud. I never use Microsoft Store apps, so it’s a small irritation, but nothing to worry about.

Once downloaded, you can use Ngenuity to see your Cloud Alpha Wireless battery life, assign custom and preset equalizers to the headphones, toggle DTS:X Spatial Sound, and change the speed at which the headphones turn off for a period of inactivity.

When it comes to companion and desktop apps, Ngenuity is doing fine. It won’t blow you away with its features, but it connects quickly and delivers the feedback you want, and having the ability to customize your EQ is always welcome when it comes to gaming headsets, even if they’re relatively well balanced like the wireless Cloud Alpha.

My favorite part of the Ngenuity app was the battery life monitor. Only 20% battery left? No problem, it’s still 50 hours of reading.

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless has amazing battery life, and you should buy these

So, should you buy the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless gaming headset? Let’s look at the facts.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless currently retails for $199, which means it’s not the cheapest gaming box set you’ll lay your eyes and ears on.

However, for that expense, you get a set of gaming headphones with 300 hours of battery life, which blows everything else out of the water. The Cloud Alpha Wireless also sounds great whether gaming or listening to music, and it’s also comfortable to wear for hours at a time. The microphone is a bit underpowered, but that’s pretty typical of gaming headsets with detachable (or even built-in) microphones, so that’s neither here nor there.

All in all, if you can afford the expense, you’ll be getting a really cracking gaming headset in your hands that should last you for years.