HyperX Cloud Alpha
HyperX Cloud Alpha features
The HyperX Cloud Alpha is fittingly named, as it’s quite possibly the best gaming headset in HyperX’s already extensive lineup. This $99 set of cans takes everything that was great about the Cloud II and makes it better, sporting a sturdy and attractive aluminum design, a supremely cozy set of memory-foam ear cups, and a handful of subtle touches that make the headset more suitable for travel. While it has some minor quirks, the Cloud Alpha is easily one of the best sub-$100 headsets you can buy right now.
The Cloud Alpha is HyperX’s most premium-looking headset yet, taking the core design of the Cloud II and adding lots of attractive flourishes to it. I was immediately struck by the red, perforated aluminum forks that keep each ear cup in place, as well as by the brushed-metal material on the outer ear cups. This might be a sub-$100 headset, but it sure doesn’t look like one.
You can remove the Alpha’s microphone when you’re rocking out to music or playing single-player games, as well as pull out the 3.5mm cable for when you’re packing away the headset for travel. I only wish that the ear cups could be laid flat for easier storage as they can on the SteelSeries Arctis 5 and the Turtle Beach XO Three. Fortunately, the Alpha comes with a soft protective pouch, and after weeks of traveling with it, I haven’t noticed any wear and tear.
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- Sleek, premium design
- Soft and cushy ear cups
- Impressive audio quality
- Versatile cables
- Ear cups can feel snug
- Microphone picks up some noise