Does the HyperX Cloud Mix successfully master both the needs of a hardcore gamer with the needs of an everyday headset user?
HyperX has become one of the most well-known gaming and esports companies in the world. HyperX’s brand has a collection of products that cater to gamers but the company has decided to expand beyond strictly gaming. That is why they created the HyperX Cloud Mix headset.
The HyperX Cloud Mix combines the requirements gamers expect with the luxury of being able to unplug the headset to use it anywhere. But the question is did HyperX successfully create a product that can master both the needs of a gamer with that of everyday headset use?
|Easy to transition from wired connection to Bluetooth||Headset is not ideal for individuals with larger heads or who prefer loose fitting headphones.|
|No loss in audio quality when using Bluetooth function||Higher price point thanks to combination of niches – gaming headset and Bluetooth headset.|
|Headset includes built-in microphone for easy on the go use without boom mic.||Skipping issues when using the Bluetooth function with PC when watching streams or YouTube videos.|
|Quality gaming headset that doesn’t scream “gamer”||Unable to use boom mic when in Bluetooth mode.|
|Clear communication with boom mic both in-game and in Discord.||Charging cable for headset is very short and hard to configure with PC due to length.|
Changes have been made to the overall look of the HyperX Cloud Mix compared to other models from the company. The gamer aesthetic has been reeled in a little by simplifying the color palette and embossing the logo on the sides compared to stitching them.
There is extra padding in this model versus other HyperX headsets, which was likely done with comfort in mind. However, this can cause pinching and pressure for those with larger heads. While it was likely done with comfort in mind, sometimes a little goes a long way.
The ears themselves contain several features including an auxiliary port, play/pause button and a micro-USB port.
Though the HyperX Cloud Mix is solid in terms of practicality and features, it is not the most comfortable headset you will wear. This goes double for any prolonged gaming session or jog you might be wearing these for.
The sound quality on the HyperX Cloud Mix is quite good regardless if you are using them wired or wireless. Sounds don’t blend together, and you are able to hear the depth of sound in both game play and music. Though they are not strictly noise-canceling, the thicker padding on the cups helps users drown out the world around them.
The Bluetooth on the HyperX Cloud Mix is far from perfect. Users are unable to use the boom mic wirelessly, which is a concern for a product with the tag line “Game and Go.” This is especially concerning when you consider how much better the boom mic is compared to the built-in omnidirectional mic.
The Bluetooth connection was good in some areas but seemingly struggled in others. If listening to your phone or gaming, the sound was good. However, the connection when used with a streaming service like YouTube or Twitch seemed to be patchy.
The depth of sound in the HyperX Cloud Mix comes across exceptionally well when gaming. You can always tell the exact direction all the sounds are coming from with no delay. It can take some fiddling with the settings to balance voice on Discord and critical in-game sounds but it is not unmanageable.
|Drive||Custom dynamic, 40mm with neodymium magnets|
|Type||Circumaural, Closed back|
|Sound Pressure level||100dBSPL/mW at 1kHz|
|Weight||260g (275g with mic)|
|Cable Length||Headset cable (detachable): 1.3m
PC extension cable: 2m
USB charging cable: 0.5m
|Connection Type||3.5mm plug (detachable Headset Cable)
3.5mm stereo and mic plugs (PC extension cable)
|Microphone Element:||Electret condenser microphone|
|Polar Pattern||Noise-cancelling (Boom Microphone)
Omni-directional (Built-In Microphone)
|Battery life (Bluetooth)||20 hours|
|Wireless Range||Up to 10 meters|
The HyperX Cloud Mix is a good headset, but it comes at a cost. The $250 price tag affords you some good technical quality and features that can be used around the house. However, the Bluetooth performance is inconsistent, and they are not the most comfortable headphones you will wear.