HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Gaming Headset Review
Looking for affordable and dedicated gaming headset designed for game consoles? With a good bass, durable, clear sound, clean connection and clear microphone?
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HyperX just launched a dedicated PS4 gaming headset and we got chance to review this product, the Cloud Stinger Core. This newest member of HyperX brings great comfort by its lightness weight, adjustable steel slider, flexibility, and soft mesh ear cushion along with clear immersive in-game audio performance. The street price of Cloud Stinger Core is $40 or around PHP 1,995.
It will also works on other game consoles like XBOX One, Nintendo Switch and also works on mobile phones. However, we’re also curious to see if this Cloud Stinger Core can beat higher-end headset models from HyperX.
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Look and Feel
HyperX is going for the matte black plastic finish on the Cloud Stinger Core. The matte provides a bit of contrast to overall design of the headset, with the glossy finish HyperX logo on the top of the headband and both of the back of ear piece, and the shiny adjustable steel bar inside. The ear pad cushion is a round shape that features a soft mesh cloth material, while the same soft mesh on the headband pad as well. The color blue glossy rubber in the middle of the cushion and the ear pieces matches the color theme of a PS4 system. People who loves a PS4 console will probably like this gaming headset. So far, they only have the Blue option available.
The vertical/horizontal swivel Microphone is similar to other HyperX headset that is firm, flexible and durable to adjust. However, the mic is not covered with a padded cover that reduces audio pops. But this feature didn’t reduce the noise cancelling of the headset.
You’ll also be surprise when touching the wire of the headset, it is very soft and rubberize, it’s like touching a silicone. The wire has also enough length to plug to your PS4 controller or other game console device and it has fixed y-splitter wire to protect from unwanted tearing.
The overall design is a minimalist, clean and ultra modern aesthetics.
The ear pads and headband pads which is made in soft mesh fabric fells supremely comfortable and squishy for a budget headset. It is very soft, easy to clean and has a pleasing light weight to it. The design of the cushion completely surround ears without any pressure, even with extended game session. It also creates a bearable climate and isolation that minimize outside noise.
The adjustable steel slider is very helpful for larger heads, it offers ample height adjustment to make it less tight and comfortable according to your preferences.
The lesser length of the wire is also very ideal for game consoles and mobile gaming, as you don’t have to worry with a tangled wire while playing your favorite games.
The sound coming out from the speaker is clean and haven’t heard any faulty noise. During our test, the sound quality of this headset is better than any typical budget gaming headset. Compare to other budget headset that sound spongy and metallic, this headset provides clear and snappy sound.
It also has a vibrating bass when playing games like Battlefield 1 and other war games. The sound pleasantly immerses into your gaming experience.
For comparison, We tested it with the Nintendo Switch comparing to its original speaker. Surprisingly, we see a lot of difference. The Cloud Stinger Core has a new level of sounds, it is way more louder, solid bass, clean sound and every tiny details of sounds can now be hear, it’s an incredible improvement.
Functionality & Interface
The in-line audio controls and mute switch are both located down the wire near the y-splitter. They’re are both easy to operate, a volume wheel to increase and decrease the volume and switching the mic’s on and off. Operating these controls while gaming is so important and HyperX did a very good job on designing it as you don’t need to push the volume button several times, instead adjusting by just rolling it.
If you’d like to use this on a PC or in an XBOX One. You need a Y-Splitter hub in order to use this headset. For PC, if you have existing HyperX Cloud II USB Control Box – this can be use.
One of the most important part of the gaming headset is a microphone. Communicating effectively with other players in the online game is one of the key factor of winning a game. The microphone in Cloud Stinger core is not that perfect, but speaking from it’s microphone can perfectly hear the conversation from each other, without repeating yourself to make them hear.
We have tested the mic over a Skype call and it do the job, it ranks near the top headset as far as quality of the mic.
What’s lacking is, the mic is non-detachable. However, it is easy to operate to put it on the front or side. The flexible microphone can be place exactly where you want and can be bend into any desired shape.
Inside the hole of the mic, it has a small foam that acts as the noise cancellation. Compare to the HyperX Cloud II that has a separate foam bobble condenser, the Cloud Stinger Core condenser is embedded inside the mic.
No doubt, So far this is one of the best affordable gaming headset on the market with it’s minimalist design and perfectly fit for gaming consoles. The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core is a dedicated gaming headset for gaming consoles and mobile phones, it can be use in PC anyway.
Not just a headset for gaming console, it can also be used for listening music and watching videos because of its great quality. If just this headset is not label for gaming, this could be the best headset for everybody – beating those expensive headset in the market.
For gamer’s, who prefers comfortable, clear sound and effective noise cancellation, this headset is for you.
HyperX has done a great job on creating an attractive headset design, despite of its low price. The Cloud Stinger core looks and feels premium.
What’s in the Box
The box comes with the headset itself, non-detachable microphone, quick starter guide, a congratulations letter from HyperX and the support information card.
Here are the complete specification of Cloud Stinger Core:
Released Date: July 20, 2018
MSRP: $40 or PHP 1,995
Speaker Drivers: Dynamic, 40mm with neodymium magnets
Speaker Type: Circumaural, Closed Back
Speaker Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20,000 Hz
Speaker Impedance: 16 Ohm
Sound Pressure Level: 99 dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion: < 2%
Cable length and type: Headset (1.3m)
Connection: Headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole)
Microphone Element: Electret condenser microphone
Microphone Polar Pattern: Nose-cancelling
Microphone Frequency Response: 50Hz to 18,000 Hz
Microphone Sensitivity: -41.5 dBV (0dB=1V/PA, 1Khz)
If you’re planning to buy this headset online and have no idea what is the dimension of the box is – for shipment. The dimension is 22mm (Width) x 23mm (Height) x 9.5mm (Depth).
Warranty and After Sales
Cloud Stinger Core headset comes with a 2-year warranty. They offer free live chat technical support for after sales, you can visit https://www.hyperxgaming.com/support.