Review The HyperX Cloud Stinger Headphones

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The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a wired entry-level gaming headphones. Although their plastic frame is bulky, they’re fairly lightweight for over-ears and should be comfortable enough for long gaming sessions. The boom microphone also picks up speech clearly, whether you’re gaming at home or a tournament. Thanks to their wired design, lag is negligible. However, they’re optimized for gaming. They aren’t as flashy as other gaming headphones, their boom microphone isn’t detachable, and they don’t isolate enough noise to be enjoyable while commuting. Still, if you’re looking for affordable gaming headphones, they’re a solid option.

Review The HyperX Cloud Stinger Headphones

1. Design & Build Quality

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Unlike more gamer-centric designs such as the RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger has a less flashy and more understated look thanks to its all-black plastic design and subtle red accents. Still, it isn’t fully casual-looking as the mic can’t be removed like the SteelSeries Arctis 1.

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are comfortable headphones. Their ear cups are spacious enough for most users. The padding is also comfortable, although it isn’t as soft or plush as other gaming headphones we’ve reviewed so far. They’re lightweight and not too tight on the head, which is nice if you’re in a multi-hour gaming session.

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These headphones have a decent build. Although their plastic frame feels a little cheap, the headband is reinforced with a thin metal, making them more flexible. The ear cups also feel fairly well-made but the hinges feel weak. On the downside, the cable isn’t replaceable. If you want something that feels more durable, check out the Corsair HS50, the HyperX Cloud Core, or the Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND.

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is reasonably stable. They aren’t intended for sports or fitness use, though. Their fit isn’t very tight and they could slide off your head if you’re working out while wearing them. However, even in more casual uses, the non-detachable cable could snag on something or become entangled.

2. Sound Quality

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The HyperX Cloud Stinger’s bass accuracy performance is decent. It’s overemphasized across the range and while fans of thump and rumble may appreciate it, the mix can also sound muddy and boomy. As the bass delivery by these headphones also varies significantly across users, your experience may vary.

These headphones have good mid-range accuracy performance. Although there’s a dip in the low-mid that’ll thin out some lead instruments and vocals, the rest of the range is fairly even. A small overemphasis in the high mid will bring out a touch more intensity to your mixes, but it shouldn’t be too overwhelming.

The HyperX Cloud Stinger’s treble accuracy performance is decent. There’s a dip between the low and mid-treble that can reduce the detail and presence of lead instruments. Sibilants such as cymbals will also sound a bit dark. The more uneven, underemphasized high-treble in comparison will make mixes dull. However, as their treble delivery varies noticeably across users, your experience may vary.

The HyperX Cloud Stinger’s peaks and dips performance is alright. There’s a peak in the high bass that muddies the mix while the following deep dip in the low-mid further reduces and thins out lead instruments and vocals. Another peak starting in the high-mid continuing into low-treble can make sounds in these ranges harsh and honky. However, as this peak dips between the low-treble and mid-treble, sibilants lose their brightness and become lispy.

The HyperX Cloud Stinger’s imaging is superb. The group delay response is fairly low and falls below the audibility threshold, which should result in a tight bass and a transparent treble production. Our unit’s L/R drivers are also well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase so there are no gaps in the stereo image. Objects like voices or footsteps are accurately placed. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

3. Microphone Quality

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The HyperX Cloud Stinger’s boom mic has great recording quality. Your voice should be heard clearly and understandably to whoever is on the other end, but it might slightly lack brilliance and airiness.

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The HyperX Cloud Stinger is inadequate for sports and fitness. While they have a small degree of flexibility, they’re bulky and aren’t meant to fold up, making them hard to transport. They also don’t fit very tightly on your head and can fall off with moderate movement. Despite their fairly comfortable design, they’ll still trap some heat around your ears.