HyperX is one of the top brands when it comes to gaming peripherals, with such a wide range of products from keyboards to streaming microphones, one of their strongest categories has always been the lineup of gaming headsets. The most well-known of this lineup is of course the HyperX Cloud which was released a whopping 8 years ago!
The HyperX Cloud series is probably the headset we've seen more of at LANs than any other, I'd attribute this to an easily recognisable timeless clean design and great feature set at the price point. Recently launched is the third rendition, the HyperX Cloud 3. In this article we want to take an in-depth look at this most recent offering from HyperX and compare it to its predecessor the HyperX Cloud 2, to see how the headset has evolved and improved as one of the premier wired headsets on the market.
If it's not broken don't fix it, right? That sentiment is most certainly applicable to this new model as there is much of the Cloud 2's DNA maintained in the Cloud 3, for good reason, as the Cloud 2 was already a fantastic headset and the HyperX Cloud 3 builds on this.
With the similarities out of the way let's get into how HyperX has pushed the revered HyperX Cloud to the next level. When it comes to design and comfort the Cloud II pretty much had these nailed, so when it comes to how HyperX has redesigned this headset it's more about the technical aspects than the aesthetics and honestly, these are the most important when it comes to getting a great gaming headset. So let's get into these improvements.
With the improvements and new features, we truly believe the HyperX Cloud III evolves in all the right ways, if you're after an affordable wired headset the HyperX Cloud III should be at the top of your considerations to purchase.
Currently, the UK RRP of the HyperX Cloud III is £109.99 / $99. As of writing this article, Currys have a fantastic offer available that bundles both the headset as well as a free £20 Steam voucher. Even without this £20 voucher, we think the RRP is more than worth it for a great audio experience and one of the clearest mics on a gaming headset, you'd struggle to beat it by spending the same money on other competing headsets.
303g without the microphone, 317.5g with the microphone attached.
The headset cable is ~1.2M in length and the USB dongle cable is ~1.3M.
Mobile, PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.
May 30th 2023.
Currently, the UK RRP is £109.99 and the US RRP is $99.99
The HyperX Cloud II is still a great headset and the biggest selling point compared to the Hyper X Cloud III would be that it's available at a cheaper price of £60.98 direct from HyperX at the time of writing. The Cloud II also has a wireless version (you can grab the Cloud II wireless for £99.99 directly from HyperX) while the Cloud III currently does not. Whilst the Cloud III and Cloud II share the same durability, build structure and multi-platform capabilities we believe it's definitely worth shelling out for the new and improved model due to the improvements listed above. The microphone clarity alone for the Cloud III makes it well worth the extra cash. This considered we just wanted to point out that the Cloud II is still a great budget headset but yes the HyperX Cloud III supersedes it entirely as the better gaming headset.
So there you have it, our roundup of all the new features and capabilities of the HyperX Cloud III compared to the HyperX Cloud II. We think the new Cloud III model is a great headset that really builds on the fundamentals that made the HyperX Cloud II so popular in the first place.
If you're in the market for a new wired headset you can't go wrong buying the HyperX Cloud III thanks to its crystal clear microphone, improved audio drivers and solid built quality. The HyperX Cloud II still stands as a solid budget option, but if you love having the latest cutting-edge tech there's no reason not to opt for its new and improved big brother.
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