If you plan on playing online with your PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch, a gaming headset is a nice accessory to have. Not only do they offer a much better sonic experience without disturbing those around you, but their built-in microphones are crucial for communicating with your friends or trash-talking your rivals. Given that some headsets , it’s easy to make an excuse for not buying one. Kingston’s Hyper X Cloud Revolver S headset offers gamers a premium build, comfortable fit, and a full sound at a price that won't break the bank. We put it to the test, and we think it's the best gaming headset you can buy.
- 50-millimeter dynamic driver
- Virtual Dolby Surround 7.1 audio
- 12 Hz–28,000 Hz Frequency response
- 30 ohms impedance
- 13.3-ounce weight
- 3.5-millimeter plug
- USB audio control box
- Detachable noise-canceling condenser microphone
The Sleek Design Stands Out from Other Gaming Headsets
Truth: A lot of gaming headsets are ugly. They usually have mostly plastic builds, feel cheap, come in flashy colors, and have a bunch of unnecessary LED lights. The Cloud Revolver S has a much more professional aesthetic, with a predominately black and gunmetal gray color scheme that's subtle. We would feel confident wearing this headset at home, on the subway, or in the office.
It sports a solid steel frame that looks great and won't grip your head too tightly. The frame feels flexible but durable, and it helps keep the headset steady on your head. The headband and earpads are both covered in leatherette pads packed with lush memory foam inserts to keep things cozy for even the longest of gaming sessions. They even have visible stitching, which we thought was a nice touch. The headset’s 3.3-feet braided cable feels strong, so it won’t have any issues with tangling. Plus, it's plenty long enough for most gaming rigs, and if it isn’t, Kingston includes an extension cable.
Speaking of the mic, it’s noise-canceling, and it's made of a soft and bendable plastic. You can remove it from the headset when you just want to listen to music. The headset's USB dongle has dedicated volume controls for the speakers and the microphone, along with an easy-access mute button for the mic.
The only thing that could make this headset better was if it were wireless and a little cheaper. Still, it’s one of the best you can buy.
Comfort Is Key Here
Comfort is arguably the most important quality of a gaming headset, because let’s be honest — if a headset is uncomfortable, you’re not going to want to wear it. The Hyper X Cloud Revolver S was aptly named — it truly does feel as weightless as a cloud. It weighs just 13 ounces and doesn’t put much pressure on your ears.
Other headsets we’ve worn feel like they clamp too tightly on our heads and seem cumbersome after a while. This one automatically adjusts to your head shape without requiring you to do any tinkering, meaning it provides a comfortable fit for both small and large heads. You’ll forget you have it on and won’t ever feel the need to take it off due to a lack of comfort.
Performance That Really Packs a Punch
We’re happy to report that not only does the Hyper X Cloud S feel good, but it sounds great, too. Audio is well-balanced, and the headset's 50-millimeter drivers offer impeccable detail and included support for Dolby 7.1 surround sound. It offers impressive balance and punchy bass that enhances game play. During our testing, the sound of footsteps really seemed as though they were coming from around the corner. It’s worth noting that this headset doesn’t offer any active noise-reducing tech on-board, but it does do a decent job at blocking external noise, because your ears are completely covered.
The remote offers three equalizer presets: a bass boost and a flat or vocal EQ for audiophiles who like to fine-tune their settings. We thought the headset really packed a punch. It definitely made things much more immersive and exciting. The microphone is clear and does its job at canceling external audio and keeping your teammates informed of what's going on in online matches.
Our Verdict: A Great Budget-Friendly and Versatile Gaming Headset
If you’re in search of a relatively affordable and versatile headset that’ll work with practically any video game console, computer, smartphone, or tablet, you can’t go wrong with the Hyper X Cloud Revolver S. It's one of the few gaming headsets that truly offers plug and play functionality with no need to worry about any drivers or a difficult setup process. We think it’s also one of the more comfortable headsets money can buy. Combine that with its impeccable comfort, premium finish, and attractive design, and you’ll want to add this headset to your gaming arsenal.
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