Gaming has grown a lot lately, with more and more people getting into gaming as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to stay indoors more than usual. Not only to pass the time, many people have also chosen gambling as a profession in the past year or so. This has led to a massive increase in the demand for gaming hardware. Fortunately, we already have brands that make gaming-centric gear like Kingston’s HyperX sub-brand. HyperX came with its latest gaming headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. Priced at Rs 5,990, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S comes with 7.1 surround sound and is compatible with PCs, Xbox, PlayStation 4, and smartphones. . For our review, we tested the new gaming headphones with smartphone, PC and PlayStation 4. Let’s see if these are worth your Rs 5,990.
In terms of design, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S looks like your conventional gaming headphones. They have a matte black finish and are made of plastic, with faux leather padding on the ear cups and headband. There is a microphone on the left ear cup which comes with a swivel feature to mute – the mic will turn on when you lower it to speak. On the right earpiece, there is a volume control at the bottom of the earpiece. Overall design is nice and the HyperX Cloud Stinger S looks like a gaming-centric headset. The workmanship and material quality are nice and can withstand rough use. The overall size of the headphones, however, is a bit too big and was slightly loose on my head, even at the tightest point – basically moving your head quickly while playing games will misplace the headphones. Even putting them on your neck becomes too bulky, given their enormous size.
The headphones also have a nice long wire, but it’s a bit too thin and can break easily if it comes into the wheels of your chair or something. The padding on the ear cups and headband is nice and soft, and wearing the headset is quite comfortable, even during longer gaming sessions. In terms of weight, too, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is light and doesn’t feel heavy at all, even after hours of use.
Now the audio quality of the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is decent, but not consistent in terms of the device you’re using it for. For example, the headphones were much noisier when using with a PC and smartphone. However, on a PlayStation 4, the maximum sound from the headphones is not as loud. Make no mistake, it’s not the quality of the audio, how loud it can be, and on a PlayStation 4 it’s not as loud as on a smartphone or PC.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger S comes with 7.1 surround sound and comes with Synaptics AudiSmart. The headphones also come with Teamspeak certification. Teamspeak is a VoIP communication system for online games. The headphones have 50mm drivers with neodymium magnets and offer a frequency range of 18Hz to 23kHz. The audio performance of the headphones is good. The ups and downs are absolutely clear and the sound is not heavy on the bass. In games the sound is clear and helps identify which way the sound is coming from, in the case of games like Call of Duty, PUBG, etc. The volume control also gives users the ability to adjust the volume without having to manipulate the device they’re connected to. The slider, however, feels a bit loose. Players like a bit of feedback, so a slightly tighter slider would have pleased players. This, however, is not a big deal as it is easy to get used to.
The headphones don’t provide any sort of noise cancellation, but the padding does a good job of keeping outside noise at bay. However, because the headphones are too big, the ear cups do not always block out outside noise. The sound of the headphones is however well isolated in all cases. Placing them on the neck gives users an idea of how powerful the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is (on PCs and smartphones, according to our tests).
The microphone of the HyperX Cloud Stinger S has noise cancellation. The mic picks up noise down to -40dBV and does a good job of suppressing the disturbance that sends your voice during online gaming sessions. In some cases, however, I encountered a bit of disruption during voice conversations while playing. Overall, this is a good mic and provides some level of clarity. There are some cases where it picks up disturbance, but does a good job of isolating noise in general.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger S are a set of conventional mid-range gaming headphones that don’t offer anything quirky like active noise cancellation or smart features like 3D sound. But here’s the thing – they’re not made for stuff like that. They are designed for gaming and these original features are generally considered unnecessary by gamers. What gamers demand is a good, comfortable fit, a good mic, a long wire, and a good sound that helps them catch the smallest details while playing games. The HyperX Cloud Stinger S does this pretty well. Not the best on the market in the lineup, just up there with some of the best options. Is the helmet worth Rs 5,990? Yes, but given the bulky design and lack of fancy features, many would rather look elsewhere. Our suggestion is the Asus TUF H3 Gun Metal gaming headsets which are priced at Rs 3,850 on Amazon and offer more features such as fast cooling ear pads, built-in software for easy customization of the headset. equalizer and more. These are also made with more premium materials, like 100% protein leather ear cups with memory foam and stainless steel headband. Another option to look at in the same category is the Logitech G431 which offers features similar to the HyperX Cloud Stinger S and is priced at Rs 4,995.
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