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HyperX Cloud Stinger Review - Armchair Empire

HyperX Cloud Stinger Review

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  • 8/10
    Sound Quality - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Comfort - 8/10
  • 7.5/10
    Durability - 7.5/10
  • 9.5/10
    Value For The Price - 9.5/10
8.3/10

Our Rating

We Recommend The HyperX Cloud Stinger For

If gaming is all you want to do, and you’re on a tight budget of less than $75, then you won’t find a better match than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. It has the basics, then some extras to keep even professional gamers happy. PC gamers are the target market for the HyperX though it offers cross-platform compatibility.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset for PC, Xbox One¹, PS4, Wii U (HX-HSCS-BK/NA)
  • Lightweight headset with 90-degree rotating ear cups.
  • 50mm directional drivers for Audio precision.
  • Hyperx signature Memory foam. Adjustable steel Slider.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Introduction

Got a tight budget for a gaming headset but don’t want to sacrifice on ergonomics? Well, HyperX has your sorted with its Cloud Stinger model. This gaming headset packs in loads of design features without sacrificing on the specifications and somehow manages to fall under the $50 bracket! All this while keeping the HyperX name synonymous with gaming performance.

The HyperX Cloud stinger offers up comfortable ear cups thanks to its memory foam cushions that sit atop a 90 degree swivel angle for each can. The sliders are made from steel for added strength and the complete package is decked out in black gaming apparels for that killer look. As for specifications, it packs in directional drivers of 50mm in each can that offer gaming grade sound with precision being the key takeaway feature. Let’s not forget the volume controls built into the back of the headset ear up nor the ergonomic mic with noise cancellation and swivel to mute functionality. By the way, HyperX makes all its gaming headsets to work cross-platform and the HyperX Cloud Stinger is no different with superior audio performance across consoles and PC, though you may need to purchase an adapter separately for full compatibility.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Design

The HyperX Cloud Stinger with the signature X cutting across the cans on the outside could not look more gaming even if it tried. Full black matte finish is the only choice you have with the signature in bright red. Sorry, for those who like to show off, there aren’t any LED lights and such gimmicks. However, those serious about gaming, the design mostly concentrates on pleasure and long use comfort. To start with, the complete package is just 275 grams so you won’t feel the burden after hours of gaming. Within this lightweight package is a sturdy amalgamation of components that aren’t just beautiful but also functional. Take for instance the 90-degree swivel angle that lets it sit better around the neck when not in use. Besides, storing it is easier as you can keep it on a headphone mount or a flat tabletop. Another aspect of design blending into functionality is the swivel-to-mute microphone. The boom mic on the HyperX Cloud Stinger cuts off signal in the up position and instantly activates the mic when brought close to the mouth area by swivelling down.

The signature memory foam used by HyperX for these pair of gaming cans allows for extended periods of gaming as the foam retains some of its contours and textures from your last use thus feeling instantly comfortable to get on. Likewise, the steel sliders are adjustable and retain their setting without feeling flimsy. Finally, to ensure complete game emersion, the cans provide you with a volume slider neatly tucked into the back of the right ear cup.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Specifications

The HyperX Cloud Stinger isn’t a surround sound unit, neither does it offer wireless advantage but it does pack a decent amount of technical specifications. To begin with, these headsets will provide you with immersive stereo experience thanks to directional drivers that are a whopping 50mm in size. Now, you won’t ever miss those careful footsteps of an opponent ever! As for compatibility, this headset offers a single 3.5mm stereo plug as well as a PC extension cable that converts it into separate plugs for mic and headphone jack. This ways, you can multitask with a single headset just in case you have more than on gaming console with varying headphone jacks.

Moving on, the headsets come with built-in volume controls for the master volume so you can do stuff without any distractions. As for the microphone, it has no mute button because it mutes automatically when you swivel it away alongside the headset stem. By the way, the microphone packs in noise cancellation so you won’t have those annoying popping sounds or static when you speak into them. Great if you don’t just game but use your headsets for Skype calls, concalls and more.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Performance and Feel

To begin with, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is an impressive piece of hardware. It is solid, great value for money and while not audiophile comfortable it does a bang on job with games and gaming in general. Besides, we aren’t really interested knowing whether it can replace an Audiotechnica or a Sennheiser studio monitor, because it should not! What we want to know is how well does it compare with other gaming headsets that rule the roost but cost twice as much. Having said that, the Cloud I and Cloud II, both cost tad bit more and have better specifications, if in case you find our Cloud Stinger review exactly what you are looking for but still have some extra cash to spend.

Now coming to the HyperX Cloud Stinger, these headsets have a comfortable nature to them and a really nice sound signature. In short, they are tuned well and designed for long hours. One minor complain though is the bass, which is more than necessary, though not overdone. If you use an amp or a mixing control, this won’t bother you much because the lows are really good and mids pretty decent too. What really sets this set of headsets apart though is the highs that are just marvellous. What we understand is that HyperX has basically taken the larger 53mm drivers from the Clouds and downsized them into 50mm units exclusively for the Cloud Stinger model. This is evident as the mids lose clarity as opposed to the Cloud II’s while gaming. Everywhere else, the Cloud Stinger sounds exactly the same! This is great news because the Stingers cost less than a pair of Cloud II headsets.

Coming to the fit and comfort factor, I personally felt comfortable and I have big ears! The memory foam sits pretty well and covers my ears entirely. However, because of the limited cost of production on these headsets, the noise cancellation is passively done. The plus side of passive noise cancellation is reduced weight and less constriction around the ears, something the Cloud I and II both suffer from. The mic does as expected and its noise cancellation is active so you won’t have any interference or awkward noises mid-gaming.

Let’s get back to a few drawbacks now. First, the mic isn’t detachable so you really can’t use it beyond gaming in the confines of your home. There is no active mic monitoring that I could catch so you can’t change or set acceptance ranges mid-gaming. And that’s it as far as the negatives are concerned. Really, there isn’t much to complain and in our honest opinion, you would be better off getting these headsets rather than a $100 headset just because of the active controls and noise cancellation features.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Pros

  • Superior comfort and fit. These headsets are comfortable thanks to their unique design and lightweight nature. Even after hours of gaming, you won’t feel them on.
  • 50mm drivers are taken directly from the Cloud I and Cloud II series so their sound signature is natural and clear.
  • Compatibility across several platforms is a huge plus for those with multiple consoles at home or who wish to use it for more than just basic gaming.
  • The microphone is clear, has no crosstalk and is free of any interference. Not to forget, the mic mutes automatically when it is pushed up parallel with the headset.
  • Try getting an external amplifier or invest into a good sound card with the money you save purchasing this cheaper model, it will do you a world of good.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Cons

  • All of us felt that the bass was a bit too punchy for our liking. Thankfully, the mids, highs and lows all seem naturally balanced.
  • Noise cancellation is passive and thus won’t completely block out ambient noises. Not an issue though because the cans are quite comfortable.
  • The use of steel extensions is a bit of a downer since aluminium would have made these headsets even lighter than they already are.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Conclusion

Got a budget and in search for a dependable ergonomic gaming headset that ticks most of your need boxes? The HyperX Cloud Stinger does that for us and then some more. It impressed us with its clarity, design and usability to the extent that we recommended it over similarly priced headsets that did have active noise cancellation technology. Frankly, the only reason not to get this gaming headset is because you have more money to spend!