Rest in peace to my old gaming headset. Held together with electrical tape, they’ve been on life support for some time. Once the left ear cup fell off and the sound stopped coming out of it, I knew it was time to let them go. Thank you for your service.
With the amount of time I used that headset for gaming and streaming, I figured now was a great time to upgrade to a higher-quality set. Thanks to Amazon Prime Day, I was able to get the HyperX Cloud Alpha S gaming headset. Let’s crack this box open!
Once you remove the sleeve and open the box, you’re greeted with the standard set of manuals and other paperwork.
Underneath that are a few nice accessories. At the bottom of the box is this nice fabric HyperX bag.
This headset is primarily designed to work for PC. By connecting the headset with the above controller, you can control the volume, overall audio mix, and toggle the 7.1 simulated surround sound. This cable and the one attached to the headset itself are both braided for added durability.
Another nice touch is the inclusion of extra ear cups. The ones attached to the headset by default are leatherette. If you’re prone to sweating with the leather-like material pressed to your ears for an extended period of time, you can swap the extra cups in, which are more of a moisture-wicking fabric. I appreciate having the option to switch things up!
Now let’s get to the good stuff. Snugly housed in the middle of the box is the headset and the microphone. The headset is wired and uses a detachable 3.5mm connection. This allows you to use it on most other home consoles as well, such as the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The microphone also connects via 3.5mm and is detachable from the headset.
Here you can see the large cups that completely engulf my ears. They’re attached to a metal hinge that feels sturdy and allows for some fit adjustments. At the top is a cushion to keep your head from getting crushed.
Along the top of the band is a leather strip and a debossed HyperX logo. Top marks for presentation with this headset!
A better look at the cups and hinges. Considering how the left cup on my last headset fell apart due to a plastic hinge, I hope these hold out longer.
On the back of each ear cup is a slider that controls bass boost. Though I find it odd that one can control the boost within each ear, I’m glad that bass boost is at least an option. For the purposes of mixing the levels of my stream, I prefer to turn off the bass boost entirely. When I’m playing, I much prefer having it cranked all the way.
Though I’m sad to see my old headset go, I’m excited to use these ones going forward!
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