March 19, 2019 Latest News Aggregator

HyperX Cloud Earbuds Review: Reliable Sound For Your PUBG Needs

Kingston’s gaming-focused brand HyperX has been slowly moving into the consumer space with a range of products like keyboards, mice and even headphones. In my personal experience, their products have never failed to impress. Probably one of the most unexpected products that the company sells is a pair of gaming earphones. That’s right, earphones dedicated just for the gaming audience. While it is a niche category, it certainly targets the right audience, especially in India where mobile gaming has gone to the next level thanks to the arrival of games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite and the lot.

So I gave them a shot to see if they make any sense.

Starting off with the design, the earbuds stick to the red and black theme that is seen on most HyperX devices. It doesn’t grab attention or scream-out like a gaming accessory, in fact, it seems subtle and just like any other earphones on the market. This is great as one can easily blend among the crowd especially if you don’t want to grab a lot of attention in public. It comes with unique flat silicone eartips in three different sizes. There is also a small carrying case, which is really handy especially if you lose your earphones inside a backpack like me.

I specifically want to talk about the eartips. They sort of have a conical shape which surprisingly fits well inside your ears. Rather than stuffing inside your ear-canal, they offer a comfortable snug fit, making it great for long gameplay sessions. However, because of that, they don’t completely block-out all of the outside noise. I personally think is great because I don’t like to cut away from the world. Of course, most of you might prefer complete sound isolation while gaming, so that is something you should keep in mind. The eartips are also easy to swap and I hardly saw them pop-off on their own.

The wire has a flat finish which reduces tangling and there is an in-line mic with a single control button, which can be used to control your music or attend calls. I really wish it doubled as a mute button and had dedicated volume controls. The right angled 3.5mm mini-plug comes with a gold plating and supports all mobile devices. Now most smartphones are slowly killing the 3.5mm audio jack, but thankfully I use a OnePlus 6 for my PUBG gaming sessions. That is also one of the reasons why HyperX has emphasised on the fact that these earphones are also a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch. It can even be used with a PS4 or the XBox One by plugging it right into the controller.

Coming down to the performance, the HyperX Cloud Earbuds are surprisingly great for mobile gaming. The volume on the earbuds is great and full, and even at the highest volumes, you don’t hear any distortion or cracking. These are not music oriented earphones hence, the bass is a little more contained. This means that large explosions and gunshots don’t rumble all that much in your ears. The mids are surprisingly warm and quite clear allowing you to hear the slightest footsteps. In fact, the earbuds seem to be more focused on the mids to provide a fuller sound experience. I was personally quite satisfied with the performance as I usually need a good pair of earphones or headphones when I am playing PUBG Mobile. Even on my Nintendo Switch, I failed to find any issues with the earphones. The ambient background sounds on Hollow Knight felt mesmerising and the sharp punches and ki-attacks on Dragon Ball FighterZ were impactful. The microphone on the earphones is also really good as my team-mates could hear me loud and clear.

As I mentioned before, the Cloud Earbuds aren’t designed for listening to music, and there’s a chance they might fall short to impress you. Of course, I am nitpicking here as the sound quality isn’t all that dull, and can get quite immersive compared to most earphones on the market. If you like to catch up on some occasional tracks, the performance is perfectly good, but don’t expect it to handle every single genre of music with perfection.

Should you buy these? Well, I have no complaints around the sound quality and even the build and finish are great if not super premium. It is also quite comfortable even after a 2-3 hours long gaming session.

But there are a bunch of factors to consider here. With a price tag of Rs 5,999, these are definitely an expensive pair of earphones. If you are going to use these with your smartphone, you need to make sure you have a 3.5mm audio jack or maybe a dongle which is always an inconvenience. Other things that you should consider include above average sound isolation, and the sound signature which isn’t completely suited for listening to music. Lastly, I really wish it offered more controls apart from just the single control key.

in Tech
Related Posts

Flipkart Month End Mobile Fest sale: deals and discounts on Redmi Note 6 Pro, Galaxy A7 (2018), and more

February 27, 2019

February 27, 2019

Flipkart has kicked off the “Month-End Mobile Fest” to offer discounts on a range of smartphones on its platform. The...

Indian Antitrust Commission Claims Google Abuses Android to Push Own Services

February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019

India’s antitrust commission is looking into accusations that Alphabet Inc’s unit Google abuses its popular Android mobile operating system to...

Google Reportedly Refuses to Remove Absher App, Which Lets Saudi Men Track Women in Their Family

March 4, 2019

March 4, 2019

Google has refused to pull out a controversial government app from Saudi Arabia which lets men track and control women...

Indian Lawmakers Summon Facebook Officials Over Citizens’ Rights Protection

February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019

An Indian parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook Inc, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear...

After Twitter Declines To Appear Before Parliamentary Committee, Government Mulls Action Against The Social Network

February 10, 2019

February 10, 2019

Hours after Twitter declined to appear before a parliamentary committee on information technology on Monday citing short notice, the committee...

Twitter Testing Redesigned Conversations Layout With More iOS Users

February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019

The Micro-blogging site Twitter is launching a test of its redesigned conversations layout with a wider set of iOS users...

Facebook Admits it Needs to do More For Content Reviewers

February 28, 2019

February 28, 2019

After a report claimed that Cognizant employees, tasked with vetting Facebook posts flagged for pornographic material, graphic violence or hate...

AI to Replace Journalists? Another Artificially Intelligent News Presenter, Xin Xiaomeng, Has Gone on The Air in China

March 4, 2019

March 4, 2019

Chinese news agency Xinhua has put its first female Artificial Intelligence (AI) news presenter on the job, signalling a clear...

AI Helping Differently-Abled to Become More Independent: Microsoft

February 16, 2019

February 16, 2019

Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions are empowering differently-abled people with tools that support independence and productivity, a top Microsoft...

Can Apple Conquer The TV And Video Streaming Space With Only Family Friendly Content?

March 4, 2019

March 4, 2019

There is Netlflix. There is Amazon Video. There is HBO Now. There is Hulu. There are local players, such as...

Facebook Accused of Revealing Sensitive Health Data

February 19, 2019

February 19, 2019

Facebook has been accused of failing to protect sensitive health data of users in its groups. “Facebook has marketed this...

TikTok Hit With $5.7 Million Fine For Illegally Collecting Information From Children

March 1, 2019

March 1, 2019

ByteDance, the developer of the TikTok video-sharing app which is very popular with teenagers has agreed to pay $5.7 million...

Samsung Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e Now Up For Preorders; Prices Start Rs 55,900

February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019

Just a day after the official unveiling of the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone line-up, Samsung India is now accepting...

HP Spectre x360 13 Review: When A Good Windows Convertible Evolves Into a True Great

February 18, 2019

February 18, 2019

The reports of the demise of the laptop have been greatly exaggerated. If the tablets and indeed the smartphones were...

WhatsApp Touch ID, Face ID Authentication Bypassed, Apple Asks Users to be Aware

February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019

Popular messaging service WhatsApp recently rolled out support for Touch ID or Face ID for iPhone users. The support for...